53rd MSC Annual Meeting
Hilton Palacio Del Rio
San Antonio, TX
October 8 - 10, 2024

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An In-Person Event With the Opportunity to Get Away
and Touch Base with Real People Who Understand your business!

Sharing experiences and learning from others who have gone through the same trials is one of the major reasons for industry meetings. There is no better proof of the value of getting together as an industry than last year's RECORD BREAKING attendance in Savannah. Building on that experience, we plan to set another record in San Antonio for 2024.

Everyone Is Welcomed To Participate!

From owners to plant managers or marketing and sales executives to industry suppliers, the MSC invites all interested parties to the San Antonio river walk for the 53rd MSC Annual Meeting. Come in person to network with industry people and to hear what the Council is doing for your benefit.

Meeting Guidelines:

Non-Members: Participation from non-member companies is welcomed. Non-member participants may attend one association meeting as a first-time registrant and are entitled to the member registration rate. Participation at a second meeting as a non-member is permitted at non-member registration rates. Attendance at additional meetings is by special invitation only. Non-members of MSC may join the Council at any time prior to the Annual Meeting and receive an immediate discount on the registration fee. For information on becoming a member, contact the MSC office at (806) 832-1810.

Meeting Registration: Registration fees include participation at education sessions, handouts, coffee breaks, receptions and the Keynote lunch. Travel to the meeting and hotel accommodations are NOT included in the registration.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancellations must be received in writing at the MSC office by September 20, 2024, and will be subject to a cancellation fee of 25%, which will be deducted from the refund. No refund will be made for cancellations received after September 20, 2024.

Limits of Liability: The planners, sponsors and host hotel owners, management and staff of the MSC Annual Meeting and its associated events claim no liability for the acts of any supplier to this meeting, nor for the safety of any attendee while in transit to, in residence at or in transit from this event. Attendees who purchase non-refundable airline tickets do so at their own risk. In the event of meeting cancellation, the total amount of liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the registration fee. Submission of the registration form acknowledges acceptance of these provisions.

Host Hotel Reservations:
A special block of rooms has been set-aside for MSC meeting participants. The preferred guest rate for MSC members is: $249 (+tax)/night. The deadline for discounted room rates and space availability is when the block is filled or SEPTEMBER 9, 2023 - WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

53rd MSC Annual Meeting
Program Schedule

Tuesday, October 8

1:00p-2:30p* MSC Certification Committee Meeting— Members in good standing are welcomed to participate in the committee meeting as observers.
2:45p-3:45p* MSC Committee Meeting (TBA) — Members in good standing are welcomed to participate in the committee meeting as observers.
4:00p-5:00p* MSC Committee Meeting (TBA) — Members in good standing are welcomed to participate in the committee meeting as observers.
* Actual Committees and meeting times may vary on site. Unless otherwise announced, all meetings of the Mulch & Soil Council are open to any member in good standing; however, a committee may call an executive session on advice of counsel to discuss sensitive issues when necessary. Participation of observers in discussions is determined by the committee chair.
5:00p-6:30p MEET THE MSC BOARD of DIRECTORS — Join the MSC Board of Directors for informal talks over cocktails as they share information on the programs and activities of the Council and the industry.
Sponsored By Premier Tech
6:30p Dinner On Your Own

Wednesday, October 9

8:00a-12:30p* MSC Board of Directors Meeting— Members in good standing are welcomed to participate in the meeting as observers.
12:30p-1:00p BREAK — Sponsored by SPR Packaging
1:00p-1:30p Official Opening and Welcome — Hear from MSC President Jim Weber, Program Chair Jessica Bain, Legal Counsel John Hazard and Executive Director Robert LaGasse as we invite you to join us for the start of the 53rd MSC Annual Meeting.
1:30p-2:30p Crow Political Report — Join us as MSC Legislative Representative DAVID CROW presents our annual update on the state of U.S. politics in this presidential election year. Speaker: David Crow, D.C. Legislative & Regulatory Services
2:30p-3:00p BREAK – Sponsored By Reliance Packaging
3:00p-4:30p 53rd MSC Annual Membership Meeting — Hear reports from MSC leadership and committees, elect Council directors and discuss MSC programs and activities as they may impact your business and the industry. Moderator: Robert LaGasse, MSC Executive Director.
4:30p-7:00p Opening Reception & Affiliate Member Displays — Join us to meet with old friends and new members over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while visiting with the industry's leading suppliers and vendors.
Sponsored By Vermeer Corp.

Thursday, October 10

8:30a-9:00a Morning Grab-and-Go Breakfast — Sponsored By T.H. Glennon

Can AI Make My Team More Productive Today?: Businesses today are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help stream-line operations and boost productivity. If you’re unsure of AI’s risks and rewards, this session is for you! Come away with insights into: Real-world examples on how to use AI • How should you leverage AI to help your employees be more productive? • AI is here to stay, what is our responsibility in it? • Is the fear real -- will AI take jobs? • Should our company invest and engage in AI? • How do I help my employees embrace the future? Speaker: Joel Gunn, C12 Business Forums

10:00a-10:30a Break — Sponsored By Milagro

10 Keys Needed for Successful Planning: Success requires planning and Integrated Business Planning/Sales and Operations Planning are essential elements for high-performing firms. In a rapid-fire session we’ll identify 10 key capabilities for solid business plan development. If you have IBP/S&OP capabilities in place, you’ll gain ideas on how to compare your capabilities with leading practices. If you do not have an IBP/S&OP capability, you’ll learn about essential elements and how the IBP/S&OP benefits an organization. We will cover key questions like who should be involved in developing the plans, what horizon is most appropriate, how often should plans be updated, what are the essential inputs and outputs for actionable plan development, how might we measure plan quality, and how can we ensure continuous improvement to the IBP/ S&OP process. Speaker: Dave Angelow, Texas State University

KEYNOTE Luncheon Presentation by Jeff Hoffman

Jeff is an award-winning global entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide moti- vational speaker, bestselling author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy Award winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning television show.

In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known successful startups, including, and more.

Jeff has been invited to more than 50 countries (and all 7 continents) to speak on innovation, entrepreneurship and innovation. An engaging storyteller, he ap- plies his vast experience to problems that challenge all entrepreneurs, and those trying to make a difference in the world. Jeff always leaves his audience with a profoundly new way to think, and a sense of hope and empowerment.
Sponsored By AgriCoatings

2:00p-3:00p Reducing Costs & Improving Manufacturing Efficiency: : Hear from MSC member companies that have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the mulch & soil industry on how they have used various systems and technology to reduce cost and improve manufacturing efficiency.

3:00p-3:30p Break — Sponsored By Chromascape
3:30p-4:30p Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Panel: Our panel is comprised of industry members who have recently gone through ERP implementation hoping to educate members thinking of ERP implementation and deciding between different software. Hear first-hand knowledge on choosing ERP software, challenges of implementation, controlling costs and lessons learned.

4:30p-6:00p President's Happy Hour – Join us for our closing event as the President’s Happy Hour gives participants the opportunity to recap the bounty of information presented at the meeting and say goodbye to old and new friends before returning home reenergized.
Sponsored By Viably

6:00p Meeting Ends
AND THANK YOU To Our Additional Sponsors
Badges & Lanyards -- Colorbiotics
Pens & Pads -- Florida Coastal Colors
Conference Bags -- Profile Products
Health & Hydration Station -- Greener Solutions
Gold Sponsors -- Bandit Industries, Faltech, Social Marks Media, Ecoverse
Silver Sponsors -- ProAmpac

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Hotel Information

Hilton Palacio Del Rio
200 S Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX
October 8 - 10, 2024

When the River Walk is your primary destination, the Hilton Palacio del Rio is the place to stay! Offering an exceptional location directly on San Antonio's famous River Walk, this city center hotel is within walking distance of popular attractions, including the Alamo, and features many modern conveniences. Every room has a balcony overlooking the River Walk or the city. The Palacio Del Rio is surrounded by dining and nightlife, many just a few steps away. Want to explore more…Rio San Antonio cruises and shuttles board just across the river.

Room Reservations: ONLY $249 (+Tax)/Night

A special block of rooms has been set-aside for MSC meeting participants. The preferred guest rate for MSC members is: $249 (+tax)/night. The deadline for discounted room rates and space availability is when the block is filled or SEPTEMBER 9, 2024 - WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.


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