The speaker lineup at the NOA Convention in Niagara Falls has impressive names from across the industry, and you’re sure to learn something new about issues ranging from marketing to transportation as well as new insight on pest control.
Our friend Kim Reddin, NOA Director of Public and Industry Relations, said speakers this year include Don Goodwin, owner of Minnetrista, MN-based Golden Sun Marketing; Brian Nault, associate professor at Cornell University’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY; John Stenderup, senior sales executive for C.H. Robinson in Eden Prairie, MN; and Maureen Torrey, vice president of Torrey Farms in Elba, NY.
Don, Brian and John will speak during the convention’s business and educational sessions, and Maureen is keynote speaker at the Friday night banquet.
Recognized as one of the “Top 25 Leaders of Influence” by The Packer for his experience in procurement, wholesale, marketing, Don has a unique perspective of issues that span the fresh produce supply chain.
Brian brings a full understanding of the biology and ecology of insects that attack and/or spread viruses, and he also knows which insects are beneficial to specialty crops.
John is an expert in the field of transportation and will discuss how truck transportation might change in the next five to 15 years.
And Maureen, who comes from an 11-generation farming family, brings a background in everything from in specialty crops to advocating for government policy. She and brothers John and Mark are preparing to turn the reins of the family farm, which has been going since the 1600s, over to the 12th generation.