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David Henkes

Senior Principal
David Henkes is a Senior Principal within Technomic’s Advisory Group and is responsible for directing strategic consulting and research assignments for clients active in the food, beverage, equipment and related industries. As a senior member of the firm, his specific responsibilities include client engagement, project oversight and general industry relations. He also oversees the firm’s Beverage Practice and recently took on the additional role as Head of Strategic Partnerships.

Consulting/Research Experience
Since joining the firm in 1996, Dave has conducted and managed a wide variety of proprietary and multi-client engagements, both domestic and international. His range of experience is wide and includes market and strategic planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, opportunity analyses, acquisition due diligence evaluations, new product evaluation and concept testing, usage/attitude analyses, and distribution systems analyses. He has also moderated numerous professional and consumer focus groups on food and related topics.

Dave has headed up the majority of Technomic’s global proprietary engagements and has conducted work throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. Before joining Technomic, Dave honed his international food experience working with Nestle Germany in Frankfurt. Prior to his food industry experience he was employed as a federal investigator in Washington, DC.

Speaking Engagements/Professional Associations:
Dave is a well-known commentator on the food and beverage industry and has appeared on numerous platforms including Bloomberg TV, Thomson Reuters, CNBC, CNN, NPR Marketplace, Fox Business, NBC/MSNBC, CBS, and ABC, among others. He has been cited by a wide variety of print and internet publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, TheStreet.com, Crain’s Chicago Business, Buzzfeed, Business Insider, Associated Press syndicated articles, as well as industry trade magazines such as Restaurant Business, Nation’s Restaurant News, Beverage Industry Magazine, and others.

Dave has been a featured speaker at a number of high profile industry events, conferences and symposiums, including the National Restaurant Association Show, Restaurant Leadership Conference, Global Restaurant Leadership Conference, the Flavor Conference, the Nightclub & Bar and VIBE annual trade show/conference, Technomic’s Planning Program and Global Planning Program client meetings, and events hosted by industry associations such Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club (CFMC), International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA), Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network and other industry and client functions.

He is a current board member of the Chicago area Beyond Hunger organization and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club. He sits on the Dean’s Business Advisory Council at University of Illinois/Chicago and is past president of the Business Alumni Association there. He is also a past member of the boards of both Hotel F&B Magazine and the Nightclub & Bar trade show.

Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, September 28

10:00am PDT