Written by: Lacie Dotterweich | January 5, 2023
Rebecca Kane, CMP, recently joined the American Feed Industry Association, taking the helm of directing our meetings and events. I asked her about working in events and what she is excited about for this upcoming year.
Kane: I am excited to keep growing AFIA's programs. I am always thinking about what can we do differently and how can we enhance the member experience. I am excited to start with the Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC), as the one thing I hear from everyone is that they come there to do business, so they find themselves a spot and may not move for three days. That tells me that we need to provide more places for our attendees to do business in networking areas, such as bringing in lounges and giving them the opportunity to meet. I have also heard it is hard to set-up meetings with people, especially for those who are new to the conference. We are bringing in a new app for PISC that will have the ability to filter through the registered attendees to know who is attending as a buyer or seller and then message each other within the app. I am excited to provide opportunities for our members and attendees to meet and do business, and look at ways to enhance it, which makes it exciting.
Kane: I love what I do. It is the fifth most stressful job in country (which is true) and I love it. My favorite part is the execution of a program. I take pride in what I do and with all the vision-setting and creating it takes to put on a program - to see it come together is my favorite thing. My not favorite thing is the exhaustion after the program, but I am ready to do it again a few days after that.
Kane: I love the theater; I’m constantly going to see shows and like the escape.
We released our calendar of AFIA events for the year; catch Rebecca and introduce yourself at one of our events!
Early-bird registration for the International Production & Processing Expo events and AFIA's Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference ends this Friday, Jan. 6.
The AFIA will also continue its partnership with Kansas State University to offer a five-week online course, "AFIA-KSU 500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing." The course will be offered between:
For more information or to register, visit afia.org/events