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Meat Industry Summit

April 16-19, 2018 | La Cantera Resort, San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


8:45 am – 9:45 am
The Big AHA - How to Future Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends Today
Jack Uldrich, Global Futurist, Speaker, Author
Jack’s ThinkWeek Resources
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions:

10:00 am – 10:55 am
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Creating a Culture of Accountability to Produce Game Changing Results
Ryan Millar, Senior Partner, Partners in Leadership and Gold-Medal Olympian
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions:

  • Implications of the Trump Administration on Labor and Employment Laws: One Year Later
    Jeremy Glenn, Cozen O’Connor and John Linker, Shareholder, Winstead
  • FSIS Priorities and Policy Discussion
    Paul Kiecker, Acting Administrator, FSIS, USDA and Norm Robertson, Vice President of Regulatory Services
  • Everything You Should Know about FSMA and Empowering your Workforce
    Jorge Acosta, Director of Technical Services, Alchemy Systems
  • Family Business Focus: The Role of Owners vs. Managers
    Otis Baskin, The Family Business Consulting Group
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Membership Committee Meeting National Hot Dog & Sausage Council Meeting
    FSIS Dallas District Town Hall Meeting

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018


    7:45 am – 8:45 am
    Considerations for Improving Customer Engagement and Customer Results
    Kevin Ladwig, Vice President, Johnsonville Sausage
    9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Economic Update and Outlook for Business
    Don Close, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Senior Analyst – Beef Protein, Rabobank
    10:15 am – 11:45 am
    Concurrent Sessions:

    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Marketing and Communications Committee Meeting
    Labor and Employment Committee Meeting
    Supplier Forum and Committee Meeting
    Intellectual Properties Committee Meeting
    Ambassador’s Industry Update and Discussion
    Moderated by Russell Cross, Texas A&M University, presentation by Susan Backus and Barry Carpenter, NAMI
    3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
    Concurrent Sessions:

    4:15 pm- 5:15 pm
    International Affairs Committee Meeting
    Foodservice Committee Meeting
    Meat Summit Planning Committee Meeting
    NAMI Scholarship Board Meeting

    Thursday, April 19, 2018


    7:00 am – 8:00 am

    Breakfast and International Trade Update
    Ted McKinney, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, USDA