2021 Get Connected Convention | Lineup of Presenters

Convention Keynote Speaker: Kenyon Salo | Thursday, September 2 | 2–3 p.m.

“The Bucket List Life,” | Kenyon Salo

Thursday, September 2 | 8–9 a.m.

“2021 and Beyond,” | Carlos Herrera, Chief Economist, Coca-Cola North America

Carlos Herrera, chief economist for Coca-Cola North America Foodservice and On-Premise division will be exploring the path forward for consumers’ changing food spending behaviors, what’s driving them and his predictions for the future during his presentation “2021 and Beyond.”

The thrust of Herrera’s work is to increase the visibility of ‘what’s to come’ through a deeper understanding of the foodservice industry from an economic perspective. His forecasts are a key component of developing strategy and operational plans.

Herrera regularly shares his insights regarding the impact of the economy on consumers and the restaurant industry with the executive leadership, boards of directors and franchisees of foodservice companies around
the world.

He has spent the last 27 years at Coca-Cola North America serving in various capacities in Operations, Finance, Marketing and Strategic Planning. Prior to that, Carlos worked for eight years at Federal Express and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.

He also is a member of the National Business Economists Issues Council and the Harvard Industry Economists Discussion Group.


Thursday, September 2 | 10:15–10:45 a.m.

Successful Iowa Business | Jeff Yurgae, President, Mueller Yurgae Associates

Mueller Yurgae Associates was founded in 1975 by Fred Mueller and Phil Yurgae. Both were working for E.J. Brach Company—Mueller was a divisional sales manager and Yurgae was a salesperson—at the time they decided to start their own food brokerage company.

When Mueller Yurgae officially opened, it had just five employees, including company partner Tom Devereux in Omaha. They represented a few manufacturers at the time—Amurol Candy (now owned by Wrigley), CeDe Candy (still a MYA principal), Switzer Licorice, Bachman Pretzel and Hinckley & Schmitt Water. The first office was an 800-square-foot, second-floor suite located at 8527 University in Clive, Iowa.

Fast forward 46 years and things have changed dramatically. MYA now employs 230 associates, has five office locations and represents a lot more than five clients. Learn more about the company’s 46-year success story during this engaging presentation.


Thursday, September 2 | 12:45–1:45 p.m.

“The Future is Here...Are You Ready?” | Nik Modi, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

Author William Gibson once said, “The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” During his session, RBC Analyst Nik Modi will discuss his thoughts on how the world could look in 2025 and which capabilities and competencies companies should build to be prepared.

Managing director at RBC Capital Markets, Modi covers the Beverage, Household Personal Care, Packaged Food and Tobacco industries. The companies under his coverage total more than $1 trillion in combined market value.

Modi has consistently been ranked as one of the top analysts across the consumer space by Institutional Investor’s All Star Analyst Survey. He also has been top-rated across various analyst polls, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes.


Thursday, September 2 | 2–3 p.m.

“The Bucket List Life,” | Kenyon Salo

Kenyon Salo, known as the “James Bond of Speaking,” shows you how his three simple concepts of living “The Bucket List Life” will guide you to fulfillment on your life-long journey. During this highly energetic and engaging presentation, you will learn how to create phenomenal experiences, share powerful stories, and help others along the way.

Salo is one of the top keynote speakers and trainers in the fields of inspiration, leadership and adventure. One of only five members on the Denver Broncos Thunderstorm Skydive Team, he is seen each week during game season flying into the Denver Broncos Stadium at 60+ mph, ending with a soft tip-toe landing on the 10-yard line. He brings to the stage over 20+ years of successful audience engagement through humor, awe-inspiring moments, prolific storytelling and ‘edge-of-the seat’ content.

With over 6,000 sky dives under his belt and travels that have taken him around the world, he’s determined to live life to the fullest and help others do the same. Through his passions for adventure, storytelling, and connecting with people, he found a simple process to guide others on a path to what most of us crave—living a more fulfilled life. His goal through his engagements is to deliver a powerful and heart-touching message on the possibility of how amazing life can be through providing actionable steps that will help any audience, both personally and professionally, embark on a path to achieve anything they desire.   




2021 Presenters

 Carlos Herrera, chief economist, Coca-Cola North America


Nik Modi, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets



Successful Iowa Business: Mueller Yurgae Associates



Kenyon Salo