The CEC is the premier conference built for your business and the issues you face every day. Held for the first time in Louisville, KY, this meeting is an easy drive for much of our membership, and an exciting destination for all.
Arrive Sunday afternoon in time to sit-in on the Country Elevator Committee meeting before hitting the Trade Show Welcome Reception. Monday starts with an engaging “30,000 ft. view” of the world economy and then attendees will get up and get moving to four rounds of interactive breakout sessions focusing on merchandising, operations, management, legal, safety, and/or marketing. Be sure to visit our evening Trade Show Reception before heading out to dinner with your colleagues, clients and friends. On Tuesday, enjoy our BRAND NEW programming format featuring a plated breakfast and dynamic keynote speaker – and be on the road by 11:00 a.m.! Paired with our 100+ vendor trade show, the 2017 CEC is the annual meeting for your entire team.
Come to the Next Gen Barrel Room after dinner on Monday night to sample some of Kentucky’s signature spirit and network with other professionals in the grain and feed industry. All conference attendees are welcome, 21+.
The National Grain and Feed Association is hosting its second annual photo contest for NGFA members. The winners will be announced at the 2017 Country Elevator Conference in Louisville, December 3-5. Participants are asked to submit a photo in one of three categories: technology; teamwork; weather. Each participant may submit one photo per category. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place, and all entered photos will be used in NGFA marketing during the 2018 calendar year. Show us what you’ve got!
Breakout Session A
Breakout Session B
Breakout Session C
Breakout Session D
Breakout Session E
Breakout Session F
Dr. Blu Putnam, Chief Economist & Managing Director, CME Group, Inc.
Bluford (Blu) Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. He is responsible for leading economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy. He also serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions and manages external research initiatives.
Prior to joining CME Group, Putnam gained more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry with concentrations in central banking, investment research and portfolio management. He most recently served as Managing Partner for Bayesian Edge Technology & Solutions, Ltd., a financial risk management and portfolio advisory service he founded in 2000. He also has served as President of CDC Investment Management Corporation and Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Equities and Asset Allocation at the Bankers Trust Company in New York. His background also includes economist positions with Kleinwort Benson, Ltd., Morgan Stanley & Company, Chase Manhattan Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Putnam holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Florida Presbyterian College (later renamed Eckerd College) and a Ph.D.in economics from Tulane University. He has authored five books on international finance, as well as many articles that have been published in academic journals and business publications
Greg Peterson, Peterson Farm Brothers
Greg Peterson is a 2013 graduate of Kansas State University where he majored in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. He grew up and still works on a family farm near Assaria, KS with his parents, 2 brothers, and sister. In 2012, Greg founded the “Peterson Farm Brothers” with his siblings. The videos that have resulted have reached over 45 million people in 5 years and have led to an increased role in agricultural advocacy for Greg. He has now given over 300 speaking presentations in 40 states and 8 countries and is passionate about the future of the agricultural industry.
Breakout Session A: How to Have the Difficult Conversation
Dustin Toberman, District Manager, Bunge North America
As a district manager for Bunge North America, Dustin Toberman oversees Bunge’s assets along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers as well as interior facilities in Illinois and Indiana. Toberman comes from a family with a long tradition in agriculture and spent his early years working for the family grain and feed business at the National City Stockyards. He joined Gavilon at their Sauget, Illinois facility in 2003, and his career as a merchandiser and manager for Gavilon took him to multiple states and facilities throughout the Midwest. In 2014, he became a commercial manager for Bunge and has since become a district manager. Toberman obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 1998 from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois and is a 2000 Dale Carnegie graduate.
Kevin Green, Operations Manager, Bunge North America
Kevin Green is the Operations Manager for the Southern District Grain Division of Bunge North America. Bunge North America is an agribusiness and food ingredient company dedicated to improving the global food supply chain. Kevin is responsible for managing the operation of 16 grain facilities in the Mississippi, Louisiana and Southern Arkansas areas.
Kevin started his role in agriculture in 1994 when he started his farming operation. In 2003, Kevin started with Bunge. Throughout his career, Kevin spent time as elevator worker handling everyday task at the Lake Providence, LA location. In 2006, he became the Asst. Plant Manager at Greenville, MS.
Breakout Session B: Engaging Customers to Create Mutually Beneficial Outcomes
Michael Shawver, Vice President, New Business Development, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging (CIH)
Ryan Walsh, Risk Management Consultant, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging (CIH)
Breakout Session C: Social Media
Breakout Session D: E-Commerce as it Relates to Grain Trading, NGFA Trade Rules & Arbitration
Breakout Session E: Safety
Jim Seibert, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Education and Training, NGFA
Mike Schon, Grain Department Manager, Pro Cooperative
Chris Kernahan, Vice President Operations, Pro Cooperative
Breakout Session F: Making the Grade
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Western Milling LLC
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