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President’s Message


If necessity is the mother of invention, then resourcefulness is the father.

~ Beulah Louise Henry

As all of us dive into meeting our objectives for the year, it helps to have the necessary resources for you to be able to successfully complete your assignments and tasks. We hope that some of the resources that FPSA provides will assist you as meeting the many goals and tasks that you will accomplish this year. Following are several of the assets that hopefully you will take advantage of utilizing.

While all wish the COVID-19 pandemic was behind us, we are still facing considerable obstacles that unfortunately impact our employees and our work efforts. I hope that you continue to review and utilize the resources listed on our COVID-19 button that is featured on our website. Important information on helping you cope with and better manage COVID-19 related situations are addressed in our most recent postings on the site.

A second very helpful resource for you and your team to utilize during these restricted travel times is our truly unique and tremendously helpful 180 Skills online training program. Members can take advantage of over 700 technical and soft skills courses which can be taken either a la carte or as part of the 24 different Learning Paths that our team of member experts have identified. This online training program represents the most cost-effective way to develop your personnel and enhance the capabilities of your business. Anyone interested in learning more about this great opportunity can contact Andy Drennan at [email protected].

And, yet another great resource to take advantage of is a very special educational webinar focusing on your business strategy for 2021. On February 25th at 2pm ET., Kelly Riggs will be presenting “3×3: Critical Questions for Your Business in 2021.” One of the most popular speakers at past FPSA Sales Conferences, Kelly will tackle the three top questions you need to be asking yourself in Sales, Leadership and Strategy to be more successful in 2021. I encourage you to register today to attend this FREE webinar.

Fourth, our “global trends and forecast studies” for 2021 are now available. These new reports include:

  • Prepared Food Equipment Market
  • Dairy Alternatives Market by Source
  • Food Robotics Market by Type, Application
  • Non-Thermal Pasteurization Market by Techniques
  • Plant-based Meat Market by Source
  • Plant-based Protein Market by Type

The studies can be obtained by logging in to the FPSA website at and clicking Trend Reports on the top right corner of the page where you can purchase the reports.  If you have any questions purchasing the trend reports, contact Ann Marie Penaranda at [email protected].

I also want to remind you that we are still moving forward on holding our FPSA Annual Conference in warm and sunny Indian Wells, CA on April 27th – 29th. Online registration for the Annual Conference is now open, please click here.  These later than normal conference dates will allow us to hold the in-person event and deliver the high-quality networking that our attendees expect at the Conference. Our keynote speaker is noted economist Brian Beaulieu, who will share special insights and expectations for the economy in the post-election COVID recovery. Additionally, our Councils and Networks are working hard to develop their breakout sessions and secure important speakers that will share the customer’s point of view and other topics with attendees. You can see the most up-to-date schedule for the event here.

Before wrapping up this month’s message I would be remiss if I failed to remind everyone of our most important activity this year: PROCESS EXPO 2021. This year’s show will in all likelihood will be the 1st and perhaps the only in-person industry show of the year. And, in talking to both attendees and exhibitors alike, everyone is “more than excited” about the holding of a truly one-on-one interactive show. If you have not already done so, please make sure that October 12-15th is highlighted on your calendar. All of us are looking forward to what our new partnership with Messe Frankfurt will bring to enhance our show. Registration will open in March and for members who have not yet booked space, I highly encourage it.

In closing, we hope that the above services and member benefits will help you address and achieve your many goals this year.  As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected] or (703) 663-1200.


David Seckman