The Southeast Produce Council announced its lineup of speakers for upcoming Southern Innovations, September 22-24, 2022.
Held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, this year’s conference continues to build upon SEPC’s “What’s New?” platform, which debuted during last year’s conference. The following guest speakers are:
Keynote Speaker: Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL commander & New York Times bestselling author
Commander Rorke T. Denver will share riveting perspectives and lessons learned from the battlefield to help teams and individuals perform at higher levels. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots, and also starred in the film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures. His New York Times bestseller, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program.
Left to right: Rorke T. Denver, Dan’l Mackey Almy, Megan Zweig
Southern Roots Reception speakers
This Southern Roots session features Dan’l Mackey Almy, founder & CEO of DMA Solutions, Inc. and Megan Zweig, president of DMA Solutions, Inc. Both are co-hosts of the freshly launched Self Smarter podcast.
Over the past 18 years, Almy has led DMA Solutions, a marketing agency that serves fresh produce companies, restaurants, food products, floral, nonprofits and associations. As co-host of the podcast, Almy shares the leadership lessons she’s learned over the years.
Zweig guides daily business operations at DMA Solutions and oversees the company's growth and client service excellence. She is extremely passionate about ensuring people have access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other sources of food. She is also the co-host of the podcast where she guides a discussion by leaders, for leaders seeking to be better.
SEPC University Educational Session Speakers
Educational Session I – Leading Today’s Superheroes
Laura Juarez is the founder/partner of 10X Leadership Lab, a coaching and consulting practice dedicated to supporting middle-market companies.
Left to right: Laura Juarez, Anne-Marie Roerink
Educational Session II – What’s New from the Consumer View
Anne-Marie Roerink, president of 210 Analytics, LLC, works closely with retailers, wholesalers, grower/shippers and trade associations and has developed an excellent perspective on the wants and needs of the produce consumer in a one-size-fits-no-one world. Prior to founding 210 Analytics, Anne-Marie was the head of research for the FMI.
“We have a powerful ensemble of thought leaders and innovators that will inspire attendees,” said Raina Nelson, SEPC chairman of the board and president/CEO of Westfalia Fruit Marketing USA. “My chairman’s theme is cultivating superstars for the future of our industry and each speaker was hand-selected to ensure we continue to deliver complementary content.”
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