2018 SQF International Conference


The Premier Education and Networking Event for SQF Stakeholders and Food Safety Professionals

Check out the photos from the 2018 conference here!

The SQF International Conference is a unique education and networking event providing SQF stakeholders and food safety professionals with practical knowledge and skills to improve the efficacy of their food safety and quality assurance programs and ensure compliance with government food safety regulations, corporate policies, and the SQF Code. 

Advance Your Food Safety Career

This entire event is designed with the professional development needs of SQF Stakeholders in mind. The program is developed by industry professionals - your peers - and takes an applied not academic approach to food safety education.

   Get Smart

  • Enjoy a balanced program offering both technical and personal development content
  • Advance your career with continuing education credits
  • Get practical advice on application of the SQF Code & important program updates
  • Choose from 25+ education sessions on food safety topics

   Get Connected

  • Share ideas and problem solve with SQF Stakeholders at all levels of the supply chain
  • Develop and foster valuable business relationships and make new friends
  • Explore new food safety services and products in the Exhibit Hall
  • Participate in discussion groups focused on specific food sector categories

   Get Social

  • Join the Ambassador Program to meet other newbies
  • Dance, meet new friends and show off your karaoke skills at the SQF Party!
  • Take a break from learning as you mix and mingle during the many networking breaks
  • Enjoy everything that Atlanta has to offer in an accessible downtown location

Who Will Be There?

Food safety and quality professionals at all levels of the supply chain:

  • QA & QC Professionals
  • SQF Practitioners & Consultants
  • Retail Food Safety Personnel
  • Compliance and Training Staff
  • Regulatory Advisors
  • Internal and 3rd Party Auditors
  • Product & Solution Providers

See who attends!


Contact Us

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 & Education Program
Amanda Bond-Thorley, CMP
Housing and Logistics
Marc Thomas
Marketing & Sponsorships
Sarah Malenich

Leslie Jones

Registration (Conference and Training)
Debbie Stewart

Training (SQF Curriculum only- No Registration Questions)
Kristie Grzywinski

SQF Awards and Ambassador Program
Jeanette Litschewski

Conference Planning Committee

Michelle Anselment
COO, Night Hawk Frozen Foods

Nancy Berger
Business Development Manager, EAGLE Certification Group

Lynn M. Buck
SQF Practitioner , Mother Murphys Laboratories, Inc.

LeAnn Chuboff
Vice President, Technical Affairs, SQF Institute

Cathy M. Crawford
President-HACCP Consulting Group, HACCP Consulting Group, LLC

Dr. Darin Detwiler
Assistant Dean and Professor, Northeastern University - College of Professional Studies

Ashley Eisenbeiser
Director, Food and Product Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Adam Friedlander
Specialist, Food Safety and Technical Services, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Robert Garfield
Senior Vice President, SQF Institute

Melody Ge
Senior Consultant, Kestrel Management Services, LLC

Kristie Grzywinski
Sr. Technical Manager, SQF Institute

Leslie Jones
Marketing Specialist, SQF Institute

Kim Knoll
Business Development Manager, Eurofins Certification

Gwen Lee
Senior Manager, Food Safety Programs

Robert Maldonado Jr
Director of QA & Food Safety, Northgate/ CNG Markets

Sarah A. Malenich
Director, Sales and Marketing, SQF Institute

Joseph Martin
Manager QRC Audit Services, The Hershey Company

Jennifer L. McCreary
Technical Manager, Training Services, NSF International

David Melton
Corporate Quality Assurance Manager, Daisy Brand

Dr. Hilary Thesmar
Vice President, Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Shalonda Swearengen
Quality Specialist , ConAgra Foods

Melissa Trezza
Sr. Certification and Compliance Manager, Mérieux NutriSciences Certification

Christian Wonders
Food Safety / Quality Manager, The F.L. Emmert Company

Amanda Bond-Thorley (Staff Coordinator)
Director, Education, Food Marketing Institute (FMI

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