10/28

Sunday

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Check in with Western Growers staff to collect your badge and Annual Meeting materials, purchase raffle tickets, tickets to the PAC Lunch and Golf Tournament. Lost and found located at Registration Desk.

Please wear your badge to all events.

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Golf

The Western Growers’ Golf Tournament includes unlimited range balls, bottled waters on the cart, scorecards, bag handling, dedicated PGA Tournament Coordinator, and professional post-round scoring. Winners for the longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt contests will also be announced at the Party with the Partners on Monday night.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Welcome to the Western Growers Annual Meeting! This is the first of many opportunities to make those meaningful connections, mix and mingle with friends and network towards those new collaborations.

What to wear; Business casual 

10/29

Monday

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Check in with Western Growers staff to collect your badge and Annual Meeting materials, purchase raffle tickets, tickets to the PAC Lunch and Golf Tournament. Lost and found located at Registration Desk.

Please wear your badge to all events.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

The Western Growers Board of Directors Meeting is open to all members. Meeting agenda will be available on site.

What to wear; Business Casual

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Workshop - Top Chef

Are you interested in learning how to make sushi? Do you want to have a fun experience learning from the resorts friendly and talented sushi chefs? Our Top Chef Sushi Rolling Workshop will be taught by the hotel’s staff of professional sushi chefs, who know how to keep you entertained while you are learning.

This sushi rolling workshop will cover everything you need to know to master the art of sushi! In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of rice preparation, sushi rolling techniques, knife artistry, and how to select the perfect seafood for your meal.

 

What to wear; Business Casual

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

PAC Lunch

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Napolitano

Western Growers Political Action Committee (WGPAC) provides critical campaign support to elected officials and candidates who support our industry. Proceeds from this event help amplify our members’ voices in political contests across California, Arizona and elsewhere.

The year’s featured speaker, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano will share his insights on the current political environment. Judge Napolitano tenaciously defends the natural law freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Famous for his candid remarks, signature wit, and personal anecdotes, Judge Napolitano is the American media’s most outspoken analyst of the legal system, most fervent critic of government intervention into personal lives and commercial transactions, and most passionate defender of the Constitution.

Lunch served

Tickets: $195, available at Registration and Guest Services

Additional ticket purchase*

*Contributions to WGPAC-California, WGPAC-Arizona and WGPAC-Arizona (Corporate account) are not tax deductible. Contributions to WGPAC-California are permitted from individuals, businesses, corporations and partnerships. California law limits the amount an individual, business, corporation or partnership can contribute to WGPAC-California to $6,800 per calendar year. Contributions to WGPAC-Arizona (Corporate account) are permitted from individuals, businesses, corporations or partnerships. Contributions to WGPAC-Arizona can only be personal, partnership, or sole proprietor checks. State law allows individuals (or partnerships and sole proprietors) to contribute no more than $6,390 total in a calendar year directly to legislative and statewide candidates and to PACs that contribute to legislative and statewide candidates.

What to wear; Business Casual

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Workshop - Genomics

Speaker: Juan Enriquez

Advances in genomics could transform agriculture and significantly affect how we live, work, and do business. But how are newer gene-editing technologies different from traditional GMOs, what does that difference mean for growers and the families we serve, and how can we help consumers make informed buying decisions based on facts, not fear? Juan Enriquez heads this workshop on Genomics and is a leading authority on the uses and benefits of genomic research, an active investor in early-stage life sciences companies, and the co-founder of Synthetic Genomics.

What to wear; Business Casual

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Party with the Partners Reception

Entertainment: The Mighty Untouchables

This year’s Party with the Partners (formerly known as the Supplier’s Party) will be a music festival themed celebration. The ‘Grow ‘n Glow Fest’ will include a sensational band, games, great food, and festive cocktails as we honor Western Growers’ loyal members and partners during this unforgettable event. Step into your music festival attire, buy your raffle tickets, and groove to the tunes of our featured band, The Mighty Untouchables

What to wear; Resort Casual (outdoors) 

10/30

Tuesday

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Check in with Western Growers staff to collect your badge and Annual Meeting materials, and purchase raffle tickets. Lost and found located at Registration Desk.

Please wear your badge to all events.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

WGIS Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast burritos to start your day. Courtesy of Western Growers Insurance Services.

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Workshop - AgSharks™

Western Growers present year two of AgSharks™— our groundbreaking collaborative forum to advance agricultural technologies for the fresh produce industry. Watch as venture capital fund veterans compete for investment opportunities, and Western Growers members vie for the chance to test the new tech in their fields. You can expect another exciting year, with new surprises as our AgSharks evaluate startups and technology for real time investments opportunities.

What to wear; Business Casual

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Chairman's Lunch and Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Robert O'Neill

Chairman of the Board, Craig Reade, will present the Chairman’s Address as he reflects back on his time leading the Board.

This year’s Chairman’s Lunch keynote speaker Robert O’Neill brings his unique experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments, translating his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and becoming the best of the best.

What to wear; Business Casual

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop - Changing Mindsets to Influence Results with Arbinger

In this workshop “Changing Mindsets to Influence Results”, Western Growers Senior VP of Human Resources Karen Timmins and Arbinger Institute’s Senior Consultant and Master Facilitator Mike Merchant will lead participants on a journey of understanding the impact that Arbinger can have on a business. Four Western Growers members will join a panel discussion and share their stories about how Arbinger shaped their leadership influence and helped deliver better results in their businesses.

What to wear; Business Casual

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Chairman's Reception

Join Chairman Craig Reade, his wife Christine, and all the stars of the ag industry to celebrate another successful year, in anticipation of the Western Growers Award of Honor Dinner and Gala.

Refreshments served

What to wear; Business, Semi-Formal

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Award of Honor Dinner and Gala

Entertainment: Jon Dorenbos

The stars of the ag industry come out to raise a toast, celebrate, and honor Stephen Patricio, Western Growers 2018 Award of Honor recipient. After the award ceremony, Western Growers welcomes entertainer Jon Dorenbos, who shares his skills as a magician, incredible life story, great sense of humor, and positive outlook to help inspire others to overcome their own obstacles and embrace change.

What to wear; Business, Semi-Formal

10/31

Wednesday

11:00 a.m.

Guests depart for home

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