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About 2022 SNAAZ
Industry Conference

Join us on April 11th and 12th in the beautiful Tucson, Arizona for our School Nutrition Industry Conference.  

After two long years, we are thrilled to be back in-person with our conference theme of “Better Together: Leading the Way for School Nutrition.” Whether you are an industry member, director, or supervisor, you will walk away from this event feeling refueled to lead your teams into the next school year.

 

Our keynote speaker, Candy Whirley, will give a captivating presentation on the “4 C’s of Leadership” and an additional breakout session on Emotional Intelligence. In addition, SNAAZ’s Executive Director, Craig Weidel, is providing an incredible session on “Persuasion Power 2.0”. School Districts will the opportunity to meet individually with manufacturers at the vendor show, to make upcoming menu plans and share ideas with school nutrition professionals.

Conference
Agenda

Friday, Sept 23, 2022

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel // Level 2

Registration this year will be done via a Google Form and the link is provided above. After you register you will receive a payment invoice within 7-days by our Executive Director, Craig Weidel.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel // Gila

Join the ADE experts as they guide you through expectations and best practices to prepare you for your audit. This class will be focused for both new and veteran child nutrition directors and supervisors. Please be sure to bring all your questions as there will be allotted time to get them answered by the experts.

Presenters:  ADE Staff

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel // Havasupai

Presenters: Future Leaders Academy Instructors

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Our breaks this year have been shortened to 10-minutes each which will give you plenty of time to proceed to the next event on the schedule.

4:10 PM – 5:10 PM

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel // Gila

This pre-con session will review how free and reduced priced lunch percentages and alternate income forms impact Title 1 funding and discusses the importance of the relationship of income applications or alternate income forms on Title 1 funding. Insight will also be shared from both food services, grants, and federal funding as they partner together to optimize this crucial relationship.

Presenter: Stephen Protz

6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel // Grand Ballroom

This event will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel.  We will be providing heavy appetizers and desserts from 6:00 – 8:30 PM and then you can dance the night away with a live band “Lee Perreira Band”.  Also highlighted will be photo booths and our wonderful raffle and silent auction where you can bid on some wonderful items.  You won’t want to miss this event which will allow you to catch up with old friends and make some new ones in this casual atmosphere.

Saturday, Sept 24, 2022

Phoenix Convention Center South Building

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

South Lobby

Registration this year will be done via a Google Form and the link is provided above. After you register you will receive a payment invoice within 7-days by our Executive Director, Craig Weidel.

6:30 AM - 7:15 AM

Meet Renaissance Lobby

Join Wendy Sahr, SNAAZ’S Industry Advisor in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel to start your day off with a brisk walk to get you invigorated and ready to go.

*New this year we are asking that you bring a new stuffed animal as a donation for the Child Crisis Center!

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Rooms 150-159

Join us for a wonderful sit-down breakfast to fuel your body as you get ready for a day of learning and fun.

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Rooms 150-159

Join our State President, Lorrie Ahern as she kicks off the 66th Annual State Conference with some important messages about the day and your SNAAZ association.

“Teamwork Start With You” – join our keynote presenter, Bart Christian for this exciting session where he will share the fact that every great child nutrition program starts with a great team.  He will share with you some simple secrets to make you the best team member you can be!

Presenter: Bart Christian

9:45 AM – 9:55 AM

Our breaks this year have been shortened to 10-minutes each which will give you plenty of time to proceed to the next event on the schedule.

9:55 AM – 10:50 AM

Rooms 150-159

“The Race Is On With State & Federal Requirements. What Will It Look Like At The Finish?
Join Bill and 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. Learn some best practice approaches and strategies to unravel this confusing language.

Presenters – Bill Munch & Gary Barkman

9:55 AM – 10:50 AM

“Making It Count With Offer vs Serve” – Rooms 160-161
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.

Presenter – Olivia Hudgins

“Best Practices In Kitchen Food Safety” – Rooms 162-163
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).

Presenter – Juan Enriquez

“Amazing Ideas For Your CN Program From An Outstanding Arizona District” – Rooms 164-165
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!

Presenters: Jody Buckle & Pam Liuzzo

“Simple Steps To Conflict Management” – Rooms 166-167
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.

Presenter: Bart Christian

11:00 AM – 1:05 PM

Hall G

This special time is set aside for this group to meet one-on-one with over 100 exhibitors. New this year we will be assigning which row you will start your adventure in.

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM

“Making It Count With Offer vs Serve” – Rooms 160-161
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.

Presenter – Olivia Hudgins

“Best Practices In Kitchen Food Safety” – Rooms 162-163
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).

Presenter – Juan Enriquez

“Every Employee Matters” – Rooms 164-165
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).

Presenter: Carol Weekly

“Backyard Bounty Gardening In The Dessert” – Rooms 166-167
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.

Presenter: Josh Singleton

12:05 PM – 1:00 PM

“Backyard Bounty Gardening In The Dessert” – Rooms 160-161
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.

Presenter: Josh Singleton

“Amazing Ideas For Your CN Program From An Outstanding Arizona District” – Rooms 162-163
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!

Presenters: Jody Buckle & Pam Liuzzo

“Every Employee Matters” – Rooms 164-165
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).

Presenter: Carol Weekly

“Simple Steps To Conflict Management” – Rooms 166-167
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.

Presenter: Bart Christian

1:05 PM – 2:45 PM

Hall G

Join your colleagues as you visit over 100 exciting exhibit booths highlighting the latest and greatest items for your child nutrition program. New this year we will be assigning which row you will start your adventure in.

Educational Sessions

We’ve got great educational content on critical school nutrition topics this year
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Education Session One – “The Power Of Persuasion 2.0” – Craig Weidel, SNS, MNLP., MHT.

Have you ever just met someone for the first time and within minutes feel as if you have been friends for a lifetime? Why is this and how does persuasion play into it? One of the reasons is because persuasion is all around you both consciously and subconsciously. This engaging and interesting program is geared toward giving you a better understanding of just how you can become a better connector, communicator, and persuader for both your personal and professional life. You will learn some quick and easy ways to guide and influence others from the fascinating field of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

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Education Session Two – “Emotional Intelligence – Get Off The Roller Coaster” – Candy Whirley, MS, CSP.

Have you ever had someone know just what buttons to push! We all have … that’s why Candy loves to teach folks how to get their emotions under control. In this education session you will laugh and learn about your emotions and how to CALM DOWN without someone saying, “CALM DOWN!” We will analyze your emotions by exploring what aggravates you by knowing exactly what tics you off! Then we will discuss how to manage the obstacles so you can choose your emotions by being proactive NOT reactive. By the end of this session, you will be able to recognize the emotions in people who are not like you! Simple … right? Take Aways: • Know your emotions so you can be PROACTIVE not reactive • Manage your emotions with Candy’s 3-step process that you can use the second you leave the conference in any situation • Learn to Choose your emotions in unpredictable situations • Recognize the personality differences and the emotional characteristics so you can effectively work with people who are NOT like you

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Register for 2022 SNAAZ Annual State Conference

Join us on for our 66th Annual State Conference on September 23-24, 2022, in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

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 are a state affiliate to the School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents over 55,000 individuals who have made a commitment to child nutrition.

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