The Rice Market & Technology Convention is an annual event which provides an unprecedented program full of world class economists, scientists and other industry members.  In addition, RMTC hosts a of breakout sessions, workshops and other case studies, in which all conference delegates will have a chance to engage in conversation with these world renowned experts.

This year, RMTC returns to Miami, Florida! Join the largest and most diverse gathering of rice industry professionals in the western hemisphere this coming June 6th through the 8th for the opportunity to network, learn and enjoy all Miami has to offer!

Browse the RMTC site for information regarding Hotel, Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities, past RMTC’s and more, as information is contentiously updated!


The RMTC Team

Dwight Roberts

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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

Chief Operating Officer

Marcela Garcia, USRPA Vice President, graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship. Garcia began working with USRPA as an intern in September 2008 and joined the USRPA team in May 2009. In addition to developing and implementing USRPA’s current International Promotions Programs, Garcia has been in charge of the annual Rice Marketing & Technology Convention, which brings together rice industry from throughout the Western Hemisphere, promoting international trade and networking. Garcia currently heads the logistics, planning and development of RMTC and serves as the first point of contact for RMTC Sponsors. Garcia has traveled throughout Latin America and Europe, attending events and meetings, representing the US Rice Producers Association and promoting the U.S. rice industry. Marcela Garcia is fully bilingual and currently resides in Katy, Texas.


Veronica Galvan

Veronica Galvan

Events & Technology Manager

Veronica Galvan, Events & Technology Manager, is responsible for the organization’s technical and digital strategies including production of marketing materials for international and domestic initiatives. Galvan 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. Galvan was previously employed with the National Association of Realtors® and the American Orthopedic Association in Illinois. Galvan relocated to the Houston area in 2007 and joined the USRPA team in November of 2009. Currently working with logistics, planning and development of RMTC, Veronica Galvan is also in charge of online registration, is bilingual and resides in Katy, Texas.


Bianka Rodriguez-Linares

Bianka Rodriguez-Linares

Marketing Coordinator

Bianka Rodriguez, International Programs Coordinator is responsible for coordinating International Promotions development and provides a variety of administrative and customer support particularly with Latin America, Staff and the USRPA Board of Directors.  Rodriguez also takes care of the logistics, planning and development of RMTC, coordinates and facilitates visa requests between delegates and the U.S. Embassies and serves as the first point of contact for RMTC Speakers and Exhibitors. Rodriguez joined the USRPA team in 2012, studied at the Universidad Del Valle de Mexico, Mexico City, and continues her education with courses at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and is pursuing a Business Management Certificate at the Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile. Rodriguez is bilingual, and has extensive work experience in customer service as well as exports and sales. Rodriguez currently resides in Houston, Texas.