In looking at the combined experience of the Potato Expo speakers, there will be plenty to talk about during the many networking hours in San Francisco, CA, this January. With 46 networking hours
during the Jan. 4-6 event, plus pre- and post-expo events, developing connections, and creating partnerships has never been easier.
As always, first-time attendees have multiple opportunities to enter the potato family. Meet your colleagues during the kickoff reception on Wednesday, networking receptions on Thursday evening, and the festive San Francisco-neighborhood theme event also to be held that night.
Speakers With A Message
Attendees will be inspired by teacher Jim Morris, a former fast track minor league baseball player who thought his pitching career was over after arm injuries. Eleven years after his stint in the minors, Morris was coaching a high school baseball team who made him reconsider his dream of pitching.
He wanted his high school team to aim high and made a bet with the team: If they won the District Championship, he would try out for the majors. The team won, and Morris tried out and became a major league pitcher at age 35, debuting in 1999 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Morris will speak to Potato Expo attendees on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the keynote luncheon.
Attendees will also hear from Rich Karlgaard on Jan. 5, publisher of Forbes magazine and writer of a biweekly column known for its witty and honest assessment of current business issues. Karlgaard deftly forecasts the business and technology world as it is likely to unfold over the next two, five, and 10 years, sharing thought-provoking and actionable ideas that help leaders “future proof” their organizations and investments.
Karlgaard is also the author of Team Genius, which focuses on management strategy, and The Soft Edge, which argues that companies who are most successful have a “soft edge,” which can be found in their values. On stage, he will share insights ranging from politics to the economy to relevant business strategies to help growers see the global marketplace with new eyes and what it means for the American economy.
Plus, Phil Lempert will host the Spud Nation Throwdown on Wednesday, Jan. 4, featuring a cookoff among four international chefs. Lempert is an expert on consumers who helps business leaders see corporate and consumer trends, and empowers consumers to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions.
The 2017 Spud Nation Throwdown promises an exciting fusion of tastes, cultures, and flavors as a diverse group of international chefs from Asia and Latin America incorporate potatoes into dishes inspired by their distinctive culinary experiences. The competition between these international chefs will showcase each chef’s passion for potatoes and unique take on blending Asian/Latin American and Western foods. San Francisco is the perfect backdrop for this highly anticipated cooking contest.
To register for the Potato Expo, go to potato-expo.com.