NAMA Looks Ahead To the Future During 2023 Annual Meeting

October 9, 2023 – Milling industry leaders and their guests gathered at The Greenbrier Resort during the 2023 North American Millers’ Association Annual Meeting, which ended Saturday. 

“Planning for the future of both the association and the milling industry was a major focus of the 2023 NAMA Annual Meeting,” said NAMA Chair Brian Doyle of the King Milling Company. “With a clear vision now guiding our work together, I’m confident that NAMA is well-positioned to build on past success and have an even greater impact on the issues that matter most to millers.”

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The 2023-2024 NAMA Board of Directors.

The general session presentations provided a forward-looking perspective on a range of topics impacting the milling industry. Political commentator Jim Ellis shared predictions about the 2024 presidential election. American Bakers Association President and CEO Eric Dell updated the audience on the baking industry’s policy priorities, highlighting opportunities for future collaboration with NAMA. Commissioner Caroline Pham discussed ways that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s work is essential to the grain trade. Buhler CEO Stefan Scheiber provided a global perspective on how innovation will continue to be critical to the future of food production and sustainability.

From left to right: Kim Cooper (NAMA Senior Director, Government Affairs), Jane DeMarchi (NAMA President), and Molly Miller (NAMA Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs.

The NAMA Board of Directors held its annual business meeting during the conference and Terry Tyson (Grain Millers Canada), and Meredith Nelson (General Mills) were elected to serve on the NAMA Executive Committee. The Board of Directors also approved a new strategic plan to guide the association for the next three years. The plan is built on three foundational pillars: advocacy, collaboration, and engagement. NAMA’s corn, oat, and wheat divisions met during the conference to begin steps to implement the plan.

“NAMA’s new strategic plan will help the association effectively leverage the powerful collective voice of the milling industry in Washington, D.C.,” said NAMA President Jane DeMarchi. “We are excited to strengthen collaboration opportunities and engagement strategies to show real value to our growing membership.”

During the 2023 Annual Meeting Dinner and Awards Ceremony sponsored by NAMA Associate Members, NAMA Chair Brian Doyle (King Milling Company) presented the 2023 Honorary Member Award to Robert “Skip” Myers (Morris, Manning & Martin LLP) and Steve Wickes (retired, Agricor, a Grain Millers company) in recognition of their decades of service to the industry. 

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From left to right: Brian Doyle (King Milling), NAMA Honorary Member Awardee Skip Myers, Rick Siemer (Siemer Milling).
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From left to right: Rick Schwein (Grain Millers), NAMA Honorary Member Awardee Steve Wickes, Brian Doyle (King Milling).

For more information about the 2023 Annual Meeting and future NAMA events, visit NAMA’s Spring Conference – the organization’s largest annual education conference for wheat, corn, and oat millers – will be held March 9-12, 2024 in Marco Island, Florida.

About NAMA:

NAMA is the only national trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the North American wheat, corn, oat, and rye milling industry before Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory bodies. Member companies operate mills in 32 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada, representing more than 90 percent of total industry production capacity. 

The North American Millers’ Association is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Persons who require alternative means of communication for program information should contact [email protected] or 202-484-2200.

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