× Peter Bergen
Peter Bergen
CNN National Security Analyst
Best-Selling Author of Manhunt

Award-winning journalist and producer Peter Bergen is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on foreign policy, national security, and the new generation of terrorism that threatens the West and its economic interests. CNN’s national security analyst, he is one of the few people to interview Osama bin Laden face-to-face and the best-selling and award-winning author of five books. His latest is United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists, following up his New York Times best-seller Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – From 9/11 to Abbottabad. It was named one of the “Best Non-Fiction Books of 2012” by the Washington Post and made into an Emmy-winning HBO documentary. He is writing a new book about the Trump administration’s national security team and the policies they are implementing.

When Bergen reports on national security, Congress, the White House, and those who need to be “in-the-know” sit up and listen. He has traveled repeatedly to the Middle East and South Asia and testified before multiple congressional committees about national security and terrorism-related issues. He is heavily connected in the geopolitical world, having interviewed senior While House officials, Congressmen, Navy SEAL operators, senior officers around the world, and more. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau, Bergen offers audiences a straight-from-the-source, insider’s perspective our nation’s growing geopolitical challenges and how they have the potential to affect American business.

Best-Selling Books and Writing. In addition to United States of Jihad and Manhunt, Bergen is also the author of New York Times best-seller The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda (2011), which was called “one of the most important accounts on the subject to appear in years” by the New York Times. He also wrote the New York Times best-seller Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know, both of which were named one of the best non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post and turned into Emmy-nominated documentaries.

Bergen has written on national security issues for the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, and many, many other domestic and international publications. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and writes a weekly column for CNN.com. He has also worked as a correspondent or producer for several documentaries that have aired on National Geographic, Discovery, and CNN.

National Security Expertise. Bergen is Vice President of Global Studies & Fellows at New America in Washington, DC, and is a research fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security. He is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies and has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a leading scholarly journal in the field.

× Michael Dykes
Michael Dykes
President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association in January 2017. In this role, he represents members that make more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

Since joining IDFA, Dykes has been a strong advocate for the importance of global competitiveness to the future of the U.S. dairy industry. He has made preserving trade partnerships with Mexico and improving Canadian market access for U.S. dairy exports in all future trade agreements a priority for IDFA.

Prior to assuming his role at IDFA, Dykes served as vice president of government affairs for Monsanto, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a portfolio of U.S. government relations strategies and programs that included agricultural biotechnology policy. He led Monsanto's office in Washington, D.C., and served as the company's primary point of contact for elected officials, regulatory authorities, U.S. farm organizations, key industry participants, trade associations, international organizations and embassies. He directed the company's efforts in state and local government affairs, in addition to government affairs in Mexico and Canada.

Dykes is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Academy of Practitioners. He has served on the Farmhouse Fraternity board for 3+ years. He is also a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and has served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

Dykes grew up on a small dairy and tobacco farm in Kentucky. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University. He also attended the University of Kentucky where he received a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

    
× Jeff Eggers
Jeff Eggers
Strategic Advisor, Organizational Performance Expert, Executive Director
McChrystal Group Leadership Institute

As a senior policy advisor, security professional, and leadership consultant, Jeff Eggers leverages 20+ years of experience managing strategic efforts and leading high-stakes, high-performing teams during his time with the White House, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy.

White House Commissioned Officer. A former Special Assistant to the President for National Security affairs for President Obama, Eggers was responsible for oversight of critical and sensitive aspects of U.S. foreign and national security policy. Six years of White House experience, to include four years as the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Credited with the mediation and resolution of the 2014 Afghan presidential electoral crisis, Eggers facilitated a political agreement which resulted in a unity government and peaceful inauguration. As a result, he was presented with the Samuel Nelson Drew Award by President Obama for “Distinguished Contribution in Pursuit of Global Peace.”

Organizational Performance Expert. A researcher in behavioral science and consultant on leadership and organizational performance, Jeff now leads McChrystal Group’s Leadership Institute, managing engagements with Fortune 500 clients requiring assistance with organizational performance, leader-development and culture shaping. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jeff worked with a diverse mix of clients across varying industries, to include an NBA franchise where he helped with leader succession planning. He has taught courses in change management, leadership, and public policy for organizations such as U.S. intelligence agencies, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is also an Adjunct Senior Analyst for the RAND Corporation, where he recently completed a study on “Adaptability in Large Organizations” for the U.S. Air Force.

Special Operations Background. Jeff retired from the U.S. Navy following a successful 20 year career as a U.S. Navy SEAL with extensive operational and combat leadership experience. Jeff’s operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command. Jeff also served as a strategic advisor on national security matters, to include the mid-2013 change of mission in Afghanistan, enabling an end to the U.S. combat mission and shifting emphasis to Afghan security forces. He also shepherded the negotiation and signing of the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategy Partnership Agreements and served as a Strategic Advisor to General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of NATO ISAF—a broad coalition of over 100,000 U.S. and parent national personnel assisting the Government of Afghanistan to promote sustainable security.

Nonprofits and Boards. Jeff is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, conducting research on the intersection of behavioral science, organizational design, and complexity toward novel solutions that revitalize American prosperity through mitigation of cognitive error and more rational U.S. policy-making. In this role he has served as an expert witness to the Senate Armed Services Committee. He is also a member of the NationSwell Council, a forum for advancing innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in America. Finally, Jeff is a board member of the Special Operations Fund, non-profit that cares for and assists the families of special operations veterans killed in action.

Accomplished Publisher. Eggers has published in esteemed academic journals and media outlets such as Fortune, Foreign Policy, Politico, U.S. News and World Report, amongst others. His most recent publication, “Forget Technology. The Real Military Edge Comes from Promoting Smart People” was featured in Defense One.

Speaking Topics:

  1. Leadership for the 21st Century
  2. Humility, Purpose and the Myth of Heroic Leadership
  3. Leading Innovation
  4. The Behavioral Science of Organizational Performance

 

× Marci Rossell
Marci Rossell
Former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-Host of SQUAWK BOX

Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. She takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people's lives, families and careers.

Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Marci served as Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation's largest mutual fund companies.

Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte and Touche in court cases involving economic issues. Marci began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Marci earned a PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University, where she was named one of the Young Alumni of the Year in 2002. She brings a world of experience--from Main Street to Wall Street--when discussing the U.S. economy, international events and movements in capital markets. Her creative, thought-provoking commentary will ring in the audience members' ears well after she leaves the stage.

× Peter Sheahan
Peter Sheahan
Founder & Group CEO
Karrikins Group
Best-Selling Author, and Global Business Leader

Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With over 120 staff, in 24 cities, across nine countries, Sheahan knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in the rapidly-changing marketplace.

Peter, and his firm Karrikins Group, have worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of seven books including business best-sellers Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and Matter.

Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to over 500,000 people in 20 different countries. He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.

× Heather Soubra
Heather Soubra
Chief of Staff
International Dairy Foods Association

Soubra serves as a strategist, consultant and director of the association’s initiatives based on the priorities of the president and CEO, Michael Dykes, D.V.M. Soubra manages day-to-day operation of the executive office facilitating collaboration and inclusiveness across the organization to accomplish strategic goals. Soubra serves as the executive office liaison with IDFA members and members of the IDFA governance structure. She also handles IDFA program development and execution, including the annual Dairy Forum, the summer internship program, and managed the successful implementation of IDFA’s new governance structure.

A graduate of George Mason University, Soubra earned her degree in intercultural communication. She also is a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington where she earned certification in corporate etiquette and international protocol. She is fluent in Arabic.

Hamdi Ulukaya× 
Hamdi Ulukaya
CEO & Founder
Chobani, Inc.

Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who turned a business dream into a billion-dollar enterprise in a few short years. Along the way, he helped to make Greek yogurt a household word and opted to share his business success with Chobani’s employees, many of them immigrants like himself. Chobani has been a shining example of how thinking differently and showing compassion for others can lead to success and profitability. He’ll share his perspectives on leadership, innovation, corporate culture and what he does every day to keep Chobani and his employees on a path for excellence.

Portalatin_David× 
David Portalatin
Vice President, Industry Advisor-Food
The NPD Group

David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national analyst on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home. In his role as vice president, food industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, personal characteristics, and their usage of restaurants and other foodservice outlets. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.

Portalatin’s diverse background and experience gives him an in-depth understanding of consumer behavior and purchase patterns. Prior to his current role, he was NPD’s industry analyst in the automotive aftermarket, motor fuels, and convenience retailing industries. Portalatin held various positions in petroleum marketing, convenience retailing, and foodservice wholesale distribution before joining NPD in 1999.

He is a frequent featured speaker at food industry events and corporate conferences/meetings with distributors, manufacturers, and retailers. Portalatin also serves as a media source for a wide variety articles on food and beverage consumption trends and how these trends impact the food industry. His comments have appeared in USA Today, CNBC, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and other nationally-recognized media outlets.

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Evergreen Packaging
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  • IDFA’s Dairy Forum is the premier event for dairy food executives to connect with other industry leaders, advance their knowledge, and to discover new perspectives on issues that are important to our industry. More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene at Dairy Forum 2020 to explore, discover, and experience the POWER OF DAIRY.

    Dairy Forum 2020 will help us understand how to unlock the POWER OF DAIRY to seize opportunities and navigate challenges in our industry.

    Dairy Forum 2020 features a powerful program filled to the brim with thought leaders, renowned experts and industry leaders who will share their insights and perspectives on a wide variety of relevant topics to advance dairy’s growth and prosperity in the years ahead.

    Sessions include:
    1. Leadership for the 21st Century
    2. How to Turn Challenge into Opportunity & Disruption into Competitive Advantage
    3. Economic Forecast for 2020 from Leading Dairy Economists
    4. The New Corporate Citizen: Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, & Accountable Capitalism
    5. Geopolitical Landscape: What Is Happening in the World & Why Does It Matter to Your Business?
    6. Trade Update
    7. Redefining Sustainability in the Dairy Industry
    8. C-Suite Talks
    9. McKinsey & Company Trends Analysis
    10. How to Ride the CBD Wave
    11. The Impact of Cellular Agriculture on Dairy
    12. Strengthening Food Safety Plans & Practices
    13. And much more!

    Sponsors
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    Sunday, January 26
    8:30 a.m. Morning Golf Tournament
    Location: Westin Kierland Golf Club
    Sponsored By:
    Advanced Process Technologies
    ChemTreat
    1:00 p.m. Afternoon Golf Tournament
    Location: Westin Kierland Golf Club
    12:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration
    2:00 – 4:00 p.m. IDFA Executive Council Meeting (invitation only)
    5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Chairman’s Reception (invitation only)
    Location: Vista Morada Patio
    Sponsored By:
    Bank of American Merrill Lynch
    6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Chairman’s Lecture – Leadership for the 21st Century
    During the U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jeff Eggers witnessed first-hand the troubles legacy institutions have when facing smaller, newer, and more adaptable enemies. Having served as both a leader of high-performing teams and an advisor to leaders at the highest levels of the U.S. government including to the President, he now focuses on building modern models for leadership and organizational performance that draw on lessons learned as a Navy SEAL, in the White House, and from his extensive research into behavioral science.

    Eggers looks at why humans have a “terrible track record of predicting conflict and change”—and how to better prepare for the accelerating effects of societal, technological, and business transformation—as well as what roles leadership and culture play in developing of winning teams. He presents a roadmap for leadership in an unpredictable world and prepares companies to fight complacency, embrace rapid change, and drive innovation from the top down.

    Speaker:
    Jeff EggersJeff Eggers
    Organizational Performance Expert
    Executive Director
    McChrystal Group Leadership Institute
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
    Location: Marshall’s Outpost Pavilion

    Monday, January 27
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m. President’s Breakfast – The Power of Dairy
    How do we work together to unlock the POWER OF DAIRY—to seize opportunities, navigate challenges, and redefine the future of our industry? IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes assesses the dairy foods and consumer landscape over the next decade, and lays out a plan of advocacy, education, and network-building that will help us shape the dairy industry and set a new standard within food and business.

    Speaker:
    Michael Dykes Michael Dykes, D.V.M.
    President and CEO
    International Dairy Foods Association
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. General Session - The Power of China
    The trade war between the U.S. and China is reshaping the world offering opportunities and challenges. These expert panelists will discuss the overarchign issues driving this power struggle and the impact on the U.S. dairy industry in the short and long-term.

    Moderator: Tom Suber, President, Suber Global LLC
    Panelists: Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey & Company and Leader of the McKinsey Global Institute
    Sandy Chen, Senior Analyst Dairy for Rabobank, Shanghai
    Stan Ryan, President and CEO, Darigold

    Sponsored By:
    Evergreen Packaging
    10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
    Sponsored By:
    Nelson-Jameson
    10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
    Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Session – How To Turn Challenge Into Opportunity & Disruption Into Competitive Advantage
    The fact that the world is changing is not new to anyone. The more important question is: What do we need to do in the face of change? How do organizations respond meaningfully to it? Whether you are dealing with disruptive technology, shifts in customer expectations, or changes in regulation, as a leader you must apply an innovative approach to effectively navigate disruptive forces.

    In this provocative, research-based session, Peter will inspire you to:
    1. Embrace change and break free from thinking that made you successful in the past but could undermine your success in the future
    2. Re-think competitive advantage and leverage intangibles to manufacture tangible points of difference in your market
    3. Improve your margins by driving non-sexy innovation and finding new ways to innovate across the value-chain

    Speaker:
    Peter Sheahan Peter Sheahan
    Best-selling Author & Founder and CEO
    Karrikins Group
     
    Sponsored By:
    Chr. Hansen
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. General Session - What Shapes American Food and Beverage Consumption Behavior

    In the food and beverage industry, foresight about the future of how people will eat and drink and deep insight about what consumers are doing right now can make all the difference to your growth trajectory. Join David Portalatin, Vice President, Food Industry Advisor, with the NPD Group for a briefing on the research organization’s comprehensive annual report on Eating Patterns in America. Key topics covered in the report include in-home versus away-from-home consumer behaviors, the fresh and clean eating movement’s sustainability, the consumer mindset behind health and wellness, the changing American household, where foods are sourced and the infringing threat of alternative channels, and much more.

    Speaker:
    Portalatin_DavidDavid Portalatin
    Vice President, Industry Analysis-Food Sector, The NPD Group

    2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Conference Partner Session
    3:15 – 4:15 p.m. PAC Steering Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Conference Partner Session
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m. International Trade Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m. State Association Executive Meeting (invitation only)
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PAC Reception (invitation only)
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Editor’s Reception (invitation only)

    Tuesday, January 28
    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration
    8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
    Doors Open: 8:15 a.m.
    Breakfast Session – Economic Forecast for 2020: A Roadmap for Businesses in the Trump Era
    One of the most-trusted names in financial reporting, Dr. Marci Rossell breaks down America’s current financial future as well as our place within the global economy. Looking at how we got here (including an overview of post-Recession global growth), what businesses could expect as the Trump Administration continues, and what priorities organizations need to focus on in both the short and long-term, Dr. Rossell provides an essential roadmap for executives and consumers alike. She will also cover the growing public distrust of economic institutions and capitalism, as well as how financial crises can be prevented in the future.

    Speaker:
    Marci Rossell Marci Rossell
    Former Chief Economist for CNBC & Co-Host of Squawk Box
     
    9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
    Sponsored By:
    TC Transcontinental Packaging
    9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
    10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
    11:00 a.m. – Noon Concurrent Sessions
    12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Session – Making Sense in a World of Trouble (Geopolitical Landscape)
    Peter Bergen reflects on the state of global security in a world where insecurity is on the rise. With more than 20 years of investigative reporting from the world’s hot spots, Bergen shares how these crises are impacting Western business interests around the world, as well as ordinary citizens at home, and he looks at whether the U.S. government and world leaders are doing enough to combat growing threats. He offers business audiences a look into these converging security matters and where they may lead, offering an optimistic sense of what lies ahead.

    Speaker:
    Peter Bergen Peter Bergen
    CNN National Security Analyst & Best-Selling Author of Manhunt
     
    1:45 – 2:45 p.m. General Session - The Power of People: An Armchair Conversation with Chobani's CEO & Founder, Hamdi Ulukaya
    Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who turned a business dream into a billion-dollar enterprise in a few short years. Along the way, he helped to make Greek yogurt a household word and opted to share his business success with Chobani's employees, many of them immigrants like himself. Chobani has been a shining example of how thinking differently and showing compassion for others can lead to success and profitability. He'll share his perspectives on leadership, innovation, corporate culture and what he does every day to keep Chobani and his employees on a path for excellence.

    Speaker:
    Hamdi Ulukaya Hamdi Ulukaya
    CEO & Founder, Chobani, Inc.
    2:45 – 4:30 p.m. McKinsey Roundtable (invitation only)
    2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Conference Partner Session
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Economic Policy Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Conference Partner Session
    5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Closing Reception
    Location: Northern Sky Terrace

    Wednesday, January 29
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Session – McKinsey & Company
    Building on the presentation from last year, A Winning Formula for Growth in Dairy, McKinsey will continue to explore how to position for success in an evolving dairy landscape. This will include a perspective on the extent of disruption across the value chain, a self-assessment tool on preparedness to react and respond to disruption, and techniques to build corporate resilience.
     
    Sponsored By:
    McKinsey & Company
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Closing Session

    Registration fees for Dairy Forum are based on your company's IDFA membership status. For more information about membership, please email membership@idfa.org.

      Early
    Ends Oct 11th
    Regular
    After Oct 11th
    Member Processor / Gold Business Partner $1,595 $1,695
    Producer / Farmer
    Dairy producers and farmers directly engaged in the production of farm milk. This rate will also include employees of non-processing co-ops that are not eligible for membership.
    $1,595 $1,695
    Business Partner $1,895 $1,995
    Non-Member $2,495 $2,595
    Government
    Government employees who work directly for a local state, federal government agency or legislative body. Government contractors are not eligible for this rate.
    $375 $375
    University
    Faculty members are welcome to register at the discounted rate. Students must present proof of enrollment along with the registration form.
    $375 $375
    Morning Golf Tournament / Afternoon Golf Tournament $275 $275
    Companion / Spouse
    Reserved for non-industry companions. Includes access to Chairman’s Lecture and evening receptions.
    $175 $175
    News Media
    Credentialed members of the news media are welcome to register at a special rate by contacting mherrick@idfa.org. News media must present credentials to qualify.
    N/A N/A

    The fastest and easiest way to register is online. If a paper form is required to submit a check payment, please download the registration form.

    FAQs

    Q: Registration substitutions
    Registration is non-transferable from one company to another; however, substitutions within companies are welcome at any time. Please email registrar@idfa.org if you would like to make a registration substitution.

    Q: Registration Cancellation Policy
    Registration cancellations received in writing will be accepted prior to December 20, 2019 for a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after December 20, 2019, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Your Dairy Forum registration fee is non-refundable after January 10, 2020. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Golf Tournament Cancellation Policy
    All golf tournament cancellations will receive a full refund before December 20, 2019. No tournament refunds will be issued after December 20, 2019. All cancellations must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Attire
    Attire is business casual although we encourage attendees to dress comfortable for evening receptions which may be held outdoors. The average temperatures in Scottsdale, Arizona in January are 68°F high and 46°F low.

    Q: Affiliate Events
    Affiliate events are defined as non-IDFA sponsored events that take place before, during or after Dairy Forum. These include, but are not limited to, business meetings, receptions, dinners, group activities, and other social functions. If you are interested in reserving space at the conference hotel for an affiliate meeting or event, please contact mlembke@idfa.org. Space is limited and requests will be considered on a first-come, first served basis.

    Questions: If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at (202) 220-3557 or registrar@idfa.org.



    Dairy Forum 2020 will be held at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (800) 354-5892. When making a reservation you will need to reference the access code in your registration confirmation email to receive the discounted room rate of $299 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is January 3, 2020 or until rooms sell out. We have reserved a large block of rooms, but once all the rooms have been booked, we cannot guarantee that additional space will be available.

    The Westin Kierland Resort
    6902 E Greenway Pkwy
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
    (800) 354-5892
    https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxws-the-westin-kierland-resort-and-spa/Hotel Website

    Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/2020idfadairyforumMake a Reservation at the Westin

     



    If the Dairy Forum 2020 room blocks reach capacity at The Westin Kierland Resort, we have arranged for additional capacity at the nearby Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains. You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (800) 288-6127. When making a reservation you will need to reference the access code in your registration confirmation email to receive the discounted room rate of $229 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is January 3, 2020 or until rooms sell out.

    Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
    16770 N Perimeter Drive
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
    3 miles from The Westin Kierland Resort
    (800) 288-6127
    https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxno-scottsdale-marriott-at-mcdowell-mountains/Hotel Website

    Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/e/49948959Make a Reservation at the Marriott

    Hotel Reservation Policy: You must register for the Dairy Forum to be eligible for the conference discounted room rates. All registrants will receive a registration confirmation email that will include the access code needed to complete your hotel reservation. Only one reservation is permitted per registrant. If a hotel guest is not registered for Dairy Forum, IDFA reserves the right to cancel the guest room reservation without notice.


    Both golf tournaments will be held on Sunday, January 26th at the Westin Kierland Golf Club.

    8:30 a.m. Morning Golf Tournament
    shotgun start (shamble)
    1:00 p.m. Afternoon Golf Tournament
    shotgun start (scramble)

    Golf Tournament Registration Fee: $275
    Registration includes: greens fees, cart fees, practice balls, light breakfast or boxed lunch, beverages and service fees.

    What is the difference between scramble and shamble golf tournaments?
    In a scramble, each golfer in the foursome takes a shot from the tee. From that point, the team decides who has the best drive, and all players advance forward to that spot to take their second shots. This process continues, with the best shot being taken each time, until a member of the team is able to hole out. The team’s score for that particular hole is recorded as the number of team “strokes” it took to get the ball in the cup.

    A shamble is slightly different in that only the best drive (or tee shot) is used for each team member’s first shot. From that point, normal stroke play ensues as each player plays his or her own ball, and each golfer is responsible for holing out in the fewest number of shots. Thus, a scramble continuously uses the best shot from the group, while a shamble uses only the best drive.

    Golf Tournament Sponsors
    Advanced Process Technologies
    ChemTreat

    As we focus on advancing the Power of Dairy for our industry, make a stronger connection with your customers and prospects by delivering your company’s message directly to conference attendees. As a sponsor, you will be able to:

    CONNECT WITH INDUSTRY DECISION MAKERS. Dairy Forum 2020 is the premier conference for leaders in the dairy industry. With nearly 1,000 executives and decision makers, Dairy Forum is the place to be heard and seen.
    SHOWCASE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S EXPERTISE. Dairy Forum 2020 promotes a productive and interactive atmosphere where dairy leaders come to seek new ideas, discuss important industry issues and collaborate on finding solutions.
    DEMONSTRATE YOUR LEADERSHIP. Sponsorship is one of the best ways to brand your organization as a thought-leader and to highlight your commitment to advancing the dairy industry.
    Interested?
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    PREMIER SPONSORSHIP – $45,000

    The Premier Conference Partner receives the most visibility and more benefits than any other Dairy Forum 2020 sponsorship. Our Conference Partners also enjoy exclusive opportunities for strategic business connections and access to industry leadership.

    PREMIER SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two complimentary registrations to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Exposure leading up to, during and post-event through IDFA’s marketing channels
    3. Two invitations to the private Chairman’s VIP Reception
    4. Option to host a session on Monday or Tuesday afternoon
    5. Private meeting room at the conference hotel
    6. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    7. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    8. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    9. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    OPENING RECEPTION (EXCLUSIVE) – $27,500

    Make a great and lasting impression by being one of the first sponsors to welcome attendees to Dairy Forum 2020 at the Opening Reception. Be a key part of generating the excitement and enthusiasm as industry colleagues and friends reconvene and reconnect. The energy is palpable as attendees mingle with old friends and begin to make new contacts, all in anticipation of the week that lies ahead.

    OPENING RECEPTION (EXCLUSIVE SPONSORSHIP) BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    OPENING RECEPTION (SHARED) – $16,000

    Share the spotlight at the Opening Reception with another sponsor and get the same exposure for almost half the price!

    OPENING RECEPTION (SHARED SPONSORSHIP) BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    CHAIRMAN’S LECTURE – $25,000

    Get maximum bang for your buck by sponsoring the best-attended session at Dairy Forum 2020. The Chairman’s Lecture is Dairy Forum’s popular kickoff event and always features a highly respected and well-known guest speaker. Past speakers have included former U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, former Congressman Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas), former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, General Michael Hayden, and Karen Hughes, former Counselor to President George W. Bush.

    CHAIRMAN’S LECTURE SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Two invitations to the private Chairman’s VIP Reception
    3. Two prime seats at the Chairman’s Lecture
    4. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    5. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    6. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    7. Option to provide promotional materials to session attendees
    LUNCH SESSION – $25,000

    Gain maximum exposure by sponsoring a Luncheon at Dairy Forum 2020. Always well attended, the meal functions feature guest speakers and are a great opportunity to gain added visibility among dairy executives enjoying conversations with industry colleagues.

    LUNCH SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Two prime seats at Luncheon
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to Luncheon attendees
    REGISTRATION LOUNGE – $17,500

    The Registration Lounge guarantees your company name will be one of the first things every attendee sees as they arrive at Dairy Forum 2020. The prominent placement of the lounge also ensures that attendees will spend time there throughout the conference, having impromptu business meetings and gathering for social interaction and networking. If you’re looking for visibility, the Registration Lounge is a good choice for your sponsorship dollars.

    REGISTRATION LOUNGE SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. A lounge in the registration area with company branding
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    SALON DINNER – $15,000

    Our salon dinners are a special evening of good food and great conversation with high-level executives and top thought leaders. IDFA will host salon dinners throughout Dairy Forum 2020 to meet and preview our top speakers in an intimate and exclusive setting. Salon dinners are by invitation only.

    SALON DINNER SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Three invitations to the salon dinner
    2. Live recognition at the salon dinner
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    5. Option to provide promotional materials to dinner attendees
    BREAKFAST SESSION – $10,000

    Start the morning off right with a Breakfast sponsorship at Dairy Forum 2020. Breakfast sessions feature guest speakers and are a great opportunity to get your message out to industry leaders before they start their day of education and networking.

    BREAKFAST SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two prime seats at Breakfast
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    5. Option to provide promotional materials to session Breakfast attendees
    CLOSING RECEPTION – $10,000

    Sponsoring the Closing Reception gives your company a featured presence at Dairy Forum 2020. Your logo becomes one of the final images attendees will remember as they look back on a productive conference. The wisdom of the ages invented the phrase “save the best for last” for a reason!

    CLOSING RECEPTION SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    WI-FI – $10,000

    Wi-Fi is every conference attendee’s connection to the outside world, which means they’ll be accessing Wi-Fi frequently throughout the event. Why not be there to greet them when they do?

    WI-FI SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company featured on Wi-Fi connection page
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contact
    HOTEL KEY CARDS – $9,000

    All attendees at Dairy Forum who stay at the conference hotel will see your company’s logo printed prominently on their hotel room key cards. Your name will be the first thing they see as they head out in the morning and the last thing they see as they turn in for the night.

    HOTEL KEY CARD SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo on every hotel key card, distributed to guests upon check-in
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    MOBILE APP – $9,000

    The Dairy Forum App offers unique, detailed content through an easily downloadable application to attendees’ personal mobile devices. The app provides a great opportunity to highlight your brand before, during and after the conference. Attendees will be accessing the app often to see conference schedules, the current attendee list, session information and speaker bios, and to receive event notifications and social media updates. The app also enhances attendee networking and allows private conversations. This sponsor is featured prominently as users navigate the app.

    CONFERENCE MOBILE APP SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Banner ad on the bottom of every page in the app that can be linked to a customized landing page or website
    2. Pre-event email featuring the app to all Dairy Forum 2020 registrants
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    NOTEPADS – $9,000

    One of the most well-used and highly appreciated handouts at any conference is a simple notepad. Always handy for jotting down new ideas, critical follow-up reminders and contact information for new customers, the notepad is a basic tool of the conference trade. When your company logo is printed on the cover of those notepads, people will “take note.”

    CONFERENCE NOTEPAD SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Notepads distributed to all Dairy Forum 2020 attendees
    2. Company logo printed on notepads
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    CHAIRMAN’S VIP RECEPTION – $7,500

    The Chairman’s VIP Reception, hosted immediately prior to the Chairman’s Lecture, includes special, invited guests, making it an unequalled opportunity to network with some of the most influential decision makers of the dairy industry.

    CHAIRMAN’S VIP RECEPTION SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two invitations to the private Chairman’s VIP Reception
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    GENERAL SESSION – $7,500

    General sessions are highly promoted prior to the conference and are open to all attendees giving your company name recognition and visibility to the leaders of the dairy industry. Session topics include critical issues including dairy policy, disruptive technology, market outlooks and current trends.

    GENERAL SESSION SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to session attendees
    LANYARDS – $7,000

    Every attendee at Dairy Forum is required to display a name badge to enter sessions and conference events. Those name badges hang from lanyards that can be emblazoned with your company branding. Imagine the visual impact of 1,000 of your industry colleagues sporting your company name throughout the entire conference.

    REGISTRATION LANYARD SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo printed on registration lanyard
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    COFFEE BREAK – $6,000

    Treat Dairy Forum attendees to a coffee break to jump-start the day and rejuvenate them between sessions. There’s nothing quite like a complimentary beverage to make people take note of your generosity and spark an interest in your company.

    COFFEE BREAK SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    4. Option to provide product donation
    ONSITE PRINTED PROGRAM – $6,000

    The on-site printed program is distributed to every attendee at Dairy Forum. The printed program is a primary reference tool for everyone at the conference. Want to know where the next session is happening, or the background of a speaker or presenter? The printed program has the answers. Having your company name and logo front and center virtually guarantees that every attendee will think of your company many times throughout the course of the event.

    ON-SITE PRINTED PROGRAM SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo on front page of the on-site program
    2. One full-page ad in the on-site program
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    NAME BADGES – $4,500

    Every attendee at Dairy Forum is required to display a name badge to enter sessions and conference events. Those name badges hang can be emblazoned with a company logo. Imagine the visual impact of 1,000 of your industry colleagues sporting your company name throughout the entire conference.

    NAME BADGE SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo printed on name badges (co-branded with Dairy Forum)
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    GOLF TOURNAMENT (SHARED) – $4,000

    Golf tournaments are extremely popular among corporate executives, and dairy professionals are no exception. So popular in fact, that we’re hosting two of them on the same day! Participation in Dairy Forum golf tournaments is always high as golfers use this time in the sun to relax and do some informal business. This golf package will give your organization some great exposure to thirsty golfers and golfers looking to win big.

    GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsorship of a golf tournament beverage cart
    2. Sponsorship of the longest drive or closest-to-the-pin contest
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    6. Option to provide golf balls, towels, tees or other items to players
    PENS – $4,000

    Attendees are always taking notes, why not gain additional exposure by featuring your company logo on a pen ready for them to use!

    PEN SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo printed on conference pens
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to session attendees
    MEETING ROOM (FULL CONFERENCE) – $2,500; MEETING ROOM (ONE DAY) – $1,000

    Planning to hold a meeting during Dairy Forum 2020 or need a private space to conduct business? Expand your capacity for dedicated face-to-face discussions by reserving a private meeting room for your company to use at the conference hotel. Space is limited! Day and room size are subject to availability.

    MEETING ROOM SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Use of a private meeting room in the conference hotel: Full Conference or Single Day
    2. Companies are responsible for organizing audio visual and food and beverage requests directly with the hotel.
    Speakers will be announced below as they are confirmed. Keynotes
    Peter Bergen
    Peter Bergen
    CNN National Security Analyst and Best-Selling Author of Manhunt

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    Michael Dykes
    Michael Dykes
    President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became...    MORE
    Jeff Eggers
    Jeff Eggers
    Strategic Advisor, Organizational Performance Expert, Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute

    As a senior policy advisor, security professional, and...    MORE
    Marci Rossell
    Marci Rossell
    Former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-Host of SQUAWK BOX

    Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture...    MORE
    Peter Sheahan
    Peter Sheahan
    Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group
    Best-Selling Author, and Global Business Leader

    Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is internationally...    MORE
    Hamdi Ulukaya
    Hamdi Ulukaya
    CEO & Founder, Chobani, Inc.

    Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who turned a business dream into a billion-dollar enterprise in a few short years...    MORE
    Portalatin_David
    David Portalatin
    Vice President, Industry Analysis,-The Food Sector, The NPD Group

    David Portalatin is the NPD Group's national analyst on all aspects of food and beverage consumption...    MORE
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