"The hotel layout provided excellent space for having short one on one meetings with customers. We were able to sit down at a table in an area that wasn't far away from the ballroom where the seminars were being held."
"All of the speakers and topics were great! It was very enlightening to hear the opinions and forecasts from some pretty smart folks outside of my company and normal contacts."
"The Union Station reception was amazing."
"The shuttles were great coming out of the reception on Sunday night. I had a group of 28 that needed to get to the power and light district, and they got a shuttle for us immediately."
"Good speaker selection, like the panel discussions, Sunday reception was nice. Great to have more room at this venue vs. previous years."
John Aguiar Roger Baker Matt Beeson Ankush Bhandari Richard Broad Don Close Scott Colbert Steve Freed Tyson Giles David Green Brian Harris Elizabeth M.G. Haucke Kellee James William E. Krueger Drew Lerner Mary Keough Ledman Brant Matthews Christine McCracken Paul Meyers Chris Morley Steve Nugent Mike O'Dea Dave Reeble Jim Ritchie Craig Ruffolo Joshua Sosland Carl Schwinke
Vice-President, Food and Agribusiness Research,
Mr. Close is an animal protein analyst at Rabo AgriFinance in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group. He is responsible for analyzing all animal protein sectors, but specializes in beef. Prior to joining Rabo AgriFinance, he was market director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo, Texas. He previously held roles with AzTX Cattle Co., Future Beef Operations, and PHI Marketing Services at Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. He has conducted research on a wide range of topics, including confinement cow/calf operations and international trade. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from West Texas A&M.