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Speaker Testimonials

AWMA, American Wholesale Marketers Association

"AWMA launched a new meeting in 2012 – the AWMA C-Metrics Convenience Industry Outlook Forum – and Steve and Greg analyzed the data we provided to them and then facilitated two of the sessions. Steve was the presenter for the Candy session and Greg presented in the salty/alternative snacks session. Both Steve and Greg had an excellent grasp of the data and presented it in a thoughtful and useful way for all attendees. We are very pleased that b2b Solutions will be back presenting at the 2013 AWMA C-Metrics Convenience Industry Outlook Forum."

Robert Pignato
Senior Vice President and COO
American Wholesale Marketers Association


"Steve's presentation at the NASM 2012 Retreat, "How to Buy Right," was a great lesson in how big companies manage to keep their merchandise costs low. Attendees took a lot of useful information away at the end of the day. Steve presents on a wide range of relevant topics that our members could benefit from; we will definitely consider him as a future speaker!"

Jennifer Richards
National Association of Shell Marketers


"Thank you for the job you did speaking at our 2012 annual meeting. You did an excellent job conveying the message of "Buying Like the Big Guys." It was a great fit our theme of "FOCUS." As an association of independent locations, it is important for our members to hear about how their corporate competitors are going to market, not only in sales, but also in purchasing and operations. We are sure that a number of our locations will continue to use your services to better help them profitably manage their businesses."

Tom Boutwell
V.P. Purchasing

"The Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo was pleased to have Steven Montgomery of b2b Solutions as part of the expanded education offering. His program on "Buying Like the Big Guys" provided excellent information for independent c-store operators, as well as small chain convenience retailers. I would highly recommend including Steve in your next educational program."

Doug DuBois, Jr.
Director of Member Services
And Governmental Affairs
Texas Food & Fuel Association

"Thank you for your involvement with the "Negotiating for Products Like You Have 100 Stores" workshop at the 2011 NACS Show. Your cooperation was much appreciated and we could not have accomplished this session without your enthusiasm and insight." "As an expert in your field, your participation was especially valuable." We hope we may be able to call upon you in the future to participate in a similar capacity."

Carolyn Schnare
Director, Education and Programing

Jenn Makarsky
Programing and Education Manager

C-Store Tribal Summit

"On behalf of the Tribal Summit Team, I wanted to thank you for your exceptional presentation on "Buying Like the Big Guys." Your knowledge of the subject matter was exceptional and the feedback from the group was fantastic! Your ability to hit on a wide range of topics during your presentation ensured that everybody left the meeting with a number of practical tidbits that could help lead to better in-store performance. Thanks for your time and attention placed into developing a winning presentation!"

Jamey Balousek
Chief Operating Officer

Royal Buying Group

"Thank you for speaking at the 2009 Independent C-Store Expo. Your presentation "Foodservice - Are Your Really Making Money" was spot on. Many retailers don't take all of the costs into consideration. The information you provided will enable the attendees to determine their true foodservice profitability and address the issues their analysis finds if they aren't."

Sharon Porter
Director of Vendors / Business Development
Royal Buying Group, Inc.

Whirley Drink Works

Thank you for a great presentation including a summary on the State of The Industry at our National Sales Meeting. Convenience Stores are one of our largest channels of business and you brought some great insight on the industry and what is important to our customers and their categories for growth.

Thanks again for a great presentation to our Reps!


Jacqui Clinton
V.P. Marketing


Dear Deborah,

Thank you so much for your participation at FARE. CSP has heard only accolades for its educational sessions and speakers over the 2.5 day event. You were terrific in your session and we are pleased you helped make this inaugural tradeshow a huge success.

Kristi B. Prior
Director of Education & Meeting Content
CSP Information Group



It was a real pleasure to have you as a faculty member at CRC. I hope you found the experience as enjoyable as the audience found it valuable. We look forward to seeing you at future events.


Kristi B. Prior
Director of Education and Marketing Content
CSP Information Group

Kay Segal
Vice President, Leadership Conferences & Events
CSP Information Group

Leadership Network

Dear Steve:

I just wanted to our thanks to you for taking the time to help lead the Foodservice Innovation forum. We're getting rave reviews.

Again, we appreciate your part in making this the quality program that it was.

My Best,

Tom Crawford
Chairman & CEO
Leadership Network


Dear Steve:

Thank you for presenting the "Managing Key Categories" session at the 2007 NACS Show in Atlanta. Feedback indicates that the program was of significant value to attendees. We could not have accomplished this without your enthusiasm and insight.

As an expert in your field, your participation was especially valuable and was much appreciated. Without people like you who offer their time and expertise, we could not have achieved the success we did. We hope we may be able to call on you in the future to participate in a similar capacity.


Jenn Makarsky
Retail Member Services Coordinator

Carolyn Schnare
Education and Programming Manager


Dear Steve:

On behalf of Shell Oil Products Retail Sales and Operations US we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your participation in our 2006 Conference and Trade Show. We received very positive feedback from our participants on the quality of the breakout presentations and recognize that you played a key role in this success. We were delighted to have you on our team in Las Vegas and sincerely value your efforts to "Make the difference Real" for our Shell wholesalers and Retailers. We hope that this experience was equally beneficial for you and look forward to a continued relationship with you and your organization.

The Shell Conference Planning Team.

Dear Steve:

On behalf of Leadership Network I want to thank you for attending the 2006 Convenience Retailing Conference. Knowing how busy you are, and how valuable your time is, I greatly appreciate that you elected to be an important part of this great event and honored group of professionals.

Steve, a special thanks to you for personally taking a leading role in the conference as one of the co-facilitators in the Innovation Forum. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from the participants. You have made an important contribution to this event and we are proud to have you as a valuable friend to the conferences.

My warmest regards,

Bryn Cotton
Vice President VIP Relations
Leadership Network Corporation