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April 14, 2014 | Bill Lyster

Exchange to Energize and Enlighten

GEAPS returns to Omaha with new programs and Exchange app

You won’t find more energy, education and equipment any­where than at GEAPS Exchange 2014, set for Feb. 22 to 25 in Omaha, NE. I have attended Exchange throughout my many years as a GEAPS member and I can tell you it is an extremely worthwhile event that energizes me and helps me stay on top of industry issues. It also provides a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

This year we have nearly 35 hours of educational programming, from work­shops to the “Idea Exchange” and “Expo Pods.” Attendees can learn the latest about industry hot topics, cutting-edge products, and gain hands-on experience with conveying equipment.

The opening workshop focuses on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years. Presenters will cover current mandates and those on the horizon, as well as practical implementation and operational strategies to conform to mandates and federal auditor reports. We’ve also included five workshops that address specific FSMA components and compliance strategies.

Attending the GEAPS Exchange Expo is a great way to stay informed on indus­try issues and see what suppliers and ser­vice providers can do to help. This year’s expo is our biggest ever, with more than 380 companies! You’ll be able to check out equipment, gather information and get a head start on identifying resources to provide the solutions you’re looking for in the coming year.

The Exchange app, new this year, provides an online program book with an interactive floor plan for the Expo Hall and a scheduling tool that lets you create your own personal conference schedule.

In addition to the Expo, you’ll find great networking opportunities through­out the entire event that help you connect with old friends and make new ones.

We’re proud to be hosting our annual Safety Awards at Exchange. For over 30 years, GEAPS has been honoring com­panies and facilities for their hard work in keeping employees safe on the job. Be sure to congratulate this year’s winners on their hard earned achievements.

Last time GEAPS brought Exchange to Omaha in 2008 we broke attendance records. I hope you’ll join us in Omaha for another great event and help set more new records! Registration details and event information are available on the GEAPS website, www.geaps.com.

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