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Worker Safety, Labor and Employment and Meat Industry Management Conferences

April 4-7, 2016 | InterContinental Hotel, Chicago, IL

Monday, April 4, 2016

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires: How Behaviors Can Address Safety Before There’s a Problem WSLE
Tracy Timm, Human Capital Advisor, R.H. Sweeney Associates
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace WSLE
Don Teater, Medical Advisor, Prescription Drug Overdose Initiatives, National Safety Council
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions WSLE
Worker Safety Track Labor and Employment Track
3:00 - 4:00 pm- Machine Guarding
Chris Uebele, Engineering Manager, Multivac, Inc. and Tom Young, Corporate Safety Director, Smithfield
3:00 – 4:00 pm Employee Recruitment Roundtable
4:00 – 5:00 pm Safe Equipment Design
Teddy Townsend, EHS Manager, Land O Frost
4:00- 5:00 pm Employee Retention Roundtable
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Worker Safety, Labor and Employment Reception WSLE

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Breakfast WSLE
8:00 – 8:45 am
Worker’s Compensation Claims Management: A Meat Packer’s Perspective WSLE
Randy Seay, Director of Claims Management, Smithfield Foods
8:45 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions- WSLE
Worker Safety Track Labor and Employment Track
9:00-9:45 am – Distracted Driving
Deborah Trombley, National Safety Council ( live webinar)
9:00 – 9:45 am Recruiting and Selection: Targeted Recruiting and Social Media Considerations
Scott Habermehl, Director of HR, Boar’s Head Provisions, Jeff Pasek, Partner, Cozen O'Connor
9:45 – 10:00 am Break 9:45 – 10:00 am Break
10:00 – 11:00 am- Elements of an Effective SIF
Holly Mockus, Alchemy and Mark Lies, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
10:00 – 11:00 am Retention and Recognition: Alternative Work Schedules and Use of Data and Metrics
Jim Harding, HR Manager, Indiana Packers Corp., Mark Pittman, Executive Vice President- HR, American Foods Group, and Shanan Fennema Executive Consultant, Culture Index, Inc.
11:00 am– 12:00 pm- Sanitation Safety
Jim Howry, Principal Research Associate, Georgia Tech Research Institute
11:00 am- 12:00 pm Training and Development Focus: Employee Assistance Programs and Professional Development
Angelo Fili, Executive Vice President, Greater Omaha Packing and Lona Smart, Management Consultant, Revela
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Committee meetings: WSLE/MC
Food Safety and Inspection Affairs Committee
Communications and Marketing Committee
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Services Committee meeting
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Followership: The Four Secret Skills of Multi-Generational Leadership Success WSLE/MC
Cory Bouck, Regional Business Director, Asia/Pacific Region, Johnsonville Sausage, and author, keynote speaker, and leadership expert
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions WSLE/MC

WSLE Track Family Business Track Food Safety Track Marketing Track
2:30 – 3:30 pm OSHA Update
Pat Tyson, Partner, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
Managing Your Hat Collection On the Way to Becoming a Successful, Multi-Generational Family Business
Ken Ude, Director, Marshall Family Business Program, University of Southern California
USDA Food Safety, Trade, and Policy Update
Al Almanza, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety and Acting FSIS Administrator, USDA
New Cost Savings and Tax Benefits For Food Donations
Karen Hanner, Managing Director of Manufacturing Partnerships and Randy Starck, Senior National Account Manager, Feeding America
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 4:45 pm Developments in Labor & Employment Law for 2016
John Cruickshank, Associate, Alaniz Schraeder Linker Farris Mayes LLP
Creating Long-Term Sustainable Value in your Business and Leveraging the Power of an Advisory Board to Stay on Track
Ken Ude, Managing Director, The Board Group
Understanding Whole Genome Sequencing
Haley Oliver, Associate Professor, Purdue University
Brand Building: Finding the Sweet Spot
Danette Amstein, Principal, Midan Marketing
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception and Presentation of Worker Safety Awards WSLE/MC
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ambassador’s Reception (invitation only) MC

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

7:00 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast and Issues, Answers, Actions MC
Brent Cator, President, and John Vatri, Vice President, Cardinal Meat Specialists
8:30 am – 8:45 am
8:45 am – 9:45 am
Evolving the Supply Chain in a Customer Obsessed Culture MC
Justin Ransom, Sr. Director, Quality Systems, U.S. SCM, McDonalds USA, LLC
8:45 am – 9:00 am
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Concurrent Sessions- MC
Communicating Meat and Poultry Nutrition to Your Customers and the Public
Janet Riley, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, NAMI
The Food Safety Modernization Act and Its Implications for USDA and Dual Jurisdiction Establishments
Jody Swaim, Principal Attorney, OFW Law
Foodservice Focus: Food With a Story
Erin Murray, Senior Account Manager, Datassential
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Spouse/Partner Program: Charter Cruise and Lunch with Architectural Tour MC
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11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Navigating the Economics of the Red Meat Industry Beyond 2015 MC
John Nalivka, President, Sterling Marketing, Inc.
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch MC
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions MC
Beef Issues Forum Pork/Processed Meats Issues Forum Supplier Issues Forum
Beef Issues Update
Scott Goltry, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, NAMI

Benchmarking Ground Beef Production
Jerry Grove, Director of Business Development, Agri Stats, Inc.

Agricultural Marketing Service Issues Update
Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed, USDA-AMS
Agricultural Marketing Service Issues Update
Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed, USDA-AMS

Pork Production Issues Update
Dallas Hockman, Vice President of Industry Relations, National Pork Producers Council
Pork Issues Update
Scott Goltry, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, NAMI
Allergen recalls and available mitigation measures
Norm Robertson, NAMI

Food Industry Technician Development Program Update
David Seckman, FPSA

Processor Insights
Dave Miniat, CEO, Ed Miniat LLC

IPPE Update
Anne Halal, NAMI
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Committee Meetings: WSLE/MC
International Affairs Committee
Foodservice Committee
Intellectual Properties Committee
National Hot Dog and Sausage Council
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PAC Reception MC
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Supplier Showcase and SausageFest Reception MC

Thursday, April 7, 2016

7:15 am – 8:15 am
Breakfast and USDA-AMS Administrator’s Message MC
Elanor Starmer, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
8:15 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am – 11:30 am
NAMI Board of Directors Meeting