Greetings to the CAGNY community,
On behalf of the Board of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY), we are pleased to kick off our 44th annual conference. We are proud to carry on the unique traditions and collegial spirit of the CAGNY conference with another full slate of informative events presented by top-tier Food, Beverage, Tobacco, and Household/Personal Products companies at the February 2015 conference in Boca Raton. The full agenda for the conference is posted on the CAGNY website and stay tuned for more events as part of our monthly luncheon program in New York.
Membership and Conference registration is now open for the 2015 CAGNY year, which runs from September 1, 2014 to September 1, 2015. Our annual conference will be held February 16-20, 2015 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Please find the preliminary conference agenda posted on the website now at www.consumeranalystgroupny.com. To join CAGNY, go to the appropriate link on the left side of our home page and follow the instructions.
Zero-Based Budgeting for you, the CAGNY member. We are pleased to report zero inflation in our membership dues (at $400) and in the Resort's hotel rates from last year. We have a large number of reduced rate rooms available, but they fill up quickly and they are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. To that end, we strongly encourage you to register on-line; it?s fast, simple and a good opportunity to verify your contact information. Please remember that you need to be a registered 2014/2015 CAGNY Member to attend the conference in February and/or the monthly luncheon meetings in New York.
? Cloister Traditional: $299/night
? Cloister Deluxe: $365/night
? Tower Room: $410/night
? Yacht Club: $410/night
? Beach with Ocean View: $440/night
? Yacht with Commodore Club access: $590/night
Tennis games and golf outing on Monday, February 16. For those who want a little exercise before the foodfest begins, we have organized a golf outing Monday morning and a round-robin tennis match in the afternoon. Please contact Lauren Lieberman to reserve a spot for golf and me for tennis. It is possible to do both in the same day, if your body allows it.
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with CAGNY conference policies if you are new to the organization or just need a refresher. They can be viewed on the website by clicking on the tab ?CAGNY policies?. These guidelines are designed to preserve the open, collegial atmosphere of CAGNY with the goal of making the conference a valuable experience for everyone. Note also there are specific policies for members of the media.
Also, please be mindful of the guest meal policy: in order to facilitate interaction between CAGNY members and presenting company management teams, the meal policy remains as follows:
? Breakfast will continue to be open to members and all registered guests;
? Lunch will be open to members only;
? Dinner will be for members plus one guest.
CAGNY Board changes: Chris Growe remains on the Board as Immediate Past President after a successful year as our President and we thank him for his hard work over the last several years in service of the CAGNY organization. Dara Mohsenian is transitioning from Monthly Program Chair to Treasurer after another successful year of coordinating the monthly luncheon program. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Lauren Lieberman is joining the CAGNY board as she begins her service in the position of Monthly Chair. Stay tuned for more information on the monthly luncheon program in the coming months ? new events will be posted on the CAGNY website and via emails to members. And of course, our annual conference wouldn?t be the success it is without the tireless efforts of our esteemed Conference Chair, Andrew Lazar and his Conference Co-Chairs, Bryan Spillane and Jonathan Feeney.
Finally, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the companies sponsoring events at our CAGNY 2015 conference. It is your hospitality & generosity this year and over the past 44 years that have allowed CAGNY to be such a unique event and special tradition. On behalf of the CAGNY Board and our members -- Thank You!
We look forward to seeing everyone in February.
Robert B. Moskow