PPC Fall Meeting to share lessons from the past and technologies of the future

Beth Ziesensis.
Beth Ziesensis.

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) and its Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference, October 26-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas will “equip paperboard converters with new frameworks for leadership, ideas for harnessing technologies to increase productivity, and perspectives from brand owners,” among other workshops and networking opportunities. The conference will feature a variety of exceptional speakers. Setting a new groundwork for effective leadership, Steve Wiley and Jared Peatman from The Lincoln Leadership Institute will use American history as a metaphor for examining leadership in today’s rapidly changing workplace. Later, Beth Ziesensis, author and self-proclaimed “tech nerd,” will show attendees how they can use technology to streamline daily projects, all while introducing dozens of apps and online tools that put the ideas from the session into action. Other speakers will include Michael P. Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International, Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager of HP Indigo, and Jeff Rosensweig, Economist and Professor from Emory University.

Ben Markens.
Ben Markens.

“Leaders from folding carton companies across North America come to PPC’s conferences to learn new skills and best practices for bettering their businesses,” said Ben Markens, PPC President. “We carefully curate the line-up of speakers and maximize value for our attendees.” The conference will also feature a number of smaller special-interest sessions – including a sustainability and marketing workshop, an industry benchmarking committee meeting, a rigid box committee meeting, the women’s leadership conference, the new generation leaders workshop, and a special session on the art of selling.

ppcfallmeeting2-inAttendees can also take part in two comprehensive panel discussions that will facilitate collaborative learning. The first will feature brand owners who will address their criteria for choosing packaging substrates and how paperboard stacks up. During the second discussion, designers of some of the winning entries from the 2016 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition will explain how they solved their customers’ problems, and will then open a dialogue with the audience about innovative solutions. The Fall Meeting will also include a welcome celebration at San Antonio’s famed Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, as well as a special banquet and ceremony to reveal the winners of the 2016 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.

“Our Fall meeting is a time when we come together as an association,” Markens added. “There’s a true power in the air as friends and colleagues discuss the opportunities and challenges that matter to them most. I hope to see representatives from all parts of the industry in San Antonio.” The three-day conference will take place at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk. For more information please visit www.paperbox.org/fall.

Now in its 87th year, PPC is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote and protect the paperboard packaging industry while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in the marketplace.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.