This year’s Southeast Produce Council fall conference has added an event and a reconfigured educational session.
Scheduled for Sept. 22-24 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., the 12th yearly fall conference includes a new Friday luncheon, and event organizers have changed the Friday afternoon session.
The East Ellijay, Ga.-based organization is also reporting record registration.
In early September, Terry Vorhees, executive director, said 260 people had registered, higher than the record 200 who attended last year.
The council is adding a Sept. 23 keynote luncheon featuring Harold Lloyd, who is scheduled to host an afternoon educational program called “Help Wanted: Building the Team of your Dreams.” Lloyd’s presentation will attempt to show produce leaders how they can retain effective employees.
Previously, the council’s session featured speakers discussing various produce industry-related topics.
“We thought it was a good idea, particularly in today’s world, to present a program about keeping good employees, a crucial thing,” Vorhees said. “We’re hoping our members can walk away with some good ideas and tips that give them a better overview of the culture of the employees they have.”
The event also includes a Sept. 22 opening reception, a Sept. 23 “Jack Daniels” country music opening party featuring Confederate Railroad, and a Sept. 24 president’s reception and dinner dance where new officers are scheduled to be installed and council president John Shuman, president of Shuman Produce Inc., Reidsville, Ga., is set to give his state of the council address.
Sept. 24 recreational activities include a sporting clays tournament and the yearly Ken Lanhardt Memorial Golf Tournament.