2015 Agri-Marketing Conference Registration Open!

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 1:12 pm

Registration is now open for the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 15-17, in Kansas City, MO. Visit the AMC homepage for conference, hotel and registration details.

We’re growing new connections … new ideas … and raising the bar on professional development and leadership.

Join us in Kansas City and discover how to:

–Anticipate patterns to capitalize on change

–Elevate leadership to make the most of all the talent on your team

–Influence your organization and those around you in an energizing, positive way

Featuring Keynoters for 2015:

Hank.Moore3Hank Moore, Futurist and Corporate Strategist™

Hank advises top CEOs at companies like Disney, Marriott, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T and Texaco. Join NAMA at the Pre-Conference Workshop for a rare opportunity for you to get a first look at emerging business trends, learn how to deal with challenges and take advantage of opportunities from one of the world’s leading business gurus.


Jim-Crupi3Dr. Jim Crupi, President and founder of Strategic Leadership Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Crupi will reveal the key underlying forces shaping the future and discuss what they mean in a practical way for managing organizations and people. Forces he’ll discuss include Demographics, Resource Scarcity, Technology and Conflict. You’ll never look at the world the same way again.


Jackie-Freiberg-head-shot3Dr. Jackie Freiberg, Keynote Speaker,
Bestselling Author, and Leadership Expert

Dr. Freiberg has dedicated her career to helping executives and managers practice the art of leadership and build great companies, where great people can do great work. In her presentation, she will reframe leadership in the agri-marketing industry for today and beyond. She has been recognized as one of the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” by Leadership Excellence Magazine.


Keni Thomas, Motivational Speaker,keni-thomas3 Author, and Veteran

Keni will command your attention from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and how they fought to bring each other home. Keni will empower you to choose to have a positive impact on those around you every day. He will inspire you to achieve greatness by stressing the importance of outstanding leadership on every level.


 Plus, check out our lineup for the 2015 Breakout Sessions:

–If I Take Away Your Title, Will They Follow You?

–Bringing Consumer Digital into the Ag World

–Video Content is King

–Tapping Pivotal Talent to Stay Ahead of the Curve

–Brand You: Ten Strategies to Re-Image You

–Multi-sensory Marketing for Maximum Impact

–DIY Video: Tips for Production

–Going Native: Can Multi-Media Advertising Pass Media Ethics Sniff Test

–The Drive to Feed the World


–Ads in the Crosshairs: Editorial & Advertising in this New Multi-Media Age

Looking for opportunities to place your company’s products and services before decision-makers in the ag marketplace? NAMA’s Connection Point is for you. Contact Lauren Giarratano to book your booth today.

Looking for other ways to get noticed? Get in touch with Jenny Pickett for sponsorship opportunities.

Register today to save money and get a jump on your 2015 calendar! #NAMA15

Agribusiness Leader/Marketer of the Year Awards

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 1:09 pm

Don’t forget to nominate the cream of the crop – Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year.  Check out a list of current and past winners for Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year.

Winners of these prestigious awards will be honored at the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 15 – 17 in Kansas City, MO.  Celebrate the achievements and impressive careers of the very best in agriculture with NAMA.

Agribusiness Leader of the Year Application:

Please download the application in Adobe PDF format here. Or fill out the online nomination short form here.

NAMA Marketer of the Year Application:

Please download the application in Adobe PDF format here. Or fill out the NAMA Marketer of the Year online nomination form here.


Submission deadline is January 16, 2015.

If you have any questions about these awards, please contact Jenny Pickett at (913) 491-6500 or jennyp@nama.org.

Leadership Changes for 2015

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 1:07 pm

A special thanks to all of the leaders that served this past year.  A special note of thanks to Kenna Rathai, Kenna B. Rathai Communications and Chuck Zimmerman, ZimmComm, who will be leaving the NAMA Executive Committee.  And welcome to Sara Steever, Paulsen and Gary Sakin, Monsanto who join the Executive Committee in 2015. We look forward to the coming year.

Winner of the Member-Get-A-Member Contest

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 1:06 pm

Congratulations to Chris Wood, Meredith Agrimedia, for winning an iPad Mini from NAMA on December 10.  Chris’ name was included in a drawing because he referred a new member to NAMA.

Help MoKan NAMA Support Harvesters this Holiday

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 1:05 pm
Did you know, in our community?:- 374,660 people are food insecure and missing an estimated 65.6 million meals annually

– 15.1 percent of people in our region, or one in seven, is food insecure

–  41 percent of the food insecure children live in households that do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and often must rely on charitable food assistance programs

On Thursday, December 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 MoKan NAMA will be hosting a happy hour at BCS Communications. Cost to the event is simply a donation to Harvesters (non-perishable food or make a monetary donation at harvesters.org).

If you can’t make it, but would still like to donate, stop by one of the companies listed below before December 18th. Each of these companies has a Harvesters drop box:

  • AdFarm
  • Emfluence
  • Grey Healthcare Group
  • McCormick Company
  • OsbornBarr
  • SFP
  • Woodruff Sweitzer

Happy Hour:

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location: BCS Communications, 1525 Locust St, Kansas City, MO

RSVP by December 16, 2014: Scott Lynn – slynn@woodruffsweitzer.com

Region I Best of NAMA Awards a Success

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 1:04 pm

Region 1 kicked off the first regional Best of NAMA event in December!  On December 8, members and award winners gathered at AdFarm’s Sacramento office.  Those attending got to enjoy snacks and networking, along with the presentation of awards.


Reg 1 BoN-WPAC at Adfarm-broadhead

Carrie Isaacson, Cliff Owen, Linda Romander of broadhead. and Greg Hains, Western Pacific Chapter President.

Reg 1 BoN-WPAC at Adfarm







Jake Mortensen and Brandon Souza of Adfarm and Greg Hains.

North Central Holiday Party

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 , 1:03 pm

North Central Dec 10(1) North Central Dec 10(2)The Annual North Central Holiday Party had over 25 people in attendance, including several from the University of MN Student NAMA Chapter.  Colle+McVoy hosted the December 10th event, which raised $325 in donations to The Link, a non-profit organization that provides support to at-risk youth in the Twin Cities.

During this year’s party, Laura Netz, Senior Brand Strategist, and Malek Draoui, Associate Insight Strategist, both with Colle+McVoy, presented findings from primary research with millennials in agriculture exploring “tensions” that represent key opportunities for marketers to address. While a trove of data and trend analysis exists for millennials broadly, and we as agricultural marketers know a great deal about farmers, there is little insight
on millennials as participants in
production agriculture.

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