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PPC Committees


PPC members play vital roles on our many committees and their active contributions are part of the reason why these programs are a success. Find out more about each committee below.


Executive Committee
Staff Liaison: Ben Markens

Associate Members
Chair:
Ken Smott, Atlas Die, LLC
Staff Liaison: Lou Kornet

Financial Executives
Chair:
Mark Hopkinson, Artistic Carton
Staff Liaison: Brian Chaisson

Mission: To further the understanding of folding carton-specific financial best practices and strategies

Government Affairs
Chair:
Benjamin Graham, Bell, Inc.
Staff Liaison: Lou Kornet

Mission: To monitor and inform members about legislative topics of interest to the folding carton industry.

Human Resources
Chair:
T.W. Francescon, Jr., Southern Champion Tray, LP
Staff Liaison: Brian Chaisson

Mission: To further the understanding of Human Resource-based best practices and strategies that are unique to the folding carton industry.

Industry Benchmarking
Chair:
Bill Bloom, MeadWestvaco Corp.
Staff Liaison: Brian Chaisson

Mission: To produce defined and meaningful data reports that aid in a business’ ability to analyze, perform, grow, and sustain operations, costs, shipments, and results yet at the same time preserve confidentiality and not violate anti-trust laws.

Marketing and Communications
Chair:
OPEN
Staff Liaison: Kim Guarnaccia

Mission: To educate the public on the benefits of paper-based packaging and help members compete more effectively in the marketplace by providing useful and relevant industry news, information, and materials.

New Generation Leaders
Chair: rotates
Staff Liaison: Jennie Markens

Rigid Box
Chair:
Laura Hurd, Burt Rigid Box, Inc.
Staff Liaison: Lou Kornet and Kim Guarnaccia

Mission: To promote the manufacturing and use of rigid boxes and provide members with a fuller understanding of rigid box design and its functional contributions.

Sustainability
Chair:
Esther Piñon, International Paper
Staff Liaison: Kim Guarnaccia

Mission: To provide information on the latest sustainability trends impacting the paperboard packaging industry, educate members on topics related to sustainability, provide input and guidance in support of sustainable paperboard packaging promotions, and represent the interests of the paperboard packaging industry in all sustainability initiatives.

Technical and Production
Chair:
Murry Pitts, Carded Graphics
Staff Liaison: Ben Markens