Register Today For NAMA’s New Fall Conference

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 , 8:28 am

The 2012 Fall Conference, September 25 – 26, Minneapolis, MN, line up is falling into place.  Register today to take advantage of early bird rates!

Schedule At A Glance

Monday, September 24

1:00 – 6 p.m. –  North Central Ag Tour (Optional)

Tuesday, September 25

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Welcome & Opening General Session:
Steven Schussler – founder of Rainforest Cafe

Steven Schussler  is a master at multi-tasking as the World’s Premiere Branding Expert, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur and creator of Rainforest Cafe®, Teacher, Motivational Speaker and National Best-selling Author of “It’s A Jungle In There, Inspiring Lessons, Hard-won Insights and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring”.

He has received more than 40 awards in six years including: Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S.A.; Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 entrepreneurs in the country; Nation’s Restaurant News’ Hot Concept Award, Orlando Magazine’s Best Theme Restaurant; the National Retail Federation’s National Retailer of the Year; and Chicago Tribune’s Best Restaurant for Kids.  Additionally, giving back to the community is also one of Schussler’s passions and 100% of the author’s book profits are donated to Smile Network International.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. –  Break

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. –  Breakout Sessions (choose between one of three)

  • Mergers Acquisitions & Partnerships
  • Generations Interacting in the Workforce
  • Bringing Your Clients Brand Forward

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception at Seven Restaurant – sponsored by Broadhead

Mingle with friends and enjoy some great networking.  Look forward to fantastic food in a cool relaxing atmosphere.

Wednesday, September 26

8:00 a.m. –  Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. –  Bonus Session:  Manners & Etiquette

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Managing Up: Managing Sideways – Sheila Campbell, Wild Blue Yonder

Professional Development Awards of  Excellence Presentation
Each year, NAMA honors members with hands-on responsibility in marketing communications, public relations, product/species management and sales.  Awards will be given in each of these areas and the recipients will share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in agri-marketing.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon – Breakout Sessions (choose one of three)

  • Crisis Management:  Leading Your Team
  • Presentation Skills
  • Managing the Different Generations

12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Luncheon

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Closing General Session


Register Today!

To register for the 2012 Fall Conference, visit

Sponsorships are now available for the Fall Conference. If you are interested in sponsoring a session, please contact Jenny Pickett at or call 913-491-6500.

Get Ready for Back to School….

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 , 8:24 am

NAMA students are wrapping up summer internships, jobs, and classes, and getting ready for the fall semester. Careers Committee planning will soon be underway with the Marketing Plan Competition at the forefront. The Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF) is one way NAMA supports that competition, as well as supporting student scholarships, mentoring, student chapter development, etc. Please join us in this effort by adding just $10 to your NAMA dues, joining the Century Club with a $100 donation (less than $9/month), or joining in with other contributors and companies who have made lasting impacts on the lives of students and young professionals. Click here to find out more.

NAMA Sponsoring Ag Media Summit

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 , 8:22 am

Meet up with your NAMA friends!  If you’re attending Ag Media Summit, stop by the NAMA Sponsored drink station at the famous Welcome Party on Sunday, August 5,  from 7-10 p.m.  Thanks to the Southwest, Rocky Mountain, and Desert Southwest Chapters for co-sponsoring.

MoKan Meeting Focuses on Mobile Apps

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 , 8:18 am

A luncheon presentation featuring Chet Slump, iNet Solutions, brought MoKan members together on July 18 at 2000 Grand, in Kansas City.  Chet, who actively designs and develops mobile and web applications for leading agriculture companies, shared his expertise about mobile apps.

He noted that apps, like web sites, are seldom a finished work.  Instead, they are ever-evolving.  Depending on the complexity of an app, it can easily take from two weeks to several months to design a new app.  And the cost, of course, varies accordingly.

As he explained, a single app design will not work on all platforms.  Apple and Android are two very different markets, as are phones vs. tablets for running a mobile application.  Attendees found it interesting to learn about the approval steps that must be undertaken for Apple or Android to actually launch a new app. Chet finished his presentation walking through a few apps that are popular within the agriculture industry today.

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