2018 PDPW Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals

Jan. 16-18, 2018 | Orlando, Fla.

The 2018 Managers Academy for Dairy Professionals is set for January 16-18, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. This executive-level three-day training brings together CEOs, dairy owners and managers, industry directors, processors, marketers and distributors.

​Attendees will learn from Walt Disney World Resort's former Executive Vice President Lee Cockerell and Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus in the agricultural and applied economics department at Virginia Tech. Cockerell and Kohl will share secrets of hiring right and training employees to have the right attitude. The event will include a tour of a Disney park so attendees can discover how the Disney culture, protocols and systems directly relate to dairying.


Participants will also hear from Jim Sleper, CEO of Southeast Milk, Inc. as he shares how they partner with large fluid processors such as Publix Super Markets, Dean Foods and Borden's. In addition, attendees will tour the Iron Bridge Regional Water Reclamation Facility in the Orlando Easterly Wetlands and learn how the facility 'polishes' highly treated water before discharging it into the St. Johns River system.

Continuing education units are available for Dairy AdvanCE (up to 16.25) and School of Veterinary Medicine (up to 19.5).

8:00 a.m. - Training begins (Tue., Jan. 16)
3:30 p.m. - Training concludes (Thu., Jan. 18)

Managers Academy arrival airport:

*Orlando International Airport

Training site & lodging:

*Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Hotel reservations (closes 12/23/17):

Secure your hotel reservation by calling 800-624-4109 or online (mention you're with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin block); $169/night


Registration is open for members at $700 and non-members at $875. All second registrations from the same farm receive a rate of $600. Registration includes training, tour transportation, training materials, refreshments and meals.

*Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee.

A special thank you for our 2018 Managers Academy partners:
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Progressive Dairyman
Rabo AgriFinance

For additional information call PDPW at 800-947-7379 or email at [email protected]

Future Managers Academy Dates:

  • January 15-17, 2019
  • January 14-16, 2020

Did you see the recap from the 2017 Managers Academy? A special thank you to Progressive Dairyman for producing it.

Check it out: