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Meat Institute Annual Meeting and Outlook Conference

The Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC  | November 2-5, 2015


Tuesday, November 3


7:00 am – 8:30 am         Breakfast and Issues, Answers, Actions

Moderated by Brent Cator, President, and John Vatri, Vice President, Cardinal Meat Specialists

8:45 am – 9:45 am         Opening General Session: Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before It Destroys It?

Jack Bobo, Chief Communications Officer, Intrexon Corporation

10:00 am – 1:30 pm       Joint Scientific Affairs Committee / Food Safety and  Inspection Affairs Committee Meeting with Lunch

10:00 am – 11:00 am     Concurrent Sessions:

Beef Economic Outlook

John Nalivka, Owner, Sterling Marketing

Family Business Governance and Outside Advisors

Rod Brenneman, CEO, Strategic Business Advisor, Board Member,

Persuasive Communications for Effective Advocacy

Janet Riley, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, NAMI

Supplier Forum

11:15 am – 12:15 pm     Concurrent Sessions:

Pork Economic Outlook

Steve Meyer, Vice President Pork, EMI Analytics

Family Business Governance Perspectives

Rod Brenneman and members of the NAMI Family Business Task Force, including Brian Coehlo, President, Central Valley Meat Company, Eric Gustafson, CEO, Coast Packing Company, Neal Leonard, CEO, Surlean Foods, and Dave Miniat, President and CEO, Ed Miniat, Inc.


Washington Insider Legislative Issues Panel

Chelsie Keys, Senior Professional Staff,  Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Mary Knigge, Professional Staff, House Committee on Agriculture, and Pam Miller, Staff Assistant, House Committee on Appropriations.

Moderator: Lee Lilley, McGuireWoods Consulting



1:45 pm – 2:45 pm         Annual Meeting, Scholarship and Award Presentations, and Political Update

Randy Russell, Partner, The Russell Group

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm    Concurrent Sessions:  

Food Safety & Regulatory Forum: Validation Compliance and Allergen Control

Norm Robertson, Vice President of Regulatory Services and Scott Goltry, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, NAMI, and Dr. Joe Baumert, University of Nebraska, and Co-Director of the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program 


Labor & Employment Forum and Committee Meeting

John Cruickshank, Associate, Alaniz Schraeder Linker Farris Mayes LLP


Foodservice Committee Meeting

Intellectual Properties Committee Meeting

International Affairs Committee Meeting


Wednesday, November 4

6:45 am – 7:45 am         Breakfast with panel discussion, Effect of IARC Red and Processed Meat Ranking

8:00 am – 9:00 am         Sustainability: A Journey of Continuous Improvement

Cameron Bruett, Head of Corporate Affairs, JBS & Pilgrams

9:15 am – 11:00 am       USDA Leadership Panel: Priorities and Pressure

Bucky Gwartney, International Marketing Specialist, Agriculture Marketing Service, USDA

Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA

Janet Nuzum, Associate Administrator, Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA

Phil Derfler, Deputy Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA 

Larry Mitchell, Administrator, Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA

11:15 am – 11:45 am     Less Meat, More Money: Protein and the Plate Research

Lisa Keefe, Editor, Meatingplace and Michael Uetz, Principal, Midan Marketing

11:45 am - 12:15 pm     Trends in Salary, Benefits and Job Satisfaction in the Meat and Poultry Industries

Marjorie Hellmer, President, Cypress Research Associates, LLC

*If you are interested in this presentation please contact Joel Crews.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm         Concurrent Sessions:

Business Growth Through Modern Marketing

Mike Lemon, Director, Growth Strategies, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP


Restaurant Industry Trends and Outlook

Annika Stensson, Director of Research Communications, National Restaurant Association


Crisis Management: Getting Ahead of the Curve

Janet Riley, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, NAMI


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm         Concurrent Sessions:

The Power of an Engaged and Empowered Employee

Wes Burke, Human Resources Director, Alchemy Systems


Re-Thinking Innovation in Retail

Mikael Olson, Associate Client Director, Nielsen Perishables Group


Developing an Approved Supplier Program

Suzanne Finstad, Vice President Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance, Tyson



Thursday, November 5  

8:00 am – 8:45 am         Closing General Session: Industry Change and Future Forecast

Steve Stouffer, President, Tyson Fresh Meats