Save the Date Y’all!

RMTC 2016 is heading to Houston, Texas
May 31 – June 2, 2016

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 $149 + tax per night, Royal Sonesta is the perfect place to gather with rice experts from throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Reserve your room early – time and space is limited!

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 USRPA as an intern in September 2008 and joined the USRPA team in May 2009. Garcia is currently working as Director of International Programs, as well as taking care of the logistics, planning and development of RMTC. 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 Garcia

Bianka Garcia

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.