RDBA Executive Committee Report

RDBA Executive Committee Report

October 9, 2013

Phil Lempert

CEO, Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RBDA)

It is my honor to report that as we near the first anniversary of RDBA we are thrilled with the support we have received from the RD community, the retail community and of course our sponsors. We are very proud of the work we have accomplished so far and looking forward to our second year where we expect even more successes including presenting our first Retail Dietitian of the Year Award at FMI Connect on June 11, 2014.

I look forward to seeing you in just a couple weeks at our FCP Workshop at FNCE “Game Changers: Gaining Business Savvy and Retail Industry Know-How” on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency inHouston.

As our supermarket industry, and the roles and responsibilities of our members continue to grow, RDBA’s leadership will continue to develop new education platforms and tools for the retail dietitian to succeed.

Due to added job responsibilities, Kim Kirchherr, one of the founding members of our Executive Committee, is cycling off the Committee, but will remain an active part of the retail dietitian conversation and RDBA. Kim’s message to us all is “thank you to all retail dietitians for blazing the trail, setting the bar high, and educating the public where they make their food decisions every day.”

I also want to thank Bob Hermanns of USC and Bob Vosburgh formerly of Supermarket News for their work on the Advisory Board and welcome Julie Gallagher, Center Store Editor of Supermarket News.