Smoke Jumpers XVI

October 24-26 | Chicago | Chicago Athletic Association

Smoke Jumpers is a share-group comprised of senior retail and foodservice personnel from top CPG companies.



Twice a year, we gather together to discuss industry change.

Smoke Jumpers XVI will combine our traditional strategic agenda with an additional full day of application-use sessions for those who would like to learn more about the ins and outs of our software, FORGE. Frequent users should attend to receive their FORGE Certification. We will be launching the certification program at Smoke Jumpers XVI.

The meeting sessions will take place at the Chicago Athletic Association and a room block is being held for attendees requiring accommodations.

We are currently fine-tuning the agenda. Check back soon for additional details.

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Smoke Jumpers XVI will boast a robust educational agenda, including the annual State of the Industry session with Blacksmith CEO, Paul Wietecha.



October 24

Welcome Reception

Hotel check-in available



October 25

State of the Industry

Round Table Discussions

Operator Panel

Networking Dinner



October 26

FORGE Sessions / Certification



Paul Wietecha

President & CEO | Blacksmith Applications

Mark DiDomenico

Director, Client Solutions | Datassential

Tim Chilson

Sr. Executive Account Manager | PROS

Past Attendees Include Senior Personnel From:

Book Your Stay at the Chicago Athletic Association

A room block is available at the Chicago Athletic Association. Please book your room directly with the hotel. Blacksmith Applications will not be managing the room block for attendees going forward.

Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Call 844.312.2221 to secure your reservation

The deadline to reserve your room at the group rate of $259 + tax is October 2, 2017.

Tuesday Welcome Reception

Join us at Cindy’s (the rooftop restaurant at the Chicago Athletic Association) to kick off Smoke Jumpers XVI.

We will have a private space to enjoy the open air on the rooftop. As usual, great food and drinks will be provided.

Be sure to let us know you’ll attend when you register for the meeting.

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Wednesday Networking Dinner

The Smoke Jumpers Networking Dinner is a fan favorite. This is the ideal time to connect with industry peers and unwind after strategic sessions earlier in the day.

Our group will have exclusive use of the Chicago Sports Museum. Be ready for an interactive experience.

835 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday: FORGE Certification

We're tacking on a full day of application-use sessions and launching our FORGE Certification program. Thursday October 26 will be comprised of training, tips and tricks. Those who frequently use FORGE should attend to receive certification. Those who are interested in learning more about the application should also consider these Thursday sessions.

Memorable Moments from Smoke Jumpers XV

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: Do I have to be a customer of Blacksmith Applications to attend Smoke Jumpers sessions?

A1: No. You do not need to be a customer. We encourage all trade management professionals to attend and expand their network.

Q2: Is there a REGISTRATION fee for attending Smoke Jumpers XVI?

A2: No. There is no registration fee. Attendees will be responsible for expenses associated with their accommodations, which can be booked &/or cancelled directly with the Chicago Athletic Association.

Q3: Is there a CANCELLATION fee if I have to back out?

A3: We hope you won’t need to cancel, but if you do need to cancel your registration for Smoke Jumpers XVI, you must do so no later than Tuesday October 10, 2017. Should you cancel after Tuesday October 10, 2017, a $500 attendee cancellation fee will be charged. We do not charge for registration or participation, however we are implementing the cancellation fee to cover expenses incurred for registrants who cancel after final event commitments are due to the venue.

Q4: How do I cancel?

A4: Please email if you need to cancel your registration. We will respond to confirm your cancellation.

Q5: What is FORGE Certification?

A5: This certification will demonstrate your proficiency in the workflows of FORGE software. Certification can be obtained for any combination of the following: Programs, Claims, and Analytics. Blacksmith Applications is offering FORGE Certification for the first time at the Smoke Jumpers XVI session in Chicago on Thursday October 26th. Following this live certification opportunity, the Blacksmith Applications team will be working on a remote certification process.


Please email with any additional questions you may have about Smoke Jumpers XVI.