Agenda

Sourcing USA Summit IX will allow participants to hear expert speakers and learn information that could significantly impact your business.

The quality of speakers and information provided at the Summit is unparalleled and will give you the opportunity to participate in discussions that could significantly impact your business. As a part of the audience, you will be able to give immediate feedback on the current topic of discussion via an electronic voting system.

Please plan to arrive on Saturday, November 5, and depart on Tuesday, November 8, so you can take advantage of all Summit events.

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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration & Information Center Palos Verdes Ballroom 6, Level 4
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Welcome Reception & Dinner Catalina Lawn, Level 2
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM The Cotton Club - Networking Room
(NOTE: U.S. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM -- turn clocks back one hour.)
Lobby Bar & Terrace, Level 4
6:15 AM - 7:00 AM Optional, Complimentary Sunrise Hike Meet at Palos Verdes Terrace
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration & Information Center Palos Verdes Ballroom 6, Level 4
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast Palos Verdes Foyer & Terrace, Level 4
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM General Session

OPENING REMARKS
Mr. Shane Stephens
Chairman, National Cotton Council

Summit Moderator
Dr. Michael T. "Mike" Fralix
President and CEO, [TC]²

KEYNOTE:
HARNESSING INNOVATION: TURNING IDEAS INTO POWERFUL RESULTS
Mr. Josh Linkner
Tech Entrepreneur, Hyper-Growth Leader and Best-Selling Author
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM BUSINESS FORUM I: COTTON PRODUCTION & PROCESSING

U.S. COTTON UPDATE - ASK THE EXPERTS

Mr. Dahlen Hancock
Chairman, Cotton Council International
Owner, DK & J Farms

Mr. Kent D. Fountain
Southeastern Gin, Inc.
Chairman, National Cotton Council Quality Task Force

Mr. Darryl W. Earnest
Deputy Administrator, USDA, AMS, Cotton & Tobacco Programs

Mr. Shane Stephens
Chairman, National Cotton Council
Vice President, Cotton Servicing & Warehousing, Staplcotn

Mr. Kevin Brinkley
President & CEO, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association

Mr. Jordan Lea
Chairman, Eastern Trading Company, Inc.

COTTON INNOVATIONS FOR THE FUTURE -- WHAT'S NEW IN COTTON

Dr. Kater Hake
Vice President of Agricultural and Environmental Research,
Cotton Incorporated

Dr. Peter J. Hauser
Professor and Interim Head, Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science Department,
North Carolina State University

Ms. Despina Papadopoulos
Founder, Principled Design
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Luncheon Marineland Ballroom, Level 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUSINESS FORUM II: GLOBAL COTTON CONSUMPTION

THE GLOBAL COTTON CONSUMER
Mr. J. Berrye Worsham
President & CEO, Cotton Incorporated

KEYNOTE:
INSPIRING CUSTOMER LOYALTY
Mr. Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle
Founder and CEO of Johnny Cupcakes
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS (SELECT ONE)

(A) Managing Cotton Market Risk - Futures and Options Market

Mr. Trabue Bland
President, ICE Futures U.S.

Mr. Jarral T. Neeper
President & CEO, Calcot, Ltd.

Mr. Crawford Tatum
Global Manager, COFCO Agri

(B) Textile Processing & Technology

Mr. Thomas Kuettel
President & CEO, Rieter America LLC

Mr. R. Michael Tyndall
Vice President, Product Development and Implementation,
Cotton Incorporated

Mr. Michael D. Watson
Vice President, Fiber Competition, Cotton Incorporated
White's Point, Level 2 (A) & Rocky Point, Level 2 (B)
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM California Farm-to-Table BBQ Reception & Dinner Palos Verdes Terrace North, Level 4
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM The Cotton Club - Networking Room Lobby Bar & Terrace, Level 4
6:15 AM - 7:00 AM Optional, Complimentary Sunrise Hike Meet at Palos Verdes Terrace
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Palos Verdes Foyer & Terrace, Level 4
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Registration & Information Center Palos Verdes Ballroom 6, Level 4
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM General Session
OPENING REMARKS
Mr. Keith T. Lucas
President, Cotton Council International

Summit Moderator
Dr. Michael T. "Mike" Fralix
President and CEO, [TC]²

KEYNOTE:
THE LEADING INDICATORS - GLOBAL ECONOMIC REVIEW
Mr. Zachary Karabell
Authority on the Global Economy and Politics and Author of The Leading Indicators
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM BUSINESS FORUM III: ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR THE COTTON MARKET
IMPACT OF U.S. ELECTION ON TEXTILE TRADE POLICY
Mr. Jonathan Fee
Partner, Alston & Bird

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR THE COTTON MARKET
Dr. Jody Campiche
Vice President, Economics & Policy Analysis,
National Cotton Council

BULL & BEAR PANEL
Moderator:
Mr. Ron Lawson
President & CEO, SF&O Commodities/LOGIC Advisors

Panel:
Mr. E. Hope “Hopie” Brooks
Senior Cash Merchant/Sales Team Leader, Cargill Cotton

Mr. Alex Hsu
Managing Director, Formosa Trading Co. Ltd.

Mr. Serge Lochner
Chairman, Aklo

Mr. Joe Nicosia
Executive Vice President, Louis Dreyfus Company

Mr. J. Michael “Mike” Quinn
President & CEO, Cotton Growers Cooperative

Mr. Hank Reichle
Vice President, Marketing, Staplcotn
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM SUMMARY SESSION
Mr. Bruce Atherley
Executive Director, Cotton Council International
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
12:45 PM - 12:45 PM Summit Adjourned
Afternoon free for individual activities and networking
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Farewell Reception & Dinner Marineland Ballroom, Level 4
9:30 PM - 1:00 AM The Cotton Club - Networking Room Lobby Bar & Terrace, Level 4
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM Guest Departures Main Lobby

Saturday, Nov. 5

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration & Information Center Palos Verdes Ballroom 6, Level 4
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Welcome Reception & Dinner Catalina Lawn, Level 2
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM The Cotton Club - Networking Room
(NOTE: U.S. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM -- turn clocks back one hour.)
Lobby Bar & Terrace, Level 4

Sunday, Nov. 6

6:15 AM - 7:00 AM Optional, Complimentary Sunrise Hike Meet at Palos Verdes Terrace
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration & Information Center Palos Verdes Ballroom 6, Level 4
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast Palos Verdes Foyer & Terrace, Level 4
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM General Session

OPENING REMARKS
Mr. Shane Stephens
Chairman, National Cotton Council

Summit Moderator
Dr. Michael T. "Mike" Fralix
President and CEO, [TC]²

KEYNOTE:
HARNESSING INNOVATION: TURNING IDEAS INTO POWERFUL RESULTS
Mr. Josh Linkner
Tech Entrepreneur, Hyper-Growth Leader and Best-Selling Author
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM BUSINESS FORUM I: COTTON PRODUCTION & PROCESSING

U.S. COTTON UPDATE - ASK THE EXPERTS

Mr. Dahlen Hancock
Chairman, Cotton Council International
Owner, DK & J Farms

Mr. Kent D. Fountain
Southeastern Gin, Inc.
Chairman, National Cotton Council Quality Task Force

Mr. Darryl W. Earnest
Deputy Administrator, USDA, AMS, Cotton & Tobacco Programs

Mr. Shane Stephens
Chairman, National Cotton Council
Vice President, Cotton Servicing & Warehousing, Staplcotn

Mr. Kevin Brinkley
President & CEO, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association

Mr. Jordan Lea
Chairman, Eastern Trading Company, Inc.

COTTON INNOVATIONS FOR THE FUTURE -- WHAT'S NEW IN COTTON

Dr. Kater Hake
Vice President of Agricultural and Environmental Research,
Cotton Incorporated

Dr. Peter J. Hauser
Professor and Interim Head, Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science Department,
North Carolina State University

Ms. Despina Papadopoulos
Founder, Principled Design
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Luncheon Marineland Ballroom, Level 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUSINESS FORUM II: GLOBAL COTTON CONSUMPTION

THE GLOBAL COTTON CONSUMER
Mr. J. Berrye Worsham
President & CEO, Cotton Incorporated

KEYNOTE:
INSPIRING CUSTOMER LOYALTY
Mr. Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle
Founder and CEO of Johnny Cupcakes
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS (SELECT ONE)

(A) Managing Cotton Market Risk - Futures and Options Market

Mr. Trabue Bland
President, ICE Futures U.S.

Mr. Jarral T. Neeper
President & CEO, Calcot, Ltd.

Mr. Crawford Tatum
Global Manager, COFCO Agri

(B) Textile Processing & Technology

Mr. Thomas Kuettel
President & CEO, Rieter America LLC

Mr. R. Michael Tyndall
Vice President, Product Development and Implementation,
Cotton Incorporated

Mr. Michael D. Watson
Vice President, Fiber Competition, Cotton Incorporated
White's Point, Level 2 (A) & Rocky Point, Level 2 (B)
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM California Farm-to-Table BBQ Reception & Dinner Palos Verdes Terrace North, Level 4
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM The Cotton Club - Networking Room Lobby Bar & Terrace, Level 4

Monday, Nov. 7

6:15 AM - 7:00 AM Optional, Complimentary Sunrise Hike Meet at Palos Verdes Terrace
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast Palos Verdes Foyer & Terrace, Level 4
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Registration & Information Center Palos Verdes Ballroom 6, Level 4
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM General Session
OPENING REMARKS
Mr. Keith T. Lucas
President, Cotton Council International

Summit Moderator
Dr. Michael T. "Mike" Fralix
President and CEO, [TC]²

KEYNOTE:
THE LEADING INDICATORS - GLOBAL ECONOMIC REVIEW
Mr. Zachary Karabell
Authority on the Global Economy and Politics and Author of The Leading Indicators
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM BUSINESS FORUM III: ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR THE COTTON MARKET
IMPACT OF U.S. ELECTION ON TEXTILE TRADE POLICY
Mr. Jonathan Fee
Partner, Alston & Bird

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR THE COTTON MARKET
Dr. Jody Campiche
Vice President, Economics & Policy Analysis,
National Cotton Council

BULL & BEAR PANEL
Moderator:
Mr. Ron Lawson
President & CEO, SF&O Commodities/LOGIC Advisors

Panel:
Mr. E. Hope “Hopie” Brooks
Senior Cash Merchant/Sales Team Leader, Cargill Cotton

Mr. Alex Hsu
Managing Director, Formosa Trading Co. Ltd.

Mr. Serge Lochner
Chairman, Aklo

Mr. Joe Nicosia
Executive Vice President, Louis Dreyfus Company

Mr. J. Michael “Mike” Quinn
President & CEO, Cotton Growers Cooperative

Mr. Hank Reichle
Vice President, Marketing, Staplcotn
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM SUMMARY SESSION
Mr. Bruce Atherley
Executive Director, Cotton Council International
Palos Verdes Ballroom, Level 4
12:45 PM - 12:45 PM Summit Adjourned
Afternoon free for individual activities and networking
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Farewell Reception & Dinner Marineland Ballroom, Level 4
9:30 PM - 1:00 AM The Cotton Club - Networking Room Lobby Bar & Terrace, Level 4

Tuesday, Nov. 8

5:00 AM - 1:00 PM Guest Departures Main Lobby