Conexxus 2023 Annual Conference

Conexxus 2023 Annual Conference

April 30 - May 4, 2023

Loews Coronado Bay  |  Coronado, California

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Where do you turn to learn about the innovations that are evolving in our industry??

Each year, the Conexxus Annual Conference brings together those who are passionate about the c-store technology roadmap to discuss, learn, and actively work to solve our pressing tech challenges.  This is where the conversations around technology for our industry happen! 

This year’s conference runs through Thursday, adding one more day with even more education sessions, keynotes, working group and committee meeting time, as well as the legendary networking events where retailers and vendors can collaborate in uniquely fun settings!



We're live! See you in Coronado Bay!


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We've Added a Day!

New this year - EXPANDED AGENDA

View the schedule below for our newly expanded format for this year's annual conference, lasting through Thursday evening.


Sunday: Welcome Networking Activities

Monday: Education, Keynote, & Panel Sessions

Tues am -  Thurs 4pm: Working Group Committee Meetings & Education Sessions


Sunday, APRIL 30


Sunday afternoon,
varying times

Welcome Activities (extra fee to attend)

  • Golf at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course  ($320)
  • Lunch on the Sun Deck at the Hotel Del Coronado, followed by a private historic tour of the property ($230)
  • Catamaran Tour of the San Diego Bay, including lunch ($320)
6:00 PM Welcome Dinner on the Bay Terrace, Loews Coronado Bay Hotel


Monday, May 1


7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM First Time Attendees Welcome Session
8:45 AM 

Opening General Session 

CEO Culture Panel | Moderated by Gray Taylor 

10:15 AM  MORNING KEYNOTE: The Next Great Transformation   | Anat Baron
11:15 AM


12:15 PM Computer Vision Tech
1:15 PM How Artificial Intelligence is Shaping the Future of Convenience Retailing  | Frodi Hammer
2:30 PM AFTERNOON KEYNOTE | Vish Ganapathy Customer Engineer Retail at Google 
3:45 PM 

Innovation Research Committee (IRC) Meeting (Retailers Only)

5:30 PM Reception with Table Top Exhibits 


Tuesday, May 2


7:15 AM  Board of Advisors & Directors Meetings (with Breakfast) 
8:15 AM  Breakfast
9:30 AM 

Self-Checkout using IOT/ WOT   | Brad Miller, Christina Loukota, Robert Hampton, & Amy Wood

10:45 AM  Retailer Business Requirements (RBR) Committee Meeting 
11:45 AM


12:45 PM Working Group & Committee Meetings
2:00 PM

Are you ready to leapfrog yourself?  Innovating through strategy.  | Patrick Raycroft & Chuck Young

3:00 PM  General Assembly + Connect with Conexxus (open to all)
4:15 PM  San Diego Zoo - Private Tour and Dinner with the Elephants 


Wednesday, May 3

7:30 AM  Breakfast
8:30 AM Digital Marketing Panel
9:30 AM

Think Tank Panel: Realities from CIO & IT Directors   | Ed Collupy

10:45 AM Unleashing Retail Agility | Dan Harrell
11:15 PM Food Service | Ted Donnelly & Chad Kobayashi
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Working Group & Committee Meetings
5:15 PM Hall of Fame Reception
6:45 PM  Leadership Appreciation Dinner (by invitation only)


Thursday, May 4

7:45 AM  Breakfast 
9:00 AM Working Group & Committee Meetings
11:30 AM Retailer Business Requirements (RBR) Committee Meeting 
12:00 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 3:30 PM TAC/ SQA Committee Meetings
1:15 PM  Marketing & Membership (M&M) Meeting
5:30 PM  Casual Gathering & Dinner 



All times are in Pacific Time, the local time in Coronado Bay, California.

All times are approximate and subject to change without advanced notice.  Session times, titles, speakers, and topics are not guaranteed.  A final agenda will be available closer to the start of the conference. 


Keynote: The Next Great Transformation

Anat Baron | Futurist, Tech Entrepreneur & Former Head of Mike’s Hard Lemonade

- Monday, May 1 - 

The past few years have taught us that life can change in an instant. We learned that we can adapt to changing circumstances thanks to the technology tools that keep us connected. But are we ready for the exponential changes heading our way? After all, Artificial intelligence (AI), robots, biotech, and digital media, are already transforming work, culture, and our social lives. And what about Web3 and its potential impact?

In her interactive presentation, futurist and consumer expert Anat Baron will focus on the intersection between technology, the new consumer, the multi-generational workplace, and the constant disruption around us. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities impacting our professional and personal lives and show you what success looks like in a fast moving, hyper connected digital first world. All the while, making the case that our humanity will matter more than ever as technology becomes a ubiquitous part of our daily existence. 


Opportunities and Challenges:  How Artificial Intelligence is Shaping the Future of Convenience Retailing

Frodi Hammer | founder & CTO, A2i Systems

David Ezell | Director of New Initiatives, Conexxus

- Monday, May 1 - 

Frodi will delve into the opportunities and challenges that AI is presenting in the convenience retail industry, discussing how it is being used to enhance customer experience, streamline operations, and drive sales. He will also explore the ethical and societal implications of using AI in this context, and provide strategies for addressing these challenges. Frodi will provide insight on how retailers can leverage AI to automate complex processes and deliver a more personalized and seamless customer experience, as well as the potential challenges that retailers may face when implementing AI in their businesses.  

By the end of the talk, attendees will have a solid understanding of the role AI is playing the shaping the future of convenience retailing and be equipped to consider how they can leverage AI to drive success in their own businesses in this ever-changing world. 


Are you ready to leapfrog yourself?  Innovating through strategy. 

Patrick Raycroft | Partner, W. Capra Consulting Group

Chuck Young  | CTO, Impact 21

- Tuesday, May 2 -

Join two of the top industry consulting firms as they share stories from the front lines.  Hear how retailers are disrupting their current states to make way for future customer experience and close the gap on the customer journey.   Learn how utilizing a roadmap of unified commerce as a backdrop for strategy to move away from old architectures and technical debt can further define success by being able to manage and leverage technologies, diverse payment options and data.


Unleashing Retail Agility 

Dan Harrell | Vice President of Innovation, Gilbarco Veeder-Root 

- Wednesday, May 3 - 

We will discuss some common challenges with existing IT implementations in fuel retail and what are the common patterns to improve agility in the future. 






Daily Networking Events

Beginning Sunday, first with add-on activities in the afternoon, and then with our kick-off dinner in the evening, we end each day with a fun and unique networking event.  Come together with your colleagues  and new acquaintances after a day of work for an evening of discussion and play!

- Sunday, April 30 -


Add-On Sunday Welcome Activities 

(extra fees to attend)


Golfing with Gray ~ Coronado Golf Course

Tee time is 1:00 PM  |  $320

Create your own foursome, or request to join one with others, for a gorgeous round on the Coronado Golf Course!  Opened in 1957, it is rated as one of the best public golf courses in the nation. It is a favorite destination for local residents and celebrities alike.  The course offers beautiful San Diego harbor and downtown views, and is sure to be a favorite destination for anyone that enjoys the game of Golf.  The course measures 6,590 yards from the blue tees and is a par 72. Immaculate greens, wide inviting fairways and dramatic views coupled with incomparable weather, make Coronado a must-play for all golfers year round.

Golf with Gray


Hotel Del Coronado ~ Tour & Lunch

Bus Leaves at 1:00 PM  |  $230

Our the Hotel del Coronado

First we'll enjoy a delicious lunch on the newly renovated Sun Deck at the Hotel del Coronado!   The Sun Deck functions as the pool’s rooftop bar and restaurant, and the hotel’s largest all-outdoor eatery, which has a new cocktail bar, fire pits, and has been redesigned to maximize its panoramic ocean views. 

Following lunch, we will have a private tour of the historic property.  Bring to life the iconic resort’s rich heritage through an in-depth, private docent-led walking tour of the Victorian building and gardens, including access to exclusive behind-the-scenes areas.


San Diego Bay ~ Catamaran Tour

Meet at the Dock at 2:15 PM  |  $320

Catamaran Tour

Have a fun and relaxing afternoon enjoying the sites and sounds of the San Diego Bay! This one-of-a-kind adventure will provide a lasting memory and inspiration to begin your week by the water.

Ride aboard the Aolani, a custom-designed 58’ catamaran with ample amounts of deck space and lounging chairs, plus a covered interior room if desired to stay out of the sun.  We may possibly even be escorted by local sea life including dolphins and sea lions!


Sunday Welcome Dinner ~ Bayside Terrace

Begins at 6:00 PM

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Join together as we officially kick off the 2023 Annual Conference! 

We will gather for our first networking event and dinner of the week, on the Loews Bayside Terrace.   The centerpiece of the resort offers dramatic water views of the Pacific Ocean, Coronado Bay, AND the San Diego skyline!


- Monday, May 1 -

Reception with Table Top Exhibits ~ Marina Terrace

A highlight event each year, where annual Diamond and Emerald Sponsors have the opportunity to provide a tabletop display for showcasing their latest innovations and offerings.  Meet and greet with new organizations, win prizes, and enjoy an evening of learning more about our exhibiting sponsor organizations!












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- Tuesday, May 2 - 

San Diego Zoo ~ Private Tour & Dinner with the Elephants


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We'll begin with a private, tram-driven tour of the renowned San Diego Zoo!  The best way to tour a zoo in the warmth of a spring evening! 

We'll complete the tour as the zoo is closing, for a truly private evening experience at the Sabertooth Grill at Elephant Odyssey.  The expansive terrace overlooks the Zoo's elephants and offers a magnificent view and a one-of-a-kind evening.  Lush landscaping and eye-level views of the elephants will leave you trumpeting about the experience for years to come!

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- Wednesday, May 3 -

Hall of Fame Reception, Honoring Sue Chan


We look forward to celebrating Sue and expressing our gratitude for her achievements and accomplishments with Conexxus over the years!  The reception honoring Sue, and previous Hall of Fame inductees, is sponsored by W. Capra.


W Capra - 2023 Conexxus Hall of Fame Sponsor


Sue Chan - 2023 Conexxus Hall of Fame Inductee


- Thursday, May 4 -

Casual Gathering & Dinner


As we wrap up the working group and committee meetings late into Thursday, we will gather once more to close out the conference with a relaxing beer (or drink of your choice) and light dinner.  A great time to reflect and chill after an inspiring, productive, and thought-provoking week of intense work into c-store and fuel retail innovation!


Cstore retailers

Cstore retailers

Cstore retailers

Cstore retailers



Congratulations to Sue Chan

as the 2023 Conexxus Hall of Fame Inductee!


Sue Chan - 2023 Conexxus Hall of Fame Inductee


Sue Chan

Associate Director, Retail Petroleum Architecture and Assurance 

W. Capra Consulting Group


We look forward to celebrating Sue and expressing our gratitude for her achievements and accomplishments with Conexxus over the years!  We will be honoring and inducting her into the Hall of Fame during the Annual Conference in Coronado Bay!


Hall of Fame Induction Reception

Wednesday, May 3 at 5:30pm

Sponsored by:

W Capra - 2023 Conexxus Hall of Fame Sponsor


NEW THIS YEAR: 5+ attendee Company Discount!   Must contact Ann Zecca to receive the discount, see  details below.


Conexxus Members


Regular Attendance

(Jan 20 - March 15, 2023)


(5+ Company Discount* - $1,995)


(5+ Company Discount* - $3,495)

Go Live!

(March 16 through on-site)


(5+ Company Discount* - $2,455)


(5+ Company Discount* - $3,695)


*To be eligible for the Company Discount, five people must be registered at the same time, processed through Ann Zecca ([email protected]), and must be employees of the same organization. Guests are not eligible to receive the company discount and do not count towards the minimum requirement.  Attendees 1-4 pay at the regular registration rate; the discount applies to attendee 5 and subsequent registrations. To receive your discount, you must register through Ann Zecca and cannot use the online portal. No refunds.


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Add-On Welcome Activities ~ Sunday, April 30

  • Golf at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course  -  $320
  • Lunch on the Sun Deck at the Hotel Del Coronado, followed by a private historic tour of the property  -  $230
  • Catamaran Tour of the San Diego Bay, including lunch  -  $320



Spouse/Partner Registration Fees

Guests are those spouses/partners attending networking events with a fully registered attendee only.


  Conexxus Member's Guests Non-Member's Guests

Regular Admission

(Jan 20 - March 15, 2023)

$860 $1,065

Go Live!

(March 16  through on-site)

$975 $1150



There will be a $250.00 administrative fee for any registration canceled before March 15, 2023.

After March 22, 2023, the full amount of the registration fee will be forfeited and NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS will be provided.

Registrations may be transferred to another person from the same company before April 10, 2023 for an administrative fee of $300.  Transfers will not be allowed after April 10, 2023.


Photo and Email Consent

By attending any Conexxus event, you consent to the use of your image and/or name by Conexxus in/on any registered publication, video, broadcast, cable media, website or social media outlet without charge or obligation. 

You further agree that by registering you are providing Conexxus the ability to use your email address for Conexxus Conference, webinar, and other communication emails.  We will not sell your email address and you may change your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.



There are prime opportunities to have your organization promoted among our members, industry partners, and conference attendees at the Annual Conference + year round!

Please view our full Sponsorship Opportunities page for available options, and contact Ann Zecca with any questions or to become a sponsor. 

Thank you for your support of this important industry technology conference!


Sponsorship Opportunities


Hotel Information for Conexxus Annual Technology Conference

Loews Coronado Bay

4000 Coronado Bay Rd, Coronado, CA 92118

Call (619) 424-4000
or book online: Hotel Reservations



Participants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations.  Reservations may be made through the Conexxus room block, at a rate of $239/ night, by calling the Loews Reservations Center (800-234-5117) or via their website (  This block rate is effective through 5:00pm PT on Monday, April 10, 2023.  If you have questions regarding hotel availability or room rates, please contact Ann Zecca at [email protected].

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own air and ground transportation needs.  Loews Coronado Bay is located about 12 miles from San Diego International Airport.

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About Conexxus

Conexxus is a non-profit, member-driven technology organization dedicated to the development and implementation of standards, technologies innovation and advocacy for the convenience store and fuel market. Conexxus membership collaborates on key present and future industry challenges and innovations. Our work efforts improve profitability by reducing the cost of IT ownership and  improve the competitiveness of our members.


Thank You 2023 Sponsors!


Diamond Sponsors

Bulloch - 2022 Conexxus Sponsor
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GIlbarco - 2022 Conexxus Sponsor
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Mako Networks - 2022 Conexxus Sponsor
NACS - 2022 Conexxus Sponsor
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Emerald sponsors

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Kwik Trip - Conexxus 2022 Sponsor
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Garnet Sponsors


Nouria - 2022 Conexxus Sponsor
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