QAI 30th Anniversary Client Summit & Celebration

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The Pannikin Building

643 G Street

San Diego, CA 92101

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QAI is celebrating our fantastic clients with a free day of learning and conversation aimed at helping your organic business grow. Join us!

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Our 30th Anniversary Client Summit takes place in San Diego’s beautiful Gaslamp district on October 3, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Here's a sneak peek at the day's agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Organic Breakfast Buffet

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks with Tracy Favre, QAI's director

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. – Keynote: Innovation & Success in the Organic Industry

Speaker: Nik Ingersöll, cofounder and CMO of Barnana, serial entrepreneur, award-winning designer

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – USDA & NOP Updates: The Latest on Organic Fraud Prevention

Speaker: Jennifer Tucker, PhD, deputy administrator of the USDA National Organic Program

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. - Coffee & Tea Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Panel discussion: The Future State of the Organic Industry: Where are we headed & how can we grow our success?

Panelists: Laura Batcha, CEO of the Organic Trade Association; Tina Owens, senior director of agricultural funding & communication at Danone North America; William Van Vorous, COO of Heather's Tummy Care

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - Organic Lunch Buffet

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. - Certified Transitional: How this QAI program can help grow organic acreage in the U.S. Presented by the Kashi Company with QAI.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Round table discussions

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.– Discussion summary and 30th anniversary toast!


Nik Ingersöll, Keynote Speaker

Cofounder and chief marketing officer of the successful snack food startup Barnana, serial entrepreneur and award-winning designer, Ingersöll is a Forbes 30 Under 30 List Honoree and a Food Navigator Top Entrepreneurs to Watch.

Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D., USDA NOP

Tucker is deputy administrator of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), where she has served for nearly a decade. An experienced organization development consultant, she earned her Ph.D. in science and technology studies from Virginia TecPanel Speakers

Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association (OTA)

With over 20 years of experience in the organic industry, Laura Batcha is CEO and executive director of the OTA, a membership business association representing more than 8,500 organic-related businesses with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Vermont.

Tina Owens, Danone North America

Tina Owens is senior director of agricultural funding and communication for Danone North America. Tina leads the charge for embedding regenerative agriculture practices, farmer resiliency, regenerative financing and industry collaboration. Tina and her family live on 12 acres in Michigan where they are transitioning previously farmed land to grow a variety of food using an agroforestry and regenerative approach.

William Van Vorous, Heather’s Tummy Care

Along with Heather’s Tummy Care founder and CEO Heather Van Vorous, William Van Vorous helps run this company dedicated to serving people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Since 2001, Heather’s Tummy Care has grown to become the world’s largest IBS organization by helping individuals successfully manage symptoms through education, supportive natural products and effective lifestyle changes.

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