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“PPC hosted another first-class event. I was extremely pleased with the information and lessons learned from an impressive group of speakers.”

—Tony Hyland
President and CEO
Tap Packaging Solutions

"It was a privilege participating in such a first-rate conference. The speakers were fascinating. My biggest takeaway, however, was the impression of the strong community network and professional support that creates the family feeling of PPC. Thank you so much for your warmth and kindness."

—Fran Cade
President and Owner,
Diversified Label Images, Inc.

2014 Spring Outlook

and Strategies Conference

April 2-4, 2014 • New Orleans, LA

Regular rate: $1,495
Student rate: $695

Spouse/guest rate:

A block of rooms at the discounted rate of $209 has been set aside at:
      Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
To book your room, call 1-(800)-SONESTA or (617) 658-0078, and ask for the special PPC rate, no later than March 4, 2014!

Discounted Airfare
PPC has partnered with Delta and American Airlines to offer the below discounts:

Delta Air Lines: Visit delta.com, select "Book A Trip," click "More Search Options," and enter meeting code NMHMZ in the "Meeting Event Code" box. Reservations may also be made by calling (800) 328-1111 Mon.-Fri., 8 am-8 pm EST. (There is a fee for booking over the phone.)
American Airlines: Go to aa.com, select "Plan Travel," then "Flights." Enter flight information and then use authorization code 8134DM in the "Promotion Code" box.


Louis Armstrong International Airport, 900 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062

A shuttle from the airport to the hotel is available for $20 one way, or $38 round trip per person.
Taxis are also available at the airport for typically $33 or $14 per person for 3+ passengers.

Temperatures in New Orleans in April typically range from the upper 70s to the mid 80s (Fahrenheit).

Wednesday, April 2
7:30 a.m.                  Registration

8 a.m.                       Associate Member Showcase Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.    Committee Meetings

6 – 9:00 p.m.            Reception and Dinner at the National World War II Museum

Thursday, April 3

7 a.m.                       Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.                  Registration

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    General Sessions      
6:30 p.m.                  Reception

0 p.m.                  Safety Boxscore Awards Dinner

Friday, April 4
7 a.m.                      Continental Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. T&P Forum: Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety


Alan Beaulieu
Institute of Trend Research

Business leaders remain uncertain in the face of conflicting financial reports. What will Washington do? Will Europe pull through? Is China a problem? Alan will take a look at what's really going on in the markets that impact the paperboard packaging industry and will present the economic outlook for the global economy so that decision-makers will have confidence to prepare for the changes that are coming over the next few years.

Jim Hill
Partner and Executive Chairman
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Jim will explain the current state of the capital markets and the legal and business implications of mergers, acquisitions, and growth capital.

Bill Hornell

Managing Director, Investment Banking
Mesirow Financial

Is your business considering merging with another company or taking over a competitor? Bill will review current developments in the packaging merger and acquisition marketplace, and then will describe the critical role private equity can play in the process and the positive impact that valuations have on completing any transaction successfully and efficiently.

Eric Rutkow
American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation,

Eric will speak about the shift in the way Americans have viewed their trees over the last 150 years and the role the forest products industry has played in this transformation.

Dr. Neil Hair

Interim Executive Director of the Innovative Learning Institute
Associate Professor of Marketing from RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business

Although advances in social networking technologies have enabled us, more than ever before, to connect, engage, and compete, many businesses are struggling to make sense of it all. Dr. Hair will explore the options, tools, techniques, and metrics used in creating a successful social media strategy. He will describe a process for considering the options and then will explore methods for securing organizational support.

Larry Dworkin
Government Relations Director
Packaging Association of Canada

Larry will explain corporate management’s responsibilities under the Global Food Safety Initiative and will discuss how this initiative provides good manufacturing practices for plants that do not produce food packaging.

Kris Middleton
Technical Manager, Agri-Food
SAI Global 

Kris will outline how to properly implement the various food safety systems required for various certifications and what to expect during a certification audit. He will detail out how such audits are conducted and how you can best prepare for auditor questions about your particular procedures and practices.

Member Case Studies Panel

Member experts in quality control, operations, and technical standards will share their professional experiences and best practices on good manufacturing practices and food safety.

    • Doug McLaughlin, Dir. of Operations, CPD (East Coast and Microwave) at Graphic Packaging Int'l
    • David Keeler, Director of Quality and Technology at MeadWestvaco Corp.
    • Simon Jalali, Quality Manager of American Carton Co.
    • Jeff Samek, Director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance at Specialty Finishing
    • David Martinez, International Sales Manager at Malnove, Inc.
    • Don Scott, Vice President of New Business Development at Malnove, Inc.

Or call (413) 686-9191.

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