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The NBJ Summit Announces 2009 Agenda and Speakers

The NBJ Summit ( today announced its agenda and lineup of speakers for The 2009 NBJ Summit executive retreat, July 22-24. The full agenda, speaker list and speaker bios can be viewed at

The 2009 program will showcase speakers and events that highlight the theme: Transformational Partnering in Challenging Times: Orchestrating a Profitable Future. The educational program will feature sessions designed to give insights into how progressive natural, organic, health and nutrition executives and firms will weather the unstable economy in the upcoming months and show executives how to better position their companies for 2010 and beyond.

“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.”

2009 Esteemed Speakers and Panelists will include:

• Jeffrey Bland Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Metagenics (Keynote)
• Michael Funk, Chairman and Co-Founder, United Natural Foods (Keynote)
• Paul Stolz, CEO, Peak Learning, Inc. (Keynote)
• Tom Tolworthy, CEO, Vitamin Shoppe
• Beth Kaplan, Chief Merchandising & Marketing Officer, General Nutrition Centers
• Doug Degn, Former Executive VP of Foods, Wal-Mart
• Dan Foehner, Vice President – Global Sales Operations, Yahoo
• John Stewart, Director of Nutritionals, Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
• Peter Platt, VP Online Media, Butler/Till Media
• Roy Bingham, Head of eCommerce, ReNew Life Formulas

The NBJ Summit is an annual gathering of innovative thought leaders and business trendsetters in the health and nutrition industry. In 2009 The NBJ Summit will be hosted at the St. Regis Hotel, Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California, July 22-24, 2009.

The NBJ Summit is produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, and Nutrition Business Journal. New Hope Natural Media (, 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

Nutrition Business Journal ( 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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