Speaker - Senator Jim Talent
Senator Talent has been active in
Missouri and national politics for 20 years.
In 1984, at the age of 28, he was
elected to the Missouri House of Representatives where he served for
eight years. During that time he succeeded in passing numerous pieces
of legislation, including legislative efforts to build roads, toughen
drug laws, and reduce taxes. Later, he was chosen by his colleagues as
the Minority Leader—the highest-ranking Republican leadership position
in the Missouri House.
In 1992 he was then elected to Congress
from Missouri’s Second District. During his eight years in the U.S.
House, he co-authored the historic Welfare Reform Bill, championed
national security issues on the House Armed Services Committee,
enacted legislation to help revitalize urban neighborhoods and passed
legislation to help lower health care costs.
In 2002, Missourians elected Jim Talent
to serve in the U.S. Senate where he worked with republicans and
democrats to enact critical legislation. In the summer of 2005,
Senator Talent led the fight to add a Renewable Fuels Standard to the
Energy bill. He succeeded, and now President Bush has elevated the
significance of our nation’s energy future by calling for 35 billion
gallons of alternative fuel use by 2017!
Speaker - Mary B. Lucas
Lunchmeat & Life Lessons: Sharing a Butcher’s Wisdom
Author, coach, speaker and founder of MBL Consulting, Mary B. Lucas is
bringing her 25 years of experience in the employment and workforce
management industry to the Executive Conference! Known for her
strategic approach, enthusiasm and ability to inspire, Mary’s fun,
thought-provoking and motivational presentation will offer practical
tips ready to be put to work for you today!
Mary’s presentation is rooted in a story
covering 25 years, during which time she climbs the corporate ladder
guided by her father’s advice—honed from his own career as a butcher
in Kansas City, KS. The “conference room” of sorts was a butcher-block
table. It was there that father and daughter sorted out some of life’s
most perplexing questions. These talks provide the backdrop for Mary’s
compelling presentation and the butcher’s wisdom that shapes who the
author, coach and speaker is today. Guaranteed to help you and your
organization scale to new professional heights, Mary is dedicated to
helping organizations maximize performance through their most
important asset: PEOPLE.
Speaker - Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson serves as the Senior Director
of Worldwide Supply Chain for McDonald’s Corporation. As a global
leader specializing in protein, he develops the strategic direction
for sourcing beef, pork, poultry, and fish, which are supplied to more
than 32,000 restaurants in 119 countries. Mr. Johnson is an executive
with 20 years of domestic and international McDonald’s experience. A
native of Chicago, he has lived and worked in Europe, where he led the
development of McDonald’s supply chain and its expansion into 35
countries. In 2001, Mr. Johnson was appointed to the Agricultural
Technical Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C., an acknowledgement
of his expertise and knowledge of the latest trade trends in the food
and agricultural sector as it relates to policy and commodity-specific
products. He joined McDonald’s in 1986 after a significant career in
the food retail industry. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science
degree in Food Science from the University of Illinois and earned his
Business Management degree from Elmhurst College.
Implications for Suppliers and Retailers
Strategic foresight demands a
solid understanding of today’s most significant buying and dining
habits, plus the long term trends that will most aggressively shape
consumer behavior and retailer innovations in the next decade. During
this focused presentation, sales and growth strategist Art Turock will
articulate high impact trends and implications, describing the
thinking process used by business visionaries to anticipate the needs
of consumers and retail customers before they even know themselves.
What differences in buying and dining habits are being dictated by
changing lifestyles? How large a role is health and wellness playing
in the consumers’ meal selection process? Come with notepad in hand
for this highly interactive, informative session!
How have designer eggs impacted the consumer and retailer relationship
with traditional eggs, and how might this change over the next five
years? Our panel will be moderated by Greg Deppeler, Egg Reporter,
Urner Barry Publications, Inc. Panel members will include Bob Hodges,
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, MOARK LLC; Mike Sencer, Executive
Vice President, Hidden Villa Ranch; David Radlo, President & CEO,
Radlo Foods, LLC
and Kevin Whaley, EVP & CMO, CCF Brands will attempt to address these
issues and discuss the economic impact to the industry.
Joanne Ivy, President, American Egg Board, will present
news from AEB.
The changing landscape of the shell egg and egg products industries -
Greg Deppeler, Randy Pesciotta and Richard A. Brown will discuss
in-line breaking, shell egg production, certified shell egg and egg
product markets and consumption, and the price discovery process.
Bill Lapp Report
Bill Lapp with Advanced Economic Solutions will make his final
recommendations concerning the Urner Barry Price Discovery Process and
offer his analysis of the state of the industry.
Global Export Market
During this intensive export forum, Greg Tyler, Vice President of
Marketing for USAPEEC, will provide conference attendees with an
overview of the latest developments on the export front: from new or
developing markets to the present trade hindrances and obstacles
limiting export opportunities. Will Russia’s accession to the WTO help
stabilize and expand the export arena? Have consumer concerns
regarding avian influenza run their course or will they continue to
affect poultry exports in 2007? How may high corn costs affect the
future of U.S. export growth? Get an update on how efforts to promote
U.S. commodity usage are going and much more!
What Lies on the
Horizon for the Poultry Industry?
Urner Barry is pleased to have Mr. Randy Blach, Executive Vice
President of Cattle-Fax, on hand to help conference attendees explore
the peaks and valleys of the poultry industry. Mr. Blach’s expert
analysis will highlight this session as attendees get a foothold on
the fundamental marketing issues facing the turkey and chicken
industries. What conditions led to the divergent poultry markets
during 2006? What are the factors that have shaped the 2007
year-to-date markets, and how might they influence industry
performance for the balance of the year? Mr. Blach’s thorough
understanding of the intricacies of the commodity markets and his
ability to convey them to the audience in a clear, upbeat manner will
make this a session not to be missed!
QSR and Casual Dining Industry Trends
The restaurant industry anticipates sales of $511 billion in 2006.
They are the number one employer outside of government and,
increasingly, the quick serve restaurant and casual dining segments
are accounting for a larger portion of growth that should top 5% in
2006. Come listen to representatives of national quick-serve and
casual dining chains as well as industry experts describe how this
dynamic, growing industry is influencing the food business. How does
value pricing affect incremental sales of chicken? Is a
health-conscious America deterring burger chain growth? Fast-food
restaurants have become more creative in their marketing strategies.
How does the poultry industry garner a larger share of the consumer
dollar? Can turkey be a permanent, thriving part of the casual dining
industry? Come hear what the experts have to say!
The Conference program begins 6:30 Sunday evening, April 22, 2007
continues through 7:00 pm Tuesday, April 24, 2007
For more information, call Lynn Dekovitch at