2019 Retailer Keynote

Kurt Schertle, Chief Operating Officer, Weis Markets, Inc.


2019 Speakers

Ken Harris, Founder & Managing Partner, Cadent Consulting Group
Ken Harris is a Founder and Managing Partner of Cadent Consulting Group based in the Firm’s Chicago Office.  Prior to starting Cadent, Ken served as the CEO of Kantar Retail Americas Consulting and was a founding Partner and owner of Cannondale Associates.   

Ken is also the retired Chairman of Enjoy Life Foods, the leading producer of Free From foods in the U.S. and Canada that sold to Mondelez in March 2015.   

He is an author and frequent speaker at industry conferences. Ken has line management experience in marketing, trade marketing and sales at Jacobs Suchard and Coca-Cola Foods.  He received his BA from The University of Michigan. 

Ken is actively involved in the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, The USO of Illinois, The Boy Scouts of America and the Dana-Farber Cancer Research Institute in Boston.

He lives with his wife Julianna and two sons, Ken and James in Kenilworth, Illinois.


Jackie Lewis, Director, Traditional Retail Council, Cleveland Research Company

Jackie joined Cleveland Research in 2010, and serves as the Director of the Traditional Retail Council dedicated to writing research and hosting events for suppliers and manufacturers to help optimize their business in the mass, club, grocery, dollar, discount, drug, and specialty retail channels.

Prior to her current role, Jackie was an equity research analyst covering the food retail and foodservice industries. She also worked as Data and Media Manager for a full-service B2B marketing agency in Chicago, overseeing all media and data-related purchases internally and for the firm’s clients.

Jackie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and Border Collie mix, Scout.

Zach Kahn, Head of Industry for Food & Beverages, Google

Zachary is Head of CPG Sales at Google. He leads a team that is focused on helping brands & consumer packaged goods marketers leverage their data and consumer insights to better reach their business’ desired outcomes. Specifically, through the use of advertising and technology.




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