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Register for TGCon 2017!

May 17-18, 2017 | Westminster, CO

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TGCon's purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and the community you need to transform your business. But ultimately, our attendees take away new connections with industry peers, innovative ways to make their jobs easier, and insights that make them valuable assets to their companies.

A Look at TGCon 2017

Take a look at some of the highlights from TGCon 2016!

Why Should You Join Us?

TGCon attendees can expect to learn the ins and outs of the TraceGains' software/new features and the latest industry trends.


Additionally, we'll have a full day of insights and presentations from your industry peers. This allows you to better understand how food manufacturers, processors, and distributors leverage the TraceGains platform on a daily basis to improve processes and finished goods, and be 365 Audit Ready™. In years prior we have had great presentations from companies such as Bimbo Bakeries, Topco Associates, Pinnacle Foods, Sensient Technologies, McKee Foods, Bay Valley Foods, AdvancePierre, Specialty Commodities, and others. We are working very hard to make 2017 better still.


We will also offer plenty of opportunity during the days for networking with your peers to help you get the knowledge exchange you are seeking. Deals have been made and alliances forged—don’t miss out! 




Join fellow TraceGains customers from the food and beverage industry. TraceGains customers represent a variety of business sizes with fellow users ranging in job titles from Quality Manager to Chief Operating Officer.





TGCon 2017 will feature customized learning tracks, peer presentations from customers, industry experts, and TraceGains functional leaders, as well as plenty of networking opportunities throughout the event.


Training (Day One), Wednesday, May 17 


These hands-on training tracks provide customer attendees with guided learning and group activities to support collaboration and understanding of the topics.

Conference (Day Two), Thursday, May 18


  • Presentations from TraceGains customers, industry experts, and TraceGains staff
  • Cocktail Reception & TraceGains Awards Dinner 



Location and Date:


Where: Westin Westminster in Westminster, CO

When: May 17-18, 2017





Full Admission (Training & Conference): $699.00

Training Only (Beginner or Advanced): $449.00

Conference Only: $449.00


A tool like TraceGains is only as powerful as the people who are trained to use it. Does your team have the skills and knowledge needed to fully reap the benefits of the TraceGains system cross-departmentally?


2017 Conference Speakers

Jacqueline Southee
Jacqueline Southee, PhD
U.S. Liaison for FSSC 22000
FSSC 22000
John Kukoly
John Kukoly
Director, BRC Americas
BRC Global Standards

LeAnn Chuboff

LeAnn Chuboff
Technical Director
Safe Quality Food institute
Marc Sanchez
Marc Sanchez
FDA & USDA Attorney
FDA Atty
Elizabeth Salvo
Elizabeth Salvo
Regulatory/Consulting Director
ESHA Research
Devin Koontz (Invited)
FDA, Denver District Office
Nancy Scharlach
Nancy Scharlach
Food Safety Trainer/Consultant
Soterian Systems
Stacy Popham
Stacey Popham
VP of Quality Systems
Bay Valley Foods
Alicia Pulings
Alicia Pulings
Corporate Quality Compliance
Gonnella Baking Co.
Mark Guy
Mark Guy
Corporate Quality Sys. Manager
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Dan Herzog

Dan Herzog
VP Compliance -- Food Safety
Gonnella Baking Co.
Mike LaBosky
Mike LaBosky
VP of Global Quality Systems
East Balt Bakeries
Abhishek Roy
Abhishek Roy
Associate QA Manager
Topco Associates, LLC
Evan Rosen
Evan Rosen
VP of Food Safety and QA
PacMoore Products
Gary Nowacki
Gary Nowacki
AJ Dolan
AJ Dolan
Chief Technology Officer
Marc Simony
Marc Simony
VP, TraceGains Network

2017 Agenda

  • Training Day
  • Continental Breakfast
    7:00AM to 7:45AM
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    7:45AM to 8:30AM
    • Logistics/Planning for the day: Beginner vs. Intermediate (SM, SC, QM)
    • Online Forms
    • TraceGains Network
    • Version 7 (SM, SC, QM)
  • Breakout Session One (Choose One)
    8:35AM to 10:00AM
  • Option One: Supplier Management 101 (SM101)
    • Onboarding new suppliers and items
    • eBlasting suppliers
    • Receiving supplier and item level documents
    • Approving documents
    • Setting supplier classification statuses
  • OR
  • Option Two: Quality Management 201 (QM201)
    • Tab functionalities from documents to managing CARs
    • Configuring dashboards
    • Exporting data
  • Networking Break
    10:00AM to 10:30AM
  • Breakout Session Two (Choose One)
    10:30AM to 12:00PM
  • Option One: Supplier Compliance 201 (SC201)
    • Configuration Workbook
    • Approving items through COAs by adding specs and business rules
    • Mapping the PDF zone file
    • Creating and reviewing the COA
    • Benefits of utilizing digital templates for COAs and data uploads
  • OR
  • Option Two: Supplier Management 201 (SM201)
    • Reading & reviewing item and supplier risks with advanced supplier scorecarding
    • Auditing suppliers easily
    12:00PM to 1:00PM
  • FSMA
    1:00PM to 2:00PM
  • Breakout Session Three (Choose One)
    2:00PM to 3:30PM
  • Option One: Supplier Compliance 301 (SC301)
    • Properly utilize CARs tab to identify actual/potential product/quality issues
    • Communicating corrective actions
    • Providing proper information for management review
  • OR
  • Option Two: Quality Management 200 (QM200)
    • Tab functionalities from documents to managing CARs
    • Configuring dashboards
    • Exporting data
  • Networking Break
    3:30PM to 3:45PM
  • Jeopardy
    3:45PM to 5:00PM
  • Ask the Experts
    7:45AM to 5:00PM
    • Stop in the "Ask the Experts" room for tips & tricks
  • Conference Day
  • Continental Breakfast
    7:00AM to 7:45AM
  • Food Industry Strategic Direction
    8:00AM to 8:40AM
    • Speaker: Gary Nowacki
  • Supplier Integration & Collaboration: The Benefits of Getting Your Partners on Board
    8:40AM to 9:10AM
    • Speaker: Stacey Popham
  • Lessons Learned from a Mock FDA Inspection
    9:10AM to 9:30AM
    • Speaker: Alicia Pulings
  • Best Practices in Transitioning to New Nutrition Labels
    9:30AM to 10:10AM
    • Speaker: Elizabeth Salvo
  • Networking Break
    10:10AM to 10:30AM
  • Raising the Bar with GFSI Benchmarking
    10:30AM to 11:00AM
    • Speakers: John Kukoly, Dr. Jacqueline Southee, LeAnn Chuboff, Moderator TBD
  • Regulatory Update: FDA's Implementation & Oversight of FSMA
    11:00AM to 11:45AM
    • Speaker: Devin Koontz (invited)
    11:45AM to 1:00PM
  • TraceGains Roadmap
    1:00PM to 1:45PM
    • Speaker: AJ Dolan
  • How to Survive & Thrive Under FSMA and Use TraceGains to Help
    1:45PM to 2:45PM
    • Speakers: Dan Herzog, Evan Rosen, Mark Guy, Mike Lebosky, Abhishek Roy, Moderator: Dana
  • Platform Thinking - Leveraging TraceGains Network for Business 
    2:45PM to 3:10PM
    • Speaker: Marc Simony
  • Networking Break
    3:10PM to 3:30PM
  • Tips for Complying with FSMA's Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
    3:30PM to 4:15PM
    • Speaker: Nancy Scharlach
  • Learnings from Recent FDA 483s and Warning Letters
    4:15PM to 5:00PM
    • Speaker: Marc Sanchez
  • Cocktail Reception and Awards Dinner
    5:00PM to 9:00PM
    • MC: Gary Nowacki

Call for Speakers

We’ve officially opened our call-for-speakers submission form, and we’d love to hear your ideas!


First, a few details...



Please note that the deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017. However, we will be approving select speakers on a “rolling” basis.


Time Limits

Most presentations will be 30-minute sessions delivered by either a solo speaker or a duo of speakers, all with a few minutes towards the end of each for any questions the audience might have. Please propose your session with that level of depth in mind. (In a few cases, we may reach out to you to join a panel discussion as well.)



We’re looking for session proposals that are “graduate level” in nature — not food safety 101 — where speakers will be able to teach our audience something new and meaningful from their experience.


You may also volunteer to participate in a panel discussion with a group of like-minded TraceGains customers to discuss topics such as FSMA challenges, practical compliance advice, etc. If interested, simply indicate "Panel" in the form and we will reach out with more details.


Here are a few topics from previous years to help jump start your brainstorming:


  • - Enabling Your Human Capital to Focus on Higher Value Contributions
  • - Technology As A Weapon Against Food Fraud
  • - Managing Risk Across A Global Enterprise
  • - Powering Your PLM with Supplier-Provided Data
  • - Happier Customers & Improved Quality Through Better Data Management
  • - Orchestrating a Mock Recall


Now it’s your turn — we’re looking forward to reading your compelling suggestions for TGCon 2017!

Call for Speakers

Give Us Your TGCon 2017
Award Nominee

TraceGains customers are cutting edge food safety and quality assurance professionals who consistently astound us with their creative and innovative use of TraceGains’ software to achieve their food safety goals. The TGCon 2017 Awards recognize these outstanding customers.


Audit Readiness Award

How has TraceGains helped your company become 365 Audit Ready™? Has preparation time decreased? Are audit scores higher? Are auditors delighted?


Process Improvement Award

How has TraceGains helped to make your processes more efficient? Have you successfully reduced ingredient variability? Have you improved your ability to track and respond to customer complaints? 


Collaboration Award

How has greater transparency across departments/facilities improved communication, cooperation, and collaboration within your organization?


ROI Improvement Award

Tell us the story of how you measure your return on investment (ROI), and what benefits you see.


Scorecard Award

How have you used scorecards in an innovative way to improve your supplier management processes? 


[Insert Award Name Here]

Have a story that doesn't quite fit under one of our award categories above? Tell it anyways! When filling out your form, just select "Other" as the award you're submitting a nomination for.


Here’s how to enter:


1. Nominate your company for the award by completing the form to the right.

2. Include as much supporting information to demonstrate the impact TraceGains has had on your food safety program and results.

3. Customers are eligible to submit one nomination per category.


The small print:


Award Eligibility: 

Nominees must be TraceGains customers in good standing. Nominations must describe a positive outcome the customer achieved with the help of one or more TraceGains solutions. All sections of the online nomination form must be completed and entries must be received by Friday, April 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete nominations will be disqualified.


TGCon 2017 nominations can be made between Thursday, January 5, 2017 and Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.


Prizes will include a trophy, digital award badge for company website placement,  award recognition during the TGCon 2017 conference, press release, and of course those all-important bragging rights.


Winners will be announced at TGCon 2017 during the Awards Dinner on the evening of May 18, 2017.


Winners will be chosen by a panel of TraceGains’ executives and the judges’ decision is final.


Questions? Email connect@tracegains.com

Nominate Who You Think Should Win a TGCon 2017 Award