2018 Chain Operators EXchange
COEX Sponsors

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)—created by operators, for operators — enables chains to take advantage of business building insights and creating personal connections with leading manufacturers. With an agenda built by 40+ chains on the planning committee, COEX enables you to take advantage of business-driving insights while also building personal relationships in an intimate environment.

This year’s conference will provide operators with the tools to make strategic choices in all facets of supply chain, marketing, culinary and operations. Sit alongside industry leaders as you discover:

  • How technology & automation is changing the way we eat
  • Consumers’ increasing need for off-premise convenience
  • The latest updates on pending legislation impacting the industry
  • And much more!

At COEX, IFMA members and operators have numerous ways to network and engage, whether during organized one-on-one meetings, entertaining events or roundtable discussions. You won’t want to miss what’s in store.

Who Attends:

  • Senior leaders and decision-makers representing national and regional chains
  • Operator and manufacturer leaders in Culinary, Marketing, Insights and Supply Chain
  • Industry partners and providers

**All attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations.**

Attendee Type



Complimentary registration & accommodations*

IFMA Manufacturer Member


IFMA Associate Member




*Registration and Accommodations are Complimentary, but you must register here and also make your hotel reservation.  When making your hotel reservation, a credit card will be required to hold the room (the charge will be reversed) and for incidentals. Operators please select "Operator Complimentary" during registration.

Group Registration
Register four people & get a fifth registration free 
If you register as a group you will receive a discount after the first four registrations; the fifth registrant is free. Please select Additional Attendees after you register yourself.

Discount Codes: To be used for the fifth registration
Manufacturers - MANDISCOUNT
Associates - ASCDISCOUNT
Distributors - DISTDISCOUNT

Spouse Registration
Although there are no formal spouse activities held during COEX, tickets for programmed meal functions may be purchased. Badges will be issued and must be worn to each function. Spouse Registration $550

Cancellation Policy:
(This cancellation policy reflects IFMA’s contractual obligation with JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa)

Notification on or before January 12, 2018 –– Full refund
Notification after January 12, 2018 –– No refund

All changes/cancellations must be submitted to IFMA in writing (fax to 312/540-4401 or send an e-mail to courtney@ifmaworld.com).

Speed Meetings
One of the most impactful and unique components of COEX is the annual Operator Speed Meetings, which occur the afternoon of Monday, March 19. These sessions provide valuable face-to-face dialogue between chain operators and suppliers, enabling operators to share their goals, strategies, needs and challenges with current and potential partners.

Operators: As part of your complimentary registration and hotel accommodations, we request that you host a speed meeting table on March 19 between 2:45-5:15 pm. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with current and future supply chain partners to discuss challenges and maximize business building opportunities. As a registered operator attendee, you will be assigned a speed meeting table. If you for some reason are unable to host a table during the allotted time, please contact Laura Everly at laura@ifmaworld.com.