Schedule

Registered attendees can create their own customized schedule, making it easier to not miss a thing!

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Day 1 – Tuesday, February 23

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9:00 – 9:20 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote 

Presented by Calvin Stovall

BE! ICONIC OR BE! GONE - BE! UNIQUE

Be! Unique – The importance of inimitability, defining your purpose and discovering your “Blue Diamond.”

It’s been said that turbulent times build great leaders. Anyone can show exceptional leadership during good times. But good times don’t show you what kind of leader you are, it’s the difficult times. The real question is how do you show up when everything’s falling apart? During this high energy keynote, Stovall will discuss how to lead with an ICONIC Leadership Mindset during times of uncertainty. He will share several important leadership qualities that will help participants navigate through the next normal while connecting each quality to one or more elements of the ICONIC Framework™. Stovall also share several insights on surefire ways to continue to engage, empower and inspire your team during these challenging times now and into the future.

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9:30 – 11 a.m. CST

Interactive Workshop

Presented by Margi Simmons

Change is Fuel: Fostering a Mindset for Maximizing Opportunities and Growth

Your industry is changing, your customers are changing, the world is changing. Sometimes change can feel uncomfortable, but the truth is, it also creates new and exciting opportunities for growth and innovation. In this laughter-filled, interactive session, you will gain inspiration and proven-techniques from the world of improvisation to help you expand your thinking and find new ways to thrive in an ever-changing industry.

Practice the “Big Five” behaviors of improvisation and learn how to foster a Mindset of Discovery to enhance your effectiveness as a leader, expert communicator, and problem solver. Led by Margi Simmons, the Director of Applied Improvisation at the Brave New Workshop, who trains and inspires thousands of professionals each year, this session is an opportunity to increase your self-awareness, accountability, and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. Join us in jumping in and saying “Yes” to learning and growth.

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11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Virtual Trade Show

View Product Demos, Meet with Suppliers and Participate in the Expo Scavenger Hunt

Product demo schedule to be announced soon!

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12 – 1 p.m. CST

Break

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1 - 1:45 p.m. CST

Virtual Idea Exchange

Preview New Products and Services

The Virtual Idea Exchange features a variety of participants delivering short presentations with a goal of giving you the latest in what’s new in the industry. Here’s what you will see at the 2021 Virtual Idea Exchange:

  • Barge Stowage Exam Camera System – Seedburo
  • Self-Learning Custom Stroke Electric Actuator – LINAK
  • TSS2 – Anderson Engineering
  • Guardian Positioning System – JMI Covers, LLC
  • More to come!
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1:45 – 2 p.m. CST

Break

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2 - 3 p.m. CST

Education Sessions

Leading During Uncertain Times

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives including how we lead our teams at work. During this training we will examine how to keep your associates engaged at work but also how you as a leader can change your approach to better fit the needs of your organization and its employees. A broad overview of work/life balance, emotional well-being and strategies to help prevent burnout at work will be discussed.

Gear Reducers and Bearings: Specifying the Reliability and Efficiency

What does service factor really mean? How can I get more life out of my gear reducers? What is L10 bearing life? Several key decisions must be made during the process of gear reducer specification that can help improve your facility’s metrics. We will discuss how you can select options and specify a gear reducer to balance total cost of ownership, reliability, and efficiency.

Annual Pre-Season Bin Inspections and Refurbishment

More details coming soon!

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3 - 4 p.m. CST

Networking Lounge

Connect with Other Industry Professionals

One of the best parts of any GEAPS event is the networking – say hello to some of your peers, and ask how they are dealing with the issues you face at your plant.

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 24

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9:00 – 9:20 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote 

Presented by Calvin Stovall

BE! ICONIC OR BE! GONE - BE! AUTHENTIC

Be! Authentic – How to create a sustainable emotional connection with your employees and customers alike.

It’s been said that turbulent times build great leaders. Anyone can show exceptional leadership during good times. But good times don’t show you what kind of leader you are, it’s the difficult times. The real question is how do you show up when everything’s falling apart? During this high energy keynote, Stovall will discuss how to lead with an ICONIC Leadership Mindset during times of uncertainty. He will share several important leadership qualities that will help participants navigate through the next normal while connecting each quality to one or more elements of the ICONIC Framework™. Stovall also share several insights on surefire ways to continue to engage, empower and inspire your team during these challenging times now and into the future. 

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9:30 - 10:30 a.m. CST

Education Sessions

Bucket Elevators: Set-up, Adjustments and On-going Maintenance

Bucket Elevators are a core component at any grain handling and processing facility. Having a bucket elevator that is running well is a key aspect that can have an impact on almost all operations of a facility. This session is going to focus on making sure your bucket elevator is running both efficiently and effectively, focusing on the set-up, adjustments and maintenance. At the end of the session Bo Fisher will be available for any Q&A that participants would like to submit.

Challenges with Grain Storage and Quality Internationally; Ghana (West Africa) and Argentina (South America)

When it comes to grain storage and quality, other countries outside of the U.S. have numerous barriers to navigate around. This session will focus on the many challenges that other countries face when dealing with storage and quality preservation whether grain is imported or produced domestically. Dr. Maier will share some of his many experiences traveling abroad working with post-harvest loss prevention and quality preservation in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Join and hear first-hand situations that grain handling/processing facilities deal with when importing grains and what their daily/seasonal operations look like. The session will also include perspectives from Dr. Bartosik and Mr. Akowuah who will share case studies on challenges in Argentina (South America) and Ghana (West Africa), respectively.

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10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Virtual Trade Show

View Product Demos, Meet with Suppliers and Participate in the Expo Scavenger Hunt

Product demo schedule to be announced soon!

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12 – 1 p.m. CST

Break

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1 - 2 p.m. CST

Education Sessions

Mentoring and Training Newly Minted People Managers; What to Focus On

More details coming soon!

2021 OSHA Update and Status of Walking Working Surface Standard

This session will provide an update on both the priorities of the Biden Administration and the status of several regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics will include OSHA’s enforcement policies, rule-makings and interpretations on such issues as continued enforcement within the grain handling industry; COVID-19 and compliance with walking working surface standard.

Conveyors: Set-up, Adjustments and On-going Maintenance

More details coming soon!

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2 - 3 p.m. CST

Networking Lounge

Connect with Other Industry Professionals

One of the best parts of any GEAPS event is the networking – say hello to some of your peers, and ask how they are dealing with the issues you face at your plant.

Day 3 – Thursday, February 25

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9:00 – 9:20 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote 

Presented by Calvin Stovall

BE! ICONIC OR BE! GONE - BE! PASSIONATE & BE! CONSISTENT

Be! Passionate & Be! Consistent – Magnifying your vision and leading with immeasurable passion and vitality; and consistently reinforcing what matters most.

It’s been said that turbulent times build great leaders. Anyone can show exceptional leadership during good times. But good times don’t show you what kind of leader you are, it’s the difficult times. The real question is how do you show up when everything’s falling apart? During this high energy keynote, Stovall will discuss how to lead with an ICONIC Leadership Mindset during times of uncertainty. He will share several important leadership qualities that will help participants navigate through the next normal while connecting each quality to one or more elements of the ICONIC Framework™. Stovall also share several insights on surefire ways to continue to engage, empower and inspire your team during these challenging times now and into the future. 

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9:30 – 10:30 a.m. CST

Virtual Trade Show

View Product Demos, Meet with Suppliers and Participate in the Expo Scavenger Hunt

Product demo schedule to be announced soon!

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10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Interactive Workshop

Presented by Calvin Stovall

How to Leverage the 4 C’s of an ICONIC Mindset

Without question 2020 has been an unforgettable year of challenges, unsuspected turns and sudden surprises. American Professor of mathematics at Temple University, John Allen Paulos said, “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” The fact is a lot of the things happening around us are outside of our control. A person’s ability to thrive in times of uncertainty is how well they can shift their mindset, remain adaptable and flexible and learn how to apply the 4 C’s of an ICONIC Mindset.  

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to: 

  • Incorporate the 4 C’s to your daily life and thrive during the upcoming year and beyond
  • Engage the 4 C’s to build an ICONIC company culture that stands the test of time
  • Set your business apart from the competition by leveraging the 4 C’s when engaging with your customers and employees
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12 – 1 p.m. CST

Break

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1 - 2 p.m. CST

Education Session – To Be Determined

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2 - 3 p.m. CST

Networking Lounge

Connect with Other Industry Professionals

One of the best parts of any GEAPS event is the networking – say hello to some of your peers, and ask how they are dealing with the issues you face at your plant.

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