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About 2022 SNAAZ
Annual State Conference

You won’t want to miss out on the 2022 SNAAZ Annual State Conference…

This year’s theme is “Together We Can Do It”. Our President’s theme is based on the 1940’s Post WWII era. It has been three years since our last in-person state conference. The State Conference Planning Committee has put together an event geared to all levels of child nutrition. So, if you are a director, supervisor, buyer, manager, or frontline worker there is something just for you. We have some great education classes, a special keynote speaker, and of course the fantastic exhibitor food show.

Conference
Agenda

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 23, 2024

LITTLE AMERICA RESORT/CONFERENCE CENTER

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Breakfast on your own

This time is set aside for all attendees to register and pick up their registration packets.  If you are an Industry Member assigned to Round One of Flash Networking take this time to set up your table with POS materials prior to Round One Flash Networking (10:15 – 12:00 PM).

9:30 – 9:45 AM

Patti Bilbrey, SNAAZ State President
Brienne Ross, SNIC Chair

Be sure to attend this important time to learn about all the ins and outs of this conference.

9:45 – 10:00 AM

Melissa Reason, SNAAZ PPL Chair

SNAAZ Legislative Chair, Melissa Reason will bring you up to date on all the current legislative information at both the national and state level with child nutrition programs.  She will also give a brief overview of SNA’s LAC 2024 event taking place in Washington, D.C.

10:15 – 12:00 PM

This will be the first of the three informative sessions where school attendees will meet face-to-face with industry members and their companies to learn about the latest and greatest innovations of products, services, and equipment available to help you make your CN program bigger and better.

10:15 - 11:15 AM

If you are an industry attendee and not currently in a Flash Networking session join the SNIC committee for this informative session to answer questions about how to make SNAAZ events better in the future.

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Take a breather to enjoy a delicious lunch and meet with other industry and school friends to network about all the great things happening on your personal and professional lives.

1:15 – 2:45 PM

Kristen Brown, Keynote/Education Session 1: The Energy Experience

Let’s celebrate YOU! During this interactive and fun session, we will explore your seven Energy Centers (Vision, Strategy, Communication, Relationships, Confidence, Creativity, Motivation) so you are more resilient to change, feel excited to make your goals happen, and create better connections with your team and the people you serve. You will learn fast and easy Energy Hacks to uplevel your energy – and have a ton of fun and laugh a lot in the process during an interactive game of Energy Bingo.

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Enjoy either a warm or cold beverage as you take a breather from today’s events.  If you are an industry member participating in Round Two Flash Networking these few minutes will give you time to set up your POS materials at your assigned table.

3:00 – 4:45 PM

This will be the second of the three informative sessions where school attendees will meet face-to-face with industry members and their companies to learn about the latest and greatest innovations of products, services, and equipment available to help you make your CN program bigger and better.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

If you are an industry attendee and not currently in a Flash Networking session join the SNIC committee for this informative session to answer questions about how to make SNAAZ events better in the future.

5:45 – 6:30 PM

Wow what a day … you need a rest so this time is set aside for your to enjoy more social networking time with attendees at SNIC 2024.

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Enjoy a wonderful meal with your school and industry colleagues and also have some fun playing some games designed by our SNIC committee.

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 24, 2024

LITTLE AMERICA RESORT/CONFERENCE CENTER

7:30 - 8:00 AM

Guess what your Mom was right … breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So be sure to take advantage to start your day off right with a delicious breakfast prepared by the award winning staff of Little America.  If you are an industry member participating in Round Three Flash Networking you can use part of this time to set up your POS materials at your table.

8:15 – 10:00 AM

This will be the last of the three informative sessions where school attendees will meet face-to-face with industry members and their companies to learn about the latest and greatest innovations of products, services, and equipment available to help you make your CN program bigger and better.

8:15 - 9:15 AM

If you are an industry attendee and not currently in a Flash Networking session join the SNIC committee for this informative session to answer questions about how to make SNAAZ events better in the future.

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Take a few minutes to grab your favorite beverage as you get ready for the final exciting education session of the conference.  Or take this time to check out of your hotel room.

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Kristen Brown, Keynote/Education Session 2: Map Your Mission

Dig deeper into your energy, mental health, and resilience through an eye-opening Energy Map exercise. You will identify your triggers and energizers and use what you’ve uncovered to take action on your biggest goals and dreams. You will also write your own unique Mission Statement tied to your goals…and learn ways to energize your team too.

11:15 – 11:30 AM

You won’t want to miss these last few minutes because we will be giving away some great items that you just might WIN!

Keynote Speaker

Educational Sessions

A Great Event To Earn Education CEU’s – All Education Sessions Will Be Repeated So You Can Hit Them All

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“The Race Is on With State & Federal Requirements. What Will It Look Like at The Finish? – Bill Munch & Gary Barkman

Join Bill & Gary as they discuss the requirements that should be included in your purchases and how thresholds will decide the fate of both State and Federal requirements. There are several pieces to the Federal language that may look different when navigating through the requirements that includes quotes below the threshold.

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Join our keynote speaker, Bart Christian as he shares with you that no matter how perfect your workplace is, conflict is a common thread that affects all great teams. How you handle it can either make or break that workplace team. During this session he will give you some simple solutions to manage conflict in both your professional as well as your personal life.

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“Best Practices in Kitchen Food Safety” – Juan Enriquez

Join Juan as he guides you through some simple steps for your kitchen staff in best practices for kitchen food safety so you can be sure that the health and safety of what you serve your customers is always the best. (This session will be in both English & Spanish).

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“Making It Count with Offer vs Serve” - Olivia Hudgins

Join Olivia for this class which will help to bring you back to basics about offer vs serve, its requirements, and how to assure that you and your district are staying compliant.

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“Amazing Ideas for Your CN Program from An Outstanding Arizona District”
Presenters: Jody Buckle & Pam Liuzzo

SNAAZ is so excited to unveil this inaugural session highlighting one of Arizona’s most innovative child nutrition programs, Humboldt Unified School District.
Join the Humboldt Team as they show you some creative, yet simple ways to get your food service program noticed and appreciated!

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“Every Employee Matters” – Carol Weekly

join Carol as she dives into the important message that all child nutrition programs must carry out the fact that every employee matters and makes a difference. Many times, child nutrition professionals feel like they are on the bottom of the totem pole. And believe it or not, I am here to tell you that is the best place to be! (This session will be in both English and Spanish).

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“Backyard Bounty Gardening in The Dessert” - Josh Singleton

You won’t want to miss this exciting breakout session where Josh will teach you some fun and easy basics to gardening in the Arizona desert. You will leave this class ready to turn your backyard or school yard into your own winter harvest.

Register for 2024 SNAAZ
Professional Growth Conference

We are so excited to announce the 2024 Professional Growth Conference (PGC).  This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Little America Hotel and Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The PGC planning committee has planned a spectacular event for every level of child nutrition.  So, if you are a director, supervisor, manager, frontline team member, or central office/warehouse there will be some wonderful education classes and information geared specifically for you.  Also, we will be presenting an education track in Spanish for those more comfortable learning in that language.

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