2016 SQF International Conference

Overview | SQF Awards | Ambassador Program | Committee | Contact Us  | Justification Letter | Attendee Information

Click here to see a recap of the event and download answers to some of the questions asked during the sessions. Thanks for attending and we'll see you again in Dallas, Texas, November 7-9, 2017!


Designed and developed by your peers in the food safety industry, the annual SQF International Conference provides a unique and valuable opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to strengthen your food safety and food quality assurance programs, collaborate and connect with people who speak your language and enhance your professional career.

The conference will increase your ability to protect your consumers, branding and bottom line and ensure that you and your company are fully prepared to implement SQF code changes and program improvements coming in 2016.

More than 750 of your peers are expected to attend the conference (another record attendance!). Can you afford to miss it? See who's already registered and download the information brochure.

  • You Can Expect To:

    • Get the latest updates on FSMA
    • Build enduring and valuable business relationships
    • Receive critical updates on food safety certification issues
    • Gain a clear understanding of 2016 SQF code and program changes
    • Debate and share ideas and best practices in peer-driven discussions
    • Converse openly with vocational peers who understand your vocabulary
  • We Promise You:

    • A food safety-focused learning opportunity that offers unrivaled value
    • An education program rich in substantive and industry-relevant content
    • A collaborative environment among some of the top minds in food safety
    • Valuable networking and idea-sharing opportunities in a casual atmosphere
    • Answers to your toughest food safety and certification challenges
  • Conference Features:

    • Industry-specific breakouts
    • Fun, interactive networking activities
    • Retail food safety track NEW
    • Social event at Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville® at Universal CityWalk™
    • Food sector-specific roundtables lead by experts
    • Optional pre-conference training classes and workshops
    • Conference Ambassador Program for first-time attendees
    • Access to innovative new ideas at the Customer Connection Center
    • Pre-Conference networking breakfast NEW
    • Keynote presentations focusing on soft skills and real life issues
  • Who Should Attend:

    • Food safety and quality professionals at all levels of the supply chain
    • Food producers, manufacturers, retailers wholesalers and distributors
    • Consultants, trainers, auditors and service providers
    • Retail food safety professionals



The SQF Quality Achievement Awards Program recognizes the outstanding commitment, support and performance of individuals who contribute to endorsing and improving the SQFI program and mission around the globe.  Finalists will be announced in September and winners  will be honored during the conference. The nomination period is now closed. 



We  know it can be intimidating to attend a large event where you don’t know a soul. The SQF Conference Ambassador Program, supported by Food Safety Net Services (FSNS), aims to ensure that first-time attendees feel welcome and gain the most out of their conference experience. To learn more please click here.  The registration deadline is September 19th



Thank you to the 2016 Committee for their insight and hard work in developing this conference. Together, this team of highly respected food safety professionals has put together a robust education and networking program that meets your professional and educational needs.

  • 2016 Committee Members:

    • Tom Benthien, Corporate Quality Assurance and Capital Projects, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
    • Danielle Bailey, Certification Manager, Eagle Certification Group
    • Amanda Bond-Thorley, Director, Education, Food Marketing Institute
    • LeAnn Chuboff, Senior Technical Director, SQFI
    • Wrayanne Cruz, Quality Manager, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
    • Rich Gibson, Director of Food Safety and QA, Comprehensive Food Safety, LLC.
    • Kristie Grzywinski, Senior Technical Manager, SQFI
    • Laura Dunn Nelson, VP Business Development, Alchemy Systems
    • Robert Garfield, Senior Vice President, SQFI
    • Melody Ge, Senior Quality Assurance Manager, Lidl US, LLC
    • Cherie Hacker, Corporate Manager, Manufacturing QA and Food Safety, Meijer, Inc.
    • Corey Hedman, Vice President, Corporate Safety, Meijer, Inc.
    • Daniel Hobbs, Quality Manager/SQF Practitioner, Crown Beverage Packaging
    • Pam Hutton, Director of Quality, Faribault Foods, Inc.
    • Margaret Kolk, Director of Training, SCS Global Services
    • Eva Lauve, Scheduling and Food Safety Manager, Stemilt Growers, LLC
    • Sarah Malenich, Senior Manager, SQF Communications and Marketing, SQFI
    • Jennifer McCreary, Technical Manager, Training & Education Services, NSF
    • David Melton, Manager, Food Safety and Quality, ConAgra Foods
    • Mark Park, Corporate Compliance, United States Bakery
    • Michael Roberson, Director, Corporate Quality Assurance, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
    • John Schulz, Senior Director Business Operations, SQFI
    • Tedd Wittenbrink, Technical Director, Mérieux NutriSciences


Need help convincing your boss to let you attend? Download a justification letter template that you can modify to present to your supervisor to persuade them to allow you to participate.


PLEASE NOTE: The following contact information is for the SQF International Conference only. For general questions about the SQF program, please call the main number 202 220 0635 or email info@sqfi.com

General Conference Questions/Program/Sponsorships (Existing Clients)
Amanda Bond-Thorley, CMP

Sponsorships (New Sales)
Sarah Malenich

Registration (Conference and Training)
Valencia Covington

Housing and Logistics
Marc Thomas

Kristie Grzywinski (Curriculum ONLY - NO REGISTRATION QUESTIONS)

Attendee Information

Special Theme Park Tickets for Conference Attendees

At Universal Orlando® Resort you’ll find two spectacular theme parks, non-stop nightlife, and more, all in one convenient location. Universal Orlando is proud to offer tickets to both Universal Orlando theme parks for conference attendees, their guests and family members.

1-Day Base Ticket Plus CityWalk® Party Pass (Valid only after 2PM)*
- This ½ day ticket is perfect after a morning of meetings and seminars! This pass entitles the guest admission to Universal Studios® OR Universal's Islands of Adventure® after 2:00PM for 1 calendar day, plus admission to select live entertainment venues* at Universal’s CityWalk® entertainment complex.*Block out dates apply. Must show conference badge and ID.

Click here to purchase tickets and find out about other ticket options.


  • Not valid for the Hogwarts Express
  • Ticket expires December 16, 2016
  • Limit ten (10) total admission tickets per transaction.
  • This is an exclusive online offer and is not available at the front gate.
  • Pick up your tickets at any ticket window at Universal Studios Florida® or Universal's Islands of Adventure® theme parks.
  • Present your order confirmation with your convention/conference badge or credential for your tickets.
  • Valid Photo ID required.


Program and General Information


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