Fall Conference Theme Announced

Written by NAMA on Thursday, June 13, 2019 , 11:59 am

Mark your calendars for Hustle – the 2019 NAMA Fall Conference, October 7-9, in St. Louis. The Gateway NAMA Chapter will host an Ag Tour on October 7. Watch for details!

Special thanks to Brighton Agency for the Fall Conference theme and logo design.

Fall Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Written by NAMA on Thursday, June 13, 2019 , 11:59 am

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the NAMA Fall Conference, October 7-9, in St. Louis.

The opportunities below are a great way to get your company noticed.

Contact Jenny Pickett, jennyp@nama.org for more details.


Opening Video – Video production costs

Second Keynote Speaker – $2,000

Closing Session – Through the Lens of a Leader – $2,000

Thursday morning panel with Agency C-Suites –  $1,000

Continental Breakfast – 2 available – $1,500 each

Breaks – 3 available – $1,000 each

Onsite Signage – $1,000

Breakout Sessions – $500

Name Badges – $500

Program Guide Ads: Full Page – $1,000; Half Page – $500; Quarter page – $250


Logo and name listed on the website, promotional brochure, emails, program guide and on signage.

If sponsoring a reception or break, the ability to use your own signage or distribute items.

If sponsoring a speaker, the opportunity to introduce them

First right of refusal for next year’s event.

Mark Your Calendars for Fall Conference

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 , 5:39 pm

Fall Conference heads to St. Louis this year. Mark your calendars for October 7-9 at The Ritz Carlton in Clayton. In addition to professional development and great networking opportunities, the Gateway Chapter will be hosting a tour to kick off the event. More details to come soon!

Fireside Chat with Agency C-Suites

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 , 10:25 am

Did you miss the NAMA Fall Conference in Minneapolis? One of the keynote sessions featured a panel discussion of local agency leaders. Check out this video for great advice and insights from four prominent agri-marketing executives.

  • Dean Broadhead, broadhead.
  • Mike Caguin, Colle McVoy
  • Lori Yeager Davis, Martin Williams
  • Laurie Fleck, FLM Harvest

Moderator, Melanie Rice, Brownfield Ag News, asks the important questions to learn their strategies for success and how to stay ahead in the quickly evolving world of agri-marketing. Special thanks to our moderator and panelists!

Attendees Grow North with NAMA

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 , 10:22 am

Approximately 200 agri-marketers traveled to Minneapolis, MN last month for the seventh annual NAMA Fall Conference. This event is quickly becoming another “can’t miss” NAMA event and this year didn’t disappoint.

As always, the week kicked off with a local ag tour that highlighted the different industries of Minneapolis agriculture. The first stop on the tour was Faribault Woolen Mills where attendees got a look inside on how fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool and create blankets, throws, scarves and accessories of remarkable comfort and quality. Next, they visited the CHS Savage Terminal to learn how they use this terminal to transfer grain, soybeans and more to barges on the Minnesota rive. The day ended at The Good Acre, a local food hub, where attendees had the chance to learn about the company’s mission to strengthen farmers, food makers, and communities through good food.

The Fall Conference kicked off with a reception sponsored by Brownfield Ag News where they launched the “Brownfield Blackout Bingo” game. This pushed attendees to network with everyone at the conference to fill out each square on the game card. The game continued throughout the week with Bob Brunker, J.L. Farmakis, as the big winner of a Yeti cooler.

The next full day of conference was filled with great sessions on data-driven marketing, changing media opportunities and connecting with women in ag.

NAMA’s Professional Development Awards of Excellence were also presented to this year’s winners. These awards were sponsored by Farm Progress and the 2018 winners were:

  •   Jerry Gennaria, Brighton Agency
  •   John Robinson, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  •   Sonia Tighe, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

The day rounded out with a reception hosted by broadhead at their content studio, North401, in downtown Minneapolis. Guests had a great time networking with colleagues and new friends.

On the last day of the conference, attendees had the opportunity to hear from a panel of four prominent agri-marketing executives: Dean Broadhead, President, broadhead.; Mike Caguin, Chief Creative Officer, Colle McVoy; Lori Yeager Davis, President, Martin Williams; and Laurie Fleck, Chief Operating Officer, FLM Harvest. The day wrapped with this year’s “Through the Lens of a Leader” presentation from Tim Scott, Land O’Lakes.

Check out some great photos of this year’s Fall Conference thanks to ZimmComm New Media!

And make sure to mark your calendar now for next year’s Fall Conference. Join NAMA in St. Louis, MO on October 7-9, 2019.

Fall Conference Hotel Rooms Still Available

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 , 2:10 pm

NAMA Still Has Rooms for Fall Conference!

Do you still need a room in Minneapolis? NAMA still has some rooms available at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel! If you still need a room, please send us an email or call the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500.

The early bird registration date is this Friday, September 7. If you haven’t registered for Fall Conference yet, there is still time to do so at the lower rate. Register today and save yourself some money!

Check out the Fall Conference Website for all the information you will need in Minneapolis!

Don’t forget about the Ag Tour! There is still availability – add it to your Fall Conference registration.

Join the North Central NAMA Chapter as they host the 2018 Fall Conference Ag Tour. Get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the great state of Minnesota. The cost for this tour is $85 and includes breakfast and lunch. Click here for the full schedule.

NAMA Names Professional Development Award Winners for 2018

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 , 2:10 pm

NAMA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Professional Development Awards of Excellence. Each year, NAMA recognizes industry leaders at the very top of their respective fields. These prestigious awards acknowledge excellence in the areas of marketing communications, public relations and sales.

The 2018 Marketing Communications award recipient is Jerry Gennaria, Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President at Brighton Agency. Jerry’s experience in a wide range of agricultural sectors along with his passion for teaching and mentoring make him a great asset to the Strategy & Engagement team at Brighton. As a member of the Gateway Chapter, Jerry played a leading role in guiding NAMA through the recent evolution of its brand. Jerry and his team guided the organization’s leadership as it identified brand beliefs and pillars, reviewed audience perceptions and desires and, ultimately, developed a mission, purpose and, brand story that better positions NAMA today and for the future.

John Robinson is awarded the Professional Development Award for Public Relations. As Executive Director, Organizational Communications at the Natl. Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), John has helped grow the organization’s digital presence by tripling the number of Facebook followers and continuing to increase NCBA’s Instagram and Snapchat audiences. Recently he co-led the NCBA rebranding team, focusing on creating a more consistent brand presence for the association. John is an active member of the Rocky Mountain NAMA Chapter. He regularly attends meetings, has served on the chapter’s planning committee, and encourages team members to get involved in the organization.

The award recipient for Sales is Sonia Tighe, Executive Director, Florida Specialty Crop Foundation at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. Sonia’s passion and determination have played an integral role in helping transform the “single crop” culture within the state of Florida. Her enthusiasm for the success of the local farm community is helping her evolve an entire farming culture. Sonia is a board member for the Florida NAMA Chapter and she regularly attends national meetings. She is also working closely with the Florida Student NAMA team to ensure they can participate at the annual competition.

The Professional Development Awards of Excellence will be presented at the 2018 NAMA Fall Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The honorees will receive their awards during a morning session on Wednesday, September 19 at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel. For more information on the NAMA Fall Conference, visit https://nama.org/fall-conference/2018-fall-conference-homepage.

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