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Food Import Industry Issues • Trends
Featured Speakers

G. Scott Clemons, CFA., Chief Investment Strategist, Brown Brothers Harriman
"Outlook For the Economy and Financial Markets"
We are in the ninth year of this economic cycle, which has fueled a record rally in financial markets. And yet change is in the air. Interest rates are rising along with inflation and geopolitical risks have seldom been higher. Join us to discuss what this means for investors and business owners as the year unfolds.

Kathleen Wood, CEO, Kathleen Wood Enterprises; Business Strategist, author and entrepreneur
"B.O.L.D. Leadership - Why it's Good to Be Crazy"
B.O.L.D. leaders are trailblazing the future through groundbreaking leadership. For more than 20 years, Kathleen has been a trusted advisor to hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives in growth businesses. She has identified the four key characteristics that separate leaders who have big dreams and leaders who make their dreams a reality. If you are looking to competitively differentiate your brand and accelerate your business, then it's time to be BOLD and find out why it's good to be crazy!

Brian Moran, CEO, Small Business Edge
"So That’s How Social Media Works!"
Social Media is essential to running a business effectively today. The world we live in has changed and we rely on different communication tools. Brian will show us “practical” uses of social media that will help you achieve your 2018 goals. This session will cover basic communication, getting in front of potential and current customers and even how to spy on the competition. Bring your questions and a good-old paper and pen!

Hakan Sinar, President - Synarcon, Inc.
"It’s a Digital World: Use the Web to Stay Ahead of the Curve"
The digital world evolves and business practices are compelled to change. To stay competitive in today’s climate, businesses have to utilize the opportunities and capabilities web technologies offer. Join Hakan to find out how you can increase your sales through ecommerce and grow your business using your website. Reach new potential customers and improve brand awareness using digital marketing methods such as email marketing, search engine marketing, social media and content marketing.

Domenic Veneziano, Owner, Veneziano Consulting, LLC
Former Director of Import Operations, FDA
FDA Consultant, Advisor to Alba Wheels Up

2018 and Beyond:
“Import Inspections: No Longer Just at the Port & Customs Border Protection 2018 Regulatory

What’s the future of the food import industry? How should you prepare for it? This pair of industry veterans will draw from their wealth of experience in the world of food imports to offer valuable insight on the changes on the way. They will share their knowledge gained through years of experience (including Domenic’s stint as director of FDA’s Division of Import Operations) to take a close look at food import requirements.

Vincent Iacopella, Executive Vice President, Growth and Strategy, Alba Wheels Up International, Inc.

Interact with our Industry Experts
Resource Roundtable
Thursday, April 26, 2018 • 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Make the most of face-to-face time with industry professionals as they share their expertise with you. A series of 20-minute sessions will help you maximize your time with the issues that are most pertinent to you right now.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg
Coughlin Insurance Services
Visco Software
Alba Wheels Up
United Safety Agents
BSI Group
Cambridge Global Payments
FOA & Son Corp.
Mazars USA LLP


Welcome Reception Immediately Following

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Reserve either by calling the hotel reservation line at (786) 801-6886 or by accessing the hotel reservations online: Group Identification Number: # 042518AOFC

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Car Rental: A discount has been arranged with Dollar. Call 1-800-800-4000 or visit and refer to Corporate Discount # CC1040.

Tentative Schedule:
Wednesday, April 25
MARLINS are in town and playing the Rockies at 7:10pm
Thursday, April 26
Noon: Board of Directors meeting and lunch
1pm-4pm Registration
2pm-6pm Resource Roundtable
6:30 Welcome Reception sponsored by Setton Farms
Friday, April 27
8:00am Breakfast sponsored by Orlando Foods
8:45am AFI General Membership Meeting
9am G. Scott Clemons - "Outlook For the Economy and Financial Markets"
10:00 Coffee break sponsored by Brauner International Corp.
10:15 Brian Moran - “So That’s How Social Media Works!”
11:15 Processed Food Section Meeting/FSVP overview by Bob Bauer
12:30 Boat and City Tour, meet bus in lobby
6:30pm Cocktail Reception sponsored by Cambridge Global Payments
Saturday, April 28
8am Breakfast sponsored by FSVP Partners
8:45 Domenic Veneziano & Vincent Iacopella - “2018 and Beyond: Import Inspections: No Longer Just at the Port/CBP Regulatory Forecast”
9:45 Hakan Sinar - “It’s a Digital World: How to Use the Web to Stay Ahead of the Curve”
10:15 Break sponsored by STR
10:30 Kathleen Wood “B.O.L.D. Leadership—Why it’s good to be Crazy!”
11:30 Nut & Ag Section Meeting/FSVP overview by Bob Bauer
1:30 Golf Tournament (pre-registration and additional fee apply)
Beverage Cart sponsored by Sahadi Fine Foods
2 pm Poolside Cabana sponsored by Evily Distribution
7pm Reception
8pm Annual Food Industry Dinner Wine Pairing sponsored by AMD Oil Sales LLC

AFI Thanks the Following Corporate Sponsors:

Association of Food Industries
3301 Route 66, Ste. 205, Bldg. C
Neptune, NJ 07753
(732) 922-3008 • Fax: (732) 922-3590