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85th Annual Convention | March 17 – 19, 2019 | Scottsdale, AZ


2019 NIOP Annual Convention Agenda

updated as of December 4, 2018


Saturday, March 16, 2018

5 – 6:30 pm                 Early Arrival Reception


Sunday, March 17, 2019

10 am – 4 pm             Emmett Cornibe Memorial Golf Tournament (golf requires separate registration)


10 am – 2 pm            Optional Event:  Visit Wrigley Mansion/Luncheon/Wine Tasting

(Wrigley Mansion requires separate registration)


2 – 5:30 pm                 Registration


6 – 8 pm                      Opening Reception


Monday, March 18, 2019

7:30 am – 2:30 pm     Registration Open


8 – 9 am                      Breakfast


9 – 9:30 am                 Annual Business Meeting


9:35 – 10:30 am          Opening Keynote: Carl Bek-Nielsen, Chief Executive Director of United Plantations Berhad


10:30 – 10:45 am        Networking Break


10:50 – 11:30 am        Education Session:  Drew Lerner on Weather:  international agricultural weather forecasting specializing in short                                      and long range predictions of weather and its impact on crops.


11:35 am  – 12:20 pm Education Session:

Kelly McDonald — food trends


12:25 – 1:30 pm          Luncheon and Keynote

                                    Keynote: Bobby Henline, U.S. Soldier Saved From The Brink Of  Death, Pursues His Stand-Up Comedy Dreams


1:45 – 3:30 pm         Board of Directors Meeting


5 – 7 pm                      Reception


Tuesday, March 19, 2019       New and Emerging Topics 

7:30 am – 2:30 pm                 Registration Open


8 – 9 am                                  Breakfast


9 – 9:40 am                             Education Session:  Point-Counter-Pointwith Bill Lapp, Advanced Economic Solutions (Supply&Demand)/Terry Reilly, Futures International on Futures


9:45 – 10:25 am                      Education Session:  Global Money/The Way Managed Money Flows/Trading with China– Ron Lawson, Logic Advisors


10:30 – 10:45 am                    Networking Break


10:50 – 11:10                           Education Session:  John Dillard, Regulatory update on how federal agencies are adapting their approach to new                                                        biotechnology (gene editing, CRISPR) and an explanation  of the new GMO labeling “Bioengineered” standard.


11:15  – 11:40 am                  Education Session:  The Role of Gene Editing in Developing Oils for Healthier Foods with Ron Heddleson

and Yi Li from Calyxt


11:45 am – 12:10 pm           Education Session:  John Cusick will help “food people”  know and understand what “fuel people” are                            doing with feedstocks


5 – 7 pm                                  Reception



Keynote Speaker Carl Bek-Nielson, Chief Executive Director of the United Plantations Board Malaysia, confirmed.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Army Veteran, Comedian and Motivational Speaker, Bobby Henline, confirmed.


 Drew Lerner

Educational Session Speaker, Drew Lerner, founder, president and senior Agricultural Meteorologist with World Weather, confirmed.


 Bill Lapp

Education Session, Point-Counter-Point, featuring Bill Lapp with Advanced Economic Solutions and Terry Reilly with Futures International on “the future.”  Both confirmed.





Terry Reilly


Ron Lawson

President & CEO/Owner at SF&O Commodities/LOGIC Advisors, Ron Lawson will discuss Global Money/The Way Managed Money Flows and Trading with China.  Ron is confirmed.


Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in marketing, customer service and consumer trends. 

Her client experience includes brands such as Toyota, Subaru, Kimberly-Clark, Nike, Harley-Davidson, Miller-Coors, and Sherwin-Williams.

Kelly was named one of the “10 Most Booked Speakers in the U.S.” and she was also #1 on the list of “26 Hot Speakers” by Successful Meetings Magazine. 

She has been featured on CNBC, in Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, on and on The Focus Group show!

She is the author of three bestselling books: 

“How to Market to People Not Like You” 
“Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You” 
And her latest is: “How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You”

Kelly lives in Denver and when she’s not on the road speaking, she enjoys hiking – and shopping for high heels.

New and Emerging Topics Tuesday

John Dillard

NIOP General Counsel, John Dillard, to provide a regulatory update on how federal agencies are adapting their approach to new biotechnology (gene editing, CRISPR) and an explanation of the new GMO labeling “bioengineered” standard. He is confirmed.



Ron Heddleson

Ron Heddleson and Yi Li from Calyxt, Inc. will discuss the role of gene editing in developing oils for healthier foods.  Both are confirmed.







John Cusick

John Cusick member of the Jacobsen team of analysts and trader ofn the Biodiesel and Biodiesel feedstock for the past 15 years will help the “food people” understand what the “fuel people” are doing with feedstocks.