AMERICAN FATS & OILS ASSOCIATION
2020 ANNUAL MEETING

In response to member feedback, and out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, the American Fats and Oils Association Annual Meeting will be a one-day Virtual Event on Wednesday, October 14th.

This new platform will allow AFOA to offer access to concise content presented by some of the industry’s top experts at a reduced price which we believe will allow more members and their teams to participate. 

We are launching Better Access with AFOA: 2020 Annual Meeting October 14th.

Non-Member

$250

Includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • LIVE Q&A with speakers during event
  • Exclusive On Demand access to all sessions for 30 days following the live event.
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AFOA Member

$150

Includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • LIVE Q&A with speakers during event
  • Exclusive On Demand access to all sessions for 30 days following the live event.
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SESSION SPEAKERS

Charlie Cook is a political analyst and commentator, the publisher of the Cook Political Report, and a columnist for the National Journal. For more than two decades he has been a trusted and accurate voice on all things political. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal, Cook’s expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of American politics has been featured on myriad news outlets. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way.

• Called “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else” by Washingtonian and “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal
• Discusses today’s political and legislative environments in a balanced, non-partisan way
• Hugely popular speaker known for an encyclopedic knowledge and quick wit

Erik Norland is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact upon those who trade in its various markets. He is also one of CME Group’s spokespeople on global economic, financial and geopolitical conditions.

Prior to joining CME Group, Norland gained more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry working for investment banks and hedge funds both in the United States and in France working for hedge funds and investment banks.

Norland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.A.in statistics from Columbia University. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Kent Woods brings a blend of Cash fundamental experience, futures market experience and 39 years of industry experience specifically in the crushing industry. 

In the early 1980’s, Kent was mentored in the execution and trading of the physical product markets of Soybean oil and Soy meal through the selling of US products into the European and Latin American countries. Trading the CIF markets as well as domestic oil and meal. Kent then went to the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade working with the Commercial hedger in the execution of Crush and all related components of the crushing industry.

Today, through the venue of CrushTraders, he provides a source for market information and consulting to the Crushing Industry as well as the users of the components of the industry. CrushTraders is committed to being a source of insight with a fundamental bias for bringing value added to trading futures and cash markets by analyzing, identifying patterns and trading relationships in agriculture markets with a focus on Soybeans, Soymeal and Soyoil.  

Paul Nazzaro became an early adopter of utilizing the latest chemical technologies to enhance fuel quality on behalf of organizations such as Northeast Petroleum, Coastal Corporation, and Global Companies, LLC. Paul has also represented the National Biodiesel Board since 1996 as their petroleum liaison, helping to reduce roadblocks impeding biodiesel’s domestic commercialization.

He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Finance Committee for the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and the New England Fuel Institute. His writing has appeared in Fuel Oil NewsBiodiesel MagazineTransport TopicsCommercial Fuel BuyerFuel Marketer News, and Indoor Comfort Marketing, among others notable industry publications.

Last year, AFOA looked to the west coast for its perspectives, this year Paul will share initiatives and perspectives from the east coast. 

Ryan Standard - Director of PRA Ops & Senior Analyst – U.S and Intl Animal Fats & Proteins

Ryan Standard earned a degree in English literature and history from Monmouth College, while maintaining a parallel track in economics. With a background in logistics and sales, he joined The Jacobsen in 2007 as an analyst and the editor of the Animal Fats and Feed Bulletins, and contributor to the Biodiesel Bulletin. He has built a solid, reliable network of sources to inform his industry analysis.

He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Finance Committee for the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and the New England Fuel Institute. His writing has appeared in Fuel Oil NewsBiodiesel MagazineTransport TopicsCommercial Fuel BuyerFuel Marketer News, and Indoor Comfort Marketing, among others notable industry publications.

Ron graduated from the University of California Davis in a B.S. in Livestock Production Management. He was a Field Representative with McCormick Schilling, then moved to Gilroy, CA where he managed the Christopher Ranch, and was one of the founding fathers of the internationally renowned Gilroy Garlic Festival.

In 1982, Ron left the garlic fields for Wall Street. His career led him to establishing and managing Merrill Lynch Futures’ Pacific Coast Futures Center eventually overseeing the firm’s 126 Commodity Brokers and Futures trading in the 17 western states. Later, Ron accepted a position as the Head of the Cotton Trading Desk of Prudential Financial. As that business grew, Ron decided to establish LOGIC Advisors, a commodity research company, and SFO Commodities, a commodity futures and options trading firm and eventually merging with RCM Ag Services in 2020.

John Elliott is currently a Senior Trader at Cargill, trading Palm and Lauric Oils.

Prior to this role, he traded Corn Oil at Cargill and worked for Conagra Brands in various supply chain and procurement roles. After spending a majority of his career in the vegetable oil industry, he developed a passion for seeing the industry continue to grow and evolve. John recently joined the National Institute of Oilseed Products (NIOP) Membership Committee.

John was born and raised in Omaha, NE, he currently lives in the Twin Cities with his wife. The couple is excitedly awaiting the arrival of their first child this December. In his free time, John enjoys watching Missouri Tiger Football, St. Louis Cardinal Baseball, along with training for triathlons and golfing.

AGENDA SCHEDULE

October 14th

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12:00PM - 1:00PM

SESSION 1

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Animal Fats Outlook

Speaker: Ryan Standard - The Jacobsen Publishing

Description: Explosive growth in the renewable diesel sector is coming, what’s the effect going to be on the animal fats market?

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Bio-Fuel Forum

Speaker: Paul Nazzaro - Advanced Fuels Solutions, Inc.

Description: What should we expect from the growing push in the New England states for carbon reduction programs and the resulting increased demand for biodiesel and the fats and oils that biodiesel will be produced from.

1:00PM - 2:00PM

SESSION 2

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Economic Outlook

Speaker: Erik Norland – CME Group

Description: Today’s global macroeconomy factors influencing ag markets: Brazil’s currency, the surprising economic relationship between crude oil and biofuels, China’s demand and economic forces that act on the US dollar.

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Follow the Money

Speaker: Ron Lawson – RCM Ag Services

Description: If nothing moves faster than the speed of money, then do you know where it’s flowing and why it matters?

2:00PM - 3:00PM

SESSION 3

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Palm Oil Outlook

Speaker: John Elliott – Cargill, Inc.

Description: What’s the direction and the drivers of the world’s largest, traded edible oil?

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Soy Oil Outlook

Speaker: Kent Woods – CrushTraders LLC

Description: What impacts should we expect from the major shifting tide in oil consumption driven by growth in the Renewable Diesel Sector?

3:00PM - 4:00PM

SESSION 4

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Political Landscape

Speaker: Charlie Cook - The Cook Political Report

Description: With his pulse on the political landscape, Cook will share insights on what the House, Senate and White House may look and act like in 2021.

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