PPC opens registration for its Spring 2017 Conference in March

Shawn Rhodes.
Shawn Rhodes.

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC, Springfield, MA), the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging, has officially opened registration for its Spring Outlook and Strategies Conference, which will be held March 29-31, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bringing together leaders in the folding carton industry, the conference will focus on strategies for leveraging uncertainty and change.

Keynote speaker at the conference will be Shawn Rhodes, former U.S. Marine Corps war correspondent – who is today an organizational consultant, TEDx speaker and author. Rhodes has studied team performance in the most dangerous and unpredictable environments on the planet, and will share what he’s learned from these high-performing teams.

Specifically, he’ll show attendees how they can create a “bulletproof business” that can leverage volatility and change – all without sacrificing success and results.

Alan Beaulieu.
Alan Beaulieu.

Alan Beaulieu, noted economist and President of ITR Economics, will also address the volatility that seems to be increasing throughout the world. Beaulieu will explore changes that have occurred in Washington, Europe, the U.K. and China – and how they could affect PPC member companies both positively and negatively. Among other topics, he’ll discuss the new administration in Washington, the economic health of the U.S. consumer, job growth and wages, interest rates, and current economic megatrends.

Attendees will discover the latest trends in sustainable packaging from Ron Sasine, Principal of Hudson and Windsor and former packaging executive with Walmart and MeadWestvaco (now WestRock). They’ll also receive updates on industry initiatives from the Paper and Packaging Board, as well as the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association/100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance.

Ron Sasine.
Ron Sasine.

“In today’s business world, conditions can change at the drop of a dime,” said Ben Markens, President of PPC. “So it’s incredibly important to think about ways to embrace uncertainty. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish during our Spring Conference.”

The event’s location, the Charlotte Marriott City Center, is the world’s first innovation incubator hotel that explores cutting-edge features and programs that could end up in hotels across the globe. With experimental features like keyless entry upon arrival and digital experiences in the fitness studio, the hotel invites guests to test and give feedback in real-time, ultimately shaping their future hotel experience.

The conference will also feature a reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as well as the celebration of PPC’s Safety Boxscore honorees. These are the PPC member plants with the best employee safety records over the past year.

ppcspringmeeting4-inTo register and learn more about PPC’s Spring Conference, please visit www.paperbox.org/spring.

Now in its 88th 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.

For more information, please visit www.paperbox.org.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.