[ October 8–11, 2019    McCormick Place    Chicago, IL USA ]

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Networking Events

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Meeting face-to-face builds solid business relationships.

PROCESS EXPO offers a variety of networking opportunities to foster connections with others in your community. Whether it’s your first time attending PROCESS EXPO or you're a returning guest who's looking for new strategies and trends to integrate into your business, the following networking activities will help you connect with your peers in a social and meaningful way. Updates and additional programs will be noted here in the coming months.


Orientation Meetings and Tours

Never been to PROCESS EXPO, or want a refresher on what’s happening on site? Learn how you can make the most of your visit to the show with strategies on how to navigate the floor and what not to miss. Hear about the show highlights, meet ambassadors, and take a brief tour. Tours will be scheduled throughout the show and will focus on booths in the individual industry segments.


FPSA Young Professionals Group logoFPSA Young Professionals Group

Coordinating with the QUAD, the Young Professionals Group is hosting a number of events geared for emerging leaders of the industry. View the PROCESS EXPO 2019 Young Professionals Group events below:

Career Roundtables

Friday, October 11 | 9:30 am–10:30 am | Theater II, Booth 4568

This “speed networking” career roundtable session is an opportunity to meet with industry professionals who are open to sharing their experiences regarding entering the food and beverage industry including the good, the bad, and the ugly! Come expand your network and see what career opportunities await. Register at https://fpsayoungprofessionalsroundtables.eventbrite.com.

Mock Interviews

Tuesday, October 8–Wednesday, October 9 | 10:00 am–11:30 am | Meeting Rooms (Rear of South Hall)

30-minute slots for students and new professionals to practice interviewing for their next job. Gain insights on commonly asked interview questions, receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses, and boost your confidence for your future career in the food and beverage industry.

If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Christine Radke at cradke@fpsa.org or 703-663-1220 to reserve your spot.

Food for Thought Sessions

Hear inspirational talks from elite food and beverage professionals as they share their story of various aspects of the industry. The 15-minute talk will follow with an informal Meet-Up where you can continue discussions with the speaker and other food and beverage professionals.

Sessions include:

  • Tuesday, October 8 | 11:30 am–12:00 pm | The QUAD, Booth 1377
    Featuring Ken Hagedorn, FPSA and Foundation Board of Director Member and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Naegele, Inc. (Joint Meet-Up with Young Professionals Group)
  • Tuesday, October 8 | 12:30 pm–1:00 pm | FPSA Booth 2848
    Featuring Jean Moran, past FPSA Board of Directors Chair and former CEO of LMI Packaging Solutions, Inc.
  • Wednesday, October 9 | 11:30 am–12:00 pm | The QUAD, Booth 1377
    Featuring Patrick McGady, Vice-Chair of the Pet Food Council and National Sales Manager for Handtmann, Inc. (Joint Meet-Up with Young Professionals Group)
  • Thursday, October 10 | 11:30 am–12:00 pm | The QUAD, Booth 1377
    Featuring Steve Radke, Vice-Chair of the Prepared Foods Council and Director of Sales and Marketing at JBTC

Student Tours

Tuesday, October 8–Thursday, October 10 at 2:30 pm–3:30 pm. Tour begins at the QUAD, Booth 1377

Navigating the show floor can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a student just learning about the industry. These tours are designed for students to learn about different technologies, practices, and career avenues in the food and beverage sector. The tour begins at the QUAD (Booth 1377). Stops include Deville Technologies, Rome Grinding Solutions, and Seiberling Associates, Inc.


FPSA Women’s Alliance Network

FPSA’s Women’s Alliance Network will host several events during PROCESS EXPO 2021. The Women’s Alliance Network will also host Meet-Ups during show hours. See the Meet-Ups section for details.

Back after an amazing inaugural event in 2017, the PROCESS EXPO 2019 Biennial Women’s Alliance Network Breakfast was held on Thursday, October 10 beginning at 7:30 am at McCormick Place (Room N427). Suzanne Strassburger, the “First Lady of Meat” and CEO of Strassburger Steaks keynoted the breakfast. Suzanne is also the President of Suzy Sirloin and is a staunch advocate of American farmers and ranchers who feed the world.

New for 2019, FPSA’s Women’s Alliance Network created the Red Circle Honors to recognize the achievements of women in the food and beverage industry. The 2019 Red Circle Honorees included three women — an industry rising star; a woman who has brought innovation and inspiration to the industry; and a woman who has modeled career excellence as a leader, motivator, and mentor — and an FPSA member company that exhibits achievement in developing and promoting women. The honorees were announced at the Breakfast as well.

Interested in joining the Women’s Alliance Network? Visit www.fpsa.org/fpsa-womens-alliance for more information.


Innovations Showcase

On Day 1 of PROCESS EXPO, head over to the Innovations Showcase Theater to hear contest finalists pitch their newest products, technology, or equipment and to vote for the People’s Choice Award! Read more.


Meet-Ups

FPSA’s Networks are hosting 30-minute Meet-Ups during show hours. These relaxed, informal venues are a time to network with current and future Network members.  View the PROCESS EXPO 2019 Meet-Ups below:

Tuesday, October 8
11:30 am–12:00 pm Young Professionals Group Meet-Up and Food for Thought Session

Featuring Ken Hagedorn, FPSA and Foundation Board of Director Member and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Naegele, Inc.

The QUAD, Booth 1377
12:30 pm–1:00 pm Women’s Alliance Network Meet-Up

Featuring Jean Moran, past FPSA Board of Directors Chair and former CEO of LMI Packaging Solutions, Inc.

FPSA Booth 2848
4:00 pm–4:30 pm Technology Network Happy Hour Meet-Up FPSA Booth 2848
Wednesday, October 9
11:30 am–12:00 pm Young Professionals Group Meet-Up and Food for Though Session

Featuring Patrick McGady, Vice-Chair of the Pet Food Council and National Sales Manager for Handtmann, Inc.

The QUAD, Booth 1377
3:30 pm–4:00 pm

Women’s Alliance Network Meet-Up

Immediately following “Cargill’s Leadership Brand:  Lessons from a General Manager and Soldier” educational session

Theater II, Booth 4568
Thursday, October 10
12:30 pm–1:00 pm Young Professionals Group Meet-Up FPSA Booth 2848
4:00 pm–4:30 pm Joint Food Safety Network and Packaging Network Happy Hour Meet-Up FPSA Booth 2848
Friday, October 11
10:30 am–11:00 am

Women’s Alliance Network Meet-Up

Immediately following the Young Professionals Group Career Roundtables

Theater II, Booth 4568

Beer Garden and Chicago Food Sampler

Come hang out in the Beer Garden to chat casually with friends and new business associates. You can also sample delicious treats and meet new friends. More information to come.


AR Showcase logoAR Showcase

Experience augmented reality holograms and training simulations. Stop by the augmented reality booth to learn how to create a smarter workplace at your plant using this exciting technology.


View the Full Schedule for Attendees

A schedule for PROCESS EXPO 2021 is coming.

In the meantime, view a detailed schedule from PROCESS EXPO 2019 including times for sessions, meet-ups with specific industry sector colleagues, full production line demonstrations, student activities in the QUAD, and more!

DOWNLOAD 2019 FULL SCHEDULE

Watch a short video about the networking opportunities at PROCESS EXPO.