Miami 2022 Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

This directory will be updated on a rolling basis and is listed alphabetically.  

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Juliano Câmara
Charlie Gill
Maile Gradison
Drew Lerner
Chad Moutray
Danielle Negueloua
Dr. Michael Okoroafor
Heejoo Ramsey
Spencer Strader
Preston Wigner

Juliano Câmara, Managing Director at COREIMEX Representações Ltda.

Black Pepper Crop Report Panel
Tuesday, April 12 | 2:30pm – 3:15pm

For about 17 years, Mr. Camara has worked in the spice sector as a commodity broker for multinational organizations in Brazil as well as in Europe. In addition to the brokerage business, Mr. Camara also consults with and represents multinational corporations on procurement and sales for products that he is specialized in. He has an extremely good understanding of the technicalities of the business, statistics and market analysis of the spice sector.

Charlie Gill, Commodity Director at McCormick Global Ingredients 

Black Pepper Crop Report Panel
Tuesday, April 12 | 2:30pm – 3:15pm

Charlie Gill is responsible for the global sourcing of black pepper, white pepper and cinnamon, the development of strategies to deliver sustainable sourcing, innovation, and risk management for McCormick regional business units. 

Maile Gradison, Partner at Hogan Lovells LLP

Hot Topics in Spice Regulations
Tuesday, April 12 | 10:45am – 11:30am

Maile Gradison is a Partner with Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC and serves as General Counsel for ASTA. As a “food lawyer,” she has a keen understanding of the issues affecting the food industry, from product development through production, distribution, and retail sale. Maile has considerable experience with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including advising companies on what FSMA means for their business, helping to develop compliance strategies, and providing strategic advice on public policy issues. Her practice also focuses on enforcement and compliance matters, particularly involving recalls or following receipt of FDA Warning Letters. Maile graduated with high honors from The George Washington University Law School and summa cum laude from Tulane University.

Drew Lerner, Founder and President at World Weather, Inc.

Will Weather Add More Spice To Market Volatility?
Monday, April 11 | 3:15pm – 4:00pm

Drew Lerner is President and Senior Agricultural Meteorologist of World Weather, Inc. Drew has been forecasting international weather for 43 years. He began his meteorology career in 1978 as he participated in an international effort to collect data and improve weather forecasting for the Asian Monsoon. Since then, Drew has been supporting the agricultural industry by providing detailed short and long range weather predictions for each major crop area in the world. His daily assessments of crop and weather expectations supports commodity market trade and helps many companies make better agricultural business decisions. Drew started World Weather, Inc. in 2001 after leading Global Weather Services in the late 1990s. World Weather, Inc. is based in the Kansas City area and supports an expanding group of clientele residing in North and South America, India, Europe, Africa and Australia.

Chad Moutray, Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers

Inflationary Pressures on Food Pricing and Other Economic Trends in Manufacturing
Tuesday, April 12 | 9:00am – 9:30am

Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews and has appeared on various new outlets, including CNBC. In addition, he is the director of the Center for Manufacturing Research at the Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the NAM, where he leads efforts to produce thought leadership, data and analysis of relevance to business leaders in the sector.

Danielle Negueloua, Director at Johanson Transportation Service, International Division

Lightening the Load: Key Strategies to Mitigate Supply Chain Challenges
Monday, April 11 | 10:30am – 12:00pm 

Danielle Negueloua is the Director of the International Division for Johanson Transportation Service, a leading third-party logistics provider headquartered in Fresno, California. She oversees all international operations and is an expert in all business activities related to importing and exporting as well as ocean drayage. Starting her career with JTS in 2006, she first connected with the company while doing her MBA project – a feasibility study for launching an international business division for JTS. Shortly after her presentation she was hired by President/CEO Larry Johanson and helped launch the International Division located in Rocklin, California.

Dr. Michael Okoroafor, Chief Sustainability Officer at McCormick & Company 

Evolving Packaging Innovation Landscape
Tuesday, April 12 | 9:30am – 10:00am

Michael Okoroafor is McCormick’s Chief Sustainability Officer. In his role, he is responsible for the development and execution of an enhanced sustainability strategy, working with commercial and communications teams, and building on our foundation to ensure that our successes in this area continue to be recognized in the global market. His focus includes working across and through the organization and leading the Purpose-led Performance (PLP) Governing Council to develop and drive our strategy both internally and externally.

Heejoo Ramsey, Assistant Marketing Manager at the Port of Long Beach, California 

Lightening the Load: Key Strategies to Mitigate Supply Chain Challenges
Monday, April | 11 10:30am – 12:00pm

Heejoo Ramsey, a maritime logistics professional with 17 years of sales and business development experience, is Assistant Marketing Manager in the Business Development Division of the Commercial Operations Bureau for the Port of Long Beach, California. She joined the Port team in 2020. As Assistant Marketing Manager, Ms. Ramsey’s responsibilities include delivering sales presentations, ranging from one-to-ones with customers to addressing trade association groups numbering in the hundreds; conducting and participating in meetings with customers, external vendors and stakeholders; and outreach to customers in the commodities vertical that includes agricultural and refrigerated products (import and export), recyclables and resin.

Spencer Strader, Director at Imports ECU Worldwide

Lightening the Load: Key Strategies to Mitigate Supply Chain Challenges
Monday, April 11 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Spencer Strader oversees US ocean import product including all pricing and services offerings for ECU Worldwide, where he has worked for fifteen years. Spencer has over twenty years in the field of international logistics for ocean freights, airfreight, and US Customs brokerage services. 

Preston Wigner, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Universal Corporation

“May I Be Excused?: How Force Majeure Works in Commercial Transactions
Tuesday, April 12 | 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Preston Wigner is the Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Universal Corporation, a publicly-held global business-to-business agri-products supplier located in Richmond, Virginia and operating in over 30 countries. Universal recently expanded it’s plant-based food ingredients platform through acquiring Silva International and Shank’s Extracts. Preston has been with Universal for 19 years and handles a wide variety of US and foreign corporate, commercial and other legal matters for the company.

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