MSNA Industry Conference

May 7-8, 2015
“Together Towards Tomorrow”
Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point MN

2015 Industry Conference Registration form

Early Bird registration deadline: April 15, 2015

Online Hotel Reservations:

Select Lodging tab, then online reservations. Enter group #112775

See website for more details on rooms.


Schedule at a Glance (pdf)

KeyNote Speakers:
Thursday, May 7,2015
Rick Olson-Cooking Up a Healthy Workplacerick olson portrait

Rick Olson is a nationally known customer service expert, author, and professional speaker.   His clients include:  Marriott, Red Cross, Pacific Life, Washington Redskins, UPS, IBM, 3M, American Banking Association, USDA, The Department of Treasury, and numerous others.  He has spoken in all 50 states and addressed over 1,000,000 people.  His speaking style is very engaging with plenty of humor.

In his presentation, Rick will give you a recipe to cook up a healthy workplace:

  • Collaboration – Don’t be the Lone Ranger!
  • Service – A world class recipe!
  • Leadership – Don’t just manage-Coach!
  • Workplace Culture – Lighten up!

Friday, May 8, 2015
Jean Ronnei, SNS is currently the President Elect for the School Nutrition Association (SNA). She will present on SNA Strategic plans, trends, collaboration with Industry.  Jean is the COO for St. Paul Schools.


Industry panel and School panels will give the attendees the chance participate in an exchange of questions, answers with their peers.

MSNA Industry Conference Activities (pdf)


Stars Skills Camp

May 2, 2015 – Eden Prairie, MN (One Day Training)
May 16, 2015 – Bemidji, MN (One Day Training)

  • Registration is now open for the Stars Skills Camp.
    MSNA Stars Skills Camp is a one day training for members to work on basic skills to use in the kitchen.
  •  Camp dates and locations:
    May 2nd – Eden Prairie High School
    May 16th -Bemidji High School
  • 7:30am-6:00pm
  •  Attendees will work in the high school  kitchens at each site.
  • Training will be in Knife Skills/Safety, Herbs/Spice Blending, Low Sodium Soups, Whole Grains and a bit of Food Science mixed in. Attendees will use the new skills to create their meals with a “chopped challenge” We will be working with Chef’s from General Mills, InHarvest, Apex Commercial Kitchens and Karlsburger Foods and Chef Steve Riley, Eastern Carver County Schools.A great opportunity for hands on training!Attendees will work in the kitchens at each site and the training will be in Knife Skills/Safety, Herbs/Spice Blending, Whole Grains. Attendees will use the skills to create their meals with a “chopped challenge” This training is open to 60 participants at each site.
  • Cost-$150.00 Early Bird
    $165.00 After March 31st
  • Commemorative T-Shirt if signed up by April 15th
  • Will receive 8 Key area clock hours-Operations, Nutrition & Marketing
  • Call or email the MSNA office for site availability or for any questions
    877-251-2344 or

2015 Stars Skills Camp Registration form


MSNA Annual Conference

August 2-5, 2015

River’s Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave South
St. Cloud, MN






General Session Speakers

Monday, August 3, 2015
Chef Ann Cooper
xann-with-carrots-thumbnail_jpg_pagespeed_ic_3UpfReuA9iChef Ann Cooper is an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. In a nation where kids are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents due to diet-related disease, Chef Ann has been a constant champion of school food reform as an important avenue through which to improve childhood nutrition. Also known as the “Renegade Lunch Lady,“ Chef Ann serves as Director of Food Services for Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Paul Wesselman-aka The Ripples Guy

1The Ripples Guy-Paul Wesselmann makes his home in Cincinnati, Ohio where he operates his speaking and training company Stone Soup Seminars. Each Monday morning, Paul distributes an inspirational email, Ripples, that offers inspiration and practical motivation to over 30,000 subscribers around the country. Paul holds degrees in psychology and higher education and in addition to his work on several college campuses, his adventures include having been a support group facilitator, volunteer coordinator, radio talk show host, and his college mascot.


 SNS Credentialing Exam
August 2, 2015
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud MN

  1. Download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook to register for the exam.
  2. Read the SNS Exam Preparation Tips
  3. Purchase the SNS Study Guide (optional)

Registration deadline for SNS Exam  is July 13, 2015


Education Sessions
Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Nutrition Building Blocks For Great Trays
    Key Area 2
    SNA Core Course for Level One
    Pre Registration Required

Sunday, August 2, 2015

  • ServSafe W/Test
    Key Area 1
    SNA Core Course for Level One
    Pre Registration Required
  • Sanitation Renewal Training
    4 hours-Meets the MN Food Manager renewal requirements
    Pre registration required
  • Produce Safety University
    Key Area 1-2 hours
    Pre Registration Required

Service project
Salvation Army Food Shelf

MSNA is working with the Salvation Army Food Shelf Program to assist central Minnesota residents with a basic need~food! Aid is provided to anyone in need with out discrimination.

We are asking members to bring non-perishable food items to “Fill Up The Boxes”. Boxes will be available at the conference registration area in the Lobby of River’s Edge. Click for list of Food Shelf Items



MSNA Hotel Block
Click for MSNA Hotel Block


Exhibit Vendor Show
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Registration not yet open


2014 Annual State Conference
“Step Out Of Your Box”

To download hand outs from the 2014 Annual conference workshop sessions click here.