SNX April 14-16, 2024, Dallas, TX, Hyatt Regency Dallas

Education at SNX

In the Education Arena, located in the Reunion Ballroom and Pegasus Ballroom, you will engage with keynote speakers and breakout education sessions addressing the hottest topics in snacks and emerging industry trends vital to your success.

Board Member and Former COO, H-E-B

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024  |  6:00 – 7:00PM

Martin Otto was H-E-B’s Chief Operating Officer from 2017 until the end of 2023, when he began working part-time overseeing the Company’s Health & Wellness efforts and as Executive Chairman of its Favor subsidiary.  He also continues serving on H-E-B’s Board of Directors.  Before becoming Chief Operating Officer, he served as Chief Merchant, Chief Financial Officer and led several Operating Regions.  Earlier in his career, he worked in a variety of store, merchandising and regional leadership roles.  He joined H-E-B in 1991 as a management trainee.

Martin is also on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and served as its Chairman from 2016-2017.  In this role, he works with the NACDS leadership to shape pharmacy industry policy and inspire NACDS’ members to embrace an increasingly larger set of responsibilities as health care providers, businesses and corporate citizens.

Martin’s past professional experience also includes real estate investment banking. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School. 

Founder of FUBU and Star of Shark Tank

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024  |  3:30PM

Immediately following his keynote, John will serve as a Guest Judge for SNX’s SNAC Tank Pitch Competition.

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his business operation into its basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales world-wide. 

John is an award-winning entrepreneur and has received over 35 awards including the Brand Week Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award and, most recently, was named #2 on LinkedIn’s Top 20 Voices, a list of the top influencers, who are using their voice to help us analyze today’s changing world of work, navigate our industries, and find balance through an unprecedented year! 

His marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker today. His marketing firm The Shark Group offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. 

John is also an author of 5 best-selling books including his New York Times best-selling books, The Power of Broke (2016) and Rise and Grind (2018). In March 2020, John released his fifth book, Powershift, that walks through his tried-and-true process of how to transform any situation, close any deal and achieve any outcome through his own experience and vast network of industry leaders. 

Finally, John is celebrating his 12th season on ABC TV’s critically acclaimed business reality show Shark Tank by renowned producer Mark Burnett, which has reinvigorated entrepreneurship around the world. Shark Tank has now gone on to win five Emmy® in the US and millions of weekly viewers world-wide tune into the show as John demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights. 


AI 2030: The Future of Manufacturing

Presented by Tom Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech

AI technology is rapidly evolving and will be applied in many operational functions and systems in the years ahead. Georgia Tech professor and AI expert Tom Kurfess will address AI’s likely functional trajectory over the course of the decade, preview what this means for companies of all sizes, and identify key considerations unique to the food product value chain, and snack foods in particular. For those curious about AI in life and at work, this session is not to be missed.

Thomas R. Kurfess is the Chief Manufacturing Officer of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. At Georgia Tech he is the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He also serves as the Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. He received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. in 1986, 1987 and 1989, respectively. He also received an S.M. degree from M.I.T. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988. During 2019-2021 he was on leave serving as the Chief Manufacturing Officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he was responsible for strategic planning for ORNL in advanced manufacturing. During 2012-2013 he served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, where he was responsible for coordinating Federal advanced manufacturing R&D under President Barack Obama. He currently serves as the President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2018. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS, and SME.

Surveying the Regulatory Landscape

Presented by Martin Hahn, SNAC International General Counsel and Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP

An in-depth look at the regulatory issues facing the food industry, and especially the snack category. The definition of “healthy,” sodium reduction, ultra-processed foods, Proposition 65 in California … there are more issues than time, but this session will bring you up-to-speed on the key policy drivers for our industry.

Using his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws governing the food industry, Martin Hahn helps clients navigate through the countless regulatory and business issues impacting the industry from farm to table.

He recognizes the demands clients face and finds innovative and creative solutions, particularly when responding to observations raised by regulators during inspections. Whether the issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, labeling or advertising, product recalls, or enforcement, Martin serves as an effective advisor and advocate.

Martin has handled almost every issue impacting the food industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of the laws affecting the labeling and advertising of foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, medical foods, and foods for special dietary use. He helps anticipate new trends and develops the data needed to distinguish a client’s products from others on the market. Martin uses his understanding of science and technology in the food industry to provide assistance in obtaining regulatory authorizations to market new food ingredients, food packaging materials, and dietary ingredients. He assists in responding to proposed regulations and draft guidance to keep clients informed on the latest trends in class action law suits to help anticipate new regulatory initiatives.

Martin grew up on a farm and worked in food processing plants before going to law school. His hands-on experience in the field and degree in food technology allow him to better understand the challenges his clients face in complying with the laws impacting food manufacturing. 

Darren Seifer
Sally Lyons Wyatt

What's New with the American Consumer?

Presented by Darren Seifer, Industry Analyst, CPG, Food Consumption & Foodservice, Circana and Sally Lyons Wyatt, Global EVP & Chief Advisor Consumer Goods & Foodservice Insights, Circana

Learn about what preoccupies the minds of American shoppers and how companies and brands can position themselves to thrive in the years ahead. We’ll pull back the curtain on trends, behaviors, and X-factors (like Ozempic and similar weight-loss drugs).

Darren Seifer (pronounced SIGH Fur) brings more than 20 years of expertise at Circana to his role as an industry analyst for the CPG, food consumption, and foodservice industries. He is a contributing author of Circana’s annual Eating Patterns in America report, a compilation of all food and foodservice research the company conducts over the year. Seifer also provides insights based on Circana’s food-related research to organizations and companies across the country and has authored food and beverage research reports on the health state of U.S. consumers, the dynamics of meal delivery kits, what’s inside America’s kitchens, and the Future of Snacking.

Seifer is a frequent speaker at industry events hosted by organizations like The National Confectioners Association, The Food Institute, and GroceryShop. He is a frequently quoted industry expert in outlets such as the NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Sally Lyons Wyatt has more than 25 years of industry experience and is a recognized thought leader on shopping and consumption trends. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has a particular expertise in the evolution of meal trends as well as snacking.

Lyons Wyatt has taken on the new role of Executive Vice President, Global CPG/FMCG Thought Leadership. Previously, she was executive and practice leader for Circana’s Client Insights division, responsible for driving integrated initiatives as well as measuring their success within the practice areas of consumer strategy, consumer/customer insights and consumer relationship management (both traditional and online). She has held a number of key roles during her 15-year career with Circana, including the overall management and development of global account teams that provide service to Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo and Campbell’s.