2017 NAFEM Town Hall Tour Highlights

October 15, 2017

Our 2017 NAFEM Town Hall Tour was a tremendous success! Six cities. 150+ participants. And lots of enthusiastic discussion and feedback. Here’s a quick recap:

Insights from Member Needs Assessment (MNA)

  • Educational resources: From training and best practice resources to research and educational opportunities, we understand our role in helping members’ businesses excel. We’re committed to providing resources and tools that address member challenges and issues.
  • Partnerships and programs: Developing relationships with community colleges and culinary schools is important to the growth of member businesses, and NAFEM has several things in the pipeline to answer these needs. Stay tuned for more information on our growing relationships with the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and community colleges across the country.
  • Communication: Most importantly, our members want better communication and access to more information — and we’re making this one of our top priorities. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and be sure to check out our advocacy section on nafem.org for legislative and regulatory updates.

Great face-to-face dialogue

  • Members loved the idea of a joint conference with FEDA and CFESA for the 2018 Annual Meeting & Management Workshop.
  • Whether it’s over the phone or a quick video chat, having someone walk through the NAFEM membership packet would be extremely helpful for new members — in particular, how they can participate, how priority points work, what CFSP is, etc.
  • Local networking is important, so Town Hall attendees requested that the local participant list be shared.
  • Members want more Town Halls — in addition to being educational, they’re a great way to interact with the association, the board and industry peers.

Your feedback is invaluable, and we always appreciate the opportunity to see our members, so we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended.

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