5 mind-blowing reasons why you MUST attend this year's Spring Meeting:
- Toast with gusto this year's Safety Awards winners.
- Gain inspiring insight through engaging talks by expert economists, foresters, educators, and other industry experts!
- Enjoy cocktails and a savory dinner at New Orleans' National World War II Museum.
Stay in one of New Orleans' most historic hotels located right on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter.
Indulge in tasty Creole fare by award-winning Chef John Besh, who is at the forefront of reviving Louisiana's culinary heritage.
Super Early Bird rate: $995 First 25 members who register and pay by Dec. 1, 2013 FULL!
Early Bird rate: $1,195 Until Mar. 17, 2014. 5% discount when registering 3+ registrants per company.
Regular rate: $1,495
Student rate: $695
Spouse/guest rate: $295
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 Paperboard Packaging Council rate, no later than March 4, 2014!
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
8 a.m. Associate Member Showcase Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Registration
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 p.m. General Sessions
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Safety Boxscore Awards Dinner
Friday, April 4
7 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8 – 12 p.m. T&P Forum: Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety
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.
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.
Managing Director, Investment Banking
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.
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.
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.
Technical Manager, Agri-Food
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, including:
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, Director of Operations, CPD (East Coast and Microwave) at Graphic Packaging International (with a focus on food safety)
- David Keeler, Director of Quality and Technology at MeadWestvaco Corp.
- Simon Jalali, Quality Manager of American Carton Co.
- Justin Basso, Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Graphic Packaging International
- Jeff Samek, Director of Food Safety & Quality Assurance at Specialty Finishing
- Ken Petty, President of Indiana Carton Company
Wednesday Associate Member Breakfast
Principal members: enjoy a full breakfast, learn about the best new products and services, and enter to win a FREE registration to Fall Meeting 2014 in Atlanta, GA--a $1,495 value! (Must be present to win.) Space is limited to just 25 members so sign up right away by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (413) 686-9185.
Associate Member Film Festival
Associate members are invited to submit an entertaining 2-3 minute video that highlights your company’s unique attributes and special distinctions. Don’t worry about making it professional—the best videos are made in just a few hours with an inexpensive handheld camera. The only requirement is to have fun and be creative!
The film will be shown during the General Session, so this is a great way to showcase your offerings to potential customers--best of all, it is FREE! To participate, just email an .avi, .mov, .mpeg2, or .mp4 entries to email@example.com no later than March 1, 2014. If files are larger than 10 mg, please use Dropbox.com or YouSendIt.com for sending the files.
Films will be combined with other member videos on a first-come, first-served basis. If we are unable to feature your video at the upcoming meeting, it will run at the next conference. Associate members are allowed to submit one video per calendar year.