AFOA to Unite Fats and Oils Industry at 60th Annual Meeting


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American Fats and Oils Association

Isaiah Kingston serves as the chief financial officer of Washakie Renewable Energy, where he oversees the development of performance measures that uphold the company’s strategic direction. Beyond his obligations with the Utah-based company, Isaiah Kingston maintains affiliation with the American Fats and Oils Association (AFOA). The organization is preparing for its 60th Annual Meeting in October 2017.

The Annual AFOA Meeting presents professionals in the fats and oils industry with a platform to exchange ideas with peers and connect with customers and suppliers. Featuring a series of forums, seminars, and industry panel discussions, the meeting will explore various topics that range from animal proteins and vegetable oils to biofuels. Several keynote speakers will lead discussions, and participants will engage in networking opportunities through luncheons and receptions. In addition, the AFOA will host its 60th Anniversary Gala Reception on the final day of the meeting.

Registration fees vary according to membership with the AFOA and days attended. Attendance to the Gala Reception requires an additional fee. Four sponsorship levels are also available: Silver, Gold, Table, and Lanyard. The Annual AFOA Meeting will take place October 11-12, 2017, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.


Increasing Baseball Pitching Speed

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Baseball Pitching

The chief financial officer of Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, in Utah, Isaiah Kingston not only develops financial strategies, but also manages capital request processes and the company’s hedging needs. An active member of his community, Isaiah Kingston previously coached Little League Baseball.

Fastballs can be extremely intimidating to batters, but some pitchers struggle with increasing their pitching speed. In most cases, increasing speed begins with the legs. This may seem unrelated, but pitchers cannot throw with speed and accuracy when their lower body lacks stability. To improve stability, pitchers can do calf raises or lunges a few times a week.

In addition to working on the legs, pitchers may want to try lifting weights and improving their arm and shoulder strength. Many coaches suggest that pitchers avoid this to prevent injuries, but it can be done as long as players do not max out on their weights. Ideally, pitchers should comfortably be able to complete between eight and 15 reps of the weight they choose.

If balance and strength is not the issue, pitchers may have poor mechanics. Getting the right pitching mechanics is one of the simplest ways of improving pitching speed, and it involves everything from gripping the baseball properly to positioning the legs. Good mechanics ensures that the entire body moves as a single unit and that the legs, arms, and torso work together to increase the ball velocity.

Popular Hikes in Utah

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Kings Peak

A successful leader with more than a decade of business experience, Isaiah Kingston serves as the chief financial officer for Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC. When he’s not busy overseeing strategic business plans and developing financial strategies for the Utah-based company, Isaiah Kingston enjoys hiking.

Utah offers thousands of hiking trails to individuals of varying skill levels. Below are just a few of the state’s most popular trails:

Kings Peak. The trek to Kings Peak, the highest point in the state, is an out-and-back hike that covers over 20 miles and has an elevation gain of 5,680 feet. It takes between two and four days to complete and features plenty of camping and fishing locations along the way.

Angels Landing. Another out-and-back hike, Angels Landing is ideal for hikers who are experienced and do not have a fear of heights. The trail stays heavily populated throughout the day, but it can be slippery and dangerous depending on the weather. Angels Landing is about 4.4 miles in length.

Buckskin Gulch. A 23-mile hike, Buckskin Gulch takes hikers through a long and deep canyon. This strenuous hike takes around three days to finish, and hikers must go out when dry weather is forecasted. Rain can quickly flood areas of the gulch and alter the canyon floor’s various obstacles.

Mount Timpanogos. At minimum, this 16-mile hike takes seven hours to complete, but it is filled with inspiring views of the surrounding Utah landscape. In addition to enjoying the trail’s many views, hikers frequently spot bighorn sheep along certain areas.