Supermarket Sense 19 Press Kit

About the Program

Supermarket Sense provides retail professionals with information about the latest technologies, trends, product applications and retail programs that add positive impact to your company’s operation.

Combined classroom and break-out sessions offer an interactive learning experience from industry professionals that face the same challenges you face in your business.

The programs offered within Supermarket Sense immerse you in topics focused in operations, merchandising, store technologies and advancements within the industry. The training provides attendees with intimate, in-depth courses specifically designed for interaction and hands-on learning and one-on-one conversations with industry professionals and peers.


Hillphoenix Sponsor

Hillphoenix is a leading manufacturer of Display Cases, Specialty Products, Refrigeration and Power Systems, Walk-Ins and Comprehensive Services.  The story of Hillphoenix is built on creativity and customer-centric innovation delivered by people invigorated by a strong sense of responsibility to help our customers win in their marketplaces. Visit Website

Dataessentials Sponsor

Datassential brings clients real-world trend information in Foodservice and Consumer Product Goods. Our research spans not only the United States, but around the globe in food innovation research, as well as popular and consistent trend reporting and flavor profile summaries.  Visit Website

Unified Brands takes great pride in being part of an industry where people throughout the world and throughout history gather to celebrate and remember.  It is an industry built around individuals and relationships.  And it is these relationships that uniquely distinguish us among food equipment companies in our industry. We are also a leader in professional food equipment design, manufacturing and service. Supporting an extensive portfolio of premium branded product lines — Groen, Randell, Avtec, A la Cart and Power Soak — Unified’s complete offering spans the essential needs of today’s commercial foodservice operators. Visit Website

Harold Lloyd Presents

For over 25 years, Harold Lloyd has been providing educational seminars that make better teams, better leaders and better people. Through his rich selection of presentations, Harold is able to provide a tailored presentation that will change attitudes. Visit Website

Presenter Biographies

Harold Lloyd Presents

Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd Presents

Harold’s passion for teaching permeates his presentations. Over the years, he has created 30 top-rated seminars and written two ‘5-Star’ rated books—“Am I the leader I Need to Be?” and “It’s About Time.” He has been a featured presenter at the food industry’s most prestigious conventions for two decades.

Harold is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago. He has been the president of a company with 1,000 employees and 14 stores and was a franchisee of a three-unit, award-winning family restaurant group.

Harold has said, “I’d rather see the audience taking notes than to hear their applause.” This remark speaks to his intense desire to make a meaningful connection with his audience , which is his ultimate objective.

Dr. Keith Vorst

Director for the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University

Dr. Vorst serves as the Director for the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Dr. Vorst’s research area emphasis is the technical development and safety of food packaging including the interaction of food and packaging materials at Iowa State University. Dr. Vorst worked in industry for three major packaging companies and served as a consultant for a major automotive manufacturer prior to joining academia in his current position at Iowa State University.

Dr. Vorst has several peer-reviewed publications and patents for plastic characterization, contamination monitoring, carbon nanotubes, medical device manufacturing, microbial testing methods, and polymer design. Dr. Vorst has published in the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM), Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Journal of Polymer Testing, Journal of Food Protection and Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting. Dr. Vorst has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Journal of Food Protection, and Journal of Testing and Evaluation.

Kevin Sprague

Hillphoenix Design Center Specialist

For over 30 years, Kevin Sprague has been involved in the food industry. From working in commercial food facilities, to designing them and then adapting those skills to the Retail environment, with a few stops in between with food equipment manufacturers, he brings his breadth of knowledge as a Designer for the new Hillphoenix Design Center. His main passion and goal is to Design exceptional environments that are both an experience for the shopper and functional for an operator.

Justin Webster

Hillphoenix Design Center

Justin Webster is a Design Specialist for Hillphoenix and has been with the Design Center team since inception. He also held a position as a product specialist for our Specialty Division for 3 years working with the Regional Sale Managers throughout Canada and the Central US Region developing innovative store programs for their customer base. Prior to coming on board with Hillphoenix, Justin was an independent rep for 28 yrs. in a family run business out of Hopkins, MN. Reco Store Equipment represented and sold multiple lines of retail fixtures in the upper Midwest including Barker Co. (now part of Hillphoenix Specialty), checkstands, produce and bakery fixtures as well as waste reduction equipment. Justin’s commitment to our customers is guaranteed to create a great “Customer Experience”.

Kim Camp, Learning Center Manager

Kim Camp

Manager, Marketing Communications and Learning Center Programs

Kim Camp is the Manager, Learning Center Programs for Hillphoenix and brings a unique blend of professional acumen and dedication to her job. Her career spans 15+ years in marketing, project management, training and corporate communications in various industries. As Manager of Learning Center programs, Kim oversees Hillphoenix training programs, Learning Management System (LMS) and its future program development. Prior to joining Hillphoenix, she was a Marketing Communications Manager with Reynolds Food Packaging where her focus was on marketing, training and developing packaging solutions for retailers in the supermarket, restaurant and quick-services markets.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications: Public Relations and a minor in marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and maintains an active membership with Association for Talent development (ATD) and the International Dairy • Deli • Bakery Association (IDDBA).

Mark DiDomenico, Datassential, Inc.

Mark DiDomenico

Datassential, Inc.

Mark DiDomenico has been following trends in the Foodservice Industry for nearly 24 years. He started his career with The NPD Group, analyzing restaurant traffic trends and foodservice manufacturer shipments. From there, he transitioned to the manufacturer side, providing insights guidance for the foodservice divisions of Kellogg USA and Sara Lee.

In 2011, Mark transitioned back to the supplier side, joining Datassential, another leading insights provider for the foodservice industry. As Director, Business Development, Mark is leveraging his significant experience helping foodservice operators and manufacturers develop critical insights for their strategy, sales, marketing and new product development efforts, across all menu categories.

Mark has presented insights and trends at conferences and meetings for several organizations, including International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, The Research Chefs Association, the National Coffee Association and CSP Information Group (FARE and Foodservice Directory Magazines). Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Chef Steven D’Angelo


Steven D’Angelo is corporate chef for Unified Brands, a leader in professional food equipment design, manufacturing and service. In his role, D’Angelo supports an extensive portfolio of premium branded product lines — Groen, Randell, Avtec, A la Cart and Power Soak — Unified’s offering spans the essential needs of today’s commercial foodservice operators.

With more than 25 years of culinary experience, D’Angelo’s roots are in New Orleans, where he was steeped in world-renowned culinary and hospitality operations. He became a chef at an early age under the tutelage of Chef Emeril Lagasse within his organization, starting in 1995.  D’Angelo’s experience includes developing and launching several restaurant concepts, the involvement in operations of multiple restaurants, television appearances and the execution of large scale charitable events.

Chef D’Angelo is a proud ambassador for Unified Brands and is focused on leveraging his experience for customers by developing new culinary menu applications and processes for using our equipment.  His passion plays a large part in the constant culinary evolution driven by great chefs and the performance of great equipment.


Jonathan Raduns

Merchandising Food LLC

“I would highly recommend Supermarket sense. I feel there is a depth of knowledge here that I haven’t found in other presentations or programs throughout the country, and I have visited many stores and conferences. This was jam packed with information. I feel that I am leaving with a highly regarded group of professionals that I can use as a resource going forward.”

Martha E Quintero 

El Machetazo

“I’m heading up a new prototype store with 5,000-10,000 square feet; convenience store with at twist on Walgreens. For us, getting the business end, operations and logistics working together is the key to our success. We just went through a cost-reduction analysis, and now we are working on how to increase sales, get more consumers into the stores and how to be different from the other guy. The tools I have learned here (at Supermarket Sense) will help us achieve this in half the time. I am really excited about what I can take home from here.”

Rachel Marshall


“New trends and ideas presented in all the presentation of Supermarket Sense included the buying power of millennials in 2017, which was a shocking number of 200 billion. We have been looking at millennials as a design professional for the past 2+ years knowing that they will have an impact on the market, but seeing the actually figures associated with them was very important to me.”

Joseph Kratochwill 

Somerset Stores LLC

“It was great to interact with other people in the industry; getting people’s perspectives, the different ways of handling operations, sharing information, things that I am doing well and things other people are doing well. In general, the whole merchandising experience from cases, the food, to how to reach out to our customers and give them a better store experience and better products really helps us with growing our sales and operations.”


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