Welcome to Greater Palm Springs

With nine cities in one beautiful oasis, Greater Palm Springs is rich in visitor experiences, from outdoor adventure, shopping, and art to world-class events like Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Modernism Week. Whether you spend a sun-soaked afternoon by the pool, play a round of golf or soak in healing mineral water, this Southern California destination knows how to chill.

Why Should You Attend?

Business Building Events

Use this conference to uncover new opportunities, share ideas with other members, meet with current and potential business partners, and reap valuable savings through show allowances and boosters.

Entertaining Networking Event Opportunities

Enjoy connecting with your peers in these relaxed social environments.

One-on-one Meetings between Golbon Members and Suppliers

Scheduled appointments during the two days of show, with over 100 supplier companies represented.

What You Can Expect

Lodging & Travel

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Member savings from last golbon conference

The Savings Speak for Themselves

$ 1
Total Savings Combined

Conference Highlights

For the full conference agenda, please click on the link below

October 15, 2019 | 1:00 - 5:30 PM

Conference Welcome & Check-In

Stop by for your conference badge and information, enjoy a refreshment, and catch up with your Golbon friends. 

October 15, 2019 | 1:00 - 5:30 PM

October 15, 2019 | 2:00 - 5:30 PM

Supplier Booth Setup

October 15, 2019 | 2:00 - 5:30 PM

October 15, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Happy Hour Showcase

Meet up over cocktails and hors d’hoeuvres before an evening out exploring the area’s dining options. We’ll provide restaurant recommendations to get you started. 

October 15, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

October 16, 2019 | 8:30 - 5:00 PM

Food Show

Pre-scheduled 15-minute appointments between members and suppliers. 

October 16, 2019 | 8:30 - 5:00 PM

October 16, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch with Guest Speaker

October 16, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:15 PM

October 16, 2019

Spouse & Companion Program

8:30 – 9:30 AM | Spouse & Companion Breakfast

TBD | Spouse & Companion Activity

October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019 | 6:30 - 10:30 PM

Awards Evening Events

It’s our favorite event of the year, where we celebrate over great food with even better company, and look forward to another rewarding year of both partnership and friendship. Prepare for a fun evening as we announce our distributor and supplier of the year award winners and member bonuses in style! Plan for a festive, tropical vibe that will transport you to another time and place as you relax and soak in gorgeous scenery, complete with swaying palms and your favorite cocktail in hand. 

Attire: Tropical Evening Casual/Resort Casual. Outside event.

Men – Collared shirt & dressy shorts or slacks (bring out your favorite Tommy Bahama shirt!);

Ladies – Fun blouse and slacks/skirt/dressy shorts, or a festive dress; light wrap or jacket. We will be on the grass, so spiked heels not recommended.

October 16, 2019 | 6:30 - 10:30 PM

October 17, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Food Show

October 17, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October 17, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Food Show Load-Out and Prize Drawings

October 17, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

October 17, 2019 | Afternoon

Golbon Shuttles to Area Attractions

October 17, 2019 | Afternoon

our guest speaker

Barry Friends

Look forward to insight on: 

  • The state of the industry
  • Consolidation trends – what does this mean for the independent distributor
  • Continued emergence of non-traditional channels
  • The power of the group… information sharing to develop best practices
  • The ever-present & evolving threat from Amazon
  • Labor shortages and impact on operating costs

Barry Friends is a Co-Founder and Partner at Pentallect Inc., a boutique food industry consulting firm focused on business improvement, strategic planning, supply chain optimization and performance benchmarking.  He supports manufacturer, distributor, operator, and service provider clients with supply chain and go-to-market strategies and is an expert in GPOs, category management, E-commerce, customized distribution, and the independent and specialty distributor sub-channel.

Industry Experience

Barry has 40 years of foodservice industry experience, primarily in broadline distribution, but also as a restaurant franchisee.  For several years prior to launching Pentallect in 2017, he was a Senior Principal at Technomic, Inc., where he performed proprietary projects, authored industry studies and monthly editorials, and co-founded the Foodservice Category Management Institute. Barry previously served as President of Sysco Pittsburgh, Division and Zone President at US Foods, and Corporate VP of Sales, Merchandising and Marketing for Reinhart.

Barry is a frequent speaker and facilitator at industry events, and co-author of white papers on contemporary topics such as E-commerce, GPOs, distributor economics, labor, and third party delivery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Fall Member Conference takes place October 15-18, 2019; food show days are Wednesday, October 16 and a half day on Thursday, October 17. Check your specific conference agenda before booking flights for your arrival and departure schedule. 

All conference events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

You can make reservations by following the instructions provided on the “Lodging & Travel” tab of this site. Book early to ensure you receive the discounted group rates. These rates will be available until they are sold out or released, whichever comes first. After that, if the hotel is not sold out, rooms will be at the prevailing rates at each hotel at that time. 

The food show is based on individual pre-scheduled 15-minute meetings between members and suppliers at supplier booths. After registration closes, we will provide instructions for making appointment requests to all registered members and suppliers. We create custom appointment schedules based on our participating member and supplier preferences. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate all requests 100%, but strive to create a productive schedule of meetings for you. Final appointment schedules will be sent to all attending members and suppliers two weeks prior to the show. 

A list of attending companies will be provided one month prior to the event. 

Golbon will be providing Wi-Fi on the showfloor, beginning Wednesday, October 16.

We do have a program created especially for our attending spouses and other personal guests. During the registration process we ask that you let us know if you have a spouse or other personal guest attending. After general show registration closes, we send them an invitation to sign up for special events created just for them. They are warmly welcome at our evening events as well. Please note that no guests under age 18 are allowed at conference events.