Steve Audette is Global Consumer Insights Director for General Mills' Baking Division which includes Pillsbury Dough Products and Betty Crocker Baking Mix Items. Pillsbury and Betty Crocker are Market Share Leaders in their respective categories.
Audette started his career at General Mills in 1983. Prior to his current assignment, Steve has worked on a wide-range of General Mills Businesses including Big G Breakfast Cereal, Yoplait Yogurt, Totino's Pizza, Progresso Soup, Old El Paso Dinner Kits, and Green Giant Vegetables. Audette and his family also relocated to Morges, Switzerland from 1997 to 2000 to support Cereal Partners Worldwide; General Mills joint venture with Nestle to market breakfast cereal around the world. He leads the recruiting effort for General Mills Consumer Insights Function at the Carlson School.
Audette has a B.A. in Statistics and an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication both from the University of Minnesota.
David Euson, Vice President, Marketing & Sales for G&K Services, is a customer-driven marketing, sales, and business unit executive with extensive leadership experience. He has a strong track record of growing revenue, market share, and profits in highly competitive businesses and is responsible for leading G&K's marketing and sales organizations.
Prior to joining G&K in 2010, Euson was Vice President and General Manager for Jostens, Inc., a leading provider of achievement and affiliation products. He has also served as Vice President, Brand Marketing for Carlson Hotels Worldwide, a leading global hospitality enterprise and Vice President, Consumer Solutions, for Carlson Marketing Worldwide, one of the largest marketing agencies in the United States. Euson has spent over 15 years building his sales and marketing expertise in a number of senior positions with increasing responsibility at Ecolab, PepsiCo and General Mills.
Euson earned an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS from Iowa State University.
During a 25-year career in retail financial services, James S. Henney has held a series of marketing, product management and research management positions supporting a wide spectrum of businesses, including retail banking, mortgage, small business and wholesale banking.
Currently, he is Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Customer Insights group for Wells Fargo Bank. Reporting directly to the bank's CMO, his organization's main areas of focus are research and analysis on the company's brand and advertising programs, ethnic marketing, the customer experience and the creation of customer loyalty, integrated product offerings, and competitive intelligence.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Henney spent almost 15 years with Bank of America in both Seattle and San Francisco, where he was responsible for managing several customer research and analytic teams. Previous to relocating to San Francisco with Bank of America, he was the Research Director for Citibank's Mortgage business.
Henney studied for his PhD and completed his MBA at the University of Washington, in Seattle.
Paul Hillen was appointed the position of Vice President of Corporate Brand and Marketing for Cargill globally in December of 2011. He has responsibility for managing and building Cargill's brand globally, and for building the marketing capability and services in Cargill. This appointment is in addition to his other role of Global Growth Leader for Cargill's Food Ingredients and Systems businesses. In this role, he is responsible for the global growth portfolio, innovation system deployment and execution, and marketing capability for Cargill's $35 Billion food ingredient and systems businesses, including consumer packaged goods and foodservice.
Hillen currently chairs Cargill's corporate Marketing Council; and is a faculty member of the Cargill Marketing Academy and the Cargill High Performance Leadership Academy. He also sits on the University of Chicago Booth Business School's Advisory Board for the Kilt's Center for Marketing. He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Chicago (Booth), Georgia Tech, and University of Minnesota (Carlson) schools of business.
Hillen previously held the position of President of the Cargill Food Systems Business Unit and the position of Vice President of Marketing for Cargill's Food Ingredient and Systems Businesses. He joined Cargill in 2001, as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Food System Design businesses. Prior to joining Cargill, Hillen spent 15 years at Procter and Gamble. At P&G, he held positions in sales, sales management, brand management and general management, leading the beverage business just prior to joining Cargill. He worked on the Folgers, Millstone, Crisco, Hawaiian Punch, Sunny Delight and Pringles brands, among others while at P&G; and ran P&G's soft drink bottling business.
Hillen recently served on the board of directors of Integrated Bakery Resources, Inc., and has served on other non-profit and for-profit boards in the past.
Michael Jonikas joined Polaris in 2000 and has held several key roles including Director of Product & Marketing Management for the ATV Division, the first General Manager of the Polaris side-by-side business, and eventually Vice President, Snowmobiles & Sales and Marketing. Since April 2005, he has led the Sales & Corporate Marketing teams, and in 2009, was promoted to Vice President, On-Road Vehicles. Prior to joining Polaris, Jonikas spent 12 years at General Mills in numerous general management assignments.
David Kadrie leads Marketing for 3M Health Care, a $5 billion global business. It is a global leader offering innovative products and solutions for medical technology, oral care, health information management, drug delivery, and food safety. 3M Health Care leverages 3M technology, world-class manufacturing, and global reach to provide trusted products that help promote health and improve the quality, cost, and outcomes of care.
Kadrie has worked at 3M for 20 years in various marketing and business leadership roles. His most recent position was Global Marketing & Business Development Vice President for the 3M Skin & Wound Care Division. Kadrie’s previous assignments at 3M include leading Strategy for 3M Health Care, Business Director for Personal Care Division in Europe, and the first Six Sigma Director for 3M Health Care. Prior to that, he held various roles in product marketing and business team leadership. Kadrie served on active duty for six years as an officer in the United States Navy prior to joining 3M.
He is a Co-Chair of the 3M Marketing Council, sits on the North American Advisory Board for the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, and also serves on the Boards of Directors for Lifetrack Resources Inc. and Friends of the Elderly.
Kadrie holds a BAS degree in Political Science from Northwestern University, and he received an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Shadee Kazemi Carlson is the Director of Marketing Business Intelligence at Target Corporation. The marketing business intelligence team delivers insights and analytics to activate better marketing decisions and measures marketing health. Kazemi Carlson has also led teams in guest insights and merchandising at Target, and was formerly in Accenture's retail consulting practice.
David Kristal is the founder, CEO and Co-Chairman of Augeo Affinity Marketing. Prior to forming Augeo, Kristal began his career as an attorney at Winthrop and Weinstine, then left the firm in 1993 to create and run the business development function at Weisman Enterprises, a large, privately held transaction management company. He joined Embers Restaurants as its CEO in 1998 to lead its turnaround effort, a result of which was the formation of Augeo.
Kristal earned his BS in Business from the Carlson School of Management in 1987, and his JD from Stanford Law School in 1990.
Julie Moore is the Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Strategy, Institutional of Ecolab Inc., the world's leading provider of cleaning, food safety and infection prevention products and services. In her current role, Moore is responsible for driving global marketing excellence, Ecolab global brand development, and marketing functional leadership through strategic planning and talent development. She was previously Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications.
Prior to joining Ecolab in 2005, Moore held corporate marketing positions with increasing responsibilities at Land O'Lakes, Pillsbury and General Mills. While at Pillsbury she integrated five nationally acquired companies to build the largest baking business in the foodservice industry, and she led key growth strategies at Land O'Lakes. Her background also includes a role as a key strategist at Rapp Collins Worldwide, where she developed growth strategies for clients in diverse industries, including packaged goods, financial services, manufacturing and consumer direct.
Moore is an active member of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Women's Foodservice Forum. In addition, she is an executive sponsor for the Ecolab Women's Affinity Group and has served in several volunteer capacities in her community.
Moore graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in quantitative methods and information systems. She received her MBA in marketing management from the University of Minnesota.
David Mucha is Vice-President of Strategic Insights Group at United Healthcare, the commercial division of United Health Group, a Fortune 25 company serving over 70 million Americans with diversified health and well-being services.
Mucha has been at United Healthcare since 2004 and has responsibility for all primary market research related to campaign management, brand equity measurements, customer satisfaction and loyalty tracking systems, customer retention and acquisition modeling, growth strategies, new product development and launches, and advertising effectiveness.
Mucha has previously held similar positions with Fortis Financial Group and The Pillsbury Company; he also has twelve years of experience as a market research consultant.
Mucha is a member of the American Marketing Association and an active member at the Northfield MN Historical Society. He received his BA in economics from Saint Norbert College and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Drew Panayiotou is the Senior Vice President of U.S. Marketing for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this role, Panayiotou oversees the marketing functions for all Best Buy retail stores throughout the U.S., including advertising, brand strategy, events and sponsorships, field marketing, digital and social media and multicultural marketing. Panayiotou uses his robust marketing experience and expertise to deepen the connection between consumers and the Best Buy brand, helping to set the foundation for the creation of an iconic brand and influential voice in consumer technology.
Joining Best Buy in January 2010, Panayiotou brings a wealth of knowledge and insight from more than 17 years of experience in a variety of marketing roles. He began his career with the Johnson & Johnson Company, where he focused on marketing for the AcuView brand. From there, Panayiotou held leadership positions with Eastman Kodak, Hershey’s, and Coca-Cola, where he successfully advanced global marketing strategies, advertising initiatives and drove product innovation. Prior to joining Best Buy, he served as the senior vice president of global marketing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, where he was responsible for the worldwide marketing for all Walt Disney theme parks.
Panayiotou graduated Suma Cum Laude from Boston College, and received his MBA from Duke University.
Since July 2008, Brent Sherwin has served as Senior Vice President of Sales Operations and Strategy at Schwan's Consumer Brands, Inc. Sherwin has held positions of increasing responsibility at Schwan in trade marketing, brand management, and sales management since 2004. Prior to his career at Schwan, he held positions at International Multifoods, Pillsbury North America Sales, and G&K Services. He has over 25 years of executive management experience in sales and marketing.
Sherwin holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Carlson School of Management and also sits on the Board of Directors of the NFRA, National Frozen & Refrigerated Food Association.