2021 Speakers

Our 2020 Speaker list is being finalized, please check back for updates.

Convention Speakers

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts, providing strategic guidance and insight to some of most prestigious organizations in the world for over twenty years. He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty and the necessity for fast paced innovation.  Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity.

Friday Morning | General Session | Pacific Promenade 2-3

Gregg Doud

Gregg Doud serves as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the Rank of Ambassador, in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  He was confirmed by the US Senate on March 1, 2018.  Prior to Ambassador Doud’s nomination, he was the President of the Commodity Markets Council, where he had served since 2013.  Previously, Ambassador Doud was a Senior Professional Staff member of the Senate Agricultural Committee for Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Thad Cochran.  He was part of the team that crafted the 2012 Senate Farm Bill, and his portfolio of issues included international trade, food aid, livestock and oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Friday Morning | General Session | Pacific Promenade 2-3

Rebecca Dye

Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, of North Carolina, was first nominated 2002 has been reconfirmed to the position until 2020.  Prior to her appointment to the FMC, Commissioner Dye was Counsel to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. She held that position from 1995 until 2002. As Counsel, she provided advice to Members of Congress on issues pertaining to commercial shipping, international maritime agreements, oil pollution, maritime safety and law enforcement, the Federal budget process and Federal financing.  Commissioner Dye comes to the Commission with an extensive background in maritime matters. She began her Federal career as a commissioned officer and attorney in the Coast Guard’s Office of the Chief Counsel, then served as a law instructor at the Coast Guard Academy. After two years as an attorney at the U.S. Maritime Administration, she joined the staff of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, and served there as Minority Counsel from 1987 to 1995

Friday Morning | General Session | Pacific Promenade 2-3

James E. Newsome

Dr. Newsome is a Founding Partner of Delta Strategy Group.  While serving as executive of a Mississippi-based trade group, Dr. Newsome was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to be a Commissioner of the CFTC in 1998.  When President Bush was elected in 2000, Newsome was nominated and confirmed as Chairman of the CFTC.  As Chairman of the CFTC, Newsome guided the regulation of the nation’s futures markets.  Additionally, Newsome led the CFTC’s regulatory implementation of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (CFMA).  In early 2010 Newsome along with Scott Parsons partnered to form Delta Strategy Group, which provides a variety of services for clients including strategic consulting, political analysis, lobbying and business development.

Gary Adams

Gary joined the National Cotton Council in 2002 as the Vice President of Economic and Policy Analysis. His responsibilities include economic outlook for global cotton markets, as well as analyzing the impacts of farm and trade policies as they relate to the U.S. cotton industry.

Gary represented the cotton industry on USDA’s Advisory Committee on Trade from 2005 through 2011 and the NASS Advisory Committee on Agricultural Statistics from 2003 through 2009.

Thursday Morning | Industry Update Breakfast | Pacific Promenade 2-3

Bruce Atherley

Bruce Atherley is the Executive Director of Cotton Council International (CCI). CCI is the export promotions arm of the Memphis-based National Cotton Council of America (NCC). Headquartered in Washington, DC, and with a reach extending to more than 50 countries through 17 offices worldwide, CCI uses trade services and consumer promotion activities to increase exports of U.S. cotton fiber, manufactured cotton goods, cottonseed and their products in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America.

Thursday Morning | Industry Update Breakfast | Pacific Promenade 2-3

Marc Lewkowitz

Marc Lewkowitz was named President and CEO of Supima in January 2016, after serving as Executive Vice President of Supima since 2003.  Marc has worked in all areas of Supima including working with growers, gins, first handlers, allied organizations and with Supima’s worldwide textile manufacturers, brand and retailer customers.

Marc is a native of Toronto, Canada and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the Memphis Cotton Exchange International Cotton School. He began his career with a family-owned cotton gin in Paraquay and later worked as a trader for ContiCotton, Merrill Lynch, Itochu Cotton and Anderson Clayton/Queensland.

Thursday Morning | Industry Update Breakfast | Pacific Promenade 2-3

J. Berrye Worsham

Berrye Worsham is president and chief executive officer of Cotton Incorporated, the research and marketing company representing U.S. upland cotton. In his post, Mr. Worsham oversees the company’s global research and marketing programs.

Research programs are managed primarily from the company’s world headquarters in Cary, N.C., while marketing programs are centralized in the New York office. The company also has offices in Mexico City, Osaka, Hong Kong and Shanghai to provide expertise and services to the textile industries of these regions.

Mr. Worsham joined Cotton Incorporated in 1983 as manager, cotton analysis. He also served as director, fiber & economic analysis; director, market research; vice president, corporate planning and program development, and most recently, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Thursday Morning | Industry Update Breakfast |Pacific Promenade 2-3

Yuan Haiying

Mr. Yuan founded Yuan Associates in February 2004, and since then he and the firm have become major players in China’s growing government affairs industry. Mr. Yuan has thirty years of experience in the Chinese Government, including senior diplomatic postings in Washington D.C.

Thursday | Foreign Affairs Committee | Pacific Promenade 1