2022 WFIA Connect

2022 Connect Schedule of Events

Connect: Vendor-2-Retailer is the only event of its kind for the independent grocery and convenience store industry in Washington State. View our schedule for this years festivities!

8:00 am

Featured Vendors Arrive for Set-Up

Connect will showcase dozens of fabulous vendors from across our state.

1:30 pm

Speed Networking

Speed Networking with featured vendors and all retailers.

4:30 pm

Reception & Silent Auction

Enjoy refreshments and bid on fabulous packages in our silent auction.

5:30 pm

Awards Dinner, Keynote Panel, and Live Auction

Join us for the highlight of the day, our hosted dinner complete with refreshments, a keynote with leaders in our industry, and a rowdy live auction!

8:00 pm

Meet us at the after-party!

Join us for a casual get-together with our featured vendors, sponsors, donors, board members, and speakers!

Keynote Presentation:

The Future of the Industry

What will the grocery industry look like 5, 10 or 25 years from now? How will app-based delivery services influence consumers and grocers? What will automation mean for stores? And how will smaller grocers compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace? Join our guests for a glimpse into the future of the grocery industry. 

Nick Gajewski , Panelist


Tammi Hetrick, Moderator

Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA)

Greg Ferrara, Panelist

National Grocers Association (NGA)

John Ross, Panelist

Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) Supermarkets

Nick Nickitas, Panelist


Lori Buss Stillman, Panelist

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)