91st Annual Convention

91st Annual Convention

Four Seasons – The Biltmore Santa Barbara, California

May 13-15, 2015

ACSA 2015 Program

Four Seasons Resort – The Biltmore

Santa Barbara, California

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

  • ICE Meeting
  • Futures Committee Meeting
    • Joseph T. Nicosia-Chairman
    • Guest Speaker: Ben Jackson-President, ICE Futures US
  • ACEA/WCEA Shareholders Meeting
  • Retiring Board of Directors Meeting
  • Past President’s Meeting
  • Welcome Reception & Dinner


Thursday, May 14, 2015

  • Industry Breakfast
    • Guest Speaker: Gary Adams-President, National Cotton Council
    • Guest Speaker: Kai Hughes-Managing Director, International Cotton Association
  • Transportation, Documentation, & Insurance Committee Meeting
    • Michael Symonanis-Chairman
  • Primary Buyers/Mill Service Agents Committee Meeting
    • Kenny Jabbour-Chairman
  • Quality, Quotation, & Technical Standards Committee Meeting
    • James L. Loeb, Jr.-Chairman
  • Gins, Warehouses, & Domestic Trade Committee Meeting
    • Richard L. Clarke, III-Chairman
  • Foreign Affairs Committee Meeting
    • Philip Bogel-Chairman
    • Guest Speaker: William C. Sjoberg-Attorney, Adducci, Mastriani & Schaumberg
    • Guest Speaker: Yuan Haiying, Yuan & Associates
  • National Affairs Committee Meeting
    • Jordan Lea-Chairman
  • Reception
  • Dinner at Leisure


Friday, May 15, 2015

  • Come & Go Breakfast
  • General Session
    • Anthony Tancredi-Chairman, American Cotton Shippers Association
    • William E. May-President, American Cotton Shippers Association
    • Guest Speaker: Willis Sparks-Eurasia Group
    • Guest Speaker: Fred Barnes-Political Analyst
  • Executive Luncheon
  • Executive Session
  • Farewell Reception
  • Dinner at Leisure

More Advocacy Issues

Reconciliation Package Update

September 14th, 2021

See the update below for a comprehensive review of the reconciliation process. Update Here

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On August 11th, ACSA leaders including Buddy Allen of American Cotton Shippers Association, Michael Symonanis of Allenberg Cotton Co., Donna Lemm of IMC Companies, and Neely Mallory of Mallory Alexander International Logistics participated in a Federal Maritime Commission Memphis Supply Chain Stakeholder Meeting led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye. Over 100 stakeholders participated in the meeting […]

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Yesterday, ACSA co-signed a letter to Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) endorsing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA21). The Act focuses on unreasonable detention and demurrage charges, and carrier rejection of U.S. export cargo. We believe that addressing these concerns will assist U.S. exports such as cotton to remain competitive […]

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On July 23rd, Representatives Jim Costa, Salud Carbajal, Jimmy Panetta, Tom O’Halleran, John Garamendi, and Ann Kirkpatrick wrote a letter to Secretary Vilsack asking him to assistant cotton merchandisers who have experienced significant losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter states that not only did cotton experience a huge downturn in consumption during the […]

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Yesterday, Representative David Scott (D-GA), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), the sole cotton state Democrat on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry wrote a letter to Secretary […]

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Yesterday, the House Transportation Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled “Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages, Delays, and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain.”  The hearing featured two panels: the first panel included Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) Chairman Daniel Maffei and Commissioner Rebecca Dye, and the second […]

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