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Aaron Clanton

Sr. Manager Food Auditing, Subway

Aaron Clanton is the Director of BFTS Innovation for AIB International. Clanton has taught in all aspects of the AIB’s baking curriculum including bread production, cake and sweet goods production, operations, and the science of baking with a solid understanding of ingredient functionality and bakery processes.

  • 20 years of experience in the food industry at several major companies including the Kellogg Company and Interstate Brands Corporation
  • Senior food technologist at IBC, developing over 25 new bread and roll products introduced to the US market

Andrew Clarke

Sr. Manager Food Auditing, Subway

Andrew currently oversees the Global Auditing Program for Subway, which includes the 2nd Party audits of all food and packaging Vendors and the large network of storage and distribution facilities supplying the Subway system worldwide.

  • BSc Food Technology and an MSc Food Safety Management
  • Significant experience in auditing and working in food manufacturing/processing/distribution and storage facilities in Europe and North America
  • Experience working in senior regulatory and certification body positions
  • Experienced and qualified food safety and quality auditor and trainer
  • Active member of the International Association for Food Protection, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Food Science and Technology, and he currently serves on the BRC Global Standards Advisory
  • Global Food Safety Initiative volunteer

Bill D. Potter, Ph. D.

Senior Food Safety & Quality Consultant

Dr. Bill Potter is a 30-year food industry veteran, having directed food safety, quality, and R&D initiatives for plants and vertically-integrated operations at both the local and corporate level. He also has extensive experience managing recall and traceability programs. His technical expertise includes PhD, MS, and PCQI certifications focused on food safety of human and animal foods. Bill’s MBA and experience give him a unique business perspective of food traceability concepts.

Bob Whitaker, Ph. D.

Produce Safety Advisor, Produce Marketing Association

Dr. Bob Whitaker holds the responsibility for food safety and security, environmental sustainability and technical innovations for the produce supply chain, from field to fork.

  • 13 years working within PMA
  • 16-year tenure with DNA Plant Technology Corporation (DNAP) where he served as Vice President for Vegetable Research and Development, and Vice President of Product Development, managing the development of products ranging from extended life tomatoes to seedless watermelons and tobacco varieties
  • Intimately involved in the development of the leafy greens GAP Metrics
  • Serves on both the California and Arizona Leafy Greens Technical Committees
  • Named to the Executive Advisory Board for the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) in 2017
  • Chairman for the CPS Research and Technology Council (2008) which oversees the solicitation, review and funding for research projects focused on produce food safety
  • Ph.D. in Biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton

Bonnie Curtis

Chief Human Resource Officer, Castellini

Bonnie has a long track record of accelerating growth for two very different companies, Procter & Gamble and Castellini.

  • Expansive  expertise in management, supply chain, human resources and sales
  • Headed the largest P&G plant in Asia
  • Graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program for Leadership and Change

Bryan Armentrout

Owner, The Food Leadership Group

Bryan Armentrout serves as the Vice Chair for the Safe Quality Foods Technical Advisory Council, a major global food standard.

  • Owner of The Food Leadership Group
  • Specialize in food risk management and meaningful quality systems

Bryant Colman

Managing Principal, Economic Incentives Advisory Group

Mr. Colman is a Managing Principal with Economic Incentives Advisory Group (EIAG)

  • Specializes in researching economic incentives such as hiring related tax credits, business expansion/relocation incentives, training grants, renewable energy benefits, research and development credits, stimulus funds, and business specific grants offered by the government or private funding sources

Deborah Walden Ralls

VP of Risk Management, Green Valley Pecan

Dr. Amy Kircher

Senior Advisor, Food Protection and Defense Institute, University of Minnesota

Dr. Kircher is the Senior Advisor of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

  • Leads a talented staff and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education
  • Current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis

Dr. Irene Boland

Chief Learning Officer, Learning Development Institute, Inc.

Irene is a learning consultant who helps clients reach their training and performance goals through developing learning strategies, creating training materials and supporting subject matter experts to become better trainers. Irene has a PhD in Education, conducts learning research, and takes pride in bringing her clients the most effective solutions to workplace problems.

Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt

Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute, University of Minnesota

Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt serves as the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute and as Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

  • Focuses on building collaborations to advance food and feed security, safety, defense, and supply-chain resilience
  • Director of the Integrated Food Systems Leadership program, an online learning program dedicated to improving the leadership and systems thinking capabilities of early to mid-career professionals affiliated with any aspect of the food system
  • extensive background in animal feed and human food production, nutrition, modeling, and regulations, with academic, industry, and global perspectives

Dr. Lone Jespersen

Founder & Principal, Cultivate
  • Recognized food safety, quality and continuous improvement leader
  • in-depth experience in deploying enterprise wide food safety and quality initiatives in large and complex organizations
  • Significant change management skills and experience in food safety and quality, at the corporate, platform and business unit level
  • Areas of expertise include customer focus, building trust, influencing internally and externally to company, driving results, and enabling a global perspective to meet organizational operating principles

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