Lowell Catlett, Dean and Chief Administrative Officer- New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
Dr. Lowell Catlett, was a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University until he retired in 2015. He is an exciting futurist whose knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work is addressed in his varied and upbeat presentations. His vast knowledge astounds corporate and association audiences both nationally and internationally. His presentations are thought- provoking and highly-entertaining.
Dr. Catlett received his doctorate in Economics from Iowa State University, and has twice received the Don C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Burlington Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding University Teaching. In 1994 he was one of two Western Regional recipients of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges “Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award.” In February, 2007 he received the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for his service to agriculture. In addition to his selection in 2002 as a member of the original class of six New Mexico State University Regents Professors, Dr. Catlett has received every teaching award the university offers, including the Westhafer Award for Teaching in 1990, New Mexico State University’s top honor.
The professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business is internationally known as an expert in commodities futures markets and is in demand as a speaker and consultant on predicting and planning for near- and long-term futures. Lowell recently received the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Advisor of the Year as well as Teacher of the Year at New Mexico State University. He is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.
Dave has worked extensively for over 30 years in the commodity field. During his career he has worked in grain and grain products, trading, refined vegetable oils, risk management and procurement of commodity products for ADM, Pillsbury, AGP and most recently ConAgra Foods. At AGP Dave worked in the refined oils group that produced and sold bulk refined vegetable oil to food companies. Dave was responsible for managing the refined oil position as well as the team that produced and sold over 2 billion pounds of refined oil annually. After working for AGP for 8 years Dave decided to take on a position on the other side of the desk as a buyer for ConAgra Foods. At ConAgra Foods, Dave consolidated and managed $500 million dollars in purchases of vegetable oils and milled grain products. In December of 2004, Dave made a decision to leave “Corporate America” and started his own business Moving Parts LLC, a company that focuses on helping food and bio-fuels companies and their customers develop and deploy strategies to manage their commodity risks. Dave has a very strong technical background in fats, edible oils, flour and grain products. He understands the difference between trading and risk management and is skilled at managing multiple price risks. Dave is very experienced in price correlations and margin impacts and is also proficient in supply-chain management and risk reporting.
Mark Zenuk, Managing Partner, Tillridge Global Agribusiness Partners
Mr. Zenuk, is a co founder and Managing Partner of Tillridge Capital Partners, where he leverages his global reputation and 26-year industry expertise in acquiring and operating large scale assets in the storage, processing, packaging, transportation and merchandising of agricultural commodities and ingredients.
Prior to Tillridge, Mr. Zenuk was a Managing Director at NGP Energy Capital Management. During his six years at NGP, Mr. Zenuk was a member of the Investment Committee and served on over 15 private boards.
Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Zenuk served in many executive leadership roles with Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM). Residing in Canada, the United States, and Europe, Mr. Zenuk most recently served as President of the Oilseeds Business Unit, the largest Global Business Unit at ADM, comprising over $24 billion in sales and operating profit of $1.3 billion. The business unit operated 116 inland terminals, and 112 oilseed, crushing, refining, packaging, and industrial facilities. In 2005, he was elected as a Corporate Officer of ADM. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Zenuk served ADM as Managing Director for Europe and Asia, Senior VP North American and European Oils, Fats, and Biodiesel, VP North American Oils and Fats, and VP Moormans/ADM Animal Health and Nutrition.
Prior to joining ADM, he served as General Manager Commodity Marketing Group for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Marketing Manager for the Canadian Wheat Board.
Mr. Zenuk received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.
Adrianne Massey, Managing Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Adrianne Massey is the Managing Director for Science and Regulatory Affairs at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
Dr. Massey began her professional career as a faculty member in the Biology Department of North Carolina State University.
She left academia to join the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. As Vice President, she directed the Center’s award-winning biotechnology education, work force training and public outreach programs.
Dr. Massey has assisted governments in Africa and Asia on issues related to biotechnology product development, education, regulatory policy and science communication, and she served on the Board of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation. At the request of the State Department she has advised governments and universities in Europe, India, Chile and Africa, and U.N. organizations such as the F.A.O. and the Convention on Biodiversity.
She is the co-author of three textbooks on the science, applications and societal issues of medical, agricultural and industrial biotechnology. Her textbooks, which have been translated into a number of languages, were all published by the American Society for Microbiology. She was the Science Advisor for the weekly PBS series, BREAKTHROUGH! Television’s Journal of Science and Medicine, and she has developed interactive exhibits for science and technology museums.
Davey McHenry, Vice President, Hartman Group
Davey is Vice President of Consulting Services for The Harman Group. Davey advises and leads Hartman’s major consulting projects and key client work sessions. Davey is also responsible for developing and fostering new consulting relationships across the food and beverage industry.
Davey has over 15-years experience in strategic relationship management and business strategy with broad industry experience, serving clients in pharmaceuticals, technology, and consumer packaged goods. Davey holds an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington with a concentration in marketing and business strategy and a BA in International Studies from Willamette University.
Ron Sterk, Senior Editor, Sosland Publishing
Ron Sterk has covered ingredient markets at Sosland Publishing Co. since 2003 and prior to that spent 25-plus years in real-time market news and management mostly at Knight-Ridder Financial. At Sosland he has covered grains, oilseeds, dairy, eggs, cocoa, produce, juices, sugar, corn sweeteners and other ingredient markets, as well as breaking news and features on market-related topics such as weather, transportation, biotechnology and others. He contributes to Sosland’s web sites and e-newsletters, writes weekly and semi-monthly columns for Food Business News and Milling & Baking News and is editor of the Sosland SweetenerReport. He also participates in Sosland’s annual Purchasing Seminar, which brings together more than 800 food industry executives each spring. Ron grew up in rural Iowa. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Journalism with focus in agronomy and animal science from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
Laman Francis, Biodiesel Trade Manger, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Laman Francis is a Biodiesel Trade Manger within the Oilseed business unit of Archer Daniels Midland Company. He assumed this position in 2013 and in this role he is one of the managers responsible for marketing, logistics, and risk management for one of the world’s largest biodiesel producers. In Laman’s time with ADM, he has also held roles in the crude vegetable oil group, marketing various vegetable oil products both domestically and to various export markets. After attending the School of Agriculture at the University of Illinois, Laman began his career with ADM as a merchandiser at a soybean crush facility in Galesburg, IL. Throughout Laman’s 9-year career with ADM, he has participated in various sectors of the agricultural industry, and gained experience as both a biodiesel marketer and feedstock supplier.