He also served as the director of marketing for three years. He has held various marketing and product management positions with Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement, Masco Corporation, R&B Inc. and Newell Rubbermaid.
Holt holds a master’s degree in marketing from St. Joseph’s University, where he continues to serve as a member of the Academy of Food Marketing Board of Governors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Drexel University and is a graduate of the Food Executive Program at Cornell University.
In 2014, Holt was named to the Top 40 Under 40 in the Food Industry by the Griffin Report.
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, millennials have more than $200 billion in direct spending power and
upwards of another $400 billion via indirect influence. How retailers leverage private brands’ attributes, to a segment
less motivated by name brands than previous generations, will define the standards and tactics for the future. A panel of
industry experts will discuss the impact of this spending power and influence and explore ways companies are igniting
passion for their brands with these savvy shoppers.
• Value: Millennials seek more value than price alone. Quality, healthier ingredients, and social impact are all key value components for this segment.
• Product Innovation: Convenience solutions, diverse taste profiles, and market trends are important components to today’s private label program.
• Connectivity and transparency: Accessibility for brand and product information and 1:1 feedback to consumer questions via social media and other channels are critical.