If you are driving or renting a car, for directions go to www.omnihotels.com. If you are flying,
upon arrival in Indianapolis, proceed to the baggage claim area. At the bottom of the escalator, a
representative from Lew White Tours will be holding a “Mycogen Seeds” sign and will give you
directions to your vehicle.
On Wednesday, please be in the hotel lobby 2 hours prior to your flight time and transportation will
again be provided by Lew White Tours.
Omni Severin Hotel
40 West Jackson Place
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: 317-396-3656 Fax: 317-687-3619
Monday, upon arrival at the hotel, please proceed to the Mycogen Seeds desk in the lobby. There
you will receive your room key and meeting materials. Dow AgroSciences will be paying for your
room, meals, and ground transportation January 19-21, but we ask that you stop by the hotel’s
front desk at some point to leave a credit card for incidentals.
OMNI SEVERIN HOTEL, INDIANAPOLIS
Attire for the meeting is business casual. Long pants and close toe shoes are required for the
Research and Development tour on Wednesday.
JANUARY 19-21, 2009
Carol Moore, Dow AgroSciences, 317-337-3696
Monday, January 19 FRANK MILES
Laugh At Fear
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Hotel & Dow AgroSciences Registration Omni Lobby
A professional variety comedian with many TV and Las Vegas credits, Frank Miles died in a hang
5:30 PM Reception Severin Ballroom
gliding accident and was revived by emergency room doctors. Courage - he suddenly realized -
6:30 PM Dinner Severin Terrace / Lobby
isn’t facing death, it’s facing life. After a full recovery, Frank left the safety of his familiar career
7:30 PM Laugh at Fear (Frank Miles)
and embarked on a new adventure. Using comic monologues, juggling, music, and magic, he
8:15 PM Dessert and Conversation
created startling and often beautiful visual metaphors to illustrate the simple truths that can set
us free from fear. Frank has been honored with laughter and standing ovations from audiences
Tuesday, January 20
as large as 14,000 people.
6:30 AM Breakfast Severin Ballroom / Lobby
8:00 AM Introductions and Welcome (Greg Cannon) Fisher Ballroom
8:15 AM The Top Ten Stupid Things That Break Up a Business
The Top Ten Stupid Things That Break Up a Business
Jolene Brown will have you laughing while you learn! She’s fun and funny, long-legged but not
9:30 AM Break
long-winded, and so insightful audiences accuse her of sleeping under their beds. The positive
10:00 AM Navigating the Corn Silage Maze (Ev Thomas)
impact of her work is well documented by the accolades of those who have heard her speak.
11:45 AM Lunch Severin Ballroom / Lobby
Coming from West Branch, Iowa this real “Farmer Brown” uniquely understands the hearts,
1:00 PM Mycogen Seeds Update Fisher Ballroom
homes and the business of agriculture. Through humor, hope, and helpful ideas her messages
(Agronomy & Nutrition Team)
are guaranteed to bring ideas to put into action and something good to talk about in the days to
2:00 PM Producer Panel (Moderator David Parker, Agribusiness Group)
3:30 PM Free Time
6:00 PM Dinner / Entertainment Depart from Lobby
As a professional speaker, Jolene is an honored recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional award. (CSP) This is the
highest earned designation of speaking achievement from the National Speakers Association. She’s made numerous guest
Wednesday, January 21 appearances for television and radio broadcasts and her work has been featured in several major publications.
6:30 AM Breakfast Severin Ballroom / Lobby
7:45 AM Board Buses Meet in Omni Lobby Along with her professional speaking, Jolene blends many different roles: farm partner with husband Keith, Mom of two
8:00 AM Depart for Dow AgroSciences daughters, and an avid supporter of community and church activities. Her real life stories have been gathered from every day
8:45 AM Introduction and Tour of R&D Facility Training Room C & D life and shared with people throughout North America and countries beyond.
11:30 AM Board Buses for Return to Omni Meet in Lobby
12:00 PM Lunch & Departures Severin Ballroom / Lobby EV THOMAS
Navigating the Corn Silage Maze
Travel Safely Home
Everett Thomas has worked as an agronomist in northern New York since 1966, first as a
regional Extension Specialist for Cornell University and from 1981 to 2008 at the William H.
Miner Institute. He is recognized by the industry as an expert in crop production and research
and is a frequent contributor to Hoard’s Dairyman and other agricultural magazines. Ev’s field
crop consulting work has taken him to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and throughout
North America. He has received numerous industry honors, including Outstanding Alumnus from
the University of Connecticut; Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council;
and Award of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture. Ev holds a B.S.
in Animal Husbandry from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Extension Education from Cornell University.