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Speakers Bureau Biographies

Thomas P. Scott,, Chief Executive Officer

Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Client Advisory and Development, and Energy and Transportation

David E. Williams, Vice President

Roger D. Bernard, Analyst, Policy


Thomas P. Scott, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Scott has been with Informa Economics IEG since 1989. Mr. Scott's specialized work has included business strategy, agribusiness economic development, feasibility and site selection work, as well as various market analyses. In addition to his work in North America, Mr. Scott has extensive experience in the agribusiness sectors of Central Europe, Southeast Asia and South America. He has been involved in many training programs developed and delivered by IEG. Prior to joining the company, he had various assignments in management, trading, logistics and merchandising with Continental Grain Company. He received his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and business from Cornell University and a master's degree in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College where he was an Amos Tuck Scholar.
Contact Information:  tom.scott@informaecon.com; Telephone 901.766.4586


Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Client Advisory and Development, and Energy and Transportation

Mr. Eriksen is the head of the Informa Economics IEG Client Advisory and Development group, and Energy and Transportation Services. In this capacity, he directs the group's efforts in client advisory and development, risk management, consulting and events. Since joining Informa Economics IEG in 2001, Mr. Eriksen led the Informa Economics IEG Transportation, Industrials and Energy Services team and co-led the Informa Economics IEG project consulting practice. Mr. Eriksen regularly speaks on commodity, transportation and infrastructure issues and developments and is an expert witness in the area of transportation, logistics and supply-chain matters. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Eriksen worked for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service as an agricultural statistician. In that capacity, he conducted national surveys and set national estimates in agriculture. Also while at USDA, he worked for the Agricultural Marketing Service on its transportation and marketing program, conducting research and analysis on domestic and international transportation issues. He also worked as an international longshoreman for the Pacific Maritime Association in Tacoma, Washington. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Washington State University. While working on his master's degree there, Mr. Eriksen was a transportation economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics, performing economic transportation data analysis and modeling.
Contact Information:  ken.eriksen@informaecon.com; Telephone 901.766.4463


David E. Williams, Vice President

A David Williams is a vice president in the Informa Economics IEG Client, Advisory and Development group based out of Austin, Texas. His primary responsibilities include working with IEG customers on understanding the global meat supply, meat-based project consulting as well as client services. He also works with customers on livestock hedging and trading models. Mr. Williams came to IEG from Cargill, where he worked in many different roles over 16 years, including leader of export sales for meat business unit, leader of futures trading for the meat business unit, and general manager of the Cargill grain export business in Texas and Oklahoma. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas Tech University and his master's degree in business administration from Friends University.
Contact Information:  david.williams@informaecon.com; Telephone 901.766.4668


Roger D. Bernard, Analyst, Policy

Based in rural Iowa, Mr. Bernard is a policy analyst for Informa Economics IEG with more than 30 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. He focuses his efforts on the Informa Economics Issue Monitor and other Informa Economics IEG products that cover various aspects of agriculture, trade and government policy. He also contributes to other products and publications such as the company's Morning Comments. Prior to joining Informa Economics IEG, Mr. Bernard spent over 24 years with Pro Farmer Newsletter, including 11 years in Washington, DC, in the company's Washington Bureau. Mr. Bernard is familiar with Washington agriculture, trade and government policy. His roles included providing news and information for several Farm Journal Media properties, including as Washington and Policy Editor for Farm Journal magazine, a role he served in for four years. Mr. Bernard began his career in broadcast journalism after attending the University of Minnesota and receiving a certificate in broadcasting from Brown Institute in Minneapolis.
Contact Information:  roger.bernard@informaecon.com; Telephone 319.230.0021


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