October 7 - 9, 2022 / Metropolitan Pavilion
The CEO Forum
2022 Program Announced!
The CEO Forum is a central theatre space at the Festival welcoming leaders from across New York’s vibrant coffee shop scene for an afternoon of talks, interviews, business insight and lively discussion.

Brought to you by The Global Coffee Institute, an independent membership organisation representing coffee shops around the world, the program will feature inspiring talks and thought leadership from some of the leading business minds in coffee today.


The CEO Forum | Friday

11.30am |  Current and Future Marketplace: Highlights from Project Café USA 2023
Jeffrey Young, CEO and Founder, Allegra Group

11.50am |  The Future of Coffee Agriculture:  From Direct Trade To Shared Responsibility
James McLaughlin, President and CEO, Intelligentsia Coffee

12.10pm |  Inspiring the Next Generation of Coffee Professionals
Kamal Bengougam, Group Director Business Development and Marketing​, Eversys

12.30pm |  Recruitment, Retainment and Upskilling  
A panel discussion moderated by Jeffrey Young, CEO and Founder, Allegra Group
With Caroline Bell, Co-founder and CEO, Café Grumpy
Jonathan Rubinstein, Founder and CEO, Joe Coffee Company
Chad Freilino, CEO, Irving Farm
Gavin Compton, President, Variety Coffee Roasters
Tim Holdsworth, Chief Operating Officer, City of Saints Coffee Roasters

1pm | Coffee, lunch and networking 

2pm |  See Coffee Differently
Gregory Zamfotis, CEO, Gregorys Coffee

2.20pm |  Building a Values-Based Business
Lem Butler, Co-Owner, Black & White Coffee Roasters

2.40pm |  Hold The Door Open: Transparency, engagement and the deliberate work of creating opportunity
A panel discussion led by Selina Ullrich, Director of Coffee, East One Coffee Roasters
Proudly sponsored by
Barista Attitude
Battenkill Valley Creamery
Bluestone Lane
Counter Culture
East One Coffee
Espresso Parts
Global Coffee Institute
Guatemalan Coffees
Mr. Black
Pacific Foods
Print Cup USA
San Remo
Slayer Espresso
Project Waterfall
Big Picture Media
World Coffee Portal
Patron Tequila
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