2019 Spring Outlook and Strategies Conference

April 3-5, 2019 • Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa Coronado, CA

Join us on Coronado Island for Spring Meeting! It’s the perfect time to come together as an industry and invest in our own success stories. An assortment of excellent speakers will help you learn more about the state of the industry and help improve your business.

We’ll also experience California’s amazing weather and views of the San Diego coast. Get ready connect with peers, celebrate successes, and toast to growth.


Principal Member Rates

    First Time Attendee:              $595     Principal members only.
    Super Early Bird:                   $995     Ends 1/2/19; avail. to first 20 who register and pay with credit card only
    Early Bird  "Buy 2 Get 2":     $1,195    Ends 3/1/2019       
    Regular "Buy 2 Get 2":         $1,495    Begins 3/2/2019  

Group rates: See PPC meeting policies page for info.

Associate Member Rates
   1st Registration Early Bird:     $1,195     Ends 3/1/2019
   1st Registration:                    $1,495    Begins 3/2/2019
   2nd-3rd Registration:             $1,695    No early bird discounts available

Spouse/guest rates:               $295      Entrée to receptions only
Student rates:                         $695

To register, call (413) 686-9191 or email Eric Swanson.

To request an attendee list, email Eric Swanson.


Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa
2000 Second St, Coronado, CA 92118

Book Online or call 1.877.212.5752 and ask for the discounted rate*.

PPC has secured a discounted room rate of only $239/night. Book by March 15, 2019 to secure your rate! Rooms will be allocated on a first–come, first–served basis. Reservations will be accepted at the discounted group rate until the room block is full or the cutoff date (whichever comes first). After that, reservations will be honored based on availability at regular hotel rates.
Please note that the resort fee is optional and can be added at check in.

San Diego International Airport

To receive discounted flights via Delta Airlines, book your flight here using the discount code NY2QM. You may also make a reservation by calling (800) 328-1111 Mon.-Fri., 7:00 am – 7:00 pm EST.

Business casual for committee meetings and general sessions. Casual for Wednesday evening’s cruise (bring a jacket or sweater). Dressier for Thursday evening’s dinner (e.g. sports jackets).

Highs will be in the 50s – 60s (°F), lows in the 40s – 50s (°F)


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SCHEDULE (subject to change)


7:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Committee Meetings & Breakout Sessions


8:00 a.m.

Executive Committee


8:30 a.m.

Principal Member Showcase Breakfast (Open to Principals and Presenting Associates)


11:00 a.m.

Board of Directors


12:00 p.m.

Women's Leadership Committee


2:00 p.m.

Benchmarking Committee


4:00 p.m.

Associate Member Committee


4:00 p.m.

Rigid Box Committee

5:45 p.m.

First-Timer Reception

6:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner & Cruise


7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

General Session

9:45 a.m.

Associate Member Film Fest & Break

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Breakout Sessions


New Generation Leaders (by invitation only)

1:30 p.m.

General Session Resumes

2:45 p.m.

Associate Member Film Fest & Break

3:15 p.m.

General Session Resumes

4:30 p.m.

End of Program

6:30 p.m.

Reception & Banquet


8:00 a.m.


8:15 a.m.

General Session

11:30 a.m.

Closing Remarks

12:00 p.m.

Program Concludes


Alan Beaulieu
Economist and President, ITR Economics

A Decelerating World
Economic trends are shifting, and in order to set realistic expectations for the remainder of 2019 and 2020, you must understand the dynamics at work. To be successful in the next phase of the business cycle, it will be crucial to plan for economic changes before they arrive at your doorstep. Alan will reveal what the leading indicators are telling us and what it all means for paperboard and demand coming from wholesale trade as well as key segments of retail sales.

About Alan:
With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Alan has delivered workshops and economic analysis seminars to business owners and executives for the last 25 years. In addition to serving as President of ITR Economics and the Chief Economist for numerous U.S. and European trade associations, Alan is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline and Make Your Move.

Lisa Fine
Technical Director, Ink Systems

What’s Under the Hood of Proposition 65 These Days?
Regulatory issues have long affected the ways that carton converters select inks for print jobs. California’s Proposition 65, a notable regulation, has recently undergone refinements that have caused confusion in the print industry. Lisa will shed light on these changes to Prop 65—specifically addressing whether they limit ink choices or require converters to add special labelling to packaging.

About Lisa:
A nationally-recognized printing and ink expert, Lisa is a frequent lecturer at various companies and academic organizations and is also the holder of several patents related to raw material chemistries for ink. She is the Technical Director of Ink Systems, Inc. and was previously the Vice President of Technology for Joules Angstrom UV Printing Inks. In 2016, Lisa received the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ Ault Award—the ink industry’s highest honor.

Tara Goodwin
Founder and Principal, Crisis Interception, LLC

Crisis Interception: Are You Prepared for the Inevitable?
No one wants to talk about worst case scenarios when business is flowing smoothly, but when a crisis hits your company, CEOs and senior leadership need to know how to respond in order to mitigate significant reputational and financial losses. Open the newspaper, check your Twitter feed, or turn on the TV and you will see people and companies in crisis every day. In this lively and interactive session, Tara will take the audience behind the scenes of crisis, showcase video clips from poorly managed crisis situations, and share three key steps for effective crisis planning.

About Tara:
Tara has more than three decades of media relations, public affairs, crisis consulting, and public policy experience. At Crisis Interception, she helps clients develop strategic and effective responses to their worst-case scenarios. She also has her own public relations firm, Goodwin PR, where she serves clients ranging from small start-ups and nonprofit organizations to high-profile CEO, and professional athletes and coaches including Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Brian Wagner
Co-founder and Principal, PTIS, LLC

Digital Possibilities for PPC
Digital transformation started in the mid 1990s, but today, change is coming faster than ever. Brian will share foresight tools and methods to help prioritize where to go next in all aspects of business.

About Brian:
Brian’s career as an entrepreneurial business and technical leader includes positions with PTIS, HAVI, Kellogg's, Sara Lee, Multiform Desiccants, Carton-Craft Corp., Burger King, and General Foods. No stranger to PPC and the paperboard industry, PTIS has led strategic efforts and keynoted for AF&PA, PPA, FBA, AICC, and PSSMA. In 2008, he was inducted into the Michigan State University School of Packaging Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the Reister-Davis-Brody Lifetime Achievement in Food Packaging and ISTA's R. David LeButt Packaging Education award.

 Barry Deutsch
Executive Recruiter, IMPACT Hiring Solutions

You’re Not the Person I Hired!
Did you know that 56% of all executive hires fail in their first year to eighteen months? From outdated interviewing techniques to nonexistent accountability mechanisms, the reasons for hiring failures abound.

Yet hiring is far too important to depend on random luck or the flip of a coin. Barry will share his Success Factor Methodology to help you consistently acquire extraordinary talent. During this interactive session, you’ll learn: how to identify the quantifiable you want your new hire to achieve; how to structure interviews to predict future success; and, ultimately, how to choose only those candidates who are capable of meeting your clearly defined “Success Factors.”

About Barry:
Barry Deutsch is a well-known thought leader in hiring and peak performance management. He is a frequent speaker for management meetings, trade associations, and CEO forums such as Vistage International, a worldwide CEO membership organization of over 10,000 CEOs and senior executives. Many of his clients view him as their virtual “Chief Talent Officer.” He has worked closely with thousands of CEOs and key executives to help improve hiring success, leverage human capital, and raise the bar on talent acquisition.

Anne Bowers-Evangelista
President, Lumos, LLC

About Anne:
Anne is President of Llumos, LLC, a Washington, DC-based women’s owned small consulting firm serving global senior leaders in public and private organizations and nonprofits. With over 18 years as a consultant and coach to business and community leaders, Ann focuses on identifying and igniting the capabilities of top-tier leadership. An Ironman triathlete with a doctorate in psychology and an MBA, she knows what it takes to perform at the highest levels. Her unique blend of psychology and business lends important insight into the human factors that make top businesses results possible. Ann helps to close the gaps between potential and performance primarily through organizational reviews, talent assessments (for selection and development), team development, change management facilitation, talent planning, and executive coaching. High energy, direct, and goal-focused, Ann is an effective partner in pushing beyond today’s challenges to achieve audacious goals.

Jay Pullins
Facilitator/Coach, Academy Leadership, LLC

Leveraging Your 5 Leadership Capitals
You aspire to be a leader who has it all—a satisfying career, a happy family, physical fitness, healthy habits, rest, awesome vacations, a great income, employees who admire you, and lots of business success. But how in the world are you supposed to keep everything moving forward, keep all of these priorities straight, and keep yourself and everyone else happy? In one hour, Jay will share key concepts and best practices for living the healthy, integrated life you really want as an effective executive leader.

About Jay:
Over the last 30 years, Jay’s diverse experiences as a military officer, the Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, and the Executive Pastor of Alaska's largest church have all given him a unique perspective on leading teams and developing new leaders. Today, Jay shares the leadership lessons he’s learned throughout his career. He is the founder and owner of Catapult Leadership Solutions and is a certified Executive Coach and leadership course facilitator for Academy Leadership, LLC and Five Capitals.


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 Giuseppe Liquori no later than March 20, 2019. 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.


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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


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