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All Blacks legend joins Summit 2016 international conference

Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016 will be an action-packed, world-class conference featuring international speakers from a variety of exciting disciplines.

The line-up features TV personalities, retail experts, and even a sporting legend, carefully curated to provide a complete picture of modern retail and its future, and provide the insight, innovation and inspiration to drive your business to the next level.

Their unmissable presentations will inform, motivate and entertain delegates throughout this fascinating day, as retailers, buyers, decision-makers, CEOs, and leading retail figures assemble to take part in the Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016.

Both the Conference and Trade Exhibition will run side-by-side throughout the day at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Thursday September 15, offering a unique view of The Retail Revolution.

“The forecourt industry is fast paced and exciting, so taking time out for Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016 will be a worthwhile and valuable experience, and its one we’re very much looking forward to.”

Joe Barrett, COO, Applegreen


“As one of the most exciting events in this year’s retail calendar, putting our name to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016 was a logical step. We have seen a good rate of return from our work with IF&CR magazine over the last two years, so we knew that joining as lead sponsor would be the ideal next step for the brand.”

David Allan from Platinum Sponsor Nestle Professional

The 2016 Conference line-up and running order:

8:00AM Registration and light breakfast, and access to the Trade Exhibition



Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

The Last Word

Matt Cooper

Summit Host

Respected writer and broadcaster Matt Cooper will host Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Summit 2016. His extensive work on Irish television’s daily news, current affairs, hosting Today FM’s The Last has won him popular acclaim for his upbeat presentation style. Meanwhile, as a former editor of the Sunday Tribune, and a best-selling author, his comprehensive understanding of the business world adds considerable prestige to this outstanding schedule. Matt will put his interviewing skills to good use, hosting Q&A panels with our speakers throughout the day.



Growth and Innovation – A QuickChek List for Success

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Senior Vice President, QuickChek, New Jersey & New York

QuickChek is the market-leading forecourt and convenience business in the highly-competitive states of New York and New Jersey, with a network of 144 stores employing over 3,700 staff. A leading industry figure on the East Coast of the US, Mike Murphy has been at the helm of the family-run business for 40 years. Over the past 15 years, QuickChek has rapidly expanded with a highly-profitable fresh food and beverage programme featuring oven-toasted subs, sandwiches, wraps, salads, award-winning coffee, and an in-store bakery all driving growth for the brand. A programme of reinvention and innovative technologies, including touchscreen food-ordering systems and self-checkout ‘fast lanes’, is driving engagement and loyalty. The company has also won the coveted title of Best Place to Work in New York/New Jersey for the last seven years. In his engaging presentation, Mike will talk about the importance of goal-setting, while providing insights into the QuickChek model for success. 

Quick Chek

Quick Chek


Mind Your Business – Driving Engagement & Loyalty

David Meade

David Meade

David Meade

Behaviourist, mind-reader, performer, and former university lecturer from Belfast

In this fun and interactive presentation, BBC’s David Meade will take delegates through an energetic session that promises to engage and inspire. Drawing from a range of top level management research, David will show how some very simple techniques can be used in the convenience sector (or indeed at home!) to improve decision making, communication, motivation, leadership, and performance. At the end of the session, delegates will leave with a sound toolkit that they can use to improve their own productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency. David has also promised that there may be a little mind-reading in the mix!

10:45AM Tea/coffee break, and access to the Trade Exhibition


Grand Designs: Re-designing the retail landscape

Joe Bona

Joe Bona

Joe Bona

Retail design innovator

President and founding partner of MoseleyBona Retail, Massachusetts, USA

One of the United States’ most respected thinkers in retail design, Joe Bona has been the mind behind many of the stunning designs that dominate the modern day marketplace. As former President of the Branded Environments Practice at CBX, his credits range from the renewal of the Rite Aide Pharmacy Chain in the US, to a new flagship for Sak’s Fifth Avenue Department store in Houston, Texas and the rebranding of Shell and Statoil to Topaz in Ireland. Now, he shares his vision of retail’s future and dissects the importance of modern store design, in a climate where perception is everything.


Local Heroes – How Ireland’s Convenience Champions stay ahead of the competition

Tara Buckley

Director General of RGData

Tara Buckley

Tara Buckley

RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley will provide a provocative presentation on the Irish grocery/convenience sector with new insights from research carried out by Ireland’s leading trade association for independent grocery/convenience shops, supermarkets and forecourt operators. Buckley will provide insights into what leading independent retailers are doing to drive footfall, profits and customer satisfaction; how they are dealing with the challenges posed by a fiercely competitive marketplace and why they continue to play a unique role in their local communities.

12:25PM Q&A with Matt Cooper

12:40PM Buffet lunch, and access to the Trade Exhibition


A Fresh Approach: Reinventing the Forecourt & Convenience Retail Model

Ilyas Munshi

Ilyas Munshi

Ilyas Munshi

Commercial director, Euro Garages, UK

In the financial year ending 2015, pre-tax profits at forecourt brand Euro Garages delivered a record turnover of £815.6m, growing to 341 petrol forecourts across the UK. At the heart of this growth is Ilyas Munshi, Commercial Director. Ilyas joined the senior management team in 2012, after 22 years in Business Development and IT roles in sectors stretching from travel to food. His role encompasses business development, marketing and everything in between. Ilyas will share his experiences of this best-in-class independent forecourt convenience retailer, and how to successfully turn a competitive environment into a stomping ground for successful market penetration.


Euro Garages


Adapting to the market: Keeping convenience the convenient option

IGD's Ben Miller

IGD’s Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Director of Retail Insight at IGD

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) is a leading authority on retail and supply trends. Ben Miller leads its retail team, responsible for global insight programmes covering retailer performance and strategy, grocery market development, and tracking innovation and best practice.

As consumers look for ever more convenient ways to shop, is the convenience channel actually best suited to serve this growing shopper demand? A much sough-after speaker around the globe, Ben will use his vast experience in shopping research to look at how the channel, locally and globally, is adapting to stay ahead and what your business can learn to ensure it maximises this growth opportunity.

15:05PM Tea/coffee break, and access to the Trade Exhibition


Keynote address

How to Win in Business: Leading from the Front Row

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick

Leadership expert

Former All Black rugby captain, and professional business consultant

Sean 5One of the most famous and respected members of the formidable All Blacks of all time, Sean Fitzpatrick’s leadership on the field made him a legend. Earning 97 caps for the Kiwis over an 11 year international career, his ability to galvanise and inspire ignited the passion that created one of the most formidable teams to grace not just International ruby, but sport’s modern era. Now Sean shares those invaluable lessons of leadership with significant figures from the world of business and enterprise, inspiring and igniting today’s entrepreneurs and CEOs to push their businesses into exciting, unexplored, yet rewarding territory.



16:25PM Q&A. Summary, Matt Cooper

16:35PM Drinks, and access to the Trade Exhibition

Due to the high-quality of the programme, we anticipate that the conference will be oversubscribed. We therefore advise early booking.