Convenience Store Food Service Consultant- Dean Dirks: News, Articles, Events

June 25, 2008

Convenience Store Decisions – Foodservice Webcast Series

Filed under: Webcasts — Tags: , , , , , — deandirks @ 1:55 am

Starting this week, I’ll be participating in CSD’s Online Foodservice Webcast Series, a three-part series dealing with the complexities of operating a foodservice program and focusing on helping marketers meet the needs of today’s convenience store consumers.  You can register for the series here.

June 26, 2008 2:00 PM EDT-
The Foodservice Webcast Series, Part 1

July 10, 2008 2:00 PM EDT-
The Foodservice Webcast Series, Part 2

July 24, 2008 2:00 PM PDT-
The Foodservice Webcast Series, Part 3

Speakers Include:
David Bishop,
President,
Balvor Inc.

Dr. Jack Cushman,
Vice President of Foodservice,
Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

Jon Bratta ,
Director of Proprietary Brands,
BP plc/ampm

Dean Dirks
President,
Dean Dirks Associates LLC

Mel Kleiman,
President,
Humetrics Inc.

John Lofstock
Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Director,
The Convenience Store Decisions Group

Jim Schutz,
Vice President of People Assets,
Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin

For more information about this series click here.

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June 19, 2008

Convenience Store Petroleum Food Service Conference, Chicago, Ill – August 11, 2008

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , — deandirks @ 10:48 pm

I will be speaking at the Convenience Store Petroleum Food Service Conference in Chicago, Illinois – August 11, 2008
The topic I will be speaking on is FOOD SERVICE DUE DILIGENCE.

June 9, 2008

INFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Interview I did for Convenience Store News

Filed under: Interviews — Tags: , , — deandirks @ 6:47 pm

Q & A
What is your favorite place to visit?
Memphis — I love the blues, barbecue, soul food and the people in the South.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would eat Tex-Mex food.

Do you collect anything? When did you start, and how many do you have?
About 25 years ago, I started collecting cookbooks. I probably have 200. All are barbecue, Southern and soul food books.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Being late. I think it is very selfish and sends a message to the other person that you don’t think their time is valuable.

What would you most like to change (about you, the world, etc.)?
I would like to enjoy exercise rather than hate every minute of it. And I would change the world by eliminating anything that hurts kids — disease, famine or abuse. I work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital and my wife teaches in a rough part of Tacoma. I see and hear things from both sources that really bother me.

What actor would play you in a movie about your life and why?
My wife said Jeff Foxworthy because I came from Redneck America and still need some polish. That probably isn’t a bad choice. I think you should never forget where you came from and not take yourself too seriously.

Fill in the blank. Fast food is —
Horrible for your health, but when dieting or trying to eat healthy, you crave it.

What was the last thing to make you laugh out loud?
I was watching one of my good friends who looks like John Candy — who we say is a biscuit short of 350 [lbs.] — dancing the Macarena at a wedding.

What c-store product do you like the most?
I like SnackWells Cookies. It gives me the illusion that I am eating healthy.

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