FIEN, LLC was founded in the early 1990s by Jack Cooper. He would take the subway from his home in suburban Maryland to the U.S. Government Bookstore in DC to purchase the Federal Register and Congressional Record. As he pored over the contents on his way home, he'd tear out pages to fax that same day to professionals in the food and ag industry. As FIEN and the issues it covers grew, Jack brought in a couple of partners to help better service FIEN customers. With today's advanced technology, alerts can be sent anywhere, within an hour of being made publicly available. By subscribing to FIEN, you receive vetted, customized information tailored to your business needs, delivered in a timely manner. Jack retired from FIEN in October 2017 and established the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative (ADFPI). For Jack's new contact information and to learn more, visit www.adfpi.org .
Here are the people behind FIEN today:
Jimmy Liu, Partner; Business and Information Manager - From 2000-2010, Jimmy has served as a Technical Information Specialist with the USDA ARS National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland where he focused on information management and helped develop and manage various Web and database applications for the Food Safety Information Center, the Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO), the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC), Healthy Meals Resource System, WIC Works Resource System, and SNAP-Ed Connection. Jimmy continuously looked for innovative ways to collect and disseminate information to stakeholders and started various Web 2.0, social and mobile media initiatives at the Library, including the @FoodSafety Twitter which reached over 13,000 followers in less than 2 years. Prior to that, he worked in the food industry for over 9 years as a Product Development Manager and a Quality Assurance Manager for Grace Culinary Systems/Townsend Culinary in Laurel, Maryland where helped develop and implement the company's HACCP program. Jimmy holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and completed his graduate course work in the Food Science program at the University of Maryland in College Park. He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).
Betsy Faga, Partner; Administrative and Financial Manager - Betsy spent over forty years representing the grain milling industry in Washington, DC. From 1998-2010 she was president of the North American Millers' Association (NAMA), the trade association of the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industry. NAMA was established as a result of the merger of the Millers' National Federation, the American Corn Millers Federation, Protein Grain Products International, and the American Oat Association. Prior to the merger, Betsy held a variety of positions with two of the umbrella groups -- Protein Grain Products and the American Corn Millers. She was named president of both organizations in 1986. She was deeply involved in legislative, regulatory and research activities of the industry, and traveled extensively overseas in connection with the industry's work in the U.S. government's food assistance programs. She retired in 2010 and has continued a consultancy business with clients both inside and outside the food and agriculture industry. She graduated from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA with a degree in education.
Elana Natker, Partner; Subscriber Relations and Marketing - Elana is a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert with two decades of communications experience. She began her career as a public relations professional with an undergraduate degree in communications from American University, and then pivoted to earn a Master's degree in nutrition and become a registered dietitian through Colorado State University's combined masters/internship program. She works with major food, beverage and supplement brands, suppliers and associations on their nutrition communications initiatives. Her skills are in business strategy, writing, relationship-building, and education, specializing in the areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness. She is an expert spokesperson, having been quoted in WomensHealthMag.com, Women's World, Shape, the Washington Post, Washingtonian Mom, WebMD and other major media outlets. Most recently, Elana was awarded the Emerging Leader in Dietetics award by the D.C. Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently serving as Chair-Elect of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group.
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