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Ag Club Panelists Talk Challenges and Opportunities in Ag Supply Chain

By Michelle Pelletier Marshall, Women in Agribusiness Media (November 29, 2022)

You may not know it, but HighQuest Partners, host of all things Women in Agribusiness, also hosts regular Ag Club luncheon meetings throughout the year and throughout the country. The pandemic put an end to in-person meetings, but virtual sessions kept going, and now, we have announced our return to in-person Ag Club meetings.

HighQuest Partners' hosts Ag Club luncheons, like this one in NYC.

The next in-person Ag Club luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 7 in Loveland, Colorado, and feature an esteemed group of panelists from the Colorado area who will discuss approaches for addressing top ag-industry concerns for 2023. With conversation led by moderator Rebekah Schaapveld, associate producer at Denver-based Lockton Companies, the Ag Club promises lively Q&A and the presentation of innovative solutions. The luncheon, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. MT and costs $85, includes ample opportunity for networking as well. The event will be held at Biaggi’s Ristorante at 5929 Sky Pond Drive in Loveland. See a detailed agenda and register here.

Panelists include:

Kirsten Anderberg, CFO, Fresca Foods. Anderberg has worked in the natural and organic food industry for the majority of her career, with the last 10 years in food manufacturing. Her passion and expertise are working in entrepreneurial companies to ensure that the company meets all accounting, finance, and regulatory requirements.

Cammie (Muller) Garopolo, CFO, Aurora Organic Dairy. Garopolo joined Aurora Organic Dairy in 2006 and became CFO in 2008. Before this, she worked at Wild Oats Markets where she held a variety of leadership roles, including director of finance, and treasurer.

Ryan Irving, Director of Strategic Inclusion, Nutrien. Irving is responsible for the launch of a Global Inclusion Strategy for Nutrien, the world’s leading producer of potash and agricultural crop protection and inputs. He was previously with FedEx where he served as the managing director of HR Service Delivery, leading an organization of over 100 HR professionals.

Kelsey Kubiak, Associate Corporate Counsel, JBS Food Company. Kubiak advises not only JBS USA, but its many subsidiaries, including the Swift companies and Pilgrim's Pride. As a corporate attorney, Kubiak handles matters that range from agriculture regulatory issues, employment, commercial transactions, marketing and sales, and government investigations. Being born and raised in Texas, the world of agriculture is—and always has been—close to her heart.

Manda Patrick, Commercial Director, Trimble Agriculture

Patrick is responsible for overseeing the aftermarket commercial business and strategy. She is experienced in redefining sales culture, strategy, and development to drive high-performing teams and company performance.

Learn more here about this Ag Club luncheon and the upcoming schedule of events.


HighQuest Partners LLC, headquartered north of Boston, offers strategic advisory, conference, and media services and products. HighQuest Partners serves corporations, financial investors, and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. Founded in 2000, HighQuest provides advisory services and hosts preeminent industry events including the Global AgInvesting series, Unconventional Ag, and the Women in Agribusiness Summit series.


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