ACS Speaker Resources

    Welcome to the Speaker Resource Center!

    This page contains important information for all ACS Conference Presenters.  We hope you find this page to be helpful.  We welcome any feedback you may have, as we want to make it simple for our presenters to find the information they need quickly and conveniently.

    Important Documents

    2016 ACS Presenter Agreement Form DUE FEBRUARY 28

    2016 ACS Presenter Hotel Reservation Form DUE APRIL 1

    ACS Presenter Tips and Guidelines

    Presenter Tip Sheet
    Tips on Proper Microphone Use

    ACS Tasting Session Documents

    2016 Tasting Session Guidelines

    2016 Tasting Session Preparation Form DUE APRIL 15

    Serving Tray Diagram DUE APRIL 15

    Product Information Forms DUE MAY 31

    • For CHEESE Product Information Form, click here.
    • For NON-CHEESE Product Information Form, click here.

    Tasting Session Shipping Labels

    ACS Conference Session PowerPoint Template

    Speakers are encouraged to use an ACS Conference PowerPoint Template for presentations – available templates include a splash page with the Conference logo, as well as two different content page designs. Download the templates here.


    All sessions take place at:

    Iowa Events Center
    730 Third Street
    Des Moines, IA 50309

    Arriving by Car


    Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off the following streets: Third, Fifth, and Crocker. Iowa Events Center surface lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility, and easy access to I-235 and other major routes after the event. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

    Click here for more information about parking.

    Speaker Check-In

    Upon arrival, all presenters should stop by the ACS Registration Desk located at the Iowa Events Center, in the Memorial Hall Pre-function on the third floor. Pick up your registration packet on-site at the Pre-Registration area which will include your Conference Name Badge, Presenter Ribbon, and a reminder with details about your session’s date, time, and location. We also suggest you view the Conference Schedule to familiarize yourself with the details of your session. This information will be provided soon.


    Please submit your presentation (PowerPoint or other format) to Eliza Wetherill at no later than June 15. All sessions will be posted on the members-only section of the ACS website immediately following the Conference. Any additional related articles, materials, or handouts you supply will also be posted for you.


    The deadline for submission of handouts for printing by ACS is June 15, 2016. If you submit materials for printing by the deadline, these will be in your session room set out on each attendee’s chair. If you have handouts for your session that were not submitted by the deadline, you are responsible for printing them yourself and bringing them to your session. A conference staff member or volunteer will be available to distribute the handouts for you. Please contact Eliza Wetherill at to find out the quantity you will need to print for your particular session.

    Session Logistics

    All concurrent sessions last 90 minutes and should begin and end promptly at the designated time. Please arrive in your session room to confirm that the audio-visual set-up is working properly and that any other special details or equipment are in order. If there is any problem, report it immediately to the nearest conference staff member or to the Registration Desk. An ACS Board Member or volunteer will be on hand to introduce you. If you are a moderator or a presenter of a cheesemaking demonstration, you will find a brief introductory script in your registration packet.

    PLEASE NOTE: All speakers must bring your own laptop.  ACS cannot provide these for you.  If you have a Mac computer, please bring ALL cords with you. Since Mac’s come equipped with multiple cords and adaptors it will be your responsibility to bring the appropriate cord for A/V setup.

    Conference Bookstore

    ACS will have a bookstore open to attendees throughout the conference.  The bookstore will be located on the main floor in the Iowa Events Center.  If you would like to have a book signing please complete the Author Book Signing section of your ACS Presenter Agreement Form ASAP.

    Thank You!

    ACS truly appreciates your support of the ACS Conference & Competition, Cheese In The Heartland in Des Moines, IA.  If you have any questions about the conference or your role as a presenter, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Lee at or Eliza Wetherill at .