Sunday, February 26

Young Professional Educational Session, Dave Schwensen, Author & Talent Coordinator

New Member & First Time Attendee Welcome Orientation

Monday, February 27


  • Baking Hall of Fame Ceremony
  • Keynote Presentation, Francisco Migoya, Head Chef, Modernist Cuisine
  • The Workforce Gap in US Commercial Baking: Trends, Challenges & Solutions, Marjorie Hellmer, Cypress Research Associates LLC
Technical Breakout Sessions
1:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Session 1: Training
Session Chair: Martin Zapata, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Session 2: Ingredients
Session Chair: Rosa Regalado, Palsgaard

Session 3: Technology
Session Chair: Paul Rainey, Flowers Foods

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Presentations

Stop the Churn: Insights to Motivating, Training & Retaining Talent
Emily Bowers, BEMA

Meeting the Clean Label Challenge with Enzymes, Mark Cornthwaite & Troy Boutte, DuPont Nutrition & Health

Traceability for Bakeries, Stuart Hunt, SG Systems LLC
Summary & PowerPoint

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Presentations

Building on Wisdom, Kirk O’Donnell, Bakers Growth
Summary & PowerPoint

Sprouted Grains – Alive & Well,
Sumana Bell & David Sheluga, Ardent Mills LLC
Summary & PowerPoint

Recipe for Social Media Success, Robin Blakely, American Society of Baking
Summary & PowerPoint

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Presentations

Work Visa in the US: Types, Benefits & Boundaries, Ashin Soti, Bimbo Bakeries
Summary & PowerPoint

Taste & Nutrition: The Future of Bakery, Ryan Smith, Kerry
Summary & PowerPoint

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) & How Can It Help Your Operations? Robert Burgh, Nexcor Technologies; Paul Hilton, Zebra Technologies
Summary & PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 28


Keynote Presentation: Fewer Bigger Bolder – Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth, Sanjay Khosla, Senior Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University & Former President, Developing Markets, Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International)

Industry Panel Discussion

Moderator: Lin Carson, BAKERpedia

Panelists: Brent Bradshaw, Flowers Foods; Dean Folkvord, Wheat Montana Farms & Bakery; Julie Nargang, Azteca Foods Inc; Todd Wallin, Ellison Bakery


Technical Breakout Sessions
12:45 pm – 2:20 pm

Session 4: Safety & Regulatory
Session Chair: Lee Benton, Bundy Baking Solutions

Session 5
Session Chair: Brandon Woods, LeMatic Inc

Session 6: Product Development Competition (PDC) Presentations

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Presentations

FSMA Panel Discussion

Moderator: Rasma Zvanders, ABA

 Panelists: Jesse Leal, AIB; Mary Tegomoh, AB Mauri; Priya Rathnam, FDA; Arturo Carrillo, Bimbo Bakeries USA


Energy Transfer in Commercial Baking OvensRichard Starke, Reading Thermal
Summary & PowerPoint

12:45pm – 1:05pm

PDC: La Loafette – A Chai-Spiced Breakfast Loaf Filled & Topped with Toasted Quinoa
Christina Chen, Alina Kim, Nicholas Malchione & Colleen Deyo, Cornell University

1:10pm – 1:30pm

PDC: Sproutastix – Strawberry & Grape Snack Sticks
Brittany Hubbard, Ying Fan, Chi Gao & Ruiqi Li, University of Florida

1:35 pm – 2:20 pm Presentations

z50 Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dave Hipenbecker, Hostess Brands LLC

 Panelists: Jon Anderson, JRA Occupational Safety Consulting LLC; Mike Day, Banner-Day; Toby Steward, TNA North America; Brian Strouts, AIB International


Commercial Cannabis Presentation,
Peggy Moore & Hope Frahm, Love’s Oven LLC

1:35pm – 1:55pm

PDC: Bump’in – Pumpkin Flavored, Pumpkin Shaped Bread
Kangzi Ren, Monica Primacella & Joshua Nazareth, Iowa State University

2:00pm – 2:20pm

PDC: TriSprout Thins – A Nutritive Baked Rosemary & Garlic Snack made with Sprouted Amaranth, Spelt & Whole Wheat Flours
Jessica Miao, Ayna Arora & Morgan Whitecotton, The Ohio State University


Keynote Address, Cedric King, US Army Master Sergeant

Product Development Competition Awards Presentation

Changing of the Guard