Early registration for this year’s Export Exchange ends Friday.
Held every other year by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Export Exchange brings together international buyers and U.S. sellers of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), as well as other feed grain products.
The 2016 event, scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Detroit, is expected to attract nearly 500 attendees, including 200 from 30 countries participating as part of USGC trade teams.
Christopher W. Nolan Sr., managing director and co-head of food, beverage and agribusiness coverage at PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC., will be this year’s Export Exchange keynote speaker.
Nolan’s experience in providing advisory services to the world’s leading ag commodities trading companies gives him a unique outlook on the international grains market, which he will discuss during his presentation entitled Global Megatrends Affecting Agribusiness.
"I am honored to be the keynote speaker at Export Exchange,” Nolan said. "The international grains market is always expanding, and I look forward to sharing my views on the trends and future for this booming industry.”
Prior to joining PwC CF, Nolan was a mergers and acquisitions specialist for 23 years. His background includes numerous domestic and cross-border transactions in the food, beverage, agriculture, industrial, building products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.
“As a veteran investment banker with more than 20 years of mergers and acquisitions experience and a current focus in the ag sector, he can provide a bird’s-eye view of the global grains market,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen.
Nolan’s current focus has enabled him to complete numerous advisory assignments in food, beverage and agribusiness, including transactions related to ag equipment, animal feed, dairy and dairy ingredients, and milling.
"Agriculture is the most global of all sectors, and it's critical both our customers and those serving them in the U.S. grains industry have a high-level view of the factors affecting their businesses in the years to come," said Tom Sleight, USGC president and chief executive officer.
Other confirmed speakers include Nancy DeVore, president of DHF Team; Dr. Jerry Shurson, professor of swine nutrition at the University of Minnesota; Kyle Tapley, senior agricultural meteorologist at Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Information Systems; and Paul Hishmeh, director of data and technology at Field to Market.
Additional speakers will include Bob Dinneen, RFA's president and CEO, speaking on the impact of the U.S. political environment on trade, and Ken Eriksen of Informa Economics on the topic of grain transportation.
More information about ExEx 2016, including registration details, is available at http://www.exportexchange.orgor on social media using the hashtag #ExEx16.
Source: U.S. Grains Council, RFA