NAMA Spring Conference
04/16/2021 - 05/01/2021
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General Session 1
General Session 1
Welcome
Ford Mennel, NAMA Chairman

Post COVID Consumer Demand
Sally Lyons Wyatt, IRI

A Marketplace to Reward Sustainable Farming
Debbie Reed, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

Creating a Food Safety Culture
Panel moderated by Dale Nellor, NAMA

   Speakers
   Ron Burke, Sr. Director Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory at Ardent Mills

   Marie Gould, Quality Systems Manager, U.S. Supply Chain at McDonald's USA

   Mark Moorman, Director of the Office of Food Safety at the Food and Drug Administration

Start
3:00 PM
End
4:45 PM
Speakers
1. Ford Mennel, NAMA Chairman
2. Dale Nellor
2. Sally Lyons Wyatt
3. Debbie Reed
7. Ron Burke
8. Marie Gould
9. Mark Moorman
Networking Event, Dale Nellor: Movie Trivia with Dale
Networking Event, Dale Nellor: Movie Trivia with Dale
Start
5:00 PM
End
5:30 PM
Networking Event, Jane DeMarchi: Hops and Hobbies
Networking Event, Jane DeMarchi: Hops and Hobbies
Start
5:00 PM
End
5:30 PM
Speakers
1. Jane DeMarchi
2. Dale Nellor
3. Kim Cooper
Networking Event, Kim Cooper: Countries & Cocktails
Networking Event, Kim Cooper: Countries & Cocktails
Start
5:00 PM
End
5:00 PM
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General Session 2
General Session 2
Welcome
Jane DeMarchi

Greeting

Gloria Montano Greene, U.S. Department of Agriculture

World Oat Outlook
Randy Strychar, Ag Commodity Research

NAMA Issues Update
Dale Nellor, Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs
Kim Cooper, Director of Government Affairs

Canadian Soft Wheat Outlook
Scott Krakar, London Agricultural Commodities

Soft Wheat Forecast Panel

Meeting Wrap-Up
Ford Mennel
Start
3:00 PM
End
4:30 PM
Speakers
2. Dale Nellor
3. Kim Cooper
4. Gloria Montano Greene
5. Randy Strychar
6. Scott Krakar
Speakers
Presenters

1. Ford Mennel, NAMA Chairman

President, Mennel Milling Company

Ford Mennel, president of the Mennel Milling Company (Fostoria, OH) is the chairman of the NAMA Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term. He is the fifth-generation member of the Mennel family to lead the business. The company produces wheat flour, baking mixes, popcorn, and other food ingredients and operates seven flour mills, two bakery mix manufacturing facilities, a popcorn plant, and logistics and distribution companies in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia. Mr. Mennel holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) and an MBA from Averett University (Danville, VA). He previously served as vice-chairman of NAMA and is active in SNAC International, American Bakers Association, and Baking Industry Alliance. Mr. Mennel also sits on the board of directors of Sutton Bank, is currently the chairman of the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation and serves on the board of trustees of Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH).

2. Sally Lyons Wyatt

EVP & Practice Leader, IRI

Sally Lyons Wyatt is a recognized Food and Beverage thought leader in the CPG and retail industries and is a frequent keynote speaker and an authority on consumer eating and shopping trends. She is frequently quoted in national business and trade media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Supermarket News and Candy and Snack Today. She has more than 25 years of industry experience and partners with clients to leverage big data, technology, Omni-channel media and cutting-edge ideas to help achieve better results and drive growth.

 

As an executive and practice leader for IRI’s Client Insights division, Sally is responsible for driving integrated initiatives as well as measuring their success within consumer strategy, consumer/customer insights, media, supply chain and personalization practice areas. Her vast experience includes managing and developing global account teams that service Fortune 500 companies

3. Debbie Reed

Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

Debbie Reed was named Executive Director of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) in May of 2019 upon the establishment of the Consortium and subsequently assumed the same role for the ESMRC upon the creation of the Research Consortium in November of 2019. Reed’s role in leading the ESMC builds on decades of experience in agriculture climate change mitigation and sustainability efforts at the national and international level. Previously, Reed led the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), a national multi-stakeholder coalition, supporting the development of tools, support systems, knowledge, and programs to improve quantification of GHG from agriculture. Prior to her work with C-AGG, Reed worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Agricultural Policy and in the U.S. Senate as a Senior Staff on natural resource and agricultural issues for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey of Nebraska. She has held numerous leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE) and special assistant to the Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

She has graduate and undergraduate degrees in human nutrition/dietetics, chemistry, and communications.

4. Gloria Montano Greene

Montaño Greene is a former State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency in Arizona from 2014-2017, a position she was appointed to by President Obama. With FSA in Arizona, Montaño Greene led implementation of the 2013 Farm Bill programs across the state. Currently, she serves as Deputy Director for Chispa Arizona, a program of the League of Conservation Voters focused on the empowerment of Latino voices in Arizona on issues including energy, public lands, and democracy access. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff to Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

5. Randy Strychar

President, Oat Information

Randy Strychar has been involved in the global oat industry for over 40 years working as a trader, marketing manager, broker, market analyst at some of North America’s largest grain companies. His extensive knowledge of oat markets and wide-ranging list of industry contacts provide clients with the type of information they need to improve understanding of their oat markets.

6. Scott Krakar

Eastern Wheat Merchandising Manager, London Agricultural Commodities, Inc.

Scott Krakar is the Eastern Wheat Merchandising Manager at London Agricultural Commodities, Inc. based in London, Ontario. LAC is a major merchandiser of grains and soybeans, as well as feed ingredients and co-products in both domestic and export markets. LAC also owns and operates two country elevators, markets grain from 15 partner locations and an export terminal in the province. LAC is a subsidiary of Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Inc., a grain merchandising and elevator company with locations throughout the state of Michigan. 

 

Scott graduated from the University of Guelph in 2001 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Agricultural Business and has been involved in the Ontario grain business for 20 years. Scott lives on a cash crop farm near Thamesford, Ontario with his wife Brenda and their three children.

7. Ron Burke

Senior Director Food & Safety, Quality & Technology, Ardent Mills

Ron was named the Senior Director Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory  in the Research Quality and Technical (RQT) function for Ardent Mills in May of 2014. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are powered by more than 2000 associates, over 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities as well as a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

In his current role, Ron is responsible for leading the implementation and adherence to food safety and quality policies, training and development of quality and food safety personnel and regulatory compliance. Additionally, the FSQR team provides overall food safety, quality & regulatory strategy for the business.

Previous to Ardent Mills, Ron spent 14 years at Con Agra Foods/ConAgra Mills in quality, food safety and operational management positions.

 

Ron is a graduate of Brooklyn College – City University of New York - with a bachelor of science in Geology and currently pursuing a masters degree in food safety from Michigan State University. ​Ron and his wife Laurel currently reside in Denver, Colorado. They enjoy traveling, sports and the arts.

8. Marie Gould

Quality Systems Manager, McDonald's

Marie has been working as a food safety and quality professions for over 10 years with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. She began her career in the food industry as an intern in operations and has continued ever since. She has held positions at Nestle USA and General Mills before joining the McDonald’s system. About half of her experience has been plant-based, Quality and Regulatory supporting plant operations and the balance has been in supply chain management for McDonald’s Quality Systems. In her most recent role at McDonald’s, she provides Food Safety and Quality leadership to over 40 supplier facilities with responsibility for the Bakery and Baked Goods and Tortillas categories for McDonalds USA.

9. Mark Moorman

Director of the Office of Food & Safety, FDA

Mark Moorman is the Director of the Office of Food Safety at the Food and Drug Administration where he leads a team of professionals focused on improving the safety of our food supply.  Prior to joining the FDA, Mark was the Senior Director of Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, MI with responsibilities for emerging food safety and nutrition technical and regulatory issues.  Prior to joining the Kellogg Company in 1998, Mark spent 10 years with Silliker Laboratories as the Technical Director of Microbiology. Mark has his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University in Microbiology and Food Science.

NAMA

1. Jane DeMarchi

President

2. Dale Nellor

VP, Government & Technical Affairs

3. Kim Cooper

Director, Government Affairs