AFOA Annual Meeting Agenda

2016 Annual Meeting Schedule – The Drake – Chicago

Wednesday, October 12

8:00 am – 11:00 pm – Member Lounge, Location: Club International 

8:00 am – 2:30 pm – Registration, Location: French Foyer South

9:00 – 10:30 am – Render Products Forum (Animal/Tallow Combined), Location: Grand Ballroom

             Speaker: Dr. Charles Starkey, Auburn University

Topic: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

             Speaker: Ryan Standard, The Jacobsen Publishing

Topic: Current Market Conditions for Animal Proteins and Fats

10:30 – 11 am – Break

11:00 am  – Tallow Committee, Committee Members Only Location: Venetian Room

11:00 am – Noon – Registration, Location: French Foyer Sout

Noon– 2:30 pm – Keynote Luncheon Meeting, Location: Grand Ballroom

               Speaker: Sara Fagen, DDC & Doug Sosnik

3:00 – 5:00 pm – Outlook Seminar, Location: Walton Room

                Speaker: Kurt Barth, The Brock Report

Thursday, October 13

8:00 am – 11:00 pm – Member Lounge, Location: Club International 

8:00 am – Noon – Registration, Location: French Foyer South

8:30 – 9:30 am – Vegetable Oils Forum, Location: Grand Ballroom

            Speaker: Leon Bruner, DVM, PHD, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association 

Topic: Changing Consumer Preferences as they relate to vegetable oils, (including

non-GMO, clean labels, etc.)

10:30 – Noon – Biofuels Forum, Location: Grand Ballroom


1) Panelist: Graham Noyes, Noyes Law Corporation

Topic: low Carbon Fuel Standard in CA (LCFS)

2) Panelist: John Cusick, RBF

Topic: Biodiesel World Trade Patterns

3) Panelist: Larry Schafer, National Biodiesel Board

Topic: Biodiesel Update

11:30 — Noon – Registration, Location: French Foyer South

Noon- Luncheon Buffet, Location: Grand Ballroom

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Industry Panel Discussion, Location: Grand Ballroom 

Moderator: Liam Rogers


1. ) Panelist:Dan McLaughlin, Grain and Grain Product Marketing & Sales at Union Pacific

Topic: State of the Railroads

2.) Panelist: Bob Collette, Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils

Topic: Food Safety and Modernization Act

3.) Panelist: Jimmy Connor, RJ O’Brien & Associates LLC

Topic: Risk Management

3 pm – AFOA Board Meeting, Location: Venetian Room

5:30 – 7:30 pm –  Gala Reception, Location: Gold Coast Room

*Member Lounge:- This year, there is a larger lounge area for AFOA members and guests to use.  The lounge, Club International  is located on the Lobby Level of the hotel inside the back left corner of Palm Court Room. Coffee is provided from 8 a.m. – Noon and again from 2:30 – 5 p.m. in Palm Court. Sodas & water will be located in Club International.  The bar will open from 1 pm – midnight.  Cocktails/Beer/Wine are available for purchase.  

Nametags are required for all AFOA events.  Please be mindful of scheduling meetings at the same time as the AFOA schedule.

Business attire is suggested attire for all AFOA events, including the gala reception.

• PowerPoint presentations will be provided on the AFOA website one week following the meeting.

• Early Departure: An early departure fee of (1) night room and tax will apply to any guest who checks out of the hotel before their stated departure date. Guests will have the opportunity to change their departure date at check in without being assessed the fee. Any changes in the departure date after check-in will result in the Early Departure Fee.

• Since we are in a new location, please use the map below for room locations
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Phone: 1-803-252-7128