Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market, to Speak at the HIA 2013 Conference
The 2013 HIA Conference, Lobby Day & AGM in Washington, DC

Remember to Register and Book Your Hotel Room Today

WASHINGTON, DC - October 30, 2013 - We hope that you have already made plans to attend the upcoming HIA Conference in Washington, DC, which will be held on Sunday and Monday November 17th-18th. If not, please don't wait any longer. We have lined up a number of very interesting speakers for the conference. Our latest speaker - Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market - is profiled below.

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Speaker Profile 

Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market
Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market
Topic: Hemp at Whole Foods Market

Errol Schweizer has dedicated his career to improving the natural and organic food industry. Through his commitment to better sourcing and his passion for great food, Schweizer has helped to bring more than 5,000 culinary finds to the national marketplace. Under his leadership, Whole Foods Market continues to expand its selection of Fair Trade, Organic, and Non GMO products, while pushing suppliers to improve their quality standards and responsible sourcing practices. Errol and his Grocery team are leading the charge on Whole Foods Market's commitment to ethical sourcing, supply chain transparency and product innovation. He and his family are currently homesteading a few wooded acres on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. In his spare time, Errol can be found reading, hanging out with his kids or hiking.
So far we have confirmed these speakers for the 2013 HIA Conference:

Tony Budden, Hemporium - South Africa
Ben Droz, Vote Hemp
Patrick Goggin, Vote Hemp
Kevin Greenwood, VP Marketing, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods
Anndrea Hermann, M.Sc., P.Ag. B.GS., The Ridge International Cannabis Consulting
Erik Hunter, Hemp Cleans
Fred Kirsch, Hemp for America
Steve Levine, Vote Hemp
Tom Murphy, Vote Hemp & The Hemp Report
Larry Serbin, Hemp Traders
Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods Market
Eric Steenstra, Vote Hemp & HIA
Christina Volgyesi, Director of Marketing, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
George Weiblen, PhD, University of Minnesota

This year, after the suggestion of many members, we have also added a second day to the conference. This will be an Organized Lobby Day and you have the opportunity to attend one or both days. Be sure not to miss out on the great speakers and networking of the HIA Conference 2013, make your reservation today!

Silent Auction & Gift Bag Opportunity - As we do every year we will have a Silent Auction to fundraise for the HIA. Please bring items to the HIA Conference and donate them for us to auction off. Also, this year we will be giving gift bags for the speakers. Please email Tom Murphy for more information on these opportunities.

Bringing It Home Screening Nov. 18 in DC - The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) presents a free screening of Bringing It Home, a documentary about hemp, healthy homes and a greener future for America, 7:00 p.m. November 18th at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC as part of the HIA Conference and Hemp Lobby Day. HIA leaders featured in the documentary film include Eric Steenstra, Anndrea Hermann, David Bronner, John Roulac, and Vote Hemp's Ben Droz. Filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson will be in attendance. Please click here to learn more. If you are coming to Washington, DC and want to schedule a meeting with your Congressional offices, please start by clicking here and fill out our form to help you schedule a meeting with your Congressperson and/or Senator(s) for our Lobby Day.

2013 HIA Conference & Lobby Day - Late registration is $350 from October 19 to November 10; Door registration will be $400. (Subtract $50 per additional company attendee.) The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday, November 17. (The hotel offers breakfast in their restaurant next to The Dubliner pub.) It also includes attendance to our Annual General Meeting, panel discussions and awards dinner, as well as the opportunity to network with other members. It also includes the Lobby Day on Monday, November 18, which includes training and speakers at the hotel in the morning. Your travel, lodging and meals (except as noted above) are not included.

Lobby Day Only - General registration is $50 from June 15 to November 10; Door registration will be $75. (Lobby Day will include training and speakers at the hotel in the morning and an HIA Supporting membership. Your travel, lodging and meals are not included.)

Please click here to download the Event Flyer and Registration Form (PDF file 1.2 MB).

Please join us in Washington, DC in November!

Phoenix Park Hotel - Washington, DC


More About the 2013 HIA Conference 

Late registration is $350 from October 19 to November 10; Door registration will be $400. (Subtract $50 per additional company attendee.)

Please click here to register for the 2013 HIA Conference.

Additional information, including the hotel phone number, registration form, payment options, and other event details like the Awards Dinner, is available on the 2013 Conference page on our Web site.

If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to call the HIA office at 707-874-3648.

Please note: Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations. Early booking is highly recommended. Once our block of reserved rooms runs out, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have a room for you.

You may call the hotel to make your reservation or you may book online.

When you call, please remember to mention the Hemp Industries Association Annual or Group Code 17818 when booking to get the HIA group rate, if available, and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number. If you are booking online at remember to enter the Group Code 17818 to obtain our group rate.

You must make your reservation by Friday, October 18 to get the HIA group rate. The hotel will accept reservations from attendees after the cut-off date only on a space- and rate-available basis.

Please click here for more detailed reservation booking information.

Please join us in Washington, DC this November!
About the Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.

Hemp Industries Association
Tom Murphy
HIA Newsletter Editor
phone: 207-542-4998
Hemp Industries Association
Kathi Levine
HIA Member Services
phone: 707-874-3648 x3