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Environmental Conference co-located at IPPE.

The Environmental Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry is once again being co-located with the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Ga. This conference will cover critical topics including EPA enforcement, water use and conservation, wastewater management, Form R Reporting, Process Safety Management (PSM), recycling, PFAS, and more.

Environmental issues are top of mind for meat and poultry processors, with increased information and innovation paving the way for improvements. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts in environmental management while sharing ideas and best practices with your peers.


Hotel Information

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 223-4000

Book your housing through the IPPE room block.

There are more than 50 hotels within the IPPE negotiated block. Downtown space is limited. Experient is the Official Housing Provider for the International Production & Processing Expo. Improper solicitation of hotel reservations from any company other than Experient is not approved. Reservations made by unaffiliated organizations may appear to have lower rates, however they may be illegitimate, not have the rooms to sell, have unreasonable cancellation or change penalties, or be completely non-refundable. Please be aware of, and report any unauthorized solicitation to IPPE management or Experient.

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities please contact Jim Goldberg, Director Member Recruitment & Outreach, at 202-587-4206 or jgoldberg@meatinstitute.org

Media Partners


Eric Mittenthal

Eric Mittenthal

Vice President of Sustainability
NAMI

Eric Mittenthal is the vice president of sustainability at the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), previously serving as the organization’s vice president of public affairs since 2012. He leads the Meat Institute’s sustainability initiatives and also focuses on developing communications to bust myths on the role of meat in the diet and how meat is produced.

Mittenthal joined NAMI from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) where he worked closely with dietitians and led IFIC’s efforts in communicating with journalists and influencers. Mittenthal moved to Washington D.C. following a career as a television reporter and producer in several markets around the country including Atlanta, Jacksonville, NC and Idaho Falls, ID. He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and also received a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.

Presentation: Growing Trust in Animal Protein Through Continuous Improvement


P. Scott Shearer

Scott Shearer

Vice President
Bockorny Group

Scott Shearer is Vice President at Bockorny Group in Washington, DC. He has three decades of extensive international trade and agricultural policy expertise. Having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S. - China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Scott was instrumental in the successful passage of China permanent normal trade relations and TPA. He worked with the Embassy of Australia to help win Congressional approval of the U.S. – Australia Free Trade Agreement. In 1999, Scott was named a private sector member of the U.S. delegation to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Scott was Director of National Relations for Farmland Industries, Inc. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, directing the agency’s legislative efforts including the 1996 Farm Bill, trade policy, USDA reorganization, crop insurance reform, food safety and nutrition. In the mid-1980s, Scott was executive director of the National Corn Growers Association after serving as a legislative assistant to Senator Alan J. Dixon (IL).

He is the past president of the Washington Agricultural Roundtable, St. Louis Agri Business Club, Illinois Group, Illinois State Society, and the Missouri – Kansas Forum. Scott was awarded in 2009 the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Alumni Association’s Award of Merit. This is the association’s highest honor given to an alum. Scott received in 2013 the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Distinguished Service Award in which USMEF called Scott “one of the leading advocates for American agriculture and agriculture exports.” In 1997, Scott received Alpha Zeta’s Centennial Award, which recognized the top national leaders of agriculture. Scott received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois.

Presentation: Political Update and Industry Considerations


Keith Bailey

Keith Bailey

Director, Environmental Affairs
Smithfield

Keith Bailey serves at the Director of Environmental Affairs at Smithfield. Keith has 25 years wastewater operations and design experience with the last 11 being with Smithfield Foods. He earned a BS in Business from George Mason University and an MS in Environmental Science & Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Keith is also retired from the US Air Force where he worked in Aircraft Maintenance.

Presentation: Biological Wastewater Treatment Panel Discussion


Amy Bauer

Amy Bauer

Food and Beverage Sector Lead
EHS Support

Amy Bauer has over 20 years of experience providing regulatory guidance and consulting across various industries. Ms. Bauer is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) and has performed environmental compliance audits across the United States and internationally. Ms. Bauer specializes in assisting clients in interpreting and implementing various regulatory compliance requirements, training, and providing guidance and support for interactions with regulatory agencies. She is practiced in providing compliance assistance for merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions, including identifying and completing environmental permit transfers and providing other integration assistance. Ms. Bauer leads EHS Support’s Food and Beverage Marketing Sector.

Presentation: Toxic Release Inventory (Form R) Reporting – Common Errors, and Easy Improvements


Leslie Cook

Leslie Cook

Sustainable Strategy and Advocacy
Sealed Air

Leslie Cook has been with Sealed Air for 32 years. Leslie joined Cryovac in 1987 after obtaining M.S. in Food Science & Technology from the University of Georgia. In her current role in Sustainability Strategy & Advocacy, Leslie Cook is responsible for helping to drive Sealed Air’s sustainability strategy to solve customers’ most critical packaging challenges with an overall goal to reduce waste that occurs across the entire value chain. In this global role, her responsibilities include strategic customer engagement to enable growth through sustainability, influence our industry via advocacy, sustainability goal development & metrics and employee engagement on our sustainability goals. She has over 30 years of industrial experience in sustainability, strategic planning, innovation management, product & design development, market research and portfolio management.

Presentation: The Future of Recyclable Packaging in the Meat Industry


Chris Dolan

Chris Dolan

Director of Environmental Issues,
NAMI and Partner,
Faegre Baker Daniels

Chris Dolan serves as NAMI's director of environmental issues, having previously worked in this position for the American Meat Institute since 2014. He is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels, specializing in environmental and natural resources litigation, environmental review, administrative proceedings, permitting, and compliance matters. He focuses on environmental litigation arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and a variety of state statutes as well as contractual environmental indemnity provisions.

Dolan has also worked with many federal and state administrative agencies on behalf of clients, including the EPA and the Bureau of Land Management. In litigation matters, he specializes in complex factual development and expert team management. Dolan has significant experience working with clients in the animal agriculture, oil and gas, energy, and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Dolan worked as a McCleary law fellow with the Human Rights Campaign. Before beginning his legal career, he was executive director of Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drives, an organization that collected food for Twin Cities food shelves.

Presentation: Regulatory Update


Eric Lassalle

Eric Lassalle

Director, Environmental Affairs
Smithfield Foods

Eric Lassalle is the Director of Environmental Affairs at Smithfield Foods. He has 27 years of experience in the environmental field with the last 21 at Smithfield Foods, Inc. Eric’s duties include administering regulatory compliance programs for Smithfield facilities and farms in the U.S., Poland, Romania, and Mexico. He also provide technical assistance, training, and mentoring to facility Environmental Coordinators and management teams for environmental regulatory reporting, permitting, compliance assurance, ISO 14001:2015, and sustainability initiatives. Eric has served as the North American Meat Institute Environmental Committee Chairman since 2017.

Presentation: Welcome & Introduction


Kellen Mahoney

Kellen Mahoney

Program Manager
Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Kellen Mahoney is Program Manager for the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), a leading organization working to develop insights and create collaborative sustainability solutions for business. In this role, he supports GEMI’s Board and member company representatives in developing and driving collaborative programs to address shared sustainability objectives. Kellen is managing a new GEMI project focused on investigating challenges and opportunities related to recycling of post-industrial food film packaging contaminated with food residues. In addition to his work with GEMI, Kellen provides strategic counsel and project management services to non-profit organizations and their corporate members as Vice President of Navista, The Public Affairs Group.

Presentation: GEMI’s Contaminated Food Film Packaging Recycling Project


Douglas Reindl

Douglas Reindl

Professor & Chair, Department of Engineering Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Director
Industrial Refrigeration Consortium

Douglas Reindl, PhD, PE is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Departments of Engineering Professional Development and Mechanical Engineering. He currently chairs the Department of Engineering Professional Development which delivers over 350 continuing education courses, both credit and non-credit, in a wide range of technical specialties. He has extensive experience in mechanical systems – including industrial ammonia refrigeration systems. As the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium, he works extensively to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability, and productivity of ammonia refrigeration infrastructure. Dr. Reindl received his BS in mechanical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, MS in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison, and PhD in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

Presentation: Beyond Regulatory Compliance… the Business Case for PSM


Mark Ritsema

Mark Ritsema

Environmental Director
Fed Beef Division,
JBS

Mark Ritsema oversees the environmental affairs and grease recovery operations at JBS USA, LLC for the fed-beef division. He also is active in the pork and case-ready divisions, and assists in the sustainability, due diligence, and utility programs of the company. Mark earned a mathematics degree from Hope College in Holland, MI and is a member of several professional organizations, and has authored or co-authored numerous articles for industry and wastewater publications. Mark has 22 years of experience in the meat industry.

Presentation: Wastewater Pre-treatment Panel Discussion


Greg Sindt

Greg Sindt

Senior Principal Engineer
Bolton & Menk

Greg Sindt is a Professional Engineer with more than 35 years of experience in environmental engineering and specializes in wastewater treatment facility design, operation and permitting for the meat packing and food processing industries. He is a Senior Principal Engineer at Bolton & Menk, consulting engineers. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in eleven states. Greg worked extensively in the technical development of the Iowa chloride water quality standards and has worked on chloride related permitting issues.

Presentation: Wastewater Pre-treatment Panel Discussion


Ryan Sleeper

Ryan Sleeper

Emerging Contaminants Lead
EHS Support

Ryan Sleeper is a biogeochemist who has focused his career on ecological risk assessment for sites under CERCLA, RCRA, and voluntary programs. He has worked on a variety of complex PRP and remedial projects both domestically and abroad. Ryan has spent the last several years monitoring scientific and regulatory developments surrounding emerging contaminants with a special focus on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). He has provided technical insight and guidance to projects requiring an assessment of PFAS fate and transport, regulations, and risk. Ryan works to provide clients with sound scientific guidance on complex environmental issues.

Presentation: Current Regulatory Climate on PFAS; Does it Affect the Meat Packaging Industry?


Nick Ossi

Nick Ossi

Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager
American Foods Group

Nick Ossi is the Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for American Foods Group (AFG), the 5th Largest Beef Processing Company in the US. Ossi provides corporate leadership and support to all AFG facilities, and has nearly 10 years of industrial environmental engineering and compliance management experience. Ossi earned his Bachelor of Science – Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Platteville and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University – Wisconsin. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE).

Presentation: Wastewater Pre-treatment Panel Discussion


Chris Logue

P.E., Sr. Managing Engineer,
Fresh Meats Environmental Engineering
Tyson Foods

Chris Logue is a Senior Managing Engineer, Fresh Meats Environmental Engineering, Tyson Foods, Inc. His primary responsibilities include oversight of the Fresh Meats Division Wastewater and Water Treatment Systems to include Project Development, Process Management/Optimization/Troubleshooting, Operator Training and assisting Environmental Managers and facilities with compliance issues. Previous positions at Tyson include Senior Project Engineer focusing on Wastewater and Water Treatment Projects and system optimization and Senior Environmental Manager for several of the Beef and Pork facilities. Prior to working at Tyson Foods, Inc., Chris spent 7 years as a project and design engineer with Metropolitan Utilities District, Omaha focusing on Water Treatment and Distribution. Chris is a 1998 Graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S.C.E and has been with Tyson Foods for 14 years.

Presentation: Biological Wastewater Treatment Panel Discussion


Greg Schwem

Greg Schwem

Comedian and Emcee

HuffPost calls Greg Schwem, “Your boss’ favorite comedian.” Indeed, Greg’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humor keynote speaker and sought-after corporate emcee, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2016. His recent business travels have resulted in a hilarious web series, A Comedian Crashes Your Pad. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Jay Leno and Keith Urban.

Presentation: NAMI Annual Awards Luncheon


Josh Bachman

Josh Bachman

Senior Engineer,
Director of Customer Engagement,
Cascade Energy

Josh Bachman joined Cascade Energy in 2000 as a project engineer of industrial energy efficiency projects. He has served customers in array of industries with particular focus on food processing and cold storage facilities. Mr. Bachman combines an understanding of the technical aspects of energy efficiency with excellent communication and management skills. He excels at simplified yet accurate analyses of industrial systems and has the ability to see how projects contribute to and fit with the big picture for individual customers and energy programs alike. He was one of the key designers of the Bonneville Power Administration’s award-winning Energy Smart Industrial program and currently serves as Cascade’s Director of Customer Engagement.

Presentation: It’s All About People: A Case Study in Achieving Deep Energy Savings


Fernando Meza

Fernando Meza

Environmental Manager
JBS

Fernando Meza is the current Environmental Manager at the Greeley Beef Plant facility. He oversees pretreatment, Waste water treatment, salt recovery and all permitting for this facility. Fernando is also very involved in all of the conservation efforts (Water, Electricity, and Natural Gas) throughout the whole facility. Fernando has been at the Greeley facility for over 18 years performing various roles from production, engineering and now environmental. Fernando has various certifications from ITT, NTT and Rockwell Automation mainly around electricity, PLC programing and automation.

Presentation: Water Re-Use / Recycling Panel Discussion


Brian Paulsen

Brian Paulsen

Regional Environmental Engineer
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp

History : 26 years of environmental management experience in the Meat Processing and Animal Agriculture Industry. Serving large Poultry and Swine integrators. Currently serves as Regional Environmental Manager for Pilgrim’s Pride for 6 complexes and 2 Protein Conversion Plants.

Experiences have focused on development of innovative technology and system integration to resolve the numerous environmental management issues surrounding our industry. Focus has been on wastewater treatment of high strength wastes, potable water system management and odor control techniques and overall regulatory compliance surrounding all environmental media.

Presentation: Water Re-Use / Recycling Panel Discussion


Jeaneanne M. Gettle

Jeaneanne M. Gettle

Water Division Director
EPA Region 4

Jeaneanne Gettle is the Director of the Water Division in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s, Region 4 office located in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Gettle has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri at Rolla) and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University. She has 34 years of experience at EPA working in variety of programs both in the Region and Headquarters. She previously served as the Director of the Science and Ecosystem Support Division in Region 4 and has worked on issues related to clean air, toxics, RCRA, superfund and pesticides as well as on a number of workgroups and committees which address both national and regional policy, programmatic and rule implementation issues.

Presentation: Environmental Protection Agency Update


Click here for online registration


  • To register for the Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry, you must first register for the International Production and Processing Expo.
  • During the IPPE registration process, you will be able to add the Environmental Conference to your registration. Registration fee: $399.
  • Registration for IPPE is FREE to all employees of packer/processor members of NAMI until January 10, 2020. For non-members, IPPE registration is only $75 until January 10, 2020.

Don’t Miss the Awards Luncheon! Winners of the Environmental Recognition and Achievement Awards will be honored at the Meat Institute Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Tuesday, January 28th.


Please contact us for more information or registration questions, Robin Troy, Director, Conference Services & Marketing, 202.587.4242