TIA 2007 Convention Preliminary Agenda

At the time of publication, the following schedule was not set in stone. There are a few more presentations that the Tortilla Industry Association still is organizing. Still, TIA’s preliminary agenda promises a jam-packed show. Please note that all TIA functions (except golf) are located within the Convention Center of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Monday, September 10:
Exhibitor Registration Only:
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk #2
Tuesday, September 11:
Registration Opens: 9: 00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Desk #2
TIA Golf Outing: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Silverstone Golf Club (transportation provided) For more information on the golf course, visit www.silverstonegolfclub.com
Welcome Reception: 7: 00 – 9:30 p.m.
Come and meet your friends and “reach out” to fellow business  associates in the tortilla industry at this important event.Brasilia 2
Wednesday, September 12 :
Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk #2
Continental Breakfast: 7: 30 a.m.Pavilion Foyer
Business Sessions: 8:00 a.m. – Noon The following sessions will be located in Brasilia 3 or 7

Session 1: TIA Annual Meeting — 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Start the day with our annual TIA Business Meeting to learn about our accomplishments for the year and future plans to keep TIA moving forward. Meet all our board members!
Session 2: Industry Marketing Update — 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Simon El Hage, Director – Strategic Marketing, Lopez Negrete Communications
Mid-Morning Refreshment Break — 9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Session 3: Leaders in the Tortilla Industry — 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Kirk O’Donnell, Vice President Education, AIB International
Session 4: Commodity Price Management — 10:50 – 11:30 a.m. Perry Iverson and Brendan Dorais, Commodity and Ingredient Hedging, LLC
Exhibit Hall Opening and Lunch:
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Rio Pavilion 1-7
TIA Convention Reception & Gala (Entertainment Banquet): 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Brasilia 4-7 
It’s an evening of food and entertainment. Come  for dinner, find out who are the newest members to the TIA Hall of Fame and check out “The Rat Pack Revue, A Tribute to the Original Rat Pack.”
Thursday, September 13:
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Desk #2
Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.
Pavilion Foyer
Industry Seminars: 8: 30 – 11:00 a.m.The following sessions will be in Brasilia 3 & 7
Session 1: Devising Strategies to Control Stickiness in Flour Tortillas — 8:30 – 9:30a.m. Check out the latest research funded by a grant from the Tortilla Industry Association Rutgers University
9:40 – 10:20 a.m.
Session 2A:
Extending Shelf Life of Flour Tortillas Daniel Brooker, M.S., General Manager, Chem-Mex Industries, Inc.
Session 2B: Waste Water Treatment SolutionsGreg Sindt, Principal Environmental Engineer, Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Mid-Morning Refreshment Break 10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 – 11:20 a.m.
Session 3A:
Robotics & Automation Craig Souser, President, JLS Automation
Session 3B: Marketing to the Hispanic Market through Food Service Distribution

11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Session 4A:
The Art of Selling Your Business Robert King, Co-Founder & VP, Seacap Financial
Session 4B: Minimizing Production Costs Kirk O’Donnell, Vice President Education, AIB International
Exhibits and Lunch (Noon)- 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rio Pavilion 1-7
Note: Times are subject to change. For updates on this agenda, visit www.tortilla-info.com