Owner and Dairy Farmer, Cow Comfort Inn
Katie Pyle and her husband, Dave, were both raised on family dairy farms. Katie and Dave decided to start their own dairy farm in 2009 and moved to Virginia where they bought their first 90 cows. After renting two farms in the past five years, the couple purchased a dairy farm in Union Bridge, Maryland where they own a herd of 400 cows. Katie is involved in their milk cooperative’s leadership.
President, CEO, World Food Program - USA
Rick Leach serves as President and CEO of World Food Program USA, which proudly supports the mission of the World Food Programme, the leading agency fighting hunger worldwide. Over his career, Leach has tackled major social issues at a wide range of organizations across the public and private sectors, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has worked with Members of Congress... Read More →
Co-Founder, The Fresh Food Factory and Art-drenaline Cafe
Chef Shawn Lightfoot entered the culinary industry in 1982 under the tutelage of Chef Gary Black, then at Washington, D.C.’s famed Hogates Seafood Restaurant. Chef Lightfoot brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to the kitchen and hospitality world. He got his degree at The Baltimore International Culinary Institute of Culinary Arts, and he also studied at the famed Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York. As he... Read More →
President, CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Chris has more than 35 years of experience in the food industry. He joined Land O’Lakes, Inc., in 1997 and was appointed president and CEO in 2005. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, he held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Pillsbury Company. He serves on the board of several industry groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the... Read More →