March 1, 2021
GEAPS delivers on mission with successful virtual conference
The Grain Elevator and Processing Society, a Minnesota, US-based organisation, has completed its first virtual conference on February 25, executing its mission to advance grain industry knowledge and information sharing through a network of global agriculture professionals.
The event drew 340 attendees from seven countries and 159 companies together for education sessions, a virtual trade show and networking lounges.
"This conference was filled with opportunities for self-improvement and personal growth, as well as industry tips and tricks. I'm excited to take several of the ideas back and implement them with my team," GEAPS International president Jeff Jones said.
During the event, attendees exchanged 650 messages on the virtual platform and attended 309 appointments with exhibitors.
"I loved the interactive nature of the education sessions. We were able to ask questions as they came up and interact with other attendees," GEAPS First vice president Barb Grove said. "One person's question or comment could spur conversation from others and it was a very supportive environment for feedback. I think there is a lot of opportunity for GEAPS chapters to build off this event and host more virtual chapter meetings. We could really drive engagement by embracing more technology."
GEAPS executive director Steve Records noted how the online conference delivered on GEAPS' mission to advance grain industry knowledge through a global network of agricultural professionals.
"Two-thirds of our attendees were GEAPS members," Record said. "It was excellent to see our network come together on this virtual platform, building their skills together. The conversations and the encouragement felt just like a GEAPS meeting on a grand scale. We are going to continue planning ways for the industry to connect virtually and we are very excited to host our in-person conference this summer."
GEAPS Exchange 2021 is scheduled to take place on August 6-9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.