Registration is Open!

2021 Solutions Symposium
Florence, SC June 6-8

Hotel Reservations (Group Code:  RTF)

Sponsorship Now Available. Please contact Regina K. Robuck, RTA Director of Partnership Relations at [email protected].

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Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. At 20 years old, he was a Division 1 starting quarterback at the University of North Texas, when he suffered a career ending injury. He turned to hard core drugs to cope with disappointments of life.

Damon West, M.S Criminal Justice, is a college professor,
nationally known keynote speaker, and best-selling
author (with best-selling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change.  His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison.

His life changed in prison when he realized that like a coffee bean changes with heat and pressure, he could change the environment around him.

Today, Damon lives a life of recovery and service sharing his story of redemption, grit and determination.

MeriBeth McNeil is a Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator in Cordele, Georgia. She opened her restaurant in 2013 after three years of working for Chick-fil-A in Athens, Georgia, and corporate headquarters in Atlanta. What started as a college job has blossomed into leading 100 team members and $6 million in annual sales.

Her passion for the business is rooted in growing up as a coach's daughter. She learned many valuable lessons about leadership and culture watching her dad succeed on the gridiron.

Creating and implementing strategies for people to succeed is not only what she does daily in
the restaurant, but it has become one of her passions in life.

Her husband, Jess, is a 7th generation peanut farmer, and they live on the family farm with their three sons John Davis (6), Duncan (4), and Cooper (1).


2021 Schedule

Sunday 6 June

Arrivals and exhibitor set-up
10:00 am-3:30 pm Golf Tournament at The Traces Golf Club
5:00 pm Welcome reception at the hotel
7:00 pm Dine on your own

Monday 7 June

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast with sponsors
9:00-10:15 am Opening keynote (Damon West)
10:15-10:45 am Break

10:45-Noon Track 1-Overcoming Adversity (Damon West)
                  Track 2-Identifying the scope of the problem: facilitated roundtable on issues with used ties (Ashley Goodin)
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:45 pm Track 1-What 2020 taught us 
                     Track 2-BioChar and Pyrolysis Panel from Purdue University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville and NC State University
2:45-3:15 pm Break
3:15-5:00 pm Track 1-Health and safety fireside chat with EHS Support Services
                     Track 2-Piecing together the puzzle: fireside chat on solutions
6:00-8:00pm Reception

Tuesday 8 June

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast with sponsors
9:00-10:15 am Keynote Corporate Culture/Ethics (MeriBeth McNeil)
10:15-10:45 am Break
10:45-Noon Track 1-Evolution of the CFA Drive-Thru and Attracting, hiring, and retaining employees of all skill levels (MeriBeth McNeil)
Track 2-Follow-up Plan Development for Tie Life Cycle and Determination
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch and last walk-through of exhibits
2-5 pm-Local Plant/Facility Tours, Spouse Event and Exhibitor Breakdown

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