PTNPA Convention 2018
January 12 to 15
Miami, Florida

Speakers

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Kevin Carroll
Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC
Keynote
Commodity

Kevin Carroll travels around the world inspiring others through his passion for sports and childlike “play.” Throughout his career, Carroll has worked to advance the power of sport and play bringing new creative ideas to organizations such as Nike, the NHL, ESPN, the NBA, Walt Disney Company, and Starbucks. Carroll has dedicated his life to social change and uses his exuberance to encourage his audience to turn creative ideas into reality. Carroll has been honored to address the United Nations as part of the Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005, and to serve as host of the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards which featured Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2009.

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Scott Clemons
Brown Brothers Harriman
Keynote
Commodity

Scott Clemons joined Brown Brothers Harriman in 1990 and has held a variety of investment roles at the firm. His career began in international equities, where he was an analyst and portfolio manager of European and Asian equities, working out of the firm’s New York and London offices throughout the 1990s. In 2001 he broadened his responsibilities into domestic equity management and research, and from 2005 through 2010, he managed the New York office of the firm’s Wealth Management business. Scott was appointed Chief Investment Strategist in 2010 and is today one of the firm’s primary writers and speakers on topics related to the economy, financial markets and investing. Scott is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.

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Martin Hahn
Hogan Lovells
Keynote
Commodity

Martin Hahn focuses on a wide variety of regulatory issues affecting the food and dietary supplement industries. He assists companies in complying with the numerous statutes, regulations and guidance documents implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Martin represents numerous businesses in the food industry including companies that market finished foods directly to consumers, food ingredients, infant formulas, dietary supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

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Matt Stasiewicz
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keynote
Commodity

Matthew Stasiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Applied Food Safety at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received both a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Microbiology from Cornell. His work included risk analysis in microbial food safety and the use of whole genome sequence analysis to identify persistent Listeria in food associated environments. He has published 17 papers on Listeria and Salmonella microbiology, including a review of Listeria monocytogenes persistence that was the most downloaded publication of 2014 for the Journal of Food Protection.

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Joseph Clayton
International Food Information Council
Keynote
Commodity

Joseph Clayton is Chief Executive Officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), a trade association that provides research, science communications and issues management to food, beverage and agriculture companies. Prior to joining IFIC, Clayton served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). Prior to AFFI, he served as Executive Vice President at Golin International and led the agency’s public and corporate affairs practices in Washington, DC. Clayton began his lifelong focus on communications and policy issues in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide. Clayton received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

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Bernice Neumann
Exponent PR
Keynote
Commodity

Bernice Neumann is the Food & Nutrition Practice Leader at Exponent PR, where she focuses on building lasting connections through belief in brands. Bernice knows the food industry inside out—and from farm to table. She has worked with startup, emerging and established brands, such as SoFit, Jonny Pops, Florida’s Natural Orange Juice, Land O'Lakes Butter, Alpine Lace Cheese, Kozy Shack Pudding, Zespri Kiwifruit, El Monterey Frozen Mexican Food, Muir Glen Reserve Tomatoes, and numerous General Mills and Pillsbury products.

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Paige Zidek
Exponent PR
Keynote
Commodity

Paige Zidek is a social and digital media specialist, lending her expertise to clients learning to use social media to disrupt and build lasting connections with brand advocates. While serving as a community manager for top CPG brands such as Land O’Lakes and Alpine Lace, Paige has used her passion for digital communication to build relationships and brand loyalty among thousands of fans.

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Almonds – Craig Duerr
Campos Brothers Farms
Keynote
Commodity

Craig Duerr serves as the Director of Global Sales for Campos Brothers Farms. After a number of years in the footwear industry, as Marketing Manager at Nike, and as Vice President for such companies as Diadora, Hi-Tec Sports, and Teva, he turned his interest to the almond industry, as Director of Global Marketing and Communications for the Almond Board of California. He has had the privilege of working for the Campos Family for the past 13 years.

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Brazil Nuts – Richard Rosenblatt
The Richard Franco Agency
Keynote
Commodity

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Hazelnuts – Rick Peterson
Northwest Hazelnut
Keynote
Commodity

Rick Peterson entered the Oregon hazelnut market in 2012, working on grower relations and industrial sales for George Packing Company. In 2013 he began his role in sales for NW Hazelnut Company, expanding their processed goods sales and supporting operations and production at multiple locations. The two companies currently market 46% of the Oregon hazelnut crop.

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Pecans – Helen Watts-Johnson
National Pecan Company
Keynote
Commodity

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Joseph Clayton
International Food Information Council
Keynote
Commodity

Joseph Clayton is Chief Executive Officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), a trade association that provides research, science communications and issues management to food, beverage and agriculture companies. Prior to joining IFIC, Clayton served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). Prior to AFFI, he served as Executive Vice President at Golin International and led the agency’s public and corporate affairs practices in Washington, DC. Clayton began his lifelong focus on communications and policy issues in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide. Clayton received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

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Matt Stasiewicz
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keynote
Commodity

Matthew Stasiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Applied Food Safety at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received both a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Microbiology from Cornell. His work included risk analysis in microbial food safety and the use of whole genome sequence analysis to identify persistent Listeria in food associated environments. He has published 17 papers on Listeria and Salmonella microbiology, including a review of Listeria monocytogenes persistence that was the most downloaded publication of 2014 for the Journal of Food Protection.

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Peanuts – Karl Zimmer
Premium Peanut
Keynote
Commodity

Karl joined Premium Peanut in July 2015 as its President and CEO. Prior to this position, he served over 14 years with a Fortune 500 company working around the globe in a variety of supply chain, operations, and general management roles, including serving on assignment in Barcelona, Spain. Karl and his wife Joan live in Douglas, Georgia.

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Macadamias – Brian Loader
Green and Gold Macadamias
Keynote
Commodity

Brian has held senior sales and marketing roles in the macadamia industry in Australia and the United States. He currently resides in Australia and is the CEO for the Green & Gold Macadamias group. Brian has been a long term servant of the Australian Industry’s marketing committee where he has been able to follow his specific interests of innovation and productivity.

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Sunflowers – Tara Jensen
Red River Commodities
Keynote
Commodity

Tara has been a member of the National Sunflower Association for seven years. She has managed CSR/Inside Sales teams and spent the last four years as Sales Manager of sunflower, specialty grains/seeds and roasted products. She is an experienced real estate Title Insurance Officer with concentration on agricultural land transactions, Agland Appraiser for the State of North Dakota and is a Marketing graduate from North Dakota State College.

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Walnuts – Don Barton
GoldRiver Orchards
Keynote
Commodity

Don Barton is the President and Managing Partner of GoldRiver Orchards, a family-owned walnut processing company based near Modesto, California. The Bartons have been growing walnuts commercially in California since 1912, and the Barton Ranch is now being managed by the 4th and 5th generations. Don serves as chairman of Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), a Fresno-based advocacy group that is fighting against the harshly adversarial policies in California against the ag industry. Don received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford and his MBA from Santa Clara University’s Agribusiness Institute. Don has been married for 36 years, the father of three sons, and grandfather to two new additions to the family.

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Cashews – Marc Rosenblatt
The Richard Franco Agency
Keynote
Commodity

Marc Rosenblatt has been exposed to the nut industry his entire life. His company, the Richard Franco Agency was founded by his grandfather in 1947 and was taken over by his father in 1978. Marc made his first trip to visit Indian cashew processors at the age of 13 and has been traveling to see suppliers ever since. After obtaining a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University, he officially joined The Richard Franco Agency in 2006. He has served on the board of AFI and is an ambassador for the INC. At the Richard Franco Agency, Marc is heavily involved in Cashews and also provides support on CNSL, Brazil Nuts, Macadamias, Almonds, Walnuts, and Pistachios.

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Pistachios – Mia Cohen
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.
Keynote
Commodity

Mia Cohen is Chief Operating Officer of Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. and Setton International Foods, Inc. She graduated from Boston University with a BA in Economics and completed her education at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, where she earned her MBA in Finance. Mia serves on the Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association Board and has been a PTNPA Board member for more than 10 years. She currently serves as the Marketing Committee Chair. Mia enjoys spending time with her husband Lee and five beautiful children.