"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 Kellee James William E. Krueger Drew Lerner Mary Keough Ledman Brant Matthews Christine McCracken Paul Meyers Chris Morley Steve Nugent Mike O'Dea Jim Ritchie Craig Ruffolo Josh Sosland Carl Schwinke Tim Statts Hugo van der Goes
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. James is the founder and chief executive officer of Mercaris, a market information service and online trading platform for organic, non-G.M.O. and other identity-preserved commodities and ingredients. Prior to Mercaris, she spent five years at the start-up company Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), and earlier was appointed by President Barack Obama as a White House Fellow and was Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine “40 under 40” rising leader. Previously, she worked with commodity banks in Latin America on risk management and income diversification strategies. Ms. James serves on the board of Oregon Tilth, a global provider of organic certification services. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and a master’s of business administration degree in international development from American University in Washington.