Northern California Institute of Food Technologists

Executive Committee

NCIFT MEETING MINUTES


Meeting Minutes June 26, 2018

Attendees:

Abigail Selya, Erin Evers, Brad Olson, Nikoo Arasteh, Imelda Vasquez, Florence Wu, Jayne McCann, Dave Sholtoli, Earl Weak, Pallavi Fancy

Meeting was brought to order at 6:00 PM at Horatios in San Leandro.

Suppliers Night/Expo/Symposium Summary

  • Performance indicator event, and financial summary captured in supplemental packet.
  • Compared to previous years, more tables than previous 2 years but we are averaging around 200 tables. Facility has the potential to accommodate 300 exhibitors.
  • Golfers, and T-sponsors, and attendee numbers were all about the same.
  • Changes: Sponsorship opportunity was added and it was successful and increased table cost both of these offset a lot of the costs.
  • Survey Responses (PDF of results to be sent out following the meeting)
    • Symposium-Email blasts-increased the registration rate.
    • Attendee- not high response
    • Exhibitor- Good response- Need to think of who they do business with and draw big manufacturers to draw more attention and expand our database.
  • Overall responses were positive, some constructive feedback was noted in the detailed comments on the survey results.
  • Florence is stepping down so we need a new Supplier’s Night Chair to lead next year.
  • Try to expand our advertising to attract larger companies, potential to link it to Fancy Food Show or another event. Potential to connect with CLFP. Additionally, we should push the exhibitors to show us what new technology and products they are presenting.
  • Potential to rotate featured technology in the email blasts.
  • Spotlight exhibitors to give 15 minutes for them to give a presentation in the symposium hall and have a schedule printed in the brochure so people know when things will be presented.
  • Next year space is already reserved.

Symposium Suppliers Night

  • Ideas for topics: Probiotics and natural food trends, upcycled products- Bay Area sustainability and minimizing food waste, FSMA, food for health, food protection and traceability.
  • Florence will follow up with recommendations from the survey.
  • Need to finalize presenters and concepts for symposium by November 2018.

Golf Event

  • May 6th tentative date several locations contacted: Castlewood, Bridges, Callippe.

Budgeting

  • Updated expenses and costs for next year are in place.
  • Fairgrounds for next year is reserved and the price is locked in.

Next Executive Committee Meeting

  • Planning meeting Monday August 20th.
  • Executive meeting at IFT.

Next Steps

  • Ballot for NCIFT positions is through Survey Monkey and 30 day voting window will begin by next week.
  • Florence- To send out PDF of Suppliers Night feedback and Cost Indicators.
  • Florence is stepping down we need a new Supplier’s Night Chair to lead next year.
  • Need to finalize topic and key speakers at next Executive Committee Meeting for the Symposium.
  • Finalize golf tournament location.
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CURRENT OFFICERS OF NCIFT


PRESIDENT
Nikoo Arasteh
Albertsons Companies

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Pallavi Fancy
AAK

PAST PRESIDENT
Brad Olson
Albertsons Companies

SECRETARY
Abigail Selya
Mattson

TREASURER
Jaspreet S. Walia
Certified Laboratories of Northern California

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Erin Evers
SPI Group


DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE

Brian Chau
Food Blogger, Chau Time

Anjali Ganpule
R. Torre & Co.

Pamela Sweeten
ChemStation

Craig Rothe
Elite Spice

Elaine Chow
Kagome USA

Eric LeBarbe
E. & J. Gallo Winery


NOMINATING & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Sam Offenberg
Pacific Meridian Group

Saji Poespowidjojo
Ajinomoto Foods North America

Mike Rose
Semifreddi’s

Zhongli Pan
UC Davis

Parastoo Yaghmaee
Ziel Process Solutions

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
 
PROGRAM CHAIR
Pallavi Fancy
AAK


NOMINATING & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Brad Olson
Albertsons Companies

FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Open

SUPPLIERS’ NIGHT EXPO CHAIR
Bruce Ferree
Insight Food Safety

GRANTS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Dale Olds
Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation

NEW PROFESSIONALS GROUP CHAIR
Erin Evers
SPI Group

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE CHAIR:
Reshmi Raman
Brioche PASQUIER

SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS CHAIR:
Anjali Ganpule
R. Torre & Co.

SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR
Elaine Chow
Kagome USA


GOLF CLASSIC & AWARDS DINNER

CO-CHAIRS & TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS:

Martin Potnick
Nevada Industry Excellence

Dave Sholty
Retired


STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

UC Davis
Klay Liu
Undergraduate Student (Food Tech Club Rep)

Susannah Smith
Undergraduate Student (Food Tech Club Rep)

Christopher (Topher) McNeil
Graduate Student (FSGSA Rep)

Rachel Lombardi
Graduate Student (FSGSA Rep)

CSU San Jose
Open

CSU Chico
Open


CENTRAL VALLEY SUBSECTION
Bianca Wiens
E. & J. Gallo Winery

OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS

HORNBLOWER EDITOR
Carol Cooper
UC Davis (retired)

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Brian Chau
Food Blogger, Chau Time

JOB LISTINGS
Steve Nagorski
David Michael & Company

SUPPLIERS’ NIGHT EXPO COORDINATOR & MEMBERSHIP RECORDS
Imelda Vasquez
NCIFT Office at Marketing Designs