Top2Top Conference - Speakers


Amelia Island, FL | April 23-24, 2014

Forging the Future Together


Keynote: Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Transportation

Norman Mineta

Norman Mineta served in President George W. Bush's Cabinet as the United States Secretary of Transportation and as President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce, spending six years as a Cabinet member for two Presidents. He currently advises Chairmen and CEO’s of some of the world’s largest corporations. Born in San Jose, California to Japanese immigrant parents, Mineta and his family were interned for several years in the Heart Mountain internment camp, along with thousands of other Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans, during World War II. Mineta graduated from the University of California, Berkeley's School of Business Administration. Upon graduation, Mineta joined the U.S. Army and served as an intelligence officer in Japan and Korea during the Korean War.


2014 Speakers

Congressman Dennis Cardoza is the co-chair of Federal Public Affairs Practice at Foley, advising a broad range of clients on legislative, regulatory, and public policy and advocacy matters. Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Cardoza served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 18th District. His committee roles included Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, where he played a leading role in the formation of the 2007 Farm Bill, and ranking member of the Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry. Prior to his role in the House, Mr. Cardoza spent six years in the California State Assembly, where he was honored as Legislator of the Year for his efforts to cut taxes, help family farms and promote education and children's safety.

Dr. Candace Croney is an associate professor of animal behavior and well-being in the Animal Sciences Department of Purdue University. Her research, teaching and extension efforts focus on the interactions between animal behavior, cognition and well-being, the effects of rearing environments and enrichment on animal behavior and welfare, the ethical implications of animal care and use decisions, and public perceptions of animal agriculture. National Geographic, as well as the BBC and their affiliates, have featured her research on farm animal cognition. In addition, Dr. Croney serves as a scientific advisor on animal welfare to several groups, including American Humane Association, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Bob Evans Farms, Michael Foods, P & G Inc., Target and Center for Food Integrity’s Animal Care Review Panel.

Sam Geduldig joined Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford in 2007, bringing more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill. Geduldig served in an array of senior positions in the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, as well as Congressman Mike Oxley, the former Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congressman now Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the former Majority Whip in the House of Representatives. Additionally, Geduldig acted as the House Republican leadership’s liaison to the business community, outside organizations, and interest groups. Earlier in his career, Geduldig served as research analyst at Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling and survey research firm, and as press assistant to Senator Bob Dole’s presidential campaign.

Lisa Camooso Miller, partner at Blueprint Communications, has been a notable communications leader for the past twenty years, regularly providing commentary on radio and television, including FOX News, CNN and MSNBC. Prior to joining Blueprint Communications, Miller served as head of media affairs for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) where she built a targeted statewide outreach program for members of the media and public. Miller was previously deputy communications director for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives. She has also served as head of communications for the Republican National Committee. Additionally, she served under two New Jersey governors.

Nathan Richter is a partner at Wakefield Research, and independent global research consultancy that works with some of the world’s most iconic B2B and consumer brands. Nathan is a thought leader on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) trends, enterprise technology, and purchase behavior and regularly serves as a resource for media. His work appears frequently in the media, including, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, Forbes, and NPR.

David Sprinkle is the publisher and research director at Packaged Facts, which includes a leading line of syndicated research reports. His report on Premium Consumers and the New Economy was published by Packaged Facts in 2009, and he has just published a consumer trend study entitled Americans in 2020. He has contributed to numerous publications as well as presented at industry conferences including Global Forum on the Future of Food, IFT Wellness, Innovations in Food & Beverage Packaging, National Coffee Association, National Confectioners Association, Private Label Manufacturers Association Trade Show, and Virgo Publishing Focus on the Future. David has an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he also taught business communications.