Luncheon Keynote Presentations

Keynote Presenters

Brenda Gianiny, Founding Principal, Axis Research, Inc.
Monday, August 1, 2016
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

BrendaG_AoCAxis Research’s founding principal, Brenda Wigger Gianiny, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of public opinion research with nearly two decades of experience honed at the highest levels of corporate America and Republican political campaigns. Using her background, experience and degree in mathematics, Brenda has worked with a wide range of both political and corporate clients to help them achieve success.

Known for maintaining strict client and data confidentiality, Brenda has worked with campaigns ranging from presidential and the US Senate, including serving as the primary polling contact for the George W. Bush White House and the Bush-Cheney `04 re-election campaign, to local races for state legislative office and mayor. Brenda also has over fifteen years of experience in public policy direction and corporate market insight helping companies like Walmart, Philip Morris and associations like PhRMA chart success.

Robb MacKie, President and CEO, American Bakers Association (ABA)
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Robb_AoCRobb MacKie serves as President and CEO of the American Bakers Association (ABA); trade association representing the interests of the $102 billion wholesale baking industry in Washington, D.C. Mr. MacKie oversees all aspects of the administration and operations of ABA and serves as the baking industry’s chief advocate and spokesperson.

The growth of cold and frozen storage in the baking industry is poised for significant growth in the next few years. In addition to food safety benefits, the potential benefits of extending shelf life of bakery products without reduction in product quality, nutrition, and appearance is appealing. In fact, in ABA’s recent member survey, sixty-three percent of respondents indicated that the industry’s capital expenditures in cold storage will grow in the coming years. During this session, learn more about the baking industry and how the increasing importance of the cold chain will impact your organization.

ABA represents the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 700 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. Its members produce bread, rolls, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas, and many other wholesome, nutritious baked products for America’s families.