NPFDA Fall Meeting in Chattanooga, TN -- September 12-15, 2021

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Sunday, September 12, 2021 to Wednesday, September 15, 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown
407 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
United States
* Registration open until 9/8/21 at 12:00 AM (EDT)

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“The NPFDA Fall Meeting is a worthwhile event, with excellent topics at our round tables, informative speakers and, most importantly, great networking and time together.” --- Laurie Pate, President, Foodlinx

"I have attended many conferences but I have never attended one that was so well put together. The information and content was very informative. The evening receptions allowed everyone to mingle and actually get to know each other rather than feel like you were actually having to “work” which was truly refreshing from other conferences I have attended. I am at a loss as to why anyone would not attend this conference each and every year." --- Lee Neal, VP of Business Development, Great Plains Transport

Get ready to build connections and catch up with friends, peers, customers and vendors. Join other protein leaders at the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association Fall Meeting! In addition to amazing speakers, our always popular industry roundtables provide insightful discussion about the protein industry today.  There will be an abundance of networking opportunities including receptions and activities for camaraderie and networking.Host hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown, 407 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN  37402.  $134 single or double occupancy. Click here for reservations.  


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  • Did you know? 
  • Chattanooga was named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2019 Readers’ Choice Award – 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.
  • The first MoonPie was made at the Chattanooga Bakery in the year 1917.

For More Information:

Cece Corbin
Cece Corbin
President/CEO National Protein & Food Distributors Association (770)535-9901

**NPFDA Fall Meeting Agenda

Except as noted, all events take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown.  

Please click here for the most updated schedule of events.  

Featured Events:

Big Night Out Game Time Reception…Southside Social

Monday, September 13


Southside Social offers bowling, an indoor gaming area with pool tables, skee ball, ping pong, shuffleboard, giant jenga and more. There is also an outdoor courtyard with casual seating, fire pits, ping pong tables, and cornhole.

 Speakers: Tuesday September 14

  • Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, Challenger Center

Photo Credit:  Challenger Center

Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, Founding Chair of Challenger Center, is the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Richard “Dick” Scobee.  In memory of the “Teacher in Space” mission, June founded Challenger Center for Space Science Education to foster a new generation of “star challengers” – young people who will reach for the stars no matter their circumstances.

  • Agriculture and the New Frontier: Consumerism, Trade Wars and Pandemics, Joey E. Mehlhorn, Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Martin
Joey E. Mehlhorn, Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Martin

Dr. Mehlhorn serves as the Gilbert Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee - Martin.  Dr. Mehlhorn’s responsibilities include directing the graduate program in agriculture and natural resources and teaching in the area of strategic and risk management.  Prior to serving as the Parker Chair of Excellence he served as the chair of the Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources department.  In 2009, Mehlhorn was awarded the Hardy M. Graham Distinguished Professor for his work in teaching and scholarship.  His educational background includes a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University.  Research interests include international agriculture, agriculture policy and entrepreneurship.  

Optional Activities, Tuesday, September 14 (Golf, Rock City and Chattanooga Choo Choo/ Gate 11 Distillery –   Advance Registration Required)