Meet the NCA Next Generation: Shelby Westfeldt Mills

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Mardi Gras World at the NCA 2018 Convention

The following Q&A is from the NCA Next Generation Group, a National Coffee Association initiative to engage and support young professionals and emerging leaders across the coffee industry. 

 

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Shelby Westfeldt Mills
President, Coffee/Tea Trader
Westfeldt Brothers, Inc.
NCA Next Gen Council

Interviewed by Janet Colley Morse


How and when did you get involved with the coffee industry?

It was right after Katrina in 2005 and I was living in New York City interviewing for jobs in advertising. My dad had to relocate Westfeldt Brothers to North Carolina, and asked if I would work on the New York Board of Trade (now the ICE) as a clerk and assist WBI.

I put everything on hold and started immediately. I fell in love with it!

If you ask how I ended up at Westfeldt Brothers, that was probably because my mom made my dad give me a job.

What interested you in joining the NCA Next Gen group and then becoming part of the council?

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NCA NextGen is Going to Geneva

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Bon voyage! 

Members of the NCA Next Generation Council to attend the 9th annual Swiss Coffee Trading Association Gala Dinner.

By Guillaume Zbinden, Be Green Trading
On behalf of the NCA NextGen Council


Switzerland is an important country for the coffee trade and roasting industry, and serves as the headquarters for several major coffee trading houses and roasters. (The country is even one of the world’s top five coffee exporters.)

This year, leadership from across the international coffee industry will come together for the 9th annual Swiss Coffee Trading Association Gala DinnerOctober 11-12, 2018, in Geneva. It’s part of the SCTA Conference & Dinner 2018, “Making Waves.”

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Meet the NCA Next Generation: Janet Colley Morse, Dupuy

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Janet Colley Morse, Dupuy, at the NCA Convention 2017

The following post is from the NCA Next Generation Group, a National Coffee Association initiative to engage and support young professionals and emerging leaders across the coffee industry. It is part of an ongoing series introducing you to the NCA Next Gen Council.

Janet Colley Morse
NCA Next Gen Council Member
Vice President at Dupuy Storage & Forwarding, LLC

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“New Opportunities For Leadership”: The Next Generation at #NCAUSA

 

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Standing room only at the first NCA Next Generation Council educational session

Highlights from the National Coffee Association 2018 Convention

From the NCA Next Generation Council 

The NCA Next Generation Council hosted its first annual Educational Breakout Session on the morning of March 15, at the NCA 2018 Convention in New Orleans. The event is part of the NextGen’s larger initiative to support talented young professionals who are passionate about the coffee industry.

Judging by attendance, the inaugural installment was a huge success – standing room only!

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Join the NCA Next Generation in New Orleans

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Introducing a New Breakout Session for Young Professionals at the NCA 2018 Convention

The NCA Next Generation Council is proud to announce its first annual NCA Convention Breakout Session on Thursday, March 15 at 9:30am, open to all Next Gen delegates and prospective members.

This pre-conference session is aimed at providing the under-40 coffee community with tailored content that will be especially relevant to attendees.  While there will be organized presentations, this is intended to be an informal event. Our goal is to fill a room with Next Gen coffee constituents and provide helpful information, as well as a platform to ask questions and voice what they want out of the NCA’s Next Gen initiatives (we’re still a very young initiative, after all).

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Tricks of the Trade (Show): 9 Steps to Exhibitor Success

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[Editor’s note: Learn more about exhibitor opportunities at the NCA Annual Convention 2018 in New Orleans, March 15-17]

This post originally appeared on Perfect Daily Grind

Are you exhibiting at a coffee festival or trade show? Or considering it?

Exhibiting is a good business choice. It’s a straightforward, face-to-face way of engaging with your community and clients (current and future). It can allow you to shape the face of your business. And it’s an opportunity to make a more lasting impression than some methods of digital outreach.

Yet without the right preparation, you won’t see the return on investment you’re looking for. Being able to own your space and maximize your engagement with others is key but far from easy, while having to be “on” and present at all times can be a challenge. So before shelling out and setting up, make sure you’re ready.

Feeling daunted? Don’t worry; we’re here to tell you how to make exhibiting a solid business investment. Read on for our 9 steps to seeing an excellent return (and actually enjoying yourself).

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Convention Networking: A Practical Guide

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By William “Bill” Murray, President & CEO, NCA

This post was originally published on LinkedIn

For over twenty years, I worked for the motion picture industry. Networking has always been the lifeblood of Hollywood – even while it was maddeningly difficult.

Take film industry conventions.

Hollywood has a couple of typical industry conferences, but most gatherings revolve around film festivals – often in glamorous, expensive places. There’s seldom a big exhibit hall with vendors – instead, filmmakers show clips of their work in private rooms, writers “pitch” scripts in one-on-one meetings, and deals are made at unadvertised parties.

There’s a secretive, fluid mystery to everything that’s happening, and always the sense that you are missing something. That uncertainty is complemented by the chaos of autograph seekers, paparazzi, and publicists all jockeying for attention. Unless you know how to “work” a film festival, you might as well stay home.

While networking at film festivals and association conventions may seem to have little in common, there is one key aspect in which they are similar: if you plan to network at either, you’ll need to have a strategy and go prepared.

For association conventions, here’s what’s key:

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Phyllis Johnson on Networking at the NCA Convention

NCA Convention 2018 – Phyllis Johnson Testimonial from National Coffee Association USA on Vimeo.

 

Phyllis Johnson is the president of BD Imports, a coffee retailer with a focus on social responsibility, and a member of the NCA Board of Directors

Here, she talks about the unique opportunities to connect at at the NCA Annual Convention, which will be held this year in New Orleans, March 15-17.

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