BrightFarms CEO Steve Platt and Cox Enterprises VP Steven Bradley will lead the opening morning keynote address for the 9th annual edition of Indoor Ag-Con, scheduled for Februari 28 – March 1, 2022, at Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, Nevada. Themed 'Growing Your Business', the trade show and conference for indoor and vertical farming will give attendees the opportunity to explore new resources on the expo floor and hear from Platt and Bradley, other CEOs, thought leaders, and industry experts from farms and CEA companies.
“When Cox Enterprises acquired BrightFarms earlier this year, the industry took notice,” says Brian Sullivan, co-owner of Indoor Ag-Con. “We are thrilled to welcome Steve Platt and Steven Bradley to our keynote stage to share their exciting growth plans and vision for the future of our industry. It promises to be an inspiring kick-off to this year’s conference." Click here for the program.
During the opening morning keynote – 8:00 – 8:50 am on Monday, February 28, 2022 – Platt and Bradley will share how BrightFarms and Cox are working together to transform the indoor farming industry and to further strengthen its position as a sustainable platform for the future.
Steve Platt is CEO of BrightFarms, and a veteran Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) executive. Under Steve’s leadership, BrightFarms was acquired by investor Cox Enterprises in 2021. "BrightFarms grows and delivers its greens to local retailers as soon as 24 hours from harvest, producing fresher and more nutritious salads, and significantly reducing overall environmental impact compared to West Coast farms," he shares.
As Vice President of Cox Cleantech for Cox Enterprises, Steve Bradley is responsible for building new cleantech verticals that tackle sustainability challenges while driving profitability, topline growth, and diversification of the core business.
2022 Conference Schedule in development
In addition to Platt and Bradley’s opening morning keynote, additional announcements are coming soon on other headliner keynote presentations planned for the February edition. The 2022 conference will also include a full roster of panel discussions offering a deep dive into three core tracks – Grower, Business, and Technology.
Attendees will find more new initiatives and show highlights to explore in February, including:
- Co-location with national grocers association show: New for 2022, Indoor Ag-Con will co-locate with the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, offering even more networking and business opportunities for attendees and exhibitors alike. The NGA Show and Indoor Ag-Con visitors will have access to all exhibits, and discounts will be available for cross-over educational event attendance.
- Significantly expanded expo floor: 2022 will also welcome the largest expo floor yet for Indoor Ag-Con. From irrigation and LED lighting to environmental control systems, substrates, greenhouse equipment, energy solutions, business services, and more, attendees will have the chance to see the latest introductions and innovations from some of the biggest names in the business, as well as emerging leaders.
- More networking: Exhibitors and attendees can enjoy complimentary luncheons on the show floor each day, a show floor cocktail reception, breakout sessions, networking opportunities with NGA Show attendees, and other opportunities to reconnect with friends and meet new business partners.
When: Monday, February 28 – Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Where: Caesars Forum, 3911 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89101