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The Members have spoken -- 2020 Annual Meeting -- will be one day, virtual event

Special Notice and Update  — AFOA Members Have Spoken

AFOA Annual Meeting—going virtual!


In reaction to member feedback and input, and out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, the American Fats and Oils Association (AFOA) Board of Directors made a historic decision yesterday (July 23, 2020) to offer a one-day, virtual annual meeting on Wednesday, October 14th as opposed to its traditional 2-day in person format. 

            • Approximately 25% of the membership responded to the survey regarding location, format and participation in a fall 2020 annual meeting.

            • The majority who responded referenced travel bans and company restrictions that would keep them from being able to attend an in-person meeting this fall.

Recognizing that we have attendees and speakers facing travel restrictions and continuing uncertainty of COVID-19 issues, we are making the AFOA Annual Meeting digital-ready and expanding the meeting’s access.  This new format will allow AFOA to offer access to the content at a reduced price which we believe will allow more members and their team members to consume. 

            AFOA Member Companies may participate with unlimited attendees. 

            Registration fee for members is $150 per attendee. 


We are planning “Better Access with AFOA:  2020 AFOA Annual Meeting: October 14th.


Sponsorships for the 2020 One-day Annual Meeting are available now.


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2020 AFOA Annual Meeting

The members have spoken; 75% said the won’t be able to attend an in-person event.  

AFOA is going all virtual — one day, October 14th.

2020 Annual Meeting

AFOA Member Companies may participate with unlimited attendees. 

Registration fee for members is $150 per attendee. 

Keynote Speaker: Charlie Cook

Confirmed Keynote Speaker for Oct. 14th

Charlie Cook
Renowned Political Analyst and Publisher of the Cook Political Report

• Called “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else” by Washingtonian and “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal 
• Discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way 
• Hugely popular speaker known for an encyclopedic knowledge and quick wit

Charlie Cook is a political analyst and commentator, the publisher of the Cook Political Report, and a columnist for the National Journal. For more than two decades he has been a trusted and accurate voice on all things political. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal, Cook’s expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of American politics has been featured on myriad news outlets. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way.

Biofuels Forum Speaker: Paul Nazzaro

Confirmed Speaker for Oct. 14th

Paul Nazzaro became an early adopter of utilizing the latest chemical technologies to enhance fuel quality on behalf of organizations such as Northeast Petroleum, Coastal Corporation, and Global Companies, LLC. Paul has also represented the National Biodiesel Board since 1996 as their petroleum liaison, helping to reduce roadblocks impeding biodiesel’s domestic commercialization.

He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Finance Committee for the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and the New England Fuel Institute. His writing has appeared in Fuel Oil News, Biodiesel Magazine, Transport Topics, Commercial Fuel Buyer, Fuel Marketer News, and Indoor Comfort Marketing, among others notable industry publications.

Last year, AFOA looked to the west coast for its perspectives, this year Paul will share initiatives and perspectives from the east coast. 

2020 AFOA Annual Meeting Sponsors

Sponsors as of July 27

AgriBio Commodities, LLC

BNSF Railway

Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co., Inc.

Hero BX

Hudson Tank Terminals Corporation

JTS Global

Sunbelt Commodities, Inc.

The Scoular Company

Wednesday, Oct. 14 


Rendered Products Forum — Animal Protein and Tallow    

Speaker confirmed.

Ryan Standard, The Jacobsen Publishing


Biofuels Forum     

Speaker confirmed.

Paul Nazzaro, Advanced Fuel Solutions, Inc. 


Keynote Presentation   

Speaker confirmed.

Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report






Wednesday, Oct. 14th


Global Economic Outlook

Soy Oil Outlook

Canola Outlook

Palm Outlook

Animal Fats Outlook

Transportation Outlook


Fund Money & Its Role in Commodity Markets








One-day, Virtual Event

Take advantage of any one session, multiple sessions — or all sessions.

One, low registration rate covers it all.


“I can’t believe it took us this long to make a change. So happy that we did. Numbers don’t lie.”

John Doe, Divi CEO


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Leigh Wickersham
Executive Director

PO Box 11035, Columbia SC 29211, USA


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