FPSA Staff

David Seckman
President & CEO
(703) 663-1200

David joined the association as the new President and CEO in August of 2009. David Seckman came to FPSA from the Natural Products Association (NPA) where he was the CEO for the past nine years. David also served as the President of NPA China and as the President of the Natural Products Foundation. Prior to NPA, David was with the interim CEO and Senior Vice-President of the American Health Care Association in Washington. He has vast experience in tradeshow development and management as well as international outreach. He has a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.A. from the University of Illinois.

Robyn Roche
Chief Financial Officer

(703) 663-1205

Robyn has been directing the Association's financial and accounting, human resources and administrative activities for 18 years. Robyn also serves as the asset manager for the building owned by the Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association. She holds a BBA from the Strayer University as well as earning a CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation from the American Society of Association Executives.  

Andy Drennan
Senior Vice President

(703) 663-1201

Andy oversees all PROCESS EXPO marketing, promotion and show operations. He has been with the Association for over fifteen years and been involved in every aspect of member activities including international programs, membership, annual conference, exhibit sales and currently serves as staff liaison to the dairy and beverage councils. Prior to joining the Association, Andy worked as an international account manager for Union Carbide Corporation and provided small business development assistance while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile.
Andy holds a B.A. from the University of Scranton and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Grace Cular Yee
Vice President, Sales
(703) 663-1220

Grace is Vice President of Sales and oversees exhibitor sales, relations and sponsorships for PROCESS EXPO. Grace has over 10 years of full life-cycle events management experience across diverse industries such as trade associations, media groups, non-profits, luxury consumer products, high-technology products and services. Grace has worked on more than 200 events and has managed exhibit sales and sponsorships for tradeshows with over 100,000 square feet (American Trucking Associations), designed large-scale events with attendance of over 10,000 people (Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital), and has produced corporate events in the U.S. and Canada (Aether Systems). She is also a member of IAEE. Grace holds a B.A. from George Mason University and a Graduate Certificate in Events Management from The George Washington University.

Dolores Alonso
Senior Director of Membership and Business Development

(703) 663-1226

Dolores oversees the membership functions for FPSA and is responsible for developing new benefit programs, strengthening existing member relationships and growing membership in the Association.
Prior to joining FPSA, Dolores served for 15 years as the Managing Director of Member Services and Marketing for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) where she was responsible for membership engagement and retention, product development, international exhibitions, non-dues revenue growth, brand development and strategic alliances.

Alaina Herrera
Exhibit Sales Associate
(703) 663-1212

Alaina is Exhibit Sales Associate for the PROCESS EXPO team. She supports the Director of Sales as the main point of contact for exhibitors and prospects. Prior to joining FPSA, Alaina worked as the Project Coordinator for the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center. Alaina also worked as Quality Assurance Specialist for Nestle USA and Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta located in the greater Boston area. She assisted in the facility’s International Organization for Standardization (ISO) / Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 certification and implemented the Quality Monitoring Scheme (QMS) Program. She also gained valuable, cross-functional knowledge within the food processing industry. Alaina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech. She is also HACCP certified.

Alex Stopa
Marketing Associate
(703) 663-1207

Alex joined the FPSA team December of 2014 as a Marketing Associate and assists the Senior Vice President and marketing team for PROCESS EXPO.  Prior to joining the Association, he spent time working with political advertising agency, SRCP Media, during the 2014 election cycle tracking competition spending.  Alex graduated from The University of Louisville in 2010 where he was a student-athlete on the Men’s Soccer team and sat on the executive and judicial boards of his fraternity.  He holds a B.A. in communications from the College of Arts and Science. 

Ann Marie Penaranda
Membership & Outreach Associate

(703) 663-1213

Ann Marie joined FPSA in February of 2015 as Membership and Outreach Associate. Prior to joining the Association, she worked for various law firms as a Paralegal. She has worked for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, DC for close to 10 years and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in New York City for five years. She graduated from Katharine Gibbs College in New York City with BA in Executive Secretarial/Legal Assistant and Paralegal Studies from George Washington University.

 


Member Spotlight

Praxair

Praxair is a leading producer of industrial and process gases in the US and around the globe. For the food industry, Praxair primarily provides nitrogen and carbon dioxide in liquefied form to rapidly freeze, chill or cool food products to the desired temperature. Praxair has commercially available equipment systems to harness the heat removal power of the cryogenic liquid gases during food processing.
 

Praxair's ColdFront™ gas and equipment systems provide food processors with efficient, cost-effective cooling and improved productivity. Decades of acquired knowledge in using liquid gas products to remove heat in food freezing and working closely with our customers has allowed Praxair to develop new applications. Recent introductions include the ColdFront pellet or dot depositor system that allows food processors to produce and customize the desired shape and size for its specific use. Using Praxair's ChillStream™ in-line cryogenic chilling system for cooked or hot liquid foods helps processors quickly chill pumpable products. The rapid heat removal achieves specific target temperatures - in less time - before packaging.

eShipping

Streamline your logistics operations and take control of costs with transportation management solutions from eShipping that encompass the people, technology, and services for all modes, with full optimization, and complete visibility across your supply chain.

We serve clients in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, with logistics programs that include less than Truckload, Full Truckload, Expedited, Hot Shot, Ocean, Air, Drayage, Cartage, Courier, Parcel, and a variety of other specialty modes.

Through our proprietary eShipManager® technology and dedicated team of specialists, you'll gain access to powerful solutions which help you:

  • Streamline shipment management
  • Optimize freight for immediate and long-term cost-savings
  • Reduce labor expenses
  • Ensure compliance and mitigate risk
  • Evaluate trends across locations and modes
  • Develop more effective supply chain strategies
Banner Day

Banner-Day serves the food and beverage industry with TraceFREE® electric impedance process pipe heating solutions. Both domestically and internationally, Banner-Day designs and manufactures TraceFREE® electric impedance pipe heating systems to heat a variety of ingredients and material applications for its customers. TraceFREE® is a pipe heating technology that utilizes the pipe itself as the heating element, eliminating the need for heating elements under insulation and double walled piping. TraceFREE® systems provide precise temperature control and very even, low watt density heating often necessary for temperature sensitive ingredients and products. The TraceFREE® concept has a wide range of product applications within the food and beverage industry. Typical applications include carbon steel and stainless steel pipe and sanitary tubing with sizes ranging from ¼" to 24" and greater. TraceFREE® systems can operate at temperatures ranging from simple freeze protection to 1400° F plus.

Banner-Day emphasizes delivering value to its food and beverage processing customers with controls and services for its electric impedance pipe heating systems and is committed to delivering unique and creative solutions that support our customers in achieving their goals and objectives. Banner-Day is focused on your success and welcomes opportunities to evaluate and respond your pipe heating application needs.

TM Process Controls

TM Process & Controls, Inc. is a full service design-build company that provides custom process and automation solutions to the food and beverage manufacturing industry. TMPC employees' have developed, executed, and commissioned technical solutions throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Our design expertise and variety of engineering and field services provide an all-inclusive, design-build experience for our customers. We take pride in our product, and complete projects to exceed customer expectation.

Boedeker Plastics, Inc.

Established in 1984, Boedeker Plastics, Inc. offers the world's largest single location inventory of plastic sheet, rod and tube and value-added plastic replacement parts for the Food Processing Industry, including FDA compliant plastics along with grades that are Metal and X-Ray detectable for enhanced food safety. Some of the materials we stock include: UHMW, Nylon, Delrin, Ertalyte, PPS, Rulon, PTFE, PEEK and many others. All inventoried materials are offered with cut to size and same day shipping service.

We specialize in precision machining value added plastic replacement parts with over 75 CNC machines dedicated to machining plastic parts. Other services we offer include: engineering services, material selection services by application, customer part stocking programs for JIT supply, and part design assistance, as well as onsite consultation to review applications or solve problems jointly with our clients.

Kelvion

Kelvion is a global manufacturer of heat exchangers for various markets, including Food, Beverage and Dairy. Since November 2015 the former subsidiaries of GEA Heat Exchangers have been operating as a standalone company under the name of Kelvion. The Kelvion line of plate exchangers offers food and beverage companies a technologically advanced heat transfer plate for efficient processing of all products, including those with high viscosities, fouling tendencies and particulate. The product line includes painted carbon steel, brazed, stainless steel and easy closing, fully automated frames. Contact Kelvion to see how advanced technology, superior customer service and many years of expertise in heat transfer can benefit your process.

Food Processing

 

 

Food Processing is dedicated to the advancement and betterment of the food and beverage processing industry. By creating and providing print and digital media solutions, services and content that deliver value to our clients and the marketplace, Food Processing is a critical go-to information source for the industry. Our mission is to help our readers make decisions that will enable them to run their businesses more efficiently, safely and profitably. The successful execution of this mission is borne out in the dedicated and loyal readership of our print and online audiences. 

Along with this dedication to the audience, Food Processing also proactively invests in circulation and market coverage strategies, ensuring that we provide the best and most complete reach to the food and beverage industry. This proactive approach means that we reach the most decision makers, most purchase influencers, and most processors of any food and beverage focused publication or web site.

ARCO Construction Company Inc.

 

 

 

 

ARCO Construction Company Inc. was founded in 1992 in St. Louis, Missouri and has continued to grow by providing clients with a turnkey design and construction solution. ARCO/Murray is comprised of three operational divisions: Build-to-Suit/National Accounts, Process, and Interiors; each serving a variety of industry types. Our comprehensive design/build approach allows customers to have a direct relationship with one company instead of dealing with a number of different consulting and management organizations. This single point of contact during a project allows for clear lines of communication and responsibility resulting in significant time and cost savings. 

Alpha Vac System Inc.

Alpha Vac System Inc. is a manufacturer, supplier and exporter of Vacuum Packing Machine, Vacuum Tumblers as well as other food processing equipment committing ourselves to building a standard of excellence. 

Since the founding of our parent company in 1989 we've used 304 stainless steel for the shells of our units and we only settle for the best welding assembling and use only the finest products available for our machines, we have German made Busch vacuum pumps delivered to our facility and we install (assemble) all our products here in the U.S.  We have a QC engineer from our parent company that takes very seriously his responsibility to ensure quality production in which he administers a 12 point inspection test for approval before a final shipment is sent out.  Our foundational standards are simple, "design and build a quality product that will stand the test of time" and for the last 26 years we have done just that.