"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."
Vice-President of Global Procurement, Commodities
Mr. Wands is vice-president of global procurement, commodities, at Grupo Bimbo. In this role he oversees and coordinates purchasing for all commodity-based ingredients as well as the corporation’s energy requirements. Earlier, he held various roles in grain trading, wheat procurement, flour sales and bakery ingredient procurement with Bimbo Bakeries USA, Sara Lee, Horizon/Cargill, Farmland Grain, ADM Milling Co. and Bartlett & Co. He is chairman of the Commodity and Agricultural Policy Committee of the American Bakers Association and a member of the executive leadership team of the Wheat Foods Council. He also has served on the Kansas City Board of Trade, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and the Wheat Quality Council. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in flour milling science and in business marketing.