This year, IBEA is providing two tours to local Springfield businesses. These tours are available to conference attendees on a first registered, first served basis. Transportation will be provided to and from the tour site for the MJ Kellner Tour. The Urban Sassafras Tour is a walking tour. Spots are limited, so pre-register early to claim your spot!

TOUR 1: Urban Sassafras (Thursday, 2:45-3:45 p.m.):

Participants in this tour will walk to the Urban Sassafras, a local retail business specializing in vintage and fine art. During the tour/presentation, IBEA members will hear from the owner, a local entrepreneur, who has put her web knowledge, creativity, and business-know how to work in the Springfield market. She will also share what she does to drive her thriving e-commerce business.

The owner has a Master of Science from DePaul University in Computer Animation and has worked for a multi-national technology company as a project manager and developer.

100 North Sixth Street ~ Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: ​217.210.2303


TOUR2:  MJ Kellner Foodservice (Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm):

Immediately following the IBEA Awards/Scholarship Dinner on Thursday, November 9, please join IBEA members in the circle drive in front (north side) of the Wyndham Springfield City Centre hotel to board a First Student school bus to travel to MJ Kellner Foodservice. This interactive tour from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. promises to enlighten IBEA members! As a bonus, you should receive 2 PDs!

Proposed Timeline

6:00-6:30   Travel from hotel on bus to MJ Kellner Foodservice
6:20-6:30   Arrive at MJ Kellner Foodservice
7:30   Depart from MJ Kellner Foodservice
7:30-7:50   Travel from MJ Kellner Foodservice on bus to Wyndham Springfield City Centre
7:50-8:00   Arrive at hotel

MJ Kellner Foodservice, a Springfield-based organization in business for more than 90 years, provides food, supplies, equipment, and services within a 100-mile+ radius. Perhaps your school or another organization you know purchases food from MJ Kellner Foodservice. To learn more about MJ Kellner Foodservice, please visit or wait for the presentation on the bus! Both bus rides will feature speakers sharing their experiences with supply chain management.

Upon arrival at MJ Kellner, you will tour the organization, noting firsthand how supply chain management is implemented throughout the order-picking process. Tour participants will also enjoy complimentary food samples provided by MJ Kellner.

On the bus ride back to the hotel, Honey Zimmerman, from Western Illinois University will be our guest speaker sharing how supply chain management fits into her department’s curriculum, the types of classes and opportunities in the degree program, and the talent gap and job market in this field.

Thank you to MJ Kellner Foodservice for sponsoring the tour, food samples, and the speaker on the bus trip from the hotel.

Thank you to Honey Zimmerman, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management, Department of Management & Marketing, College of Business and Technology, for speaking on the return bus trip and for arranging for the Western Illinois University Foundation to sponsor the bus transportation.

Pre-registration is required.

5700 International Parkway ~ Springfield, IL 62711
Phone: (217) 483-1770 ~ Fax: (217) 483-1771


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