Final details released for PPC Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference

This October, North American paperboard packaging executives will gain valuable knowledge about industry innovation, folding carton creativity, and actionable leadership strategies at the 2022 Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference hosted by the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) in Austin.

Taking the stage at the Hyatt Regency Austin from Oct. 26-28 will be speakers who will discuss the importance of streamlining the production of folding cartons; reveal leading economic indicators; facilitate Q&A panels; and present awards celebrating both the best folding carton designs of the year and top creations from up-and-coming university design students.

“We’ve put together a robust agenda to help our executives elevate their supply chain strategies so they can prosper amid cyclical turns in the economy and markets,” said Ben Markens, President, PPC. “After a full day of informative sessions and networking with fellow boxmakers, we’re thrilled to celebrate the best paperboard packaging designs of the year at our 2022 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition Awards, and support and celebrate student designers from all over the country with our awards ceremony for the 2022 Student Design Challenge.”

For those seeking thoughtful lessons and actionable best practices from top industry leaders, Mike Doss (pictured left), President and CEO, Graphic Packaging International, will provide a keynote that will include insights he’s learned throughout his thirty-year career in our business. Doss will also discuss strategies for driving growth, insights on industry consolidation, and tactics to bring the paperboard packaging industry forward with sustainable solutions and forecasting for the future.

With leadership strategies in this new workplace era taking the forefront for many businesses, a company culture that empowers its innovators can generate a thriving work atmosphere, according to keynote speaker Leo Chan, founder of Abound Innovation, Inc. In Chan’s thought-provoking, and entertaining presentation, the innovation expert will shine a light on key tactics organizations can implement to ensure innovation is consistently nurtured and expanded.

Erich Murray, plant manager at TPC Printing & Packaging, will present his leadership lessons from the frontlines of battle as a former active military officer who, throughout nearly a decade, served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe. Murray will discuss the shared challenges of his career paths, with lessons that transcend from leading teams in the military to leading teams in our industry.

A longstanding PPC Fall Meeting staple, Jeff Rosensweig, director of the John Robson Program for Business, Public Policy, and Government at Goizueta Business School of Emory University, will update attendees on the latest economic indicators and how they will affect the paperboard packaging market this coming year.

Rounding out the rest of the conference will be a member spotlight on Impact Stamping, various dynamic committee meetings, and sessions for communities of interest, including the Women’s Leadership Council that will dive into leadership theory that highlights volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA), and New Generation Leaders that will look at the current supply chain disruptions and demographics affecting these changes.

“We look forward to welcoming our members to the heart of Texas where they’ll network with our executive ranks and gather new ideas to strengthen and grow their businesses,” said Markens. “Members will also see the passing of the gavel to our new Board president, Laura Brody of Burt Rigid Box, as she lays the groundwork for the future of our association. Attendees will walk away with valuable insights into the latest converting solutions, advice from our expert speakers, and plenty of opportunities to network and grow with a welcoming community of industry peers.”

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