USSEC Hosts U.S. Soy Buyers Conference in Korea

By - Monday, September 28, 2015

USSEC hosted the U.S. Soy Buyers Conference and reception in Seoul, South Korea on September 18. The event commemorated USSEC’s 35-year presence in Korea and bid farewell to Say Young Jo, USSEC Country Director – Korea, who will retire on September 30 after 35 years of service to the U.S. Soy industry. 26 CEOs from the Korean crushing, feed and soy food industries attended the conference.

Belinda Burrier, United Soybean Board (USB) director, and Ray Gaesser, American Soybean Association (ASA) chairman, traveled to Korea for the events. Ms. Burrier presented the “2015-2016 U.S. Soybean Crop Forecast” and Mr. Gaesser spoke about “Biotechnology to Global Food Demand & Soybean/Corn to Export Pipeline” at the conference.

After the seminar, USSEC hosted a reception and dinner with more than 190 Koran customers attending. USSEC CEO Jim Sutter delivered his welcome remarks to the customers via video.

Leaders of Korea’s soy-using industries expressed their appreciation to USSEC and to Mr. Jo for their contributions to their industries by presenting plaques of appreciation and gifts.

USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke, introduced Dr. Hyung-Suk Lee as the new country director and emphasized the continuous partnership between the U.S. Soy industry and Korea’s soy-using industries.

Retiring USSEC Country Director - Korea Say Young Jo Welcomes customers at the U.S. Soy Buyers Reception and dinner.

Retiring USSEC Country Director – Korea Say Young Jo Welcomes customers at the U.S. Soy Buyers Reception and dinner.

Belinda Burrier, USB director, welcomes Korean customers to the U.S. Soy buyers reception and dinner.

Belinda Burrier, USB director, welcomes Korean customers to the U.S. Soy buyers reception and dinner.

Ray Gaesser, ASA chairman, presents "Biotechnology to Global Food Demand & Soybean/ Corn to Export Pipeline" at the U.S. Soy Buyers Conference.

Ray Gaesser, ASA chairman, presents “Biotechnology to Global Food Demand & Soybean/ Corn to Export Pipeline” at the U.S. Soy Buyers Conference.