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Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit welcomes Ann Parker as new director (1.13.2015)

BOSTON (1/13/15) – HighQuest Group today announced the promotion of Ann Parker to event director for the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit (“Summit”) to enhance the company’s abilities to provide a full spectrum of event and media services across the agriculture, food and commodities industries. The Summit, now celebrating its 10th year, convenes a wide range of players in the global oilseed, grain, protein meal, vegetable oil, and animal protein value chain.

As event director, Parker is responsible for the development, production and execution of the Summit.

“Since joining HighQuest in 2008, Ann has shown great passion and capability in representing the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit and our related events and products,” said Greg Mellinger, CEO of HighQuest Group. “It is with much confidence and delight that we elevate her to event director knowing that she will provide steadfast leadership to increase the value of the conference to the delegates, sponsors and exhibitors from across the global oilseed and feed grain value chain that we aim to support each year.”

Parker had been director of sales at HighQuest Group, for five years from 2008 to 2012 and since her return to the company in early 2014.

Prior to working at HighQuest Group, Parker was a congressional aide in the office of Congressman Bob Traxler (D-Michigan). Among other duties, she worked directly with federal agencies, on behalf of constituents, to guarantee due process of the law and also was the representative for the public across five counties. Her previous experience includes political campaign management, political fundraising, and sales.

Parker also served five years as development director for the American Cancer Society and prior to that managed the fundraising activities for another non-profit organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.
HighQuest Group, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., is a globally recognized strategic consulting and conference company that serves the agriculture, agribusiness, grains/oilseed, food, and biofuels markets. The company, founded in 2000, hosts world-renowned conferences that include the Global AgInvesting series and GAI AgTech Week, the Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit and the Women in Agribusiness Summit series. It also publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the leading industry oilseed and agribusiness directory. www.highquestgroup.com

The Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit attracts hundreds of attendees from all over the world and discussions include strategies for sustainable growth in agricultural production, the latest outlook and trends in the sectors, new processing technologies, transportation challenges, and new in 2014, a full-day Animal Protein Seminar. The 2015 Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 29 through October 1.


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