Opening Session - NBJ Summit State of the Industry Podcast

This is one podcast in a series from the 2010 NBJ Summit hosted at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, California.  The podcast includes 4 of the most knowledgeable and networked speakers in the natural products industry.  This format is perfect to upload to your iPhone, Ipod, Ipad or other device and listen to on the road.



Revealing consumer insights, emerging retail product trends, strategic industry issues and proprietary market data await attendees at the 2010 NBJ Summit. With the dramatic changes over the past year, understanding the dynamics of our industry as they relate to consumer discretionary spending, price sensitivity and cost structures are of vital importance. Keep your finger on the pulse with the latest insights and industry intelligence from a variety of expert perspectives both inside and outside the nutrition industry.


Tom Aarts Tom is a Principal of Nutrition Capital Network and Managing Director of Nutrition Business Advisors LLC, a strategic advisory firm focused on the nutrition industry. He co-founded Nutrition Business Journal and is Founder and Co-Chair of The NBJ Summit, the premier executive retreat for the nutrition industry. Prior to this, Tom was a Founding Partner of Health Business Partners, an investment banking and consulting firm serving the natural products industry.He has more than 20 years’ experience in management consulting, M&A transactions, investment analysis and market research.t

 Speaker Panel:

Patrick Rea is Publisher and Editorial Director of Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) a market research, publishing and consulting firm serving the nutrition, natural products and alternative health care industries. Rea is also the Co-Chair of The NBJ Summit, an exclusive retreat for C-level executives in the nutrition industry. Rea joined Nutrition Business Journal in 1999 as Research Director, where he led NBJ's research and consulting activities. In 2005, Rea became Director of eMedia for New Hope.

Todd Harrison ESQ., Partner with Venavle LLP has focuses his practice on Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)/Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as other federal, state, and international consumer protection agencies governing rules and regulations related to drugs, foods, dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies, medical devices, medical foods and cosmetics. Mr. Harrison works extensively in the areas of food and dietary supplement safety, labeling and advertising claims.

Scott Van Winkle, CFA, Managing Director for Canaccord Genuity Scott has developed a unique niche role in the integrative healthcare practices arena over the last 27 years, including elements of reporting, organizing, commenting, consulting, cajoling, speaking, networking and serving in executive and board capacities. Weeks is publisher-editor of the Integrator Blog News & Reports, the leading media source on policy, business and education in the integrative practice arena. Weeks’ work has been widely cited in diverse media such as the New York Times, Physician Executive, Medical Economics and Boston Globe.


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