2012 Beef Financial Management Conference (BFMC)

Frost, PLLC, Great Plains Ag Credit, Commodity Risk Management, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC, Tru Trading, and J.D. Heiskell & Company, are pleased to present the 2012 Beef Financial Management Conference in Amarillo, Texas on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

The 2012 Beef Financial Management Conference begins with registration from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 27th at the Amarillo Country Club, Amarillo, Texas. The program is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Program Highlights:

Kevin BostPresentation: “The Cattle and Beef Markets in the Year Ahead”

Kevin Bost: Private Consultant, Procurement Strategies, Inc.

Since 2005, Kevin Bost has been a private consultant doing business as Procurement Strategies, Inc., based in Des Plaines, Illinois. His work is focused on futures trading; livestock and meat price forecasting; and formulation/execution of meat procurement strategies for restaurant chains, supermarket chains, and meat processors. Kevin began trading livestock futures in 1979. Since then he has worked as a broker and trader for Thomson McKinnon Securities; partner of a private futures brokerage business, an economist and pork market analyst for USDA’s Economic Research Service, Washington, D.C., director of procurement strategy for Topco Associates (a large cooperative of supermarket chains and distributors), and director of supply chain management for Wendy’s International, with responsibility for beef, pork, produce, and French fries. Kevin has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas, and an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois.

Erin DaleyPresentation: “International Export Markets Outlook”

Erin Borror: Economist, U.S. Meat Export Federation

Erin Borror is an Economist for the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Her responsibilities include assessing the trade and economic impacts of market access and trade policy issues affecting red meat exports. Erin tracks and analyzes global red meat trade flows, forecasts U.S. red meat exports, and participates in the development of selected elements of USMEF’s marketing program. Speaking to USMEF membership and other stakeholders, including international audiences, about the status of U.S. beef and pork exports, as well as the global outlook for red meat trade is another important part of Erin’s position.

Rob GuntherPresentation: “Income and Estate Tax Update”

Rob Gunther: CPA, Partner, Frost, PLLC

Rob is a Partner at Frost, PLLC in Little Rock. He is engaged primarily in tax planning and compliance. He has a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Other than work, Rob enjoys traveling, reading, camping, and spending time with his family.

Josh WinegarnerPresentation: “Legislative Update”

Josh Winegarner: Government Relations Director, Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Josh Winegarner is the Director of Government Relations for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA). Based in Amarillo, TCFA represents cattle feeders and feedyards in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma—an area that markets almost 30% of the nation’s fed beef, or 6.5 million head annually. Josh works closely with federal and state officials—both legislative and regulatory—to ensure that they understand the business of cattle feeding and how their decisions could impact TCFA members. Prior to joining TCFA, Josh spent six years in Washington, DC, as Legislative Assistant for United States Senator John Cornyn and as Director of Constituent Communications for United States Senator Phil Gramm. His areas of responsibility included agricultural, environmental, trade, small business, and immigration policy. Josh is a native of Spearman, Texas, and a graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.

Evelyn Browning-GarrissPresentation: “Drought and the Cattle Industry – Looking Ahead”

Evelyn Browning-Garriss: Historical Climatologist

Evelyn Browning-Garriss is a historical climatologist who advises everyone from Texas cattle raisers to Midwestern utilities and Canadian banks about what the coming season will bring. She has spent over 30 years as a business consultant, editor and author explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends. Editor of the Browning Newsletter, Evelyn has authored or co-authored five books on the changing climate’s impact on water supplies, agriculture, business and terrorism. In addition to her work as editor of the Browning Newsletter, she does daily consulting and contract research for businesses and investors. Evelyn has BA degrees in history and anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters Degree from the University of New Mexico.

Tom McDonaldPresentation: “Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions”

Tom McDonald: Vice President of Environmental Affairs, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC.

Tom McDonald is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC. His primary responsibilities include ensuring regulatory compliance and developing sustainable environmental systems at JBS Five Rivers’ eleven beef cattle feedyards. Tom received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from West Texas A&M University and his M.S. degree in Beef Cattle Production and Management from the University of Tennessee. Tom currently serves on the EPA Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and past director of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. He has chaired NCBA’s environmental working group for 12 years and served on the TCFA Legislative and Regulatory Committee for 16 years. He volunteers his time to local 4-H activities and livestock shows to help young people develop their leadership and livestock skills.

Neal R. StevensPresentation: “Protection of Customer Funds Held At Futures Brokers”

Neal R. Stevens, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.

Neal Stevens is an Of Counsel attorney in the Commodity Futures Group with Schuyler Roche & Crisham, PC. Based in New York City, Neal advises a range of commodity market participants on regulatory, corporate, litigation, bankruptcy and tax matters relating to their businesses. A large number of his clients have been claimants in recent futures commission merchant insolvencies, including those of Sentinel Management Group, Inc., MF Global, Inc., and Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. Neal is also the principal of Ancile Capital Management, LLC, a registered commodity trading advisor and commodity pool operator that he founded in 2002. He has a BA degree from Colgate University, a JD from the University of Wisconsin and an LLM in taxation from New York University. Neal is admitted to practice in New York State and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and is a member of the New York City Bar Association and an associate member of the National Futures Association.

Presentation: “Current Trends in Risk Management”

Panel: Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC (CIH), Commodity Risk Management (CRM), Tru Trading.

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