At the Epicenter Presents: The Natural World According to Bill Weiland

Boulder’s premier sustainable business entrepreneurship speaker series, At the Epicenter, on February 20 will host Bill Weiland, founder and CEO of Presence Marketing / Dynamic Presence, the nation's leading independent natural and organic products brokerage. Named by Forbes as a "Top 25 Consumer Products Kingmaker," Bill Weiland will talk trends driving the healthy lifestyles market. At the Epicenter is produced by Compass Natural Marketing and Best Organics Inc. For more than 20 years as President and CEO of Presence Marketing / Dynamic Presence, Bill Weiland has become a leading expert in forecasting and marketing consumer product trends in the natural, organic, and healthy lifestyles arena. At the Epicenter is pleased to host Bill on February 20 in Boulder for an interactive conversation with local and regional business leaders to discuss upcoming trends in the healthy lifestyles market as well as the future of consumer transparency and GMO labeling.

Recently named by Forbes as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential “Kingmakers” in Consumer and Retailer Companies,” Bill Weiland has dedicated his career to promoting natural foods and health. Presence Marketing / Dynamic Presence is the largest independently owned natural and organic products brokerage in the U.S. Weiland and his team work closely with leading retailers, distributors and manufacturers, and he will share insights for how entrepreneurs and innovators can get their natural and organic products on the shelves.

"In working with leading national brands as well as successful startups, Bill has a keen eye on consumer and product trends driving the rapidly growing healthy lifestyles market,” said Steven Hoffman, co-producer of At the Epicenter and Director of Compass Natural Marketing. “We're excited that he will share his expertise with local and regional entrepreneurs. Also, I have had the opportunity to work with Bill on a number of GMO labeling initiatives and can personally attest to his commitment to consumer transparency and truth in labeling.”

At the Epicenter will be held Thursday, Feb, 20, 2014, at the Sterling Rice Group Event Center in downtown Boulder. The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with a welcoming reception including natural and organic beer, wine and appetizers, followed by an interactive conversation with Bill Weiland at 6:30 pm. For press passes or more information contactinfo@compassnaturalmarketing.com.

Tickets are available for adults ($12), nonprofits ($8), students ($6) and a group rate of 3 adult tickets for $30. For tickets, visit www.billweiland-attheepicenter.eventbrite.com.

At the Epicenter Sponsors Gold Sponsors include Sterling Rice Group, Nature’s Path Foods, Boulder Brands (Earth Balance, Glutino, Udi’s Gluten Free and Evol Foods) Silver Sponsors include New Hope Natural Media, Boulder Weekly, Boulderganic, Bonterra and EKS&H Bronze Sponsors include Pax World Investments, Bay State Milling, St. Claire's Organics, EnerHealth Botanicals, Runa and Care2 Supporting Sponsors include Eco-Products Inc., Shine, Boulder Valley Voices, Eldorado Springs Water and Chinook Book

About At the Epicenter
At the Epicenter is a series of interactive talks for entrepreneurs, business and community leaders in the $300-billion market for natural, organic, sustainable and socially responsible products and services. At the Epicenter is produced by Best Organics Inc., a leading organic gift and brand promotions company; and Compass Natural LLC, a leader in LOHAS communications, public relations, strategic marketing, branding and business development.

Launched in 2010, At the Epicenter has featured nationally syndicated radio show e-Town Founders Nick and Helen Forster; B Lab Co-founder Andrew Kassoy; Jenn Vervier, Director of Sustainability at New Belgium Brewery; world renowned author and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, Hunter Lovins; Nature's Path Foods Co-founders Arran and Ratana Stephens; Kim Coupounas Co-founder of GoLite; Bhakti Chai CEO Brook Eddy; Brendan Synnott, Co-founder of Bear Naked Granola; Horst Rechelbacher, Founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients; Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org; John Elstrott, Chair of Whole Foods Market; local economies expert and author Michael Shuman; Fox Health News correspondent Chris Kilham; author and non-GMO expert Jeffrey Smith; Tom Harding, founding President of the Organic Trade Association; advertising and marketing gurus Alex and Ana Bogusky, noted natural foods retailers Sandy Gooch, Harry Lederman and Cheryl Hughes; and others. Visit www.facebook.com/atheepicenter.

About Best Organics Inc.
Best Organics Inc. is a leading provider of premium, hand-packed, organic and eco-friendly gift basket collections featuring gourmet products from local, regional and U.S.-based producers and leading brands. Its gift collections are presented in beautifully illustrated, reusable gift boxes, and are available at www.AmericasBestOrganics.com, and for corporate gifting. Best Organics Inc. is a Certified B Corporation, a member of the Organic Trade Association, Colorado Proud, and Naturally Boulder, and is a Green America-Approved Business. Contact us or call 303.499.ORGANIC (6742).

About Compass Natural Marketing
Compass Natural, founded in 2002 by healthy lifestyles and LOHAS industry veteran Steven Hoffman, brings more than 25 years of experience in natural and organic products marketing, public relations, social networking, market research, package design, product development, online and print content and design, event planning, business development, and strategic guidance in the $300 billion market for natural, organic and sustainable products and services. Contact info@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042.