Brett Sciotto

Keynote Speaker

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a former Army Intelligence Officer, Aimpoint Research President & CEO Brett Sciotto brings a practical, results-oriented approach to the civilian business world.

His training in and emphasis on mission-critical information gathering and targeted research methodology make him unique in his approach to problem solving in a corporate environment. Sciotto’s disciplined, vetted approach to research is coupled with his military precision in detailed analysis and final presentation to his clients.

With nearly two decades of research expertise, Sciotto has had tremendous success advising corporate leaders, government officials and state and national organizations. ​

Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass is the principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, where he develops predictive, analytical software solutions to manage weather risk for global production agriculture. He provides frequent weather updates that focus on how high-impact weather events influence global agriculture productivity. His current research uses machine learning to better understand field-level weather impacts on yields in the U.S. and to increase confidence in long-range weather prediction. He presents his research as a featured speaker at over 50 conferences annually where he provides logistical guidance and solutions to weather sensitive financial institutions, farmers, commodity traders and other stakeholders.

Before transitioning to Nutrien Ag Solutions, Eric was the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2006-2019. Each year, he guided over 1,800 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather, which was awarded the 2012 “Best Online Course” from the University Professional Continuing Education Association, a national organization. He taught advanced courses on General Physical Meteorology (ATMS 201), Meteorological Instrumentation (ATMS 315), Economics of Weather (ATMS 491) and supervised numerous capstone research projects. Snodgrass also taught ENSU 310: Renewable and Alternative Energy for the environmental sustainability program.

He also advised all undergraduate majors and minors in atmospheric science (roughly 100 students) and supervised graduate teaching assistants and master’s students. He won numerous prestigious teaching awards at the University of Illinois, including College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence award, the Campus Teaching Excellence Award and the Campus Teaching Excellent Award in Online and Distance Education. Eric is now an adjunct assistant professor for the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois.

Ronnie Tan

Ronnie Tan serves as the Regional Aquaculture Consultant – Southeast Asia for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products worldwide. In this capacity, Tan assists in the Council’s market development work related to aquaculture, including activity planning, coordination and implementation.

Prior to the Council, Tan worked as the vice president for Blue Archipelago, the largest integrated shrimp enterprise in Malaysia. In this capacity, he was responsible for the downstream operations and corporate strategy. Tan also previously served as the non-executive director for Regal Springs Group, the largest integrated tilapia company in the world, where he was a board member and held a supervisory role of the Indonesian legal entity.

Tan earned a degree in environmental biology from King’s College, University of London, UK and a master’s degree in aquaculture from the University of Stirling, Scotland.

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.

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