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Reimagine Conversations Supply Chain Challenges

Reimagine Conversations | Month of June

Reimagine Conversations is a month-long, 25-session series delivering a fresh outlook, fresh ideas and fresh connections. The five-track series features thought-provoking sessions, including both education and group discussions to foster discovery, present new ideas and develop new relationships across all channels of the produce supply chain.

Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges to Profitability 

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The fresh produce supply chain is complex and ever changing. How can industry leaders react and respond to these challenges while ensuring our business’ continuity and growth? Join industry peers from across the supply chain to explore this year’s new and unsolved challenges, and share your own perspectives during these five engaging sessions.


  • Worker Safety Requirements – What You Need to Know
    Friday, June 4, 11:00 am-Noon ET
    COVID-19 has presented the industry with a new level of worker safety requirements at the federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Discover which requirements supersede the others, how long they will be in place and other important topics the produce industry needs to be prepared for in their workplace.

    • Moderator: John Hollay, Senior Director, Government Relations, United Fresh
    • Speakers:
      • Marc Freedman, Vice President, Workplace Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      • Sherri McGarry, M.S., Senior Health Scientist, Food Safety Office/NCEZID/CDC
      • James A. Paretti, Jr., Shareholder, Littler
  • Filling the Needs of the Post-Harvest Workforce: An Industry Roundtable Discussion
    Friday, June 11, 11:00 am-Noon ET
    Labor shortages are not only at the farm level –wholesalers, distributors, retailers and restaurants all face growing challenges to ensure an adequate workforce to keep the supply chain moving.

    • Moderator: Steve Grinstead, Chief Executive Officer, FreshEdge
    • Speakers:
      • Judy Clark, CEO, Fresh Texas
      • Kathleen Quandee, VP Human Resources, Pacific Coast Fruit Company
      • Ravi Subramanian, VP, Talent Acquisition, US Foods
      • Austin Vogler, SHRM-CP, Manager -Talent, Culture, & Human Resources, Coborns, Inc.


  • Transportation for the Future
    Friday, June 18, 11:00 am-Noon ET

    Whether produce is traveling by land, sea or air, moving product quickly and efficiently from farm to consumer is critical to supply chain success. Explore challenges in the transportation landscape, and how the industry is testing innovative solutions to prepare for future challenges. 

    • Moderator: Jeff Moore, Vice President of Sales, Tom Lange
    • Speakers:
      • Todd Bernitt, Vice President – Managed Services, Robinson Fresh
      • Ed Fitzgerald, Sr. Director, Trade Services, GEODIS
      • Brian Kocher, President and CEO, Castellini
  • Understanding Technology for Cold Chain Management Success
    Friday, June 25, 11:00 am-Noon ET

    Maintaining the cold chain is key to extending shelf life and providing the best possible eating experience. From farm to the “last mile” of distribution, explore how new technologies and practices can help drive cold chain success.

    • Moderator: Adam Thocher, MBA, CAE, Senior Vice President, Global Programs and Insights, Global Cold Chain Alliance
    • Speakers:
      • Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing
      • Chris Lafferty, Vice President of Outside Sales, Emerson
  • Planning for Uncertainty and Reacting to Change
    Tuesday, June 29, 2:00 -3:00 pm ET

    Whether it’s Mother Nature, shifting consumer trends or a global pandemic, uncertainty is the name of the game in the produce industry. How do you plan for the uncertain, unpredictable, unknown? Hear from leaders who have successfully navigated a radical shift in their business operations, and how advance planning and the willingness to adjust helped them navigate and overcome disruption.

    • Moderator: Danny Dumas, President – USA, Courchesne Larose Ltee.
    • Speakers:
      • Michael Muzyk, President, Baldor Specialty Foods
      • Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, Chief Executive Officer, Seald Sweet LLC



Reimagine Conversations features five tracks of thought-provoking sessions, including both education and group discussions to foster discovery, present new ideas and develop new relationships across the produce supply chain.

Overall Schedule of Events

For more information, contact Amanda Griffin, Vice President, Education & Program Management at 202.303.3412.