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CEO, Australasian Association of Convenience Stores
In 2011, Australia became the first country to implement a new experiment in tobacco control – plain packaging – a strategy under consideration in Canada at the federal level. Jeff Rogut brings the perspective of more than 30 years’ hands-on experience in the retail industry to evaluate the results of the plain packaging experience in Australia. Join him as he presents the challenges of this approach to retailers, consumers and policy-makers.
Mr. Rogut’s career to date has provided him with management and leadership experience at a national level and experience in retail marketing, buying, negotiating, and merchandising. He has worked as a Franchisee, small business owner, Franchisor as well as in the corporate sector with companies such as Shell, Target, 7-Eleven, Campbell’s Cash & Carry, Mitre 10 and FoodWorks.
Partner & Co-founder, Ethnicity Multicultural
Marketing + Advertising
Bobby Sahni is a veteran and thought- leader in the multicultural marketing and advertising industry. Bobby was the Head of Multicultural Marketing at Rogers Communications for many years and has been a pioneer in developing, executing and managing diversity and multicultural marketing initiatives for organizations including Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation, ICICI Bank and the Toronto Star. He is now Co-founder and Partner at Ethnicity - a multicultural marketing & advertising agency dedicated to helping companies drive new growth by engaging North America’s ethnic and new immigrant communities. Clients at Ethnicity range from Scotiabank, Kruger Products, Pepsico, Direct Energy and Honda to name a few.
Brad Baldwin is the Canadian Corporate Accounts Manager for Zep Vehicle Care in Canada and is based in Calgary, Alberta. Brad started in the water treatment business in Saskatchewan selling, servicing and renting equipment both for residential and commercial applications. Involved with the Canadian Carwash Association for many years, Brad sits on the Board and is the Vice President Manufacturers/Distributors/Suppliers.
Kevin Collette serves as Vice President of Sales at Compact Tunnel Organization (CTO). Kevin oversees the distribution network for SONNY’S line of mini tunnels, as well as all sales to high volume gas station, c-store, and self-serve automatic sites. Kevin was a co-founder of Istobal USA, where he served as President and was responsible for operations in the United States and Canada.
Fred Grauer is a second generation car washer, whose family were car wash pioneers in the 1940s. Fred has been involved in all aspects of the car washing industry; manufacturing, retail operations, and distribution. Fred has written countless articles and presented various aspects of our industry to thousands of attendees and continues to provide education and counseling to the car wash industry.
Bryant Ruder is General Manager of Eureka, IL-based SoBrite Technologies. SoBrite has been involved in the Car Wash Industry since 1975. SoBrite offers a full line of water treatment equipment: SPOT-FREE (RO), water reclaim; wash and pre-rinse, reclaim odor control and water softening. Bryant has been involved in the car wash industry since 1978 and will share his expertise on how different waters affect the wash process.