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The Environmental Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry will provide critical education for environmental professionals in a new all-virtual format. This year’s conference will cover critical topics including EPA enforcement, water use and conservation, recycling, employee engagement and more. New this year, the conference will include 3 bonus “101” sessions covering a wide range of issues for those new to the meat industry or needing a refresher on the basics. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts in environmental management and hear directly from EPA representatives and legal experts. Sessions will be spaced over 5 days to allow for maximum live participation, and the sessions will also be available on-demand to conference attendees following the program.


Monday, February 8th

Tuesday, February 9th

Wednesday, February 10th

Thursday, February 11th

Friday, February 12th

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

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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: Taking Continuous Improvement from Concept to Action


Eric Lassalle

Eric Lassalle

Director of Environmental Affairs,
Smithfield Foods

Eric Lassalle is the Director of Environmental Affairs at Smithfield Foods. He has 30 years of experience in the environmental field with the last 24 at Smithfield Foods, Inc. Eric’s current duties include administering regulatory compliance programs for Smithfield’s U.S. facilities. He also provides 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 2017-2019.

Presentation: Air Permitting, Odor, and Greenhouse Gases 101


Ken Yass

Ken Yass

Principal Engineer,
Geosyntec Consultants

Ken Yass, P.E., CHMM is a Principal in Geosyntec’s Milwaukee, Wisconsin office and has over 26 years of environmental service experience. He is a Civil / Environmental Engineer with 23 years of environmental consulting experience and three years of industry experience in the Corporate Technical Regulatory Services Manager role for Hydrite Chemical, a nationwide chemical manufacturing and distribution company. Ken is a subject matter expert (SME) for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA, aka SARA) compliance and reporting, and had overall responsibility for Tier II and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI, aka Form R) compliance and reporting for all 12 of Hydrite’s facilities. He is also an SME for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan development and compliance, having developed dozens of SPCC Plans for a broad range of oil storage and handling facilities. Ken has significant experience with air quality/permitting, including construction and operation permitting, emissions quantification, assessing applicability of National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs), documenting exempt status, and assisting with air compliance inspections and permit negotiations with state and federal regulatory agencies. He also has significant experience with industrial storm water management including storm water pollution prevention plan (SWP3) development and compliance, and hazardous waste management and wastewater permitting and compliance. Ken also was responsible for company-wide compliance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) requirements while at Hydrite Chemical.

Presentation: TRI, SPCC Planning and Industrial Stormwater 101


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 and Sludge Management 101


Nick Ossi

Nick Ossi

Manager, Environmental, Health, and Safety,
American Foods Group, LLC

Nick Ossi is the Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for American Foods Group (AFG), the 5th Largest Beef Processing Company in the US. Nick provides corporate leadership and support to all AFG facilities, and has over 10 years of industrial environmental engineering and compliance management experience. Nick 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 also a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Wisconsin.

Presentation: Wastewater and Sludge Management 101


Paul Gomes

Paul Gomes

Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs,
Triumph Foods, LLC

Paul Gomes is the Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs at Triumph Foods where he has been for 8 years. Prior to Triumph Foods, Paul was the Regulatory Compliance Engineer Indiana Packers Corporation for 7 years and EHS Manager for CNH. Paul is retired from the United States after 28 years. Paul has a BS in Oceanography from University of Washington and Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Presentation: Air Permitting, Odor, and Greenhouse Gases 101


Rich Shank

Rich Shank

Vice President,
Research & Insights,
Technomic

Since joining Technomic in 2010, Rich Shank, vice president of Research & Insights, has led the growth of Technomic’s proprietary consumer research practice. He has conducted a diverse number of studies that span from consumer journeys and segmentation to menu optimization and pricing analytics. In his time at Technomic, he has been instrumental in launching our Ignite consumer brand tracking service, our concept testing product and our restaurant pricing practice.

Rich has more than 20 years of industry and academic research experience that spans the long-term care, mental health services, distribution and foodservice markets. He has a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and sociology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Presentation: Taking Continuous Improvement from Concept to Action


Christopher Dolan

Christopher Dolan

Director,
Environmental Issues
NAMI

Chris Dolan serves as NAMI's director of environmental and sustainability 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: Taking Continuous Improvement from Concept to Action


Wade Tanner

Wade Tanner

Director of Engineering,
Reid Engineering

Mr. Tanner, P.E. is the Director of Engineering and provides leadership and oversight on all projects at the firm. Wade has over 20 years of experience in design build, land development, water/sewer infrastructure and wastewater treatment projects. He is involved in all phases of the project from the evaluation and planning phase, survey and geotechnical coordination phase, detailed design phase, permitting phase, bid phase and construction administration phase.Wade is an effective leader at every level. Wade has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. Wade thoroughly enjoys wastewater treatment/process design, BioWin modeling, hydraulic design, mechanical piping and pumping design and learning more about leading equipment and technology.

Wade enjoys working on all types and sizes of projects. Whether it’s a small water/sewer infrastructure design build project for a rural community or a large wastewater treatment design project for an Industrial client. He takes pride in seeing the the positive outcomes and successful results clients experience from his work.

Presentation: Wastewater and Sludge Management 101


Tiffani Burt

Tiffani Burt

Executive Director,
Corporate Innovation and Sustainability,
Sealed Air Corporation

Dr. Tiffani Burt is the Executive Director of the Materials Lifecycle Team within Sealed Air’s Innovation and Sustainability organization focusing on enablement of Sealed Air’s 2025 Plastics Pledge. Tiffani has been with Sealed Air for 8 years and has driven research efforts in the areas of microlayering and bioprocessing with her current focus being on sustainability. During her first 4 years at Sealed Air, she was a product development engineer within the Medical Division followed by a role leading a multi-disciplinary team with project areas spanning from machine learning to pathogen detection on the front end of innovation. Today, her team is responsible for using innovation to create a circular economy for plastic packaging through novel design enabling recyclability and developing collaboration scenarios across the value chain. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Doctorate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Tiffani has been passionate about diversity and inclusion in STEM fields throughout her graduate and industrial career and is an active member of the Global Women’s Initiative Network Steering Committee at Sealed Air. During her spare time, she is an outdoor enthusiast and loves hiking and rock climbing with her family.

Presentation: Packaging, Recycling, and Environmental Impacts


John Meyer

John Meyer

Senior Director,
Environmental Affairs,
Smithfield Foods

John currently serves at Senior Director of Environmental Affairs at Smithfield Foods. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering both from the University of Iowa. He is a registered Professional Engineer and is in his 32nd year in the environmental engineering field – 9 years as a consulting engineer, 9 years at IBP and Tyson Foods, and 14 years and counting at Smithfield.

Presentation: Packaging, Recycling, and Environmental Impacts


Anna Baron

Anna Baron

Global Sustainability Leader,
OSI Group

As OSI Group’s global sustainability director, Anna Baron is responsible for creating and leading OSI’s sustainability strategy, integrating environmental, supply chain and social responsibility goals into OSI’s daily business operations. During her time at OSI, Anna has worked to establish a culture of sustainability throughout the company by implementing data systems to monitor progress, embedding industry-recognized sustainability standards and driving continuous improvement. Additionally, Anna leads OSI’s efforts in supporting suppliers through education, partnerships, pilot projects and idea sharing.

Prior to joining OSI Group in 2018, Anna worked on developing more sustainable food systems in the U.S., Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, focusing on private sector opportunities that drive economic and social impact.

Anna is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a two-time Fulbright grantee. Anna lives in Chicago, Illinois and loves cooking recipes from across the world.

Presentation: Environmental Considerations in the Meat Supply Chain - Why Sustainability Outcomes Matter


Chris Kloss

Chris Kloss

Director,
Water Permits Division,
EPA

Chris is the Director of the Water Permits Division in U.S. EPA’s Office of Water. He oversees the national NPDES permitting program, which is a key element in EPA’s clean water program. The Division also implements voluntary programs related to animal agriculture, green infrastructure, and integrated planning. His responsibilities require collaborating with a broad swath of federal, state, local, industry, and environmental groups.

Presentation: Regulatory Leadership Panel


Glenn Skuta

Glenn Skuta

Watershed Division Director,
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Glenn Skuta has been the director of the Watershed Division at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for 5 years. The Watershed Division includes the Feedlot Program. He has been at the Pollution Control Agency for nearly 31 years, mostly in water program roles. Glenn got his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy at St. John’s University in central Minnesota, and a year ago completed a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Glenn is an avid runner and marathoner, and loves spending time in the outdoors.

Presentation: Regulatory Leadership Panel


Matt Sutton-Vermeulen

Matt Sutton-Vermeulen

Principal,
The Context Network

Matt Sutton-Vermeulen is Principal at the Context Network. He is focused on continuous improvements in Responsible Food Chains associated with meat, milk and eggs. His practical experience with domestic and international clients across the full spectrum of the food chain provide him with a unique skill set to create opportunities and solve problems. His ability to help clients navigate complex issues via simple processes and tempered candor set him apart. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Presentation: Environmental Considerations in the Meat Supply Chain - Why Sustainability Outcomes Matter


Ceil Mancini

Ceil Mancini

Senior Scientist,
EHS Support

Ceil Mancini leads EHS-Support’s PFAS Program. She focuses her extensive expertise in risk-based remediation supporting clients on innovative strategy development and risk assessment for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). As Practice Leader for PFAS risk assessment of a 150-person global team, she led and participated on strategy development for a variety of clients, and co-authored several PFAS presentations. Ms. Mancini also served as co-chair of the PFAS technical session at SETAC 2019.

Ms. Mancini is a remediation specialist with decades of experience working in the investigation and assessment of contaminated aquatic systems to inform their remediation. Most of her work involves management of aquatic systems, risk assessment, and risk-based decision-making, monitoring, and restoration in the framework of federal and state programs. Ms. Mancini has served as Program Manager, Project Manager, and regulatory liaison for a variety of CERCLA, RCRA, and state voluntary programs throughout the United States and in Latin America. She has done extensive work in East Coast estuaries, with particular emphasis on the Mid-Atlantic region. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University and a Master’s degree from Rutgers University.

Presentation: Case Studies in Water Issues and Advances in Water Treatment


Adam Schnieders

Adam Schnieders

Water Quality Resource Coordinator,
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Adam Schnieders has worked in various roles for water quality programs within the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the past 20 years, including a role coordinating the state’s water quality standards efforts, and serving as the NPDES program supervisor. Adam was a leader in the development of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy that brings the point and nonpoint source sectors together in a common statewide plan to reduce nutrients in Iowa’s waters and those of its downstream neighbors. Schnieders now serves as Water Quality Resource Coordinator, which is responsible for the management and coordination of water quality policies and partnership programs for the DNR. Adam plays an active role in a number of workgroups, including the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force, the Water Quality Executive Committee for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, and has been serving as Co-Chair of the Association of Clean Water Administrators Nutrients Policy Committee since 2014.

Presentation: Regulatory Leadership Panel


Patrick Becker

Patrick Becker

Director
AgriHawk Business,
Hawkins, Inc.

Patrick Becker studied business at the University of Wisconsin. In 1988, he entered the Air Force in the field of meteorology; he spent an additional 9 years in the Air National Guard in the same career field. Upon separating from active duty in 1992, Patrick returned to Wisconsin where he worked in sales for Schwan Sales and a smaller cheese manufacturer. During this tenure at both these places, he became more aware and interested in downstream affects. This led him to an environmental firm that specialized in remediating contaminated soil from gas and fuel stations to train derailments. Patrick once again changed focus and began working for Hawkins, Inc in 1998.

Patrick started with Hawkins in 1998 in Wisconsin in the Water Treatment Division with a keen focus on municipal water and waste. During this time, he participated in the Wisconsin RWA, Wisconsin WWOA, and the Wisconsin AWWA.

In 2008, Patrick was promoted to Branch Manager and he and his family moved to Missouri to open a new branch location for Hawkins, also in their Water Treatment Division. During this time Patrick participated in the Missouri RWA.

In 2011, Patrick was promoted to Eastern Regional Manager for Water Treatment Group, managing as many as 6 branch locations. During this time, he successfully opened 3 branches to include a new build at one of these, and most recently successfully transitioned a large acquisition, and most assuredly will be leading future expansion efforts.

It is during this time that Hawkins became very involved with the plight of farmer/growers in need of water quality help. In 2014 Hawkins made a concerted effort to look at the farm-level industry and their need for clean, clear water and water lines. Hawkins had the expertise from our years treating municipal water; the transition seemed natural. Hawkins Ag Water became a segment of Hawkins Water Treatment Group in 2018 and now has a growing team of field reps specifically focused on farm level water treatment in the livestock and poultry industry. Most recently, and while still maintaining his Regional Manager position, he has been named Director of AgriHawk Business for Hawkins.

Presentation: Case Studies in Water Issues and Advances in Water Treatment



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