January 19, 2022 | 1:00 PM ET

 The state of labor and workforce challenges are top of mind issues across industries, and the meat industry in particular.  This webinar will provide a snapshot look at where the labor market stands today, where the pressure may build or release in the future, insights on recruitment strategies and ways to offset labor shortages through automation.  The webinar will include a panel discussion focusing on companies that have been able to adapt through implementation of automation solutions, and the challenges and opportunities that automation provides.

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Alex Chausovsky
Alex Chausovsky
Miller Resource Group
Director of Analytics and Consulting
Alex Chausovsky is the Director of Analytics and Consulting at Miller Resource Group. Alex is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than twenty years of expertise across subjects including economics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends. For the last two decades, he has consulted and advised companies throughout the US and Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. Alex has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations and webinars to small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. Alex is currently overseeing a suite of analytics products focused on talent for the Miller Resource Group. He is also consulting with companies to help them become better at attracting, hiring, and retaining the impact players in their industry.

Waheed Chaudhry
Waheed Chaudhry
Automation Project Sales Engineer
Waheed Chaudhry is an Automation Project Sales Engineer with MULTIVAC. His career began as a Mechanical Engineer machine designer. From designing packaging machines to V.P. of Engineering for a robotic integrator, his career spans over 25 years just in the food industry. His technical, operational and commercial knowledge of food processing and packaging segments allow him to provide unique and custom solutions to his customers. Waheed is passionate about what he does and looks to both tried-and-true as well as new technology to solve customer challenges.

Kurt Byrd
Carolina Packers, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer
Kurt Byrd is the Chief Financial Officer at Carolina Packers, Inc., current president of the NC Meat Processors Association (2019-2022), Principal/Founder of Roots for Strength, and has been working in the meat industry over a decade. Carolina Packers is best known for the famous red Bright Leaf Hot Dog and Kurt definitely has Bright Leaf in the blood! His grandfather, Hilton Byrd, worked at Carolina Packers in some capacity over 59 years! Kurt started on the shipping dock and had the fortunate opportunities to work in many sides of the business, giving him a broad perspective on company operations. Kurt specializes in planning and implementing new strategies to maintain and build business. He is experienced with verifiable track records of successes in sales, logistics, financial and forecast analytics, business valuations, business management, team leadership, capital budgeting, project planning, meat brokerage, IT technical support, Enterprise Resource Planning software development, event planning and coordination, marketing, and customer service.

Beyond the duties at Carolina Packers, Kurt can’t get away from the food industry! He enjoys small-scale farming, cooking, and has the privilege to serve the local community through Roots for Strength. The company was created to leverage his talents by providing consulting services and meat products all over the country. Kurt personally delivers groceries locally with his 3-year-old son, with the ultimate mission of partnering with local churches and community organizations to provide meals to folks in need!

MULTIVAC is not only a leader in quality and reliability of packaging and processing equipment, but also offers comprehensive advice based on its extensive experience and unique packaging know-how.

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