Presenting #RMTC16 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert S. Zeigler

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Dr. Robert S. Zeigler
Director General and Chief Executive Officer
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Robert “Bob” Zeigler is an internationally respected plant pathologist with over 30 years of experience in agricultural research in the developing world. Zeigler became director general and chief executive officer of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in 2005.
After completing undergraduate work in 1972, Zeigler joined the Peace Corps and spent 2 years as a science teacher in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.

Zeigler earned degrees at Cornell University (PhD), Oregon State University (MSc), and the University of Illinois (BSc). Zeigler has completed corporate management and governance programs from Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Zeigler is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Phytopathological Society, the Indian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and is a member of the honor societies: Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), and Gamma Sigma Delta (agriculture).

Zeigler has authored and co-authored over 100 refereed international journal articles, reports, and scientific papers and has delivered numerous invited lectures worldwide.

My hometown of Houston, Texas welcomes you to the 2016 Rice Market & Technology Convention!

RMTC - Day 1_134Now this is going to be a real exciting event that you will not want to miss – and from the interest shown so early, we believe that the saying “Everything is Bigger in Texas” will be fitting for our 2016 RMTC as we expect it to be our largest ever!  In Texas we have so many resources of support along the gulf coast area such as rice farms, university research programs, ports, seed development companies, rice mills, allied equipment companies and more.  And I have not mentioned Houston’s famous food, shopping, sports, arts and entertainment.  Did someone say “Barbecue”??  It’s on me folks!  See you May 31-June 2, 2016!


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The Royal Sonesta in Houston’s famous Galleria area is the official host hotel for 2016 Rice Market & Technology Convention!

SonestaExteriorCasual sophistication with modern appeal are what you’ll find at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. The Sonesta is AAA-rated Four Diamond and has earned top ratings from customers along with theTripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014. The Royal Sonesta Galleria hotel in Houston puts you at the mecca of shopping with the Galleria mall just minutes away. The area is filled with shopping, dining, andentertainment possibilities. From the newly refreshed, modern atmosphere to the convenient location, delectable dining choices and upscale amenities – you can enjoy full access to a range of area attractions and activities with many within walking distance.

The Royal Sonesta hotel in Houston Galleria is the perfect place to work, gather, rest and retreat. And with the incredible negotiated group reservation rate of only $139 + tax per night, Royal Sonesta is the perfect place to gather with rice experts from throughout the Western Hemisphere.

The RMTC Team
Dwight Roberts

Dwight Roberts

President & CEO

Dwight Roberts, President & CEO of the US Rice Producers Association, has spent the last 30 years working in agriculturally related international activities both in the private sector and as the director for international marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture. He also spent 10 years living and working in the grain and cattle business in South America. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.

Marcela Garcia

Marcela Garcia

RMTC & Marketing Director

Marcela Garcia, RMTC and Marketing Director, graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston. Garcia began working with the USRPA team in May 2009. Garcia has traveled throughout Latin America and Europe, attending a long list of Expos, Conventions, Conferences and Seminars.

Veronica Vargas

Veronica Vargas

Events & Technology Manager

Veronica Vargas, Events & Technology Manager, Vargas is bilingual, has an extensive background working with technology specific to the non-profit industry and graduated from DeVry University with a bachelor’s in Technical Management. Vargas was previously employed with the National Association of Realtors® and the American Orthopedic Association in Illinois. Vargas relocated to the Houston area in 2007 and joined the USRPA team in November of 2009.

Bianka Rodriguez-Linares

Bianka Rodriguez-Linares

Administrative & Marketing Coordinator

Bianka Rodriguez, Administrative Coordinator is responsible for customer care particularly with Latin America. Rodriguez joined the team in 2012, assisting the planning and development of the RMTC. Rodriguez studied at the Universidad Del Valle de Mexico, Mexico City and continues her education with courses at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.  Rodriguez is bilingual, and has work experience in customer service as well as exports and sales.