Speakers

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Timothy G. Dietrich

Barley Snyder

Tim Dietrich leads Barley’s Food and Agribusiness Industry practice and provides strategic advice for businesses, financial institutions and governments in a number of areas, including organization and governance and the structuring, negotiation, and closing of corporate and commercial financial transactions. Tim advises clients on regulatory issues involving the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other authorities.

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David Freedman

Barley Snyder

David Freedman is a partner at Barley Snyder and an experienced labor and employment litigator who represents public and private employers of all types and sizes in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. David also counsels employers on issues related to employee discipline, termination, workplace harassment, and compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws.

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Ross H. Pifer

Penn State Law

Ross H. Pifer is a member of the faculty at Penn State Law where he also serves as Director of the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law.  In the classroom, Professor Pifer teaches courses on Agricultural Law, Oil and Gas Law, and Property.  He has given numerous presentations throughout Pennsylvania, across the United States, and internationally on agricultural law and shale gas topics to audiences consisting of agricultural producers, landowners, attorneys, judges, governmental officials, academics, and the general public.

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Josh A. Pollet, CPA

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Josh A. Pollet, CPA joined Herbein in 2005, and is a partner in the audit department. Josh is responsible for managing the audits of several of the firm’s largest clients. He works primarily within the dairy, food, cooperatives and manufacturing industries. He also specializes in providing consulting services to clients in the dairy and food processing industries.

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Troy Rider

Barley Snyder

Troy Rider is a partner in Barley Snyder’s Business, Finance & Creditors’ Rights and Real Estate practice groups. He counsels clients on all facets of business transactions, including succession planning for closely held businesses and the structuring, negotiation and closing of commercial and financial transactions. He has experience working with companies that range from small family businesses to large publicly traded companies, in industries such as medical practices, dental practices, food processing facilities, manufacturers and construction companies.

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Randall Raifsnider, ASA, MBA

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Randall C. Raifsnider, ASA, MBA is a partner in the firm’s Management Advisory Services group. He specializes in business valuations of closely-held businesses and litigation support engagements.  Through training and experience, Randy is able to identify the appropriate standard of value and valuation approach for each situation.

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Silas Ruiz-Steele

Barley Snyder

Silas Ruiz-Steele chairs Barley Snyder’s Immigration Practice Group. She has focused her practice on immigration and nationality law for more than 12 years, regularly counseling and assisting employers and their employees as well as private individuals in their immigration needs.

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David W. Stonesifer

Herbein + Company, Inc.

David W. Stonesifer, CPA is a partner in Herbein’s audit department. Dave is responsible for all aspects of services provided to clients with an emphasis in the manufacturing and distribution industries. He also specializes in providing consulting services to clients in the dairy and food processing industries. In this capacity, he provides cost analysis, cost benchmarking studies, and other management advisory services to companies in these industries.

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Jill Welch

Barley Snyder

Jill Welch is a partner in Barley Snyder’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She counsels companies in handling workplace challenges and helps clients resolve disputes, claims, cases, and litigation in all aspects of labor and employment law. As an employment law counselor, Jill assists in developing employment policies, employee handbook provisions, non-compete and restrictive covenants and severance agreements, and has assisted companies through difficult layoffs and reductions in force.

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Maria D. Stromple

Herbein + Company, Inc.

As Partner and Director of Firmwide Tax Services, Maria D. Stromple, CPA, MST, PFP, is responsible for providing a consistent approach to client services, establishing and monitoring tax policies and procedures, overseeing staff training and mentoring and creating processes to ensure that the firm is providing progressive tax services. Maria has more than 30 years of public accounting experience. Her diversified experience includes federal and multistate compliance and planning for closely-held businesses as well as comprehensive strategic tax planning to high net worth individuals, executives and family-owned businesses. Maria’s expertise includes philanthropic tax planning, retirement planning, executive compensation tax benefit planning and individual state residency planning.

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James H. Nehr

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Jim joined Herbein in 2008 with years of experience from regional certified public accounting firms. Jim’s specialization focuses on tax compliance and transactional tax planning services delivered to many of the firm’s clients in a broad range of industries. Jim is well-versed in multi-state tax issues including determination
of nexus.

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Elizabeth F. Hassler

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Elizabeth F. Hassler, CPA joined Herbein + Company in 2015 and is a Partner in our Tax Department. Elizabeth has more than 18 years of experience in public accounting. As a leader of the Reading Tax Department, Liz’s experience
provides her with the knowledge and practical experience to excel in all aspects of her practice. At Herbein, she works with Federal and Multi-State Tax Return Compliance, and tax planning for clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and technology. Her areas of expertise include closely held corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and high net worth individuals.

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Bryanna L. Fredericks

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Bryanna Fredericks, CPA began her career with Herbein + Company in 2007 and is a Manager in the Tax and Small Business Department. Bryanna assists with federal and multi-state tax compliance and planning for many of the firm’s major business clients. As Herbein + Company’s client base in the cooperative arena has expanded, Bryanna has focused much of her work in assisting those clients with tax compliance and financial statement tax accrual computations and disclosures.

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Jack M. Kolmansberger

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Jack Kolmansberger is the Chief Marketing Officer at Herbein + Company, Inc. His responsibilities at Herbein include branding initiatives, promoting a firm-wide marketing culture across multiple offices, increasing process efficiencies, and directing new business development.

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EmmaRose Boyle

Barley Snyder

EmmaRose is an associate in the firm’s Food & Agribusiness Industry Group, keeping a close eye on the state and federal regulatory agencies that guide the industry and how regulation change could affect clients. She is also a member of the firm’s Business and Personal Planning practice groups.

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Jeremy Frey

Barley Snyder

Jeremy is chair of the firm’s Business Practice Group and also is part of the Food & Agribusiness Industry Group, where he provides general counsel in a variety of areas to clients in the food and agricultural industries. He has successfully appealed the denial of crop insurance claims for an Adams County orchard to federal court.

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Christian R. Herr

PennAg Industries Association

Herr is the Executive Vice President of PennAg Industries Association. In his position, he and his staff of eight represent the interests of more than 500 agribusiness and production agriculture operations. PennAg has become a national leader in advocating for farm animal welfare and progressive changes in production and processing practices. Before joining PennAg, Chris served 18 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, eight of those as Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs. He served in the administrations of six different governors. Chris grew up on a family farm in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The Herr Family currently operates farms in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware. Chris is a 1985 graduate of Penn State University and has a degree in Agriculture Education.

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M. Sean High

Center for Agricultural and Shale Law

Born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Sean developed a strong interest in agriculture while working summers on his grandparents’ dairy farm. A graduate of the Penn State Law, he serves as a staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law where his duties include researching
agricultural legal developments and providing educational outreach. Sean is a regular contributor to the Penn State Agricultural Law Brief monthly newsletter, the Penn State Agricultural Law Weekly Review Blog and the Penn State Agricultural Law Podcast.

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Scott Landis

Barley Snyder

Scott is a partner in Barley Snyder’s Food & Agribusiness Industry Group, as well as its Intellectual Property Practice Group. His intellectual property practice also includes representing the firm’s food and agribusiness clients in trademarks, branding, labeling and unfair competition issues.

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Kyla Smith

Pennsylvania Certified Organic

Kyla is the Interim Co-Executive Director and Certification Director at Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), a USDA accredited certification agency that certifies over 1600 operations in the United States. She has worked
in the organic industry for 16 years. In her current roles, Kyla assures that PCO and its mission, program and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders in adherence to PCO’s strategic plan and oversees the certification, inspection and material teams. Kyla recently participated in the Organic Trade Association’s task force on global organic supply chain integrity, who’s mandate was to develop a best practice guide to use in managing and verifying global organic supply chain integrity to help brands and traders manage and mitigate the risk and occurrence of organic fraud. She received her master’s degree in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute).

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Timothy W. Tully

Tully & Holland, Inc.

Tim is President of Tully & Holland, Inc. and serves as head of the firm’s Consumer and Food Groups. His 20-year investment banking experience includes merger & acquisition and corporate finance advisory services
for clients throughout the consumer packaged goods sector. He has represented clients in sellside, buyside and capital raising transactions within food & beverage, direct marketing & retail, pet food, sporting goods, giftware & souvenirs, and other specialty products categories. Prior to joining Tully & Holland, Tim spent almost 20 years advising companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. and General Mills, Inc. and held senior management positions with H.J. Heinz Company and RJR Nabisco, both here and abroad. Tim began his
career in the corporate lending training program at Citibank, N.A., after which he held positions in marketing, general management and corporate development at multiple Fortune 500 consumer product companies. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.

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Ruth A. Welliver

PA Department of Agriculture

Ruth was appointed Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry in August of 2016, after 25 years of service with the PA Department of Agriculture. Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University, a doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and began her career at PDA as a plant virologist.