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American Fats & Oils

2019 Annual Meeting

AFOA will be returning to the Drake Hotel in Chicago for its 2019 Annual Meeting. The hotel is accepting reservations NOW! You are encourged to make your reservations early as this venue tends to SELL OUT for the AFOA meeting.

The link for reservations is: https://book.passkey.com/go/afoa2019

Guests can also call 1-800-55-DRAKE and refer to group code AFO to receive the special rate. If you have any special request for your reservation, please feel free to contact In-house reservations at 312-787-220 or via email CHIDH_RES@hilton.com.

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AFOA Annual Meeting

October 16-17, 2019 The Drake Hotel, Chicago

Annual Meeting

Face-to-Face Opportunities 

The AFOA aims to (re)connect our highly targeted group of attendees for two days with interactive and inclusive discussions specifically focused around themes of maximum timely relevance to their end users, clients and collaborators.  Our main goal is to ensure you return to the office better equipped to maximize the opportunities presented in and meet the key challenges of your day-to-day work.

AFOA Annual Meeting 2019 
The Drake Hotel
Oct 16, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019


A dedicated booking website is now available for AFOA attendees to book their hotel rooms online. 

Booking Websitehttps://book.passkey.com/e/49884243

The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611

2019 Annual Meeting

Use the link below to book your hotel reservations with the Drake.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 

Educational Opportunities

9 am — 11 am Rendered Products Form — Animal/Tallow Forum

Speaker:  Nate Burk, INTL FC Stone

Topic:  10 Years Forward:  S&D, Hedging – How The Ag to Energy Trade is Poised to Evolve

Speaker:  David Meeker, Ph.D., National Renderers Assn.

Topic: The Latest on African Swine Flu

Speaker:  Kent Swisher, National Renderers Assn.

Topic:  Changes in the Tallow and Protein Meal Markets

12:30 pm — 2:30 pm  Keynote and Luncheon Meeting

Speaker:  Tim Washer

Topic:  Unique Review of the Current Political Environment 

Thursday, Oct. 17 

Educational Opportunities

8:15 am — 9:15 am Vegetable Oil Forum

Speaker:  Tore Alden, The Jacobsen Publishing

Topic:   Veg Oil Market Dynamics

9:30 am — 10:30 pm  Outlook Seminar

Speaker:  Stefan Vogel, Rabobank

Topic:  Global Outlook on Agriculture — One Year Later

10:45 am — 12:15 pm  Biofuels Forum

Speaker: Joe Jobe, President and Founder of Rock House Advisors

Topic: Similarities & differences of renewable diesel and biodiesel. Where the biomass based diesel industry is heading in the future and the impacts on oils and greases markets.

Speaker: Greg Staiti, JD is a partner with Weaver

Topic: The West Coast LCFS market and its impact on fats, oils and greases markets going forward as programs expand from California into neighboring states

12:30 pm — 2:30 pm  Industry Wide Panel Discussion — Focus on Transportation

Speaker: Brian Shultz, MPB Commodities

Topic: Trucking Industry: Challenges and Considerations

Speaker: Zak Andersen, BNSF Railway

Topic: Railroads and the Fats/Oils Industry

Speaker: Scott Peterson, Odin Marine

Topic: The Bulk Liquid Shipping Markets and the Effects of IMO 2020 Legislation

Both Days

Face-to-Face Networking Opportunities


The Attendee Lounge will be open both days for extended hours to serve as a natural location for “meet ups.”  
Refreshments will be provided.  

Plan now to use this space for setting up meetings with colleagues, clients and friends.


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Leigh Wickersham
Executive Director

PO Box 11035, Columbia SC 29211, USA


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