The CAT Squared User Summit is designed to add value to food production operations by sharing best practices in the industry for adopting new technology to manufacturing processes.

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TA Technology Conference for the Food Industry


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  • $850 – Individual registration (Early bird)
  • $950 – Individual registration (After March 31)
  • $2,850 – Group of four (4 for the price of 3 special) - email for group discount code.

This year's Summit will be hosted at the historic Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain. Event attendees can look forward to:

    • Group discount special (Register 4 for the price of 3).
    • Bundled pricing on lodging & meals during conference days to ease budget planning.
    • Preview lodging options on the Rockefeller Institute's website.
    • Training on new features in CAT Squared's software modules.
    • Featured speakers presenting the latest developments in traceability technology and safety/quality regulations.


Please contact the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to book your lodging. (Rates listed below. First come, first served.) Toll Free: 866-972-7778


For each additional adult in any room $10 charge per night
Grove $99 per night plus tax
Meadows rooms (excludes suite) $99 per night plus tax
Meadows Jr. Suite (2) $119 per night plus tax
President’s Lodge double queens $109 per night plus tax
President’s Lodge King Rooms $119 per night plus tax
President’s Lodge Suite or Studio Rooms $129 per night plus tax



Conference topics are broken into two categories:

1) General Interest & Keynote Speakers

This year's Summit will feature more topics on traceability and our approach to blockchain for supply-chain visibility. As always, our keynote speakers will include topics on updated regulations and best practices for technology adoption.

2) Breakout Training Sessions

These sessions are designed to tackle common issues and challenges found on the plant floor with implementing and maintaining new hardware and software solutions. CAT Squared's subject-matter experts have selected specific software modules and hardware solutions to provide hands-on training to current users. Additionally, CAT Squared will showcase our Android apps for mobile handhelds, new functionality added to our FSQM (Food Safety Quality Management) system with additional integrations to WMS, and more.


    • Plant-floor users of CAT Squared software.
    • Plant managers responsible for food quality & safety, IT, or operations.
    • Company decision-makers who are responsible for value-chain optimization and plant-modernization efforts.



  • MONDAY (August 16) - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Hosted bar reception at the Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain.
  • TUES-THURS (August 17-19) - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm - Keynote speaker presentations and breakout sessions.
  • DINNERS (August 17-19) - Special banquets are planned each night. (Tuesday: at the Rockefeller Boathouse beside Lake Abby. Wednesday: at Show Barn Hall, the original show barn for Winrock Farms in the 1950s and '60s. Thursday: on the patio of River Rock Grill with tours available of Mrs. Rockefeller's art studio with a panoramic view from the mountain top.)
  • FRIDAY (August 20) - Customer Appreciation Day at CAT Squared headquarters. Please consider staying an extra day for food and fun at the CAT Squared North American Headquarters. Last year’s activities included paintball, skeet shooting, hiking, bowling, and an evening of great food and fellowship.

If you would like to suggest a topic, please email

Kathy Barbeire

Written by Kathy Barbeire

Throughout my career, I’ve helped organizations think of creative ways to (1) harness new technology to maximize effectiveness, (2) collect relevant data to measure and improve performance, and (3) use data to tell compelling stories to customers and stakeholders. In 2015, I became CAT Squared’s marketing manager. In this role, I monitor industry trends to (1) ensure our products are flexible enough to adapt to new industry standards and (2) prepare our customers for new technologies with the potential to disrupt the industry. I’ve represented CAT Squared as a participant in a blockchain learning group that has grown out of Blockchain for Arkansas (BC4AR), an initiative launched by Governor Asa Hutchinson to promote capacity building around blockchain technology. As my own knowledge and capacity grow, I develop new content to educate our supply chain partners and help them prepare for the transition ahead. Prior to launching my career, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional and technical writing and a double minor in sociology and information technology. I later returned to UALR and completed the MBA program. Before joining CAT Squared, I applied my passion for data-driven storytelling to help nonprofits define their goals, track program metrics, and engage donors and community stakeholders in their missions to fight hunger, poverty, and homelessness, first as a program manager for the Our House Homeless Shelter in Little Rock, and then at The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command.