Crisis Management

ARA Crisis Management Workshop

In the event of a crisis, does your organization have an Emergency Action Plan?  If so, is it actionable?  What does it take to create a safety-conscious culture?

Attend the ARA Crisis Management Workshop to create or refine a personalized Emergency Action Plan that is relevant, implementable, and sustainable for the needs of your business and the local emergency resources.  Sponsored by FMC, this day and a half workshop will be held April 3-5, 2018, in San Diego.

The content of the workshop will revolve around three fundamental principles of crisis management: plan preparation (PREPARE), actions and activities required to manage a crisis (RESPOND), and requirements to keep a crisis plan sustainable (SUSTAIN).

Led by FMC Environment Health and Safety and Operational Leader Renato Prestes and Dr. Jaye L. Hamby, a leader in agricultural education, the day and a half program features industry best practices, interaction scenarios, and a template Emergency Action Plan.


Renato Prestes

Renato Prestes is a global environmental health and safety and operational leader with more than 25 years' experience providing clear and compelling EHS vision, developing and communicating strategy and leading transformation initiatives.

Prestes joins Dr. Jaye L. Hamby to present the Agricultural Retailers Association's Crisis Management Workshop. Prestes is known for creating solutions, tools, and systems to simplify operations and increase productivity, as well as integrating EHS and operations into all aspects of daily work.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Safety and Environmental Engineering. Before joining FMC he held EHS roles with Union Carbide, J&J, Marsh Co., and Monsanto. 

Hamby has an extensive and diversified background in agriculture. Through his professional endeavors, Dr. Hamby has consultative expertise in both the agronomy and livestock market segments and has led the launch efforts for numerous crop protection products and livestock pharmaceuticals. Hamby served as a primary consultant for a rebranding initiative for a major agricultural retailer and is often invited to assist agribusiness organizations with their strategic planning efforts. Academically, Dr. Hamby has conducted significant agricultural policy research beginning with an implementation analysis of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990.

He has taught agricultural courses in futures and options, commodity price analysis and international trade. Dr. Hamby completed a bachelor's in agricultural education with summa cum laude honors from the University of Tennessee. He attended Oklahoma State University and earned masters and doctorate degrees in agricultural education with a specialization in agricultural economics.



Attendees will take a brief pre-session survey to determine their Crisis Readiness Inventory evaluating current crisis plan and practices.

Tues. April 3

6:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception & Dinner 

Shoreline (Located next to the Marina Tower’s Lagoon Pool and the Marina.)

Wed. April 4

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop
Executive 3A & 3B of the Marina Tower

6:30 p.m. Reception & Dinner 
Harbor's Edge - Marina Tower 

Thurs. April 5

8:30 a.m. – Noon Workshop
Noon Departures 

Dates / Location

April 2-4, 2019 (Tentative) 


Registration Fees

ARA Members: $550

Non-Members: $850

Maximum 16 participants

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All registration cancellations and registration transfer requests must be submitted by two-weeks before the event for processing. Registration is not refundable for cancellations within two-weeks of the event. To submit a cancellation, email


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