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Dairy Farmers and Agribusiness Bring Magic to Dairy from Around the Nation

January 19, 2018
 
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Dairy Farmers and Agribusiness Bring Magic to Dairy from Around the Nation
A Sell-Out PDPW Managers Academy Offers Best-in-Class Education to Dairy
 
DAIRY NEWS – During challenging economic times in the dairy industry, continuous improvement and lifelong learning is at the forefront for thriving dairy farmers and agribusiness professionals. The 14th annual Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Managers Academy for Diary Professionals, themed “Bringing the Magic to Dairy,” was held Jan. 16-18 at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Fla. 
 
The sell-out executive-level training exposed over 100 attendees, representing 14 states and two countries, to the importance of a creative and progressive attitude when running a business. The advanced training had dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributor in attendance. 
 
Crystal Spradlin, dairy farmer from Teabow Farms, Walkersville, MD, shared the greatest value for her was the networking.  “It’s great to meet other people in different regions of the country that are doing the same things we’re doing, but with different aspects and different views.”  She went on to say, “it’s nice to take that stuff back to our farms and implement it.”
 
Between expert speakers, Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World, and Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, President of AgriVisions, LLC, they challenged attendees to think about their business culture, management strategies, and guiding principles, to maintain and thrive in an uncertain economic environment. 
 
Lee Cockerell’s session on day one, “Take Home More than Mickey,” focused on the secrets to running a successful business. Cockerell shared how to weave management, technology and leadership into everything they do. He highlighted three key areas attendees should focus their time: hiring, training and culture. Cockerell went on to summarize that when focusing on the mentioned key areas, one will instill service, attitude and aptitude for a thriving, sustainable business – creating a place where people want to work.
 
Later in the evening, attendees heard from Dinner Keynote, Jim Sleper, CEO of milk cooperative, Southeast Milk, Inc. (SMI). Sleper shared his business strategy and customer relation insights with key brands like Publix Super Markets, Dean Foods, Borden’s and others. In addition to milk marketing, Sleper also discussed the cooperative’s hauling, feed, and dairy supply business structure and future opportunities.
 
Day two of the training included two unique, out-of-industry tours at the Orlando Easterly Wetlands and Disney Amusement Parks
 
Dairy farmer, Betsey Cunningham, of Alliance Dairies Group out of Trenton, Fla. shared that the out-of-industry tours opened her eyes to a great deal of specific management skills “that are actually quite transferable; whether that’s procedures, brands, and people management.”  Betsey values being able to take these key-take-a-ways and “apply that back to making magic” on her dairy.
 
At the Orland Easterly Wetlands, attendees were able to focus on environmental stewardship and water quality management practices. Attendees learned about the aquatic ecosystems, Iron Bridge Regional Water Reclamation facility, and the water management process from the City of Orlando executives and management. They discussed the many parallels of water quality, management and protocols as they discovered how the city’s water and human sewer is treated and reclaimed through a natural process offered through earthen berms, millions of aquatic plants and the 17-cell area to manage and remove phosphorus and nitrogen in the 40 million gallons of water running through their system each day. Without notice, the group was greeted by an all-too-friendly alligator during their up-close tour of the earthen berms.
 
Later in the afternoon on day two, attendees focused on human resources management as they visited one of four Disney amusement parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Attendees formed small groups and interviewed Disney cast members as they navigated the park grounds. Putting to practice key learnings offered the day before by Lee Cockerell, attendees interviewed Disney cast members, managers, and grounds employees. Questions revolved around the Disney employees hiring experience, on-going training system, and insights on how the overall Disney culture rises above the rest.
 
As the training reached the final day, Dr. Dave Kohl brought it all together in his session, “Keep the Magic Alive and Thrive.” Through his intricate knowledge of economic trends and business strategy, attendees gained insights on the concepts and principles needed to overcome, thrive, and persevere through adversity.   
 
Andy Bollinger, dairy farmer, Meadow Spring Farms, out of Lancaster County, Penn., shared that the training has set him for success both personally and professionally, “whether managing my farm or managing my employees, it is training that can be applied to any area of my life.” 
 
To learn more about the 2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals, visit www.pdpw.org or review the experience virtually with #myPDPW and #PDPWManagersAcademy2018 on Facebook and LinkedIn using @ProfessionalDairyProducers or on Instagram and Twitter using @DairyPDPW.
 
Save the date for the 2019 PDPW Managers Academy, Jan. 15-17, 2019. More details including location and content will be made available this summer online at www.pdpw.org.
 
The 2018 PDPW Managers Academy was an accredited training and offers up to 16.25 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education units (CEUs) and up to 19.5 CEUs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed."
 
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December 10, 2017

 
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2018 Managers Academy to Provide Behind the Scenes Look at Disney Magic
PDPW’s Executive Education Program to Feature Tours of Disney Park and Orlando Easterly Wetlands
 
DAIRY NEWS – Two unique, behind-the-scenes tours at the 2018 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™ presented by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will give dairy owners, managers and industry professionals a new perspective on managing their teams and approaching business challenges.
 
The tours will be part of the three-day executive education program to be held Jan. 16-18 in Orlando, Florida.  The program will be led by world-class trainers including former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World, Lee Cockerell, and Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, President of AgriVisions, LLC, and a part-owner of Homestead Creamery in Virginia. 
 
“We are excited to give Managers Academy attendees exclusive access to two opportunities they can only see in the Orlando area, and will give them new insights to bring some of the “Disney Magic” home to their dairy operations,” said Shelly Mayer, Executive Director of PDPW.
 
The tours will be held on the second day of the program and feature:
 
  • A half-day tour of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom led by Lee Cockerell. In the parks, attendees will meet and interview Disney cast members to see firsthand the training, culture, protocols and systems that make Disney World legendary.Attendees will team up to learn how the park’s thousands of cast members are trained to leave a bad day behind, focus on customers and work through challenging situations.
 
  • A half-day tour of the Orlando Easterly Wetlands, a unique manmade habitat created by the City of Orlando.The project began in the mid-1980s when the city had limited options to increase permitted treatment capacity and recognized that aquatic ecosystems can be used to naturally remove nitrogen and phosphorous.The city created earthen berms, planted more than 2.1 million aquatic plants as part of the wetland area.Attendees will tour the Iron Bridge Regional Water Reclamation facility, learn about sewage treatment, and even see alligators and other animals thriving in the wetlands area. The project has proved to the world that large-scale, created wetlands can be used on a long-term basis with resounding success.
 
To learn more about the program and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.  Registration fee includes all sessions, training materials, meals, tours and tour travel.  Hotel accommodations will be at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, with a special rate available through Dec. 23.  Call 1-800-624-4109 for hotel reservations. 
 
Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is an accredited training and offers up to 16.25 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education units (CEUs) and up to 19.5 CEUs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed."
 
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November 7, 2017

 
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World-Class Speakers Bring Expertise to PDPW Managers Academy
Economist David Kohl and Former Disney Executive Lee Cockerell will Lead Academy Workshops
 
DAIRY NEWS –  Dairy owners, managers and professionals from around the country will learn from each other and world-class presenters at the 2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™, presented by the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW).  The three-day executive program, themed: “Attitude – Bringing the magic to dairy,” will be held Jan. 16-18, 2018 in Orlando, Fla.
 
The 2018 Managers Academy will provide advanced people-management strategies, out-of-industry insights, and economic concepts and principles to help our nation’s dairy businesses thrive.  The expert speaker line-up, with Lee Cockerell, former executive of Walt Disney World, Jim Sleper, CEO of Southeast Milk, Inc., and Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus of Virginia Tech and President of AgriVisions, LLC, brings extensive knowledge and on-the-ground experience that will challenge participants and provide the tools to set and achieve their goals.
 
As Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World, Lee Cockerell was responsible for leading a team of 40,000 cast members to run 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village and a sports and recreation complex.  He will share the proven strategies, best practices and techniques that Disney uses to create a culture and environment of excellence. Academy participants will take home new insights and ideas to transform how they hire, train, mentor and manage their dairy teams.
 
Attendees will hear from CEO Jim Sleper, as he shares how the Southeast Milk cooperative partners successfully with large fluid processors such as Publix Super Markets, Dean Foods and Borden’s.  They market approximately 2.6 billion pounds of milk annually from 140 dairy farm members.  As a full-service cooperative they provide milk hauling, feed, and dairy supplies to its members. 
 
Dr. David Kohl dairy’s most sought after dairy economist, will bring his years of classroom and research experience to help attendees connect the realities of domestic and global economics, trends and perspectives to the challenges and opportunities of their businesses.  He will present situations to stimulate critical thinking and help identify new business opportunities.
The program will also include behind-the-scenes tours at Disney World park and the Orlando Easterly Wetlands.
 
To learn more about the program and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379 and to follow on social media use #ManagersAcademy2018.  Registration is limited to first 100 attendees and the fee includes all sessions, training materials, meals, tours and tour travel.  Hotel accommodations will be at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, with a special rate available through Dec. 23.  Call 1-800-624-4109 for hotel reservations. 
 
Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is an accredited training and offers up to 16.25 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education units (CEUs) and up to 19.5 CEUs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed."
 
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October 16, 2017

 
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“Bring the Magic to Dairy” at the 2018 PDPW Managers Academy
PDPW Executive Training, Held Jan. 16-18, 2018 in Orlando with Focus on Business Culture
 
DAIRY NEWS – It is no secret that dairy is a unique business, requiring creativity, audacity, perseverance and a steady business mind.  The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) are taking the 2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals™ to one of the most unique locations on earth — Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 16-18, 2018. 
 
Together, with 100 like-minded dairy professionals, learn from experts on how to keep the magic and passion of dairying in a business culture.  The three-day executive training is designed for dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors from around the nation.  
 
The 2018 program will be led by two world-class trainers:  Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort, and Dr. David Kohl, a Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, President of AgriVisions, LLC, and a part-owner of Homestead Creamery in Virginia.  Together, they will present best practices for building a culture of excellence, and connect those practices with real-world trends.
 
Attendees will participate in a behind-the-scenes look of one of the Disney parks to talk with cast members and managers about employee attitudes, turnover, recruitment and team development.  Attendees will also tour the Orlando Easterly Wetlands, a manmade wetlands habitat created by the City of Orlando to reuse reclaimed water.
 
The 2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Progressive Dairyman, Rabo AgriFinance, Zinpro and PDPW.
 
To learn more about the executive-level training and to register, visit www.pdpw.org or contact PDPW at 1-800-947-7379.  Registration fee includes training, materials, meals, tours and on-site tour travel.  Hotel and airfare are on your own.  Hotel accommodations will be at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, with a special rate available through Dec. 23, 2017.  Call 1-800-624-4109 for hotel reservations. 
 
Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is an accredited training and offers up to 16.25 Dairy AdvanCE continuing education units (CEUs) and up to 19.5 CEUs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. To learn more or secure credits, visit www.DairyAdvance.org.
 
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed."
 
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