Verto Solutions is a professional management and scientific services company located in Washington, DC. We specialize in providing thoughtful and effective solutions to clients in food, agriculture, and science-focused industries.
Verto Solutions was launched in January, 2011, though the firm traces its roots back more than four decades. Our Managing Directors – John Cox, JD, Christie Harman, MPH, and Sean Taylor, Ph.D. – are highly regarded association executives who have worked with various international and national regulatory bodies, coalition partners, and our clients for many years. They acquired The Roberts Group upon the retirement of its owner, Glenn Roberts, in late 2010.
As part of The Roberts Group’s management team, John, Christie, and Sean played key roles in expanding the association management business to include significant representatives from the domestic and international food industries, as well as from the non-profit sector. The scientific staff of The Roberts Group, many of whom are still with Verto Solutions today, are globally recognized leaders in the safety evaluation of chemicals added to food.
The seed of what has grown into Verto Solutions was planted in the 1960s by Daniel R. Thompson when he was hired as the General Counsel and Executive Director of the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) to represent its interests in Washington DC. The Law Offices of Daniel R. Thompson expanded and retained the Fragrance Materials Association, the International Association of Color Manufacturers, the American Spice Trade Association, the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, and many others as clients.
Verto’s client list has expanded since the 1960s, and we are proud that several science-based membership organizations have given us their trust and confidence to lead them since they first retained the services of Daniel Thompson’s law firm.
Let us earn your organization’s trust and confidence. Contact Verto today!
Verto Solutions provides all of the services required to run a professional and cost effective trade or professional association. We recognize that every association is different, and will thoughtfully tailor our services to fit your management requirements.
HARNESS SCIENCE FOR YOUR ASSOCIATION
One third of the Verto Solutions staff are experienced scientists, including several with Master’s degrees and five with PhDs. Our staff excels in the management of scientific and technical programs such as the design and successful conduct of large-scale safety studies, the development and publication of reports on a variety of scientific and technical subjects relevant to our clients’ businesses, and the collection and analysis of proprietary safety information from member companies.
Not everyone needs scientific program management and consulting, but if you do need scientific advice to go along with the rest of your association management work, look no further than Verto Solutions.
WE START BY LISTENING
Planning an event involves many steps, from securing a location to taking care of last minute requests. Our clients rely on us to plan events with a variety of formats and styles. We plan and execute technical and regulatory conferences, committee meetings, conventions and retreats. We start by listening to our clients so we know exactly what they want to accomplish at their event. Then we follow through with every detail. Entertainment, transportation, audio-visual, food & beverage, security and special staffing are offered to groups of any size.
Verto Solutions’ Communications team imagines, creates, and delivers professional publications, electronic media, and websites, while also managing our clients’ communications and PR needs in support of programs, events, membership development, and social media relationship-building.
Verto Solutions takes care of your money.
Verto Solutions provides a full range of financial services for both new and existing non-profits such as financial planning, investment management, and the establishment and ongoing management of a fair and equitable dues structure for our clients. We support the daily needs of our clients by providing accounting and tax preparation services, regulatory filings, securing and maintaining adequate levels of insurance and the management of the annual financial statement audit process.
Verto Solutions develops and executes clear short- and long-term strategies to positively impact each client’s business goals through established relationships with key decision-makers and participation in industry-focused coalitions. With expertise in topics including food safety, alcohol tax and trade, flavor labeling, organics, intellectual property, and occupational health and safety, our Government Relations team analyzes the impact of complicated technical and regulatory issues on behalf of our clients, industry partners, and governmental agencies, providing strategic guidance on local, state, national, and international matters affecting the food industry.
Verto Solutions, LLC, a Washington DC-located management company, can act as your registering agent to ensure that your facilities are properly registered.
WHO MUST REGISTER?
As of December 12, 2003, food or beverage imports will only be allowed into the U.S. if they come from facilities registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The owner, operator, or agent in charge of a facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. must register with the FDA. There is a limited exemption for farms, retail food operations, restaurants, and some fishing vessels. Unless your facility is in one of these categories, you must register with FDA. The FDA definition of food covers everything used for food or drink for humans or animals, including all additives and components. Overseas facilities must also designate a U.S. agent.
If your facility is outside the U.S., then you must also designate a U.S. agent
The American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) was founded in 1907 and is the voice of the U.S. spice industry. ASTA represents nearly 200 member companies from around the world involved in all aspects of the spice trade, from growing and importing to processing and marketing. ASTA members manufacture and market the majority of spices sold in the U.S. ASTA is committed to providing resources to members to ensure an adequate supply of safe and wholesome spices for their industrial, food service, and consumer customers. ASTA’s website can be found at www.astaspice.org.
The current client list at Verto Solutions includes the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA), the national trade association for firms that create and manufacture flavors for use in a wide variety of foods, drugs, and cosmetics. There are approximately 125 members of FEMA who, as a client of our predecessor firms for 45 years, have wholeheartedly endorsed Verto Solutions as the successor management firm. We manage more than $4 million each year in member funds for FEMA and run their extensive, internationally respected scientific and regulatory programs. FEMA’s website can be found at www.femaflavor.org
The International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM) is the international association for firms that manufacture and extract colors for FDA-regulated use in foods, drugs, and cosmetics. The IACM has 21 members, including firms based in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Like other Verto Solutions clients, IACM receives scientific, regulatory, and legislative, as well as overall association management services. More information on IACM is available at www.iacmcolor.org
Verto Solutions also does substantial amounts of scientific work for the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI), the Switzerland-based association of associations for the international flavor industry. The Verto scientific staff works closely with partners within IOFI, FEMA, the European Flavor Association (EFFA), and the Japanese Flavor and Fragrance Manufacturers Association (JFFMA) to conceive, manage, and achieve the scientific goals of the flavor industry, ensuring the continued safe use of flavoring ingredients worldwide.
Verto Solutions manages Pickle Packers International, Inc. (PPI). This association has served the pickled vegetable industry for more than 100 years by sponsoring research, influencing public policy, supplying educational materials, and providing networking opportunities to its members. Today, membership includes 87 percent of the cucumbers grown for pickle use in North America. Member firms include processors, salters and green shippers, brokers, growers, seed companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and those providing goods and services to the industry. PPI’s presence is world-wide, with members from 16 countries. More information on PPI is available at www.ilovepickles.org
The U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI) was launched in 2014 by six leading U.S. mortgage insurance companies, and membership is open to all active U.S. mortgage insurance providers. USMI is dedicated to a housing finance system, backed by private capital, that enables access to housing finance for borrowers while also protecting taxpayers. Verto Solutions provides USMI with overall association management services. www.usmi.org