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HIA Convention 2011

Posted on September 12, 2011

Will You Miss These Excellent Speakers?

San Francisco, CA — We are really excited about the upcoming HIA Convention in San Francisco, which will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 13 and 14. We have been adding a wide range of very interesting speakers to the roster for the convention and look forward to hearing them speak on their topics. Two of the speakers are profiled below. Please check them out and register today!

The California Senate approved SB 676, the hemp farming bill, late last week in a concurrence vote of 26-13 and the Assembly’s vote on Wednesday was 49-22. The bill is now headed to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature. This will be a fantastic time to be in California! We will see you there.

If you have not made your plans to attend, please register now!

Download the Event Flyer and Registration Form (PDF file 1.1MB).

Topic: Growing the Hemp Foods Category — It Takes a Team Effort

Cathy Hearn came to the beautiful State of Oregon in 1975, following a friend here from her home town in Wisconsin. After raising two fabulous daughters and a successful 20-year career in high-tech, Cathy decided it was time for a change. She joined Living Harvest in July of 2006 and has enjoyed working with the team to grow revenues by more than 400% since her arrival. Cathy looks forward to the day when everyone can experience the incredible versatility and benefits of hemp — it’s good for the planet, and it’s good for you.

Topic: Utilizing SPINS Information to Track Hemp Food & Bodycare Sales Growth Across Retail Channels

Bobbi Leahy has over 25 years CPG experience across retail, manufacturer and information supplier organizations, including 8 years with SPINS. In her current role as Director of Sales-West, Bobbi works with SPINS’ western region manufacturer clients, to solve for business objectives utilizing SPINS services across retail channels & consumer behavior measurement. Bobbi lives with her daughter Northern California.

Tour Opportunities While You Are in San Francisco

Before or after the HIA Convention there are many things to do in San Francisco. You can choose from the typical tourist fare or something that’s more obscure. Some of the attractions that you can choose from are Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, the Cable Cars, Chinatown, The Exploratorium, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers and the brewery that makes Anchor Steam Beer. We will be organizing a tour of the new Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum across the bay in Oakland on Tuesday the 15th.

These are just a few of the things that you can in and around the city. Please click the following link for some more things to do in San Francisco.

More About the 2011 HIA Convention

Late Registration Fee — (first attendee): $300 per person September 1 to November 7. HIA Full Company Members may bring additional attendees (company employees) at a $50 discount each. All other attendees must be HIA Supporting Members. (The registration fee will be $350 at the door.)

Additional information, including the hotel phone number, registration form, payment options, and other event details like the Awards Dinner, is available on the 2011 Convention page on our Web site.

If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to call the HIA office at 707-874-3648.

We have arranged for special room rates starting at just $99 for Sunday and Monday nights at the Holiday Inn — Civic Center. Through a special arrangement, the hotel is also offering the same room rates for a limited number of rooms for HIA members who are exhibiting at or attending the SF Green Festival, so you can conveniently stay there for both events. (You must stay at least one of the nights of the HIA Convention to get the special rate.) The hotel is close to the SF Concourse Exhibition Center where the SF Green Festival is being held.

Please note: Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations. Early booking is highly recommended. Once our block of reserved rooms runs out, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have a room for you.

You may call the hotel to make your reservation or you may book online.

Please remember to mention the Group Booking Code: HIA when booking to get the HIA group rate and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number.

Please join us in San Francisco this November!

About the Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.