Annual Meeting Program Planning

This committee and working group meet from July through November by conference call to plan all the education sessions for the Annual Meeting and Pre-Conference Workshop by identifying experts to speak on topics of interest, reaching out to experts through direct or industry contacts, and assist with finalizing sessions. This committee begins in the summer for a full program can be confirmed in the fall and marketing materials can be developed and ready when registration opens in early January. At the meeting some of the volunteers may be asked to participate in the program by introducing sessions.

Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee Member Roster 2019-2020

Purpose: Plan all the education sessions for the Annual Meeting

Goals:

  • Identify experts to speak on topics of interest
  • Reach out to experts through direct or industry contacts, and assist
    with finalizing sessions
  • Introduce sessions
    Timeline: The committee meets from July through November by
    conference call to confirm sessions and speakers
Eric Baylin, Chesapeake Spice Co. LLC
Brian Dillon, McCormick & Co., Inc.
Karen DeFranchi (Chair), Olam Spices and Vegetable Ingredients
Kevin Edwards, SGS North America
Kristen Jasulski, Pure Ground Ingredients
Martin Lev, Fuchs North America
Jill McKeague, Kalsec, Inc.
Suzanne Munson, Heifer International
Alan Perlman, NSF International
J.R. Rigley, Watkins Co.
Ryan Schuering, Griffith Foods
Matthew Somers, Jain Farm Fresh
Greg Sommerville (Board Liaison), Frontier Co-Op

ASTA Staff Liaisons
Margarita Passero
 
Laura Shumow  
Jessica Skerritt  

Pre-Conference Workshop Working Group
Purpose: Plan all the education sessions for the workshop
Goals:

  • Identify experts to speak on topics of interest
  • Reach out to experts through direct or industry contacts, and assist
    with finalizing sessions
  • Introduce sessions
    Timeline: The task force meets from July through November by
    conference call to confirm sessions and speakers
Sayil Gundem, Kutas Group
Guillermo Molina, Sabater Spices (North America)
Lisa Patel, KALSEC,Inc.
Whitney Sayia (Chair), A.A. Sayia & Co., Inc.
Greg Sommerville (Board Liaison), Frontier Co-op

ASTA Staff Liaisons
Margarita Passero  
Laura Shumow  
Jessica Skerritt