Click the speaker’s name below for the 2016 AFOA Annual Meeting presentation
-Ryan Standard, The Jacobsen Publishing Topic: Current Market Conditions for Animal Proteins and Fats
-Leon Bruner, DVM, PHD, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Topic: Changing Consumer Preferences as they relate to vegetable oils, (including non-GMO, clean labels, etc.)
-Dan McLaughlin, Grain and Grain Product Marketing & Sales at Union Pacific Topic: State of the Railroads
Speaker Biography Information Below:
Render Products Forum (Animal Protein/Tallow Combined)
Topic: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Dr. Charles Starkey received his BS and MS degrees from Arkansas State University; and his PhD in Animal Nutrition from Kansas State University. He began his career as a New Business Development Manager for DSM Nutritional Products and has also worked as a nutrition and production management consultant. More recently, Dr. Starkey was the Director of Technical Services with American Proteins, Inc. where he was responsible for quality assurance, quality control, regulatory, analytical services, and customer support and compliance. Dr. Starkey also served as the Director of Monogastric Technical Services for Balchem Corporation just prior to joining the faculty at Auburn University’s Poultry Science Department in May 2016.
Topic: Current Market Conditions for Animal Proteins and Fats
Ryan Standard has been with The Jacobsen since 2007 where he worked closely with Bill Dieterichs before taking over the domestic and international animal fats and protein reports. He also is a frequent contributor to the biodiesel bulletin. Ryan graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL in 2003 where he studied literature, history and economics.
Luncheon Meeting – Keynote Speakers, Sara Fagen & Doug Sosnik
An entrepreneur with a keen eye for integrating data and technology, Sara Fagen is one of the nation’s leading political and issue strategists. Sara offers considerable insight and expertise to some of the world’s most influential brands.
Sara served as a senior aide and White House Political Director to President George W. Bush. She also played a key role in the President’s 2004 re-election campaign, where she served as a senior strategist. The Wall Street Journal called her a “data whiz,” saying, “As a top strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election efforts, Fagen helped perfect political micro-targeting.”
Sara became a Partner at DDC in 2011 after the firm acquired BlueFront Strategies, an issue advocacy firm she founded in 2008. Sara now creates customized strategies for DDC’s clients, integrating cutting-edge targeting and other data-driven approaches to help them achieve their public policy objectives.
In 2008, Sara co-founded Resonate Insights, a leading big data online analytics and media firm. In 2013, she co-founded Deep Root Analytics, a media analytics company that helps clients use big data to make smarter television ad-buying decisions.
Sara’s commentary can be seen on CNBC, where she is a regular contributor.
Few people know their way around the West Wing as well as Douglas Sosnik. He served for six years as senior advisor to President William Jefferson Clinton, and played a key role in policy, strategy, and communications decisions. A consummate Washington insider and represented exclusively by Leading Authorities, Sosnik draws on his years in the political arena to take audiences inside the White House, and offers numerous practical examples of how leaders earn the loyalty and support of people.
In times of crisis, he knows the play-by-play. His vast experience and leadership has taken Sosnik to new and varied heights. He currently advises prominent U.S. Fortune 100 corporations, the National Basketball Association, as well as U.S. Senators and Governors, in crisis management and strategic planning. His expertise has made him an MVP in his field.
Putting his experiences into practical lessons, Sosnik is the coauthor of the New York Times best-selling book Applebee’s America: What Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Can Learn from Each Other. He teamed up with senior George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd and award-winning Associated Press political reporter Ron Fournier to write a tome that explains how politicians, business leaders, and religious leaders must adapt in order to succeed in this era of immense change.
Speaker: Kurt Barth, The Brock Report
Kurt, Chief Financial Officer, uses his 25-plus years of experience in the financial markets and business acumen to design individualized plans for clients that integrate market outlook, cash flow needs, on-farm storage analysis, debt loads and other factors. He is a botanist by education, earning his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979. When he’s not crunching numbers and talking with clients, Kurt likes to be out-of-doors chopping wood, hiking, kayaking or skiing.
Speaker: Leon Bruner, DVM, PHD, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association
Leon Bruner, DVM, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Dr. Bruner is a twenty-three year veteran of the consumer products industry. He has served in a variety of positions at The Procter & Gamble Company and The Gillette Company. Most recently, he served as director, environment, health and safety within Procter & Gamble’s Gillette organization. He previously served as vice president, Gillette environment, health and safety from 2000 to 2007.
During his professional career, Dr. Bruner has developed a strong reputation as an innovator who is able to apply strategic vision, critical thinking and first-class execution in pursuit of business goals. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the development and application of non-animal toxicity product testing methods, and is also an expert in product safety and regulatory compliance. He has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters on those subjects.
Dr. Bruner holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Ph.D. in pharmacology, both earned at Michigan State University. He also received his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State.
Topic: low Carbon Fuel Standard in CA (LCFS)
Graham Noyes is the managing attorney of Noyes Law Corporation with offices in Nevada City and Sacramento, California. Graham is nationally recognized for his work before EPA and CARB on fuel and carbon regulations including the Renewable Fuel Standard, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and California’s climate policies and incentive programs. Graham’s practice includes rule makings, compliance counseling, regulatory analysis, enforcement defense, compliance counseling, legislative and executive branch advocacy, fuel and energy contracts, and project development work. Graham is the author of The Carbon Rush: America’s Path to Fire and Gold, a book examining America’s energy history. He is licensed to practice in California, and Washington D.C. Prior to establishing his biofuel and bioenergy practice, Graham was a leading executive in the biofuel industry and Secretary of the National Biodiesel Board. Graham also serves as Executive Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, a technology neutral trade association dedicated to supporting and expanding low carbon fuel policies.
Panelists: John Cusick, RBF
Topic: Biodiesel World Trade Patterns
John Cusick represents RBF Port Neches TX the US’s largest biodiesel production facility. With a team of colleagues brought together from past trading teams they are presently working on developing the US domestic market for RBF, providing RFS2 compliance solutions to Major Oil Companies. Previously, John ran the renewables fuels trading activity for Glencore LTD, one of the largest global commodities companies in the world. Prior to this post he was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. responsible for global biodiesel trading and business development for the commodity-trading desk in New York. In addition he worked as the North American Biodiesel Trader for Trafigura AG. John started his career with 10 years of tanker chartering and operations experience gained at Tankship International. Initially entering the space with Biodiesel Trade and Transport, a consulting group working with emerging biodiesel companies on site development, logistics and feedstock risk management John has provided his expertise to many of the present biodiesel companies in the space. Including previous roles as Director of Trade Management overseeing trading, chartering and logistics for both Imperium Renewables and RBF Port Neches the two largest Biodiesel production facilities in the US.
Panelists: Larry Schafer, National Biodiesel Board
Topic: Biodiesel Update
Throughout his career, Schafer has represented the National Biodiesel Board, Green Carbon, Inc,; Covanta; Gavilon, Genscape, Ocean Connect, Biourja, Petro Diamond, Center Oil, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., POET, Buckeye Partners, LP and others to provide technical resources on issues related to advanced biofuels including biodiesel and other renewable fuels, energy, agriculture and tax issues.
He has a strong background in renewable fuels, both legislative and regulatory, having served as one of the main architects of the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for Biomass-based Diesel, the original RFS program and the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) for the ethanol industry. He is also technically sound on fuels policy in the marketplace having served as the coordinator for the ethanol industry at ASTM International for more than five years.
Historically, Mr. Schafer served as the Vice President for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), which he joined in October 2001, where he coordinated the RFA’s “Technical Committee,” “Fuel Cell Task Force,” and “Safety Committee.”
Prior to joining the RFA, Mr. Schafer served as Vice President of Legal, Tax & Accounting (LTA) Policy with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), where he was the policy director on legal, tax, and accounting issues.
Mr. Schafer started his career in Washington, D.C. by serving as Legislative Counsel to Congressman Earl Pomeroy from North Dakota. Congressman Pomeroy served on both the powerful Ways and Means Committee and the Agriculture Committee in the House of Representatives. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Valley City State University in North Dakota.
Specialties:Since beginning The Diamond Group, Mr. Schafer successfully engineered the passage of the new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS-2) contained in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which created a new national requirement to use biodiesel . Mr. Schafer specializes in tax, agriculture and trade issues and is currently working with Magellen Midstream Partners on creating a federal loan guarantee for a dedicated ethanol pipeline.
Industry Panel Discussion Moderator: Liam Rogers
Panelists: Dan McLaughlin, Grain & Grain Products
Topic: State of the Railroads
Dan McLaughlin was appointed assistant vice president-Grain and Grain Products in October 2015. In this position, Dan is responsible for leading both the marketing and sales functions for grain and processed grain products.
Dan joined Union Pacific in 2001 as a corporate auditor and then worked in the Strategic Planning department. Since 2007, he has held a variety of roles in the Marketing and Sales organization with increasing responsibility in Industrial Products, Union Pacific Distribution Services and Intermodal. Most recently, Dan served as senior director-Customer Communications and Resource Planning where he led the department’s customer communications function and supported executive communications.
Dan received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Creighton University in 2001. He is a member of the board of the Transportation, Elevator, and Grain Merchants Association (TEGMA) and a member of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). He and his wife, Carrie, reside in Omaha with their three sons.
Panelists: Bob Collette, Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils
Topic: Food Safety and Modernization Act
In November 2007, Bob became the President and Secretary of the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils, a national trade association representing the refiners of edible fats and oils in the U.S. As ISEO’s President, he holds primary responsibility for formulating and advancing ISEO’s advocacy positions and acting as liaison to key government agencies. In this capacity, Bob facilitates and implements ISEO policy on issues pertaining to technical matters, the environment, transportation, occupational health and safety, energy and government regulations. Prior to joining ISEO, Bob spent the previous 23 years with the National Fisheries Institute, a national trade association representing seafood businesses. He served as the Fisheries Institute’s V.P. of Science and Technology for last nine years of his tenure and was responsible for planning and coordinating the Institute’s regulatory and technical programs. He has a Master of Science Degree in Food Science from the University of Rhode Island and is a member of several professional societies and organizations, including the American Oil Chemists Society, Association of Food and Drug Officials and the Institute of Food Technologists.
Topic: Risk Management
From 1996 to present Connor has been with RJ O’Brien & Associates LLC, Associated futures broker soliciting commercial grain hedge business via the thorough analyses of cash, transportation and supply & demand market influences; specializing in spread risk management. Harvest States Cooperatives (1992 to 1996) Managed the entire commercial risk of teams trading the physical corn,sorghum, soybean and minor oilseed domestic and export marketplaces. Responsibilities focused on hedge, spread, options, futures/options conversions for cash activity, plants and asset allocation management, including the successful merger of US Pacific Northwest export as well as New Orleans, LA, export elevator acquisition. Continental Grain Company (1983 to 1992) Extensive North American procurement functions, domestic and export risk trading experiences, culminating with direct profit & loss responsibilities for a global cash feedgrains deck, including the successful application of futures, options, futures/options conversions and spreads as vehicles to appropriately hedge substantial multinational style feedgrains physical risk. Special attention extended to domestic rail, barge as well as ocean freight transportation risk management. Connors education background is from, American Graduate School of Int’l ManagementGlendale, Arizona 1983 Master’s of International Management St. John’s University Collegeville, MN and 1980 Bachelor’s of Arts in German Literature.