SAVE THE DATE
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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This year’s agenda offers multiple and generous daily breaks, receptions, one-on-one meeting areas, and specific events designed for you to meet with industry professionals, customers, and a chance to reconnect with long-term colleagues.

New Format for the 2021 NIOP Annual Convention

In an effort to provide more of what the members have requested; the annual convention will include more intentionally planned one-on-one and small meeting spaces and dedicated blocks of time within the convention schedule.

This year, a strategically planned meeting space will be set up for NIOP members and convention attendees to utilize as a centralized meeting location. This area will be called the Conversation Café. The café will be set up to entice you to “meet up” with friends, clients and colleagues there. NIOP with the help of its sponsors will provide food and beverages throughout the day in the café. The plan is to provide you with more opportunities and enticements to stay “on campus.”

The schedule has been right sized to provide structured educational exchange with keynotes speakers, a panel discussion and two breakout sessions lead by NIOP members and a maximum amount of one-on-one and small meeting opportunities.

More One-on-One Space

Also new this year, meals are being set up to encourage you to “host your one-on-one, side bar meetings and business meetings” on NIOP’s food and beverage tab. There’s no need to pay extra and hold your meetings in the hotel’s restaurants. NIOP breakfast(s) and lunch(s) will be hosted in a spread-out area with smaller and more intimate settings with improved and expanded menus.

You will be able to reserve your table ahead of time. Plan now to use the “meet up meals” to do business and use your registration dollars to pay for it.

During few but important days, you’ll have opportunities to make face-to-face connections with colleagues and customers from around the world in a business-focused but relaxed environment.

HOTEL INFO

JW Marriott Starr Pass

March 14 – 16, 2021 | Tucson, AZ

Make your reservations anytime (fall 2020) for NIOP’s 87th Annual Convention.

Convention room rate is $284 (inclusive of resort fee).

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

or call the Reservations Center: 888-527-8989

You may also call the hotel directly at  1-520-792-3500 to make your reservations.

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

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.

 

6 – 7 pm Welcome Reception

Monday, March 15th

7:30 – 9 am   Breakfast/Meet-Up-Meal
(See new format. Reserve your table  early.) Buffet menu to be
announced in advance.

 

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  Post Pandemic Panel:

 

Noon – 1 pm  Meet-Up-Meal (See new format.)

Don’t pay for lunch in the hotel restaurant or off-site.  Lunch buffet and stations will be set up in the Conversation Cafe for you to choose from.  Then grab at table (or reserve one with NIOP staff ahead of time) and host a lunch meeting or just have a meal with colleagues.

 

Noon – 4 pm  Conversation Cafe open for your continued business meetings and networking opportunities.  Look for list of activities to come. NIOP will  provide the refreshments.

 

4 – 6 pm       All Member/All Attendee Reception 

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

 

YOU CHOOSE ONE of the following breakout sessions at 10 am

 

10 – 10:40 am  Transportation: How can we help you make money?

    • Trust
    • Communication
    • Pricing
    • Planning

10 – 10:40 am   Lessons Learned During/From COVID-19

 

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

 

Noon – 1 pm  Meet-Up-Meal

 

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

 

6:30 – 9 pm    Dinner and Closing Concert

CONVENTION SPEAKERS

Editor and CEO of Oil World, an independent global forecasting service for oilseeds, oils and fats and oilmeals, Thomas Milk 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.

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) — StoneX Financial Inc.– FCM Division  

* 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 — SOLD to ADM for 2021

* 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

Gold Level - $2,000 -- $3,750

Benefits:
* Two (2) 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:  Upgraded Golf Beverage Cart

* Option 2:  Lanyard Sponsor — sold to Daabon USA for 2021

* Option 3:  Wifi & Charging Station

* Option 4:  Monday Breakfast

* Option 5:  Tuesday Breakfast

* Option 6:  Coffee on Monday and Tuesday in Conversation Cafe

* Option 7:  Golf Player Gift — sold to Darling Ingredients for 2021

* Option 8:  Panel Sponsor

* Option 9:  Golf Luncheon — sold to Pasternak, Baum & Co, Inc. for 2021

* Option 10: Early Arrival Reception (Beers with Peers)

* Option 11: Sunday Lunch in Conversation CafeOption 4: Transportation Breakout Session sponsor (including introduction rights)

* Option 12: Lessons Learned During/From COVID-19

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 — sold to RJ O’Brien for 2021

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

* Option 6: Attendee gift

 

 

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