2009 NBJ Summit Friday Educational Line-up to Host Experts from Leading Retail and Distribution Channels

The NBJ Summit (www.nbjsummit.com) today announced that it will play host to a diverse group of experts from leading retail and distribution channels including Tom Tolworthy, CEO, Vitamin Shoppe, Beth Kaplan, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer, GNC, Doug Degn, Former Executive VP of Foods, Wal-Mart, and Michael Funk, Chairman and Co-Founder, UNFI. The executive retreat occurs, July 22-24 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. The full agenda, speaker list and speaker bios can be viewed at www.nbjsummit.com.

“I am especially proud of the lineup of speakers and panelists from inside and outside the nutrition industry,” said Patrick Rea, Co-Chair of The NBJ Summit and Publisher & Editorial Director of Nutrition Business Journal. “This year’s NBJ Summit will deliver on our theme and offer our executive attendees the opportunity to network with industry leaders one-on-one.”

The 2009 program will showcase speakers and events that highlight the theme: Transformational Partnering in Challenging Times: Orchestrating a Profitable Future. Sessions are designed to give insights into how progressive natural, organic, health and nutrition executives and firms are weathering the unstable economy and better positioning their companies for 2010 and beyond.
Friday’s agenda will include the following sessions:

Supplement Retail: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities in Today's Economy
Speaker: Tom Tolworthy, CEO, Vitamin Shoppe

Retail Insights: A CEO Discussion
James Tonkin, President, Healthy Brand Builders
Beth Kaplan, Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer, GNC
Doug Degn, Former Executive VP of Foods, Wal-Mart
Tom Tolworthy, CEO, Vitamin Shoppe

Closing Keynote
Speaker: Michael Funk, Chairman and Co-Founder, UNFI

The NBJ Summit is produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, and Nutrition Business Journal. New Hope Natural Media (www.newhope.com), a division of the Penton Media, Inc., is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services. Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than six million business professionals every month. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.

Nutrition Business Journal (www.nutritionbusinessjournal.com) is an executive newsletter for decision-makers in the natural, nutrition and complementary & alternative health industries. The singular focus of NBJ's research and editorial team to the strategic issues of the nutrition industry has made NBJ the leading business intelligence resource for subscribers since 1996.

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