Following recommendations of health and government leaders, our event has been redesigned with social distancing and safety practices in mind: Temperature checks will be done upon arrival/check-in; Seats will be placed six feet apart; Face masks/Buffs will be available and must be worn by attendees at the event, except when eating or drinking at your seat; Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the event. We ask that if you have been in contact with persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 30 days prior to the event you refrain from attending for the safety of the population at large.

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THE 87TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

March 14 – 16, 2021 | Tucson, AZ

The NIOP 87th Annual Convention and 2021 program has been designed to present close to 30 hours of structured engagement (formal and informal) including two keynote presentations, a panel of peers and professionals, two round-table sessions, and numerous, diverse networking opportunities designed for attendees to deepen their understanding of industry trends, topics and formulate stronger working relationships with colleagues and customers.

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NIOP Hotel Room Rate Includes:

Room rates will be subject to a non-commissionable daily resort fee of $35.00 per room per night.  This fee will cover several amenities, which include: complimentary tee times on the (9) hole walking “Coyote” golf course (excludes cart and club rentals), unlimited golf driving range, enhanced high-speed and wireless internet in the guest room with the ability to connect up to 5 devices, unlimited local and domestic long-distance phone calls, self-parking, and also includes our daily rituals: scheduled morning guided hikes into the Tucson Mountain Park, morning Native-American prayer (Mitakuye Oyasin) and nightly tequila toast in Salud Lobby Lounge. Total value of this package is $221.00. Covered amenities are subject to change.

 

Morning Ritual:  7am

The ancient people accomplished this via the warming sunrise, the Native American Flute, burning a sage prayer tie and an eagle feather blessing. Begin each day by reflecting on the connection we all have with nature and each other, finding focus and creating lasting memories. In a ritual that is centuries old, you will have the opportunity to make your intentions known to the universe through the traditional burning of sage. Experience our morning ritual and discover “Mitakuye Oyasin” at our Tucson, Arizona, luxury resort.

Hiking:  Complimentary Guided hike 8:00am daily

The diversity of flora and fauna found in this region affirm the harmony of nature. We have hikes right out our back door. We offer a diverse selection of trails that start on the hotel’s property. When it comes to hiking in Tucson, Southern Arizona, the Southwest and Mexico, we know the best trails available. Come join us for a custom guided adventure.

Tequila Toast  5:30 pm

Every evening at sunset we welcome you to gather on the Salud Terrace to watch the sunset and experience our nightly tradition – the Tequila toast.  Join us for this unique experience where we feature one of our more than 150 artisan tequilas and a complimentary toast: “Arriba, Abajo, al Centro, al Dentro, Salud!” (Up, down, out and in).

HOTEL INFO

JW Marriott Starr Pass

March 14 – 16, 2021 | Tucson, AZ

Make your reservations for NIOP’s 87th Annual Convention.

Convention room rate is $284 (inclusive of resort fee).  We recommend using the link to make your reservations:

Passkey Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/NIOP2021

You may also call the hotel directly at  1-520-792-3500.

CONVENTION AGENDA

March 14 – 16, 2021 | Tucson, AZ

The NIOP 87th Annual Convention and 2021 program has been designed to present close to 30 hours of structured engagement (formal and informal) including two keynote presentations, a panel of peers and professionals, two round-table sessions, and numerous, diverse networking opportunities designed for attendees to deepen their understanding of industry trends, topics and formulate stronger working relationships with colleagues and customers.

Saturday, March 13th

5 pm Early Arrival Reception

Sunday, March 14th

7 am      Mitakeye Oyasin at Sunrise

 

8 am     Guided Trail Walk

 

10 am   Emmett Cornibe Memorial Golf Tournament

 

10 am   Registration Opens

 

10 am   Conversation Cafe Opens
Plan one-on-one meetings now.  Host them in the Conversation Cafe.  NIOP will provide the refreshments. Look for list of activities to come.

 

1- 5 pm   Conversation Cafe Opens (conversation,snacks, beverages, cornhole)

 

5:30 pm  Tequila Toast on Salud Terrace

 

6 – 7 pm Welcome Reception on Ania Terrace & Ania Lawn

Monday, March 15th

7 am      Mitakeye Oyasin at Sunrise

 

8 am     Guided Trail Walk

 

7:30 – 9 am   Breakfast/Meet-Up-Meal
(See new format. Reserve your table  early.)

 

9 – 9:45 am   Annual Business Meeting

 

9:55 – 10:30 am  Opening Keynote: Thomas Mielke, OIL WORLD

 

10:30 – 11 am  Networking Break

 

11 — Noon  How has the Pandemic Affected Consumer Trends?  Dr. Shelley Balanko, Senior Vice President of The Hartman Group

Now more than ever, insights into consumer behaviors become more vital than ever to businesses.  New trends are emerging as a result of the pandemic, and according to The Hartman Group, a food-culture consultancy, consumer concern for personal and collective health will linger for some time.  Dr. Balanko will share key insights on consumer behaviors and trends.

 

Noon – 1 pm  Meet-Up-Meal /Lunch

 

2 – 5 pm  Conversation Cafe will be held POOLSIDE and is open for your continued business meetings and networking opportunities.  NIOP and sponsors will provide the refreshments — poolside!

 

7:30 pm        Dinner (RSVP is required in advance)

 

9 pm              Coffee, Cordials and Cigars around the fire

Tuesday, March 16th

7:30 – 9 am   Breakfast/Meet-Up-Meal
(See new format. Reserve your table early.)

 

9 – 9:50 am   Closing Keynote Speaker: Jim Wiesemeyer, ProFarmer

 

10 – 10:40 am   Renewable Diesel and the Demand on Feedstock: What’s the Latest

Panel Discussion with Michael Rath, Darling Ingredients, Nate Burk, StoneX and Doug Lenhart, REG

 

10:55 – 12:30 pm   Board of Directors Meeting  — all members welcome 

 

Noon – 1 pm  Meet-Up-Meal/Lunch

 

Noon – 4 pm  Conversation Cafe open for your  continued business meetings and networking opportunities

 

7 – 9 pm    Dinner and HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES (weather permitting) RSVP required ifyou will be joining us for this meal

CONVENTION SPEAKERS

Opening Keynote: Thomas Mielke, OIL WORLD

Thomas Mielke

Oil World

 

Editor and CEO of Oil World, an independent global forecasting service for oilseeds, oils and fats and oilmeals, Thomas Mielke will be NIOP’s Tuesday, closing keynote speaker.

Thomas is the son of founders Siegfried and Anne-Marie Mielke.

Oil World is neither linked to nor financially dependent on any other company which helps to assure objectivity of the analysis and price predictions.  None of the owners nor employees are involved in producing or trading the commodities that are analyzed. No one at Oil World is acting on any futures markets on oilseeds and/or products.

The OIL WORLD WEEKLY as well as the FLASH and all the other OIL WORLD publications are providing  elaborated, unbiased and reliable information and forecasts of the current and prospective world supply, demand and prices for oilseeds, oils, fats and oilmeals for the oilseed, oil and feed industries as well as the trade, organizations, banks and government agencies worldwide.

The team of market analysts in Hamburg, Germany, furthermore supplies information upon individual request also beyond the scope of the regular publications. ISTA Mielke GmbH has an excellent data bank of monthly, quarterly and annual world prices and statistics (with detailed breakdown by country) going back to 1958.

In view of the challenges of the a growing global market you need first-hand information from the world´s leading forecasters of the whole field of approximately 40 commodities, thus benefitting from their experience of 42 years worldwide.

OIL WORLD is in a unique position to reliably forecast supply, demand and prices because it is primary – being the world’s first and only source providing complete world supply and demand analyses and forecasts (annual, quarterly and monthly) for all the 39 commodities of our field;

independent & unbiased – the company being wholly family-owned and neither linked to nor financially dependent on any other company and neither producing nor trading our products;

experienced & reliable – its senior director as well as the editor and most analysts having more than 20 years of experience in this most complex of all commodity fields.

Closing Keynote: Jim Wiesemeyer

Pro Farmer  to Address the Latest with the Trade Wars

The latest in the “trade wars” is a moving topic, but the NIOP Convention Committee has found a “pro” to address the topic that affects the businesses of our membership.  Make plans now to come hear from Jim Wiesemeyer at the 2020 NIOP Convention.

From his office near Washington, D.C., Jim Wiesemeyer provides members with the latest information on agricultural policy and trade developments as Pro Farmer’s policy analyst. He is also a frequent guest on Farm Journal’s AgriTalk and AgriTalk ATB radio programs and an editor for The Agriculture Letter.

Since 1978, Jim has reported on and interviewed senior government officials, including Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as USDA Secretaries since Earl Butz. He has traveled extensively in his assignments and is a frequent speaker on farm policy and trade issues.

Jim rejoined Pro Farmer in June 2017, after serving as our Washington consultant for 19 years while at Informa Economics. Before that, Jim was a full-time employee of Pro Farmer, then owned by Oster Communications. Jim has also served as the Washington bureau chief for Futures World News (FWN), formerly owned by Oster Communications.

Preceding his time with Oster Communications, he was Washington editor with Doane’s Agricultural Report and Washington editor and managing editor of the Washington Farmletter.

Monday's Consumer Behavior and Trends Session Speaker

Shelley Balanko, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

 

Shelley Balanko has an informed understanding of social and cultural influences impacting the marketplace of today and tomorrow. Shelley regularly engages a diverse audience spanning the foodservice, consumer packaged goods and retail segments as she shares leading-edge consumer insights and implications from the field. As a member of The Hartman Group leadership team and head of business development, her focus is understanding industry challenges and needs.

 

Shelley graduated from the University of Windsor with a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology. She has a MA in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

 

About The Hartman Group

The Hartman Group is the premier food and beverage consultancy. Since 1989, The Hartman Group’s anthropologists, social scientists and business analysts have been immersed in the study of food and beverage culture, using ethnographic observation, quantitative tracking surveys and deep study of trends. What we have learned and continue to uncover allows us to upend many notions of our traditional eating and drinking patterns, thereby identifying unique opportunities and winning strategies for our clients. For more: www.hartmangroup.com.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Diamond Level - $7,500 -- $10,000

* Four (4) complimentary registration passes for you and your colleagues
* Logo display on all marketing and event materials
* On-site recognition as closing event reception sponsor with signage
* Option for promotional brochure or gift placement in attendee registration packet

*Only one option:  Sponsor Tuesday Night Dinner and Concert that includes Live Ad and introduction of entertainment/event (recognized by entertainment on stage)  

* Meet and greet with Tuesday Night Entertainment

*Photo Op with Tuesday Night Entertainment

 

Platinum Level - $5,000 -- $7,500

Benefits:
* Three (3) complimentary registration passes for you and your colleagues
* Logo display on all marketing and event materials
* On-site recognition as event sponsor with signage
* Option for promotional brochure or gift placement in attendee registration packet

* Option 1 for Sunday Night Reception sponsorship — SOLD to AmCom for 2021

* Option 2 for Hotel Room Key sponsorship

* Option 3 for Early Arrival Reception sponsorship

* Option 4 for Opening Keynote speaker sponsorship — SOLD to Richardson Oilseed Processing for 2021

* Option 5 for Closing Keynote speaker sponsorship — SOLD to Francis-Mustoe & Company for 2021

* Option 6 for Monday Night Reception speaker sponsorship — SOLD to MPB Commodities for 2021

* Option 7: Beer Break in Conversation Cafe Monday and Tuesday— SOLD to Moving Parts LLC for 2021

Silver Level - $1,000 -- $1,950

Benefits:

* Logo display on all marketing and event materials

* Option for gift placement in attendee registration packet

* Option 1: Refreshment break in Conversation Cafe on Sundy

* Option 2: Refreshment break on Monday —  sold to REG for 2021

* Option 3: Refreshment break on Tuesday

* Option 4: Attendee gift —

* Option 5: Golfer Eye Opener Drink Sponsor — sold to AmSpec for 2021

* Option 6: Golf Awards Sponsor — sold to Kent & GPC  

 

Bronze Level - $750

BRONZE LEVEL – $3,750/each option

Benefits:
* Logo display on all marketing and event materials

Option 1: Golf Hole Sponsor — SOLD to Catania-Spagna Corporation

Option 2: Golf Hole Sponsor — SOLD to Columbus Vegetable Oils

Option 3: Golf Hole Sponsor — SOLD to Johnsrud Transport & Viessman

Option 4: Golf Hole Sponsor — SOLD to AmCom

Option 5: Golf Hole Sponsor — SOLD to Stolt Tankers

Option 6: Golf Hole Sponsor

Option 7: Golf Hole Sponsor

Option 8: Golf Hole Sponsor

Option 9: Golf Hole Sponsor

Option 10: Golf Hole Sponsor

 

Attendee list as of 2/25/2021

Shane Veasey Ag Processing Inc.
Troy Alberts Ag Processing Inc.
John Reynolds Agri Trading
John Gordon Agri Trading Corporation
John Robertson, American Commercial Barge Line
Anthony Galbo American Specialty Oils Co.
Shelley Spencer AmSpec Agriculture Division, USA
Kelli Swanner AmSpec Agriculture Division, USA
John Montgomery Batory Foods
Bryan Cotner Boyd Station Foods
Casey Hunnicutt BWC Terminals
Ty Trieu CMC Foods, Inc.
Chad Dollander Colonial Terminals, Inc.
John Healy Columbus Vegetable Oils
Paulette Gagliardo Columbus Vegetable Oils
Steve O’Nan Consolidated Grain and Barge Co.
Bill McBee Consolidated Grain and Barge Co..
John Spenik Cullen Maritime Services, Inc.
Alfonso Abondano Daabon Organic USA, Inc.
Alberto Davila Daabon Organic USA, Inc.
Esther Meima Daabon Organic USA, Inc.
Giancarlo Davila Daabon Organic USA, Inc.
Mitch Kilanowski Darling Ingredients, Inc.
Michael Rath Darling Ingredients, Inc.
Walter Floyd, Darling Ingredients, Inc.
John Lynch Flat Earth Risk Management, LLC
Vince Schwartz Francis-Mustoe & Company
Thomas Papastefan Futures International LLC
Andrew Bunger, Fuji Vegetable Oil, Inc.
Kristine Lupica, Fuji Vegetable Oil, Inc.
Liam Rogers Hudson Tank Terminals Corporation
Craig Moore Hudson Tank Terminals Corporation
Kailee Tkacz Buller Institute of Shortening & Edible Oils
Matthew Courtney International Matex Tank Terminals
James Miles International Matex Tank Terminals
Cameron Conolty International Matex Tank Terminals
David Reeble Moving Parts L.L.C.
Nate Smithson Moving Parts L.L.C.
Paige Kennebeck Moving Parts L.L.C.
Ryan Simeral, MPB Commodities
Valerie Simeral, MPB Commodities
Leigh Wickersham NIOP
Scott Wickersham NIOP
Nancy Daniels NIOP
Lynn Stacy OEC Group Liquid Logistics Solutions
John Dillard Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
Perry Aulie, Perdue Agribusiness LLC
Keith Bryan,Procter & Gamble Co.
Jim Wiesemeyer ProFarmer
Jerrod Drinnon PYCO Industries, Inc.
John Maubach,Renewable Energy Group
Tom Kerstetter RING Container Technologies, Inc.
Patrick Campbell Riverina Natural Oils
Panos Giannoulis Stolt Tankers USA, Inc.
Nate Burk StoneX Financial Inc. – FCM Division
Taylor Schrage StoneX Financial Inc. – FCM Division
Billy Burns StoneX Financial Inc. – FCM Division
Michelle Minno Thionville Laboratories, Inc.
Frank Cashio Thionville Laboratories, Inc.
Andre Thionville Thionville Laboratories, Inc.
Niko Bock, Wedbush Futures
Robert (Robb) Meeuwsen, Zeeland Food Services Inc.
Beth Westemeyer, Zeeland Food Services Inc.

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