|7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||Participant Pre-Registration|
|7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||
PMA Members-Only VIP Reception
|8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
|8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
||The Center for Growing Talent Young Professionals Coffee Hour
Geared towards professionals 35 and younger, this FREE coffee hour will allow you to engage in meaningful conversations with peers while expanding your network. Mix, mingle and be inspired by your colleagues from around the globe. Click here to RSVP.
*This event is open to all Young Professionals in the Produce Industry. Registration to Fresh Connections: Mexico is not required.
|9:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.
|09:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The New Retail World is Here
The secret to any successful business is understanding consumers’ needs, delivering a desired product or service, and collaboration across the supply chain that meets these needs. Come learn about the latest global/domestic trends and then hear from retailers that have been successful in these key areas. You’ll walk away with key ideas to implement to increase your bottom line.
|11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
|11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
The Star Harvester
From his beginnings working in sugar beet fields in California with his family, to his acceptance in 2004 in the astronaut candidate class, José Hernández has reached for the stars. He wanted to fly in space since high school when he heard that a Hispanic-American had been selected for the space program. Come hear how Hernández was selected by NASA and reached the stars on mission STS-128 aboard the space shuttle Discovery, and how his experiences have led him to his current position as an advisor to the Méxican Space Agency and as the founder of the José M. Hernández Foundation: Reaching for the Stars.
|1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
||Ribbon Cutting and Expo Opening|
|1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
|1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Networking Lunch in Expo|
|5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Opening Reception|
|9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
New Leadership and the Impact on Mexico’s Fresh Produce Industry
|10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.||