Spring Conference Speakers

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John Barone is a commodity analyst and President of Market Vision, Inc. He is an active speaker, presenter and educator within the foodservice industry. His focus on macroeconomics has helped restaurateurs understand the new and dramatic global forces that are driving commodity prices – and helped them recognize the need to reformulate supply chain approaches and risk management solutions.  John specializes in “connecting the dots” – distilling complex economic, market and commodity data down to actionable information and presentations for supply chain executives, management, franchise operators and restaurant investors.  He is known industry-wide for the Market Vision Spring and Fall Conferences, now 30 years running. Through the conferences, it has been John’s goal to foster and build a “community” for restaurant supply chain VPs, directors and category managers. And, the conferences have successfully achieved “don’t miss” status for hundreds of chain restaurant executives and their suppliers.  John sits on the advisory board for the National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Management Study Group. Starting in 2012, the NRA supply chain group partnered with Market Vision to run their fall supply chain meeting in conjunction with Market Vision’s Fall Conference in Orlando.  John holds a BA in Mathematics and an MBA in Quantitative Analysis from Rutgers University. Market Vision’s services directly reflect John’s training and intuitive strengths in research, statistics, forecasting and analysis.  Personally, John is now retired from 18 years of coaching travel soccer and basketball. Forced to give up running due to knee problems, he is now an avid cyclist and mountain biker – and can usually be persuaded to play a round of golf.    _

John Barone is a commodity analyst and President of Market Vision, Inc. He is an active speaker, presenter and educator within the foodservice industry. His focus on macroeconomics has helped restaurateurs understand the new and dramatic global forces that are driving commodity prices – and helped them recognize the need to reformulate supply chain approaches and risk management solutions.

John specializes in “connecting the dots” – distilling complex economic, market and commodity data down to actionable information and presentations for supply chain executives, management, franchise operators and restaurant investors.

He is known industry-wide for the Market Vision Spring and Fall Conferences, now 30 years running. Through the conferences, it has been John’s goal to foster and build a “community” for restaurant supply chain VPs, directors and category managers. And, the conferences have successfully achieved “don’t miss” status for hundreds of chain restaurant executives and their suppliers.

John sits on the advisory board for the National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Management Study Group. Starting in 2012, the NRA supply chain group partnered with Market Vision to run their fall supply chain meeting in conjunction with Market Vision’s Fall Conference in Orlando.

John holds a BA in Mathematics and an MBA in Quantitative Analysis from Rutgers University. Market Vision’s services directly reflect John’s training and intuitive strengths in research, statistics, forecasting and analysis.

Personally, John is now retired from 18 years of coaching travel soccer and basketball. Forced to give up running due to knee problems, he is now an avid cyclist and mountain biker – and can usually be persuaded to play a round of golf.

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David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national advisor on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home. In his role as vice president, industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, and personal characteristics. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.  Portalatin’s diverse background and experience gives him an in-depth understanding of consumer behavior and purchase patterns. Prior to his current role, he was NPD’s industry analyst in the automotive aftermarket, motor fuels, and convenience retailing industries. Portalatin held various positions in petroleum marketing, convenience retailing, and foodservice wholesale distribution before joining NPD in 1999.  He is often a featured speaker at industry events and at corporate conferences/meetings with distributors, manufacturers, and retailers. Portalatin also serves as a media source for a wide variety articles on food and beverage consumption trends and how these trends impact the food industry. His comments have appeared in numerous nationally-recognized media outlets.    _

David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national advisor on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home. In his role as vice president, industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, and personal characteristics. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.

Portalatin’s diverse background and experience gives him an in-depth understanding of consumer behavior and purchase patterns. Prior to his current role, he was NPD’s industry analyst in the automotive aftermarket, motor fuels, and convenience retailing industries. Portalatin held various positions in petroleum marketing, convenience retailing, and foodservice wholesale distribution before joining NPD in 1999.

He is often a featured speaker at industry events and at corporate conferences/meetings with distributors, manufacturers, and retailers. Portalatin also serves as a media source for a wide variety articles on food and beverage consumption trends and how these trends impact the food industry. His comments have appeared in numerous nationally-recognized media outlets.

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Michael began his career in the Financial Services Division of Arthur Andersen & Company in 1987 before joining Continental Bank in 1989 where he spent four years working in various roles including Internal Audit, Economic Research and Global Trading & Distribution.  In 1993, Michael began a 20-year career with McDonald’s Corporation in the Treasury Department initially working on the Capital Markets team. In 1997, he took over responsibility for McDonald’s foreign exchange hedging program. Working with McDonald’s Supply Chain, suppliers, and owner/operators, Michael was primarily responsible for the vision and leadership behind the growth of McDonald’s commodity risk management program from a pilot initiative to a major strategic advantage for McDonald’s by providing competitive and predictable food & paper costs. Michael was recognized with Treasury and Risk Management magazine’s Alexander Hamilton Gold Medal Award for his accomplishments in building McDonald’s commodity risk management program.  Michael joined OSI Group LLC in 2013 as Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer before joining Global Risk Management as Executive Vice President in 2016. Michael holds a Certified Public Accountant designation as well as a Series 3 license.    _

Michael began his career in the Financial Services Division of Arthur Andersen & Company in 1987 before joining Continental Bank in 1989 where he spent four years working in various roles including Internal Audit, Economic Research and Global Trading & Distribution.

In 1993, Michael began a 20-year career with McDonald’s Corporation in the Treasury Department initially working on the Capital Markets team. In 1997, he took over responsibility for McDonald’s foreign exchange hedging program. Working with McDonald’s Supply Chain, suppliers, and owner/operators, Michael was primarily responsible for the vision and leadership behind the growth of McDonald’s commodity risk management program from a pilot initiative to a major strategic advantage for McDonald’s by providing competitive and predictable food & paper costs. Michael was recognized with Treasury and Risk Management magazine’s Alexander Hamilton Gold Medal Award for his accomplishments in building McDonald’s commodity risk management program.

Michael joined OSI Group LLC in 2013 as Vice President – Chief Accounting Officer before joining Global Risk Management as Executive Vice President in 2016. Michael holds a Certified Public Accountant designation as well as a Series 3 license.

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Eric has been with Express Markets for 12 years. As Vice President of Express Markets Inc., Eric oversees the market forecasts and reporting services as well as provides additional industry analysis to assist clients.  Prior to joining EMI, Eric was with Risk Management Commodities Inc. as an analyst.  Eric received a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. He also received a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics from Purdue.

Eric has been with Express Markets for 12 years. As Vice President of Express Markets Inc., Eric oversees the market forecasts and reporting services as well as provides additional industry analysis to assist clients.

Prior to joining EMI, Eric was with Risk Management Commodities Inc. as an analyst.

Eric received a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. He also received a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics from Purdue.

Eric Meyer is a seasoned dairy risk management and sourcing professional with more than 18 years of experience including tenure at Downes-O’Neill LLC, Sara Lee Corporation, FCStone & Winona Foods before founding HighGround Dairy in 2012.  Eric’s extensive hedging and procurement experience for both small boutique firms and large multi-national corporations gives him a unique insight into the dairy market. He has a strong reputation of creating insightful educational programs and content, specifically HighGround’s comprehensive dairy market intelligence, industry-leading analysis that is read by subscribers across the globe. HighGround recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and currently employs a talented staff of eight that provides the dairy industry with market intelligence, advisory services and hedge execution at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.    _

Eric Meyer is a seasoned dairy risk management and sourcing professional with more than 18 years of experience including tenure at Downes-O’Neill LLC, Sara Lee Corporation, FCStone & Winona Foods before founding HighGround Dairy in 2012.

Eric’s extensive hedging and procurement experience for both small boutique firms and large multi-national corporations gives him a unique insight into the dairy market. He has a strong reputation of creating insightful educational programs and content, specifically HighGround’s comprehensive dairy market intelligence, industry-leading analysis that is read by subscribers across the globe. HighGround recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and currently employs a talented staff of eight that provides the dairy industry with market intelligence, advisory services and hedge execution at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Brian Williams leads the Agricultural Risk Management Desk at Macquarie (Australia's largest Investment Bank), providing Commercial End-Users, Producers and the Hedge Fund Community with specialized Risk Management strategies in the Grains & Oilseed sector.  In his 19th year on the banking side of Wall Street, Brian utilizes long-term Fundamentals alongside technically assisted trading strategies to project better price entry into markets. His objective is to mitigate risk and find price value within the ever changing Fundamentals of Supply/Demand, Weather and Government Intervention.  Brian's footprint encompasses a large portion of the U.S. Poultry Industry as well as the Ethanol Industry, Fortune 500 Food Processors and some prominent Hedge Funds. His career has spanned the likes of UBS, Prudential and Jefferies, prior to joining Macquarie in the summer of 2015 as a Director of Macquarie Futures. Brian received his B.S. in Finance from Villanova University.   _

Brian Williams leads the Agricultural Risk Management Desk at Macquarie (Australia's largest Investment Bank), providing Commercial End-Users, Producers and the Hedge Fund Community with specialized Risk Management strategies in the Grains & Oilseed sector.

In his 19th year on the banking side of Wall Street, Brian utilizes long-term Fundamentals alongside technically assisted trading strategies to project better price entry into markets. His objective is to mitigate risk and find price value within the ever changing Fundamentals of Supply/Demand, Weather and Government Intervention.

Brian's footprint encompasses a large portion of the U.S. Poultry Industry as well as the Ethanol Industry, Fortune 500 Food Processors and some prominent Hedge Funds. His career has spanned the likes of UBS, Prudential and Jefferies, prior to joining Macquarie in the summer of 2015 as a Director of Macquarie Futures. Brian received his B.S. in Finance from Villanova University.


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Why Market Vision

  • Top presenters on timely supply-chain topics, the economy, energy, proteins, dairy and grains

  • Unparalleled peer networking

  • A relaxed luncheon showcasing foodservice suppliers and their top national account executives

  • Great after-hours functions, networking and socializing

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What started out as a small, chain-only food show in 1987 has developed into “the” premier industry event for chain restaurant purchasing and supply chain executives.

Spring: March 18-20, 2019 - Palm Desert, CA

Fall: October 23-25, 2019 - Orlando, FL

Spring Registration is Now Open!