Fall Into Holiday Culinary Experience - Gaylord, MI

Fall into Holiday Culinary Experience


November 5, 2019
From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


The Otsego Club
696 M-32 East, Gaylord


August 23 - October 30, 2019
Ending at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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Available Seats
Total:   67

We invite you to attend the Sysco Grand Rapids "Fall into Holiday Culinary Experience" being held on Tuesday, November 5th from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at The Otsego Club in downtown Gaylord, Michigan. Experience new seasonal ideas, vegan and clean label products, labor saving products and top notch tools to help manage your business. Participate in seminars that will drive seafood sales and simplify your daily operations.


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10:00 AM  

Simplify Your Business with Sysco Tools

Len Ferguson
Sysco Business Consultant

11:00 AM  

Sea the Portico Difference

Jason Kegley
Sysco Seafood Specialist

12:00 PM  

Simplify Your Business with Sysco Tools

Len Ferguson
Sysco Business Consultant

1:00 PM  

Sea The Portico Difference

Jason Kegley
Sysco Seafood Specialist


Featured Speaker:   Len Ferguson

Unsure of what career path to choose in life at 20 years old…like many have done before him, he picked up a bottle opener, a bartender’s guide, a server’s tray and served tables. Little did he know, that would be the start of a 23-year career in food service. Len spent 10 years leading a restaurant and banquet facility in Grand Rapids. 10 of the best years of his life were spent working with a team of devoted individuals in an effort to turn a profit. Menu development, hiring, staffing, training, scheduling, operations and managing profit/loss were key responsibilities. In 2006, Len made the decision to learn a different “side” of the business…distribution and sales with Sysco Grand Rapids. There he climbed the ranks from a marketing associate, District Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager. He has spent the last 2 years as a business resource consultant. He takes great pride in connecting resources with independent operators helping to maximize their profits and think about business differently. Shared business goals + Personal Relationship are a great recipe for building trust and long-lasting partnerships.

Featured Speaker:   Jason Kegley

Upon receiving his Hospitality Business Degree from Michigan State University, he moved to Chicago to further his education with hands on experience. He joined forces with Lettuce Entertain You for a number of years before making the transition to the sales side of the industry. He joined a large Midwest seafood purveyor as a sales associate, and then progressed into a seafood procurement role. At that time, he was offered a role as Seafood Specialist with the Sysco Chicago where he was able to combine his experiences to help customers profitably grow their seafood sales. Three years ago, he made the move to Sysco Grand Rapids where he continues to use his dock-to-plate knowledge to help bring more sustainable offerings to our customers.


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Location and Venue

The Otsego Club
696 M-32 East Gaylord

Founded in 1939, Otsego Resort has been a prominent fixture in northern Michigan. The resort features meticulously groomed, family friendly ski hills, 36-holes of championship golf lead by the Tribute course, which meanders in and around the Sturgeon River Valley, and the parkland style Classic course. In addition, the resort offers a variety of lodging rooms, suites, and condominiums. There are more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space, romantic wedding spaces and the award-winning Duck Blind Grille, a multi-year winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

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