top of page
Dinner Meeting at Blue Mesa Grill
Dinner Meeting at Blue Mesa Grill

Thu, Feb 15


Blue Mesa Grill, Addison

Dinner Meeting at Blue Mesa Grill

Join us for the LIFT February Meeting in Addison at Blue Mesa Grill!

Registration is closed
See other events

Time & Location

Feb 15, 2024, 6:00 PM

Blue Mesa Grill, Addison, 14866 Montfort Dr, Dallas, TX 75254, USA

About the event

Please mark your calendar and join the Longhorn IFT Team for our February, 2024 LIFT meeting.

We are planning a truly fantastic dinner event at Blue Mesa Grill, see all the details below:


6:00pm Start Time


$35 per person includes dinner (ample parking available at this location, as well)

Our Special Guest Presenter: Jamie Valenti-Jordan, CFS 

CEO of Catapult Commercialization Services, Inc.


Contract Manufacturing - Tactic vs. Strategy

Speaker- Bio:

Jamie Valenti-Jordan, CFS is the CEO of Catapult Commercialization Services Inc, a 90-person consulting group focused on providing technical and operational solutions for food and beverage companies.  Prior to this, he has spent his 20 year career at Campbell Soup, Del Monte Foods, and JUST in process R&D, engineering, and operations.  During his career, he has installed over $100M in capital equipment, commercialized over 1000 products, and received a patent in tomato peeling.  He teaches Food Engineering and Food Processing at Mount Mary University.  He serves on the Board of Directors for IFT and is a strong advocate for emerging and scaling brands.  He also serves as Cubmaster for his son's Cub Scout Pack and Dungeon Master for his weekly D&D campaign.


Contract manufacturing (co-manufacturing) is the leveraging of equipment owned by another party to make the product you intend to sell under your brand.  This equipment is often larger or with more capabilities than is needed to meet your direct needs, so economies of scale are possible prior to having the sales volume necessary to use it.  This partnership between coman and brand can lead to many possible engagements, both short and long term, to help accelerate and derisk the path to commercialization.  This discussion will review typical and atypical production strategies and tactics using contract manufacturing.


  • Dinner

    Includes Dinner, Networking & Presentation for One

    +$0.88 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Bar Sponsor

    Be one of our 2 Bar Sponsors for this event!

    +$5.00 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Appetizer Sponsor

    Sponsor the Appetizers for this event (there will be a maximum of just 3 appetizer sponsors).

    +$3.75 service fee
    Sale ended



Share this event

bottom of page