2017 Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference

October 4-6, 2017 • Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia • Scottsdale, AZ


Principal Member Rates
    First Time Attendee:              $   595       
    Super Early Bird:                   $   995       Ends 8/5/17; avail. to first 20 who register and pay with credit card only
    Early Bird "Buy 2 Get 2":        $1,195      Ends 9/20/2017
    Regular "Buy 2 Get 2"
:           $1,495      Begins 9/21/2017    

Associate Member Rates
   1st Registration Early Bird:      $1,195       Ends 9/20/2017
   1st Registration
:                     $1,495        Begins 9/21/2017
    2nd-3rd Registration
:             $1,695      No early bird discounts available

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

Group rates
: See PPC meeting policies page for info.

To register, call (413) 686-9191 or email Kate Smith.


Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Book your room by Sept. 5!
Click here or call 888-627-3010 and mention PPC to receive the discounted room rate of just $249/night.

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 Sept. 5, 2017 (whichever comes first). After that, reservations will be honored based on availability at regular hotel rates.


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

To receive discounted flights via Delta Airlines, visit delta.com, select "Book A Trip," click "Advanced Search," and enter meeting code NMNFS in the "Meeting Event Code" box. You may also make a reservation (for a fee) by calling (800) 328-1111 Mon.-Fri., 7:00 am – 7:00 pm EST. 

Expedite air travel security screenings by enrolling in the TSA Preβœ“. Once  approved, you will receive a "Known Traveler Number" to include when making reservations. An indicator on your boarding pass will allow you to proceed through the TSA Preβœ“™ lane where you will not have to remove your shoes, laptop, belt, jacket, etc. Visit tsa.gov/tsa-precheck for more information.

Business casual is the requested attire for committee meetings and general sessions. Casual for Wednesday night. Jackets/ties suggested for men and dressy attire for women at Thursday’s award dinner.


October temperatures in Scottsdale are usually a warm 85-90°F during the day and a cool 50-60°F in the evening.


Let the Fall Meeting mobile app power your conference experience. Download it to access the attendee list, speaker and session info, area maps, fun social features, and more. It’s your comprehensive guide to the meeting…and it’s always at your fingertips!

To download:
1. [Skip this step if you already have the PPC app on your device.] Search the Apple App Store or Google Play for PPC Events, or entering the following URL into your mobile browser: http://ppc.quickmobile.mobi/

2. Once you are in the app, tap the “+” icon in the 2017 Fall Meeting box to access the current meeting content. You will be prompted to enter a username and password. Click here for your username/password or email bwesterlind@paperbox.org.

SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

7:30 a.m.                 Registration
10:30 a.m.               Carton Competition Grand Opening
8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.   Committee Meetings and Breakouts 
8:00 a.m               Executive Committee (Closed meeting)
11:00 a.m               Board of Directors (Closed meeting)
1:30 p.m               New Generation Leaders (By invitation only)
2:00 p.m               Digital Community of Interest
2:00 p.m               Marketing and Sustainability Committee
3:30 p.m               Rigid Box Committee
4:00 p.m               Associate Members Committee
5:45 p.m                 Buddy Reception
6:30 p.m.                Welcome Banquet

7:00 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.                  General Sessions
12:00 p.m.                Lunch
12:00 p.m           Breakouts:
    Women's Leadership Committee
    Canadian Committee

1:30 p.m   Volunteer Award                       
2:00 p.m.                  General Sessions
6:30 p.m                   Reception
7:00 p.m.                  Carton Competition Banquet & Awards Ceremony

7:00 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.                  Design Summit
Case Studies of Carton Competition Winners
                                      Panel Discussion with Winning Designers

11:00 a.m.                Conference Concludes


Donna Harman, president & CEO, American Forest and Paper Association

Paperboard Packaging: Updates, Actions, and Opportunities 
Donna will provide an update from the American Forest & Paper Association on the latest public and marketplace policies affecting the paperboard packaging industry. She’ll also share actions the industry can take in order to capitalize on opportunities ahead. 

A recognized public policy expert for the pulp, paper, packaging, and wood manufacturing sectors, Donna has led the American Forest and Paper Association since 2007. She is a member of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Steering Committee on Sustainable Forest Industries as well as the past President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations. She currently serves on the Anderson University (Indiana) Board of Trustees, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee Board of Directors, and is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Forest Products Industry National Labor Management Committee. Additionally, she has been recognized on RISI’s Top 50 Power List for the pulp and paper industry for several years in a row.

Linda Massman, president & CEO, Clearwater Paper Corporation

Leading and Creating the Right Culture to Meet Industry Demands
How can you effectively lead your organization to meet the demands of an evolving, increasingly competitive industry, and create the right culture for your current and future employees? Linda will address these topics and discuss, through her experiences, what she has learned in how to build a strong team and organization.

Linda is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the $2 billion, Spokane, Washington-based Clearwater Paper. She was elected CEO in 2013 after serving as President and COO since 2011 and CFO beginning in 2008. Prior to her tenure at Clearwater, Linda worked in finance, corporate planning, and strategic consulting for several national firms, including Accenture and Bank of America. In total, she has accrued more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and business strategy development. Linda is the chairwoman of the American Forest & Paper Association, and also serves on the Boards of Treehouse Foods Incorporated and Black Hills Corporation. Additionally, she is on the Board of Saint George’s School of Spokane and previously served on the Board of the YWCA of Spokane.

Ryan MacFarlane, supervisory special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations 

Prepare to Fail: A Different Approach to Cyber Security
There’s no doubt that cyber threats are on the rise. In fact, today it’s not a matter of if you’ll become the victim of a cyber attack, but when. In this timely presentation, Ryan will shed light on current cybersecurity trends and offer insight into the mindset of cyber criminals. He’ll show you how to evaluate risk, and ultimately, how to limit the impact of cyber attacks both at work and at home.

An FBI agent working in one of the Cleveland division’s cyber squads, Ryan investigates and pursues those responsible for highly complex, national-security-related computer crimes. He has investigated such cybercrimes at Google, RSA, and numerous defense contractors, typically performing malware analysis, incident response, and malicious network traffic analysis. Ryan started his career with the FBI in the Los Angeles Field Office, and later spent two years in Washington on the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, which is a multi-agency cyber center that coordinates intelligence to counter global cyber threats. Before joining the FBI in 2004, he worked for IBM, i2 Technologies, and an internet security startup based in Atlanta.

Tom Oris, director of procurement, Wyandot Snacks

Retail is Changing. Can Paperboard Keep Up?
The retail market is undergoing major change. Amazon has acquired Whole Foods. Walmart is partnering with Google. Millennials are playing a larger role in reshaping the marketplace. E-commerce sales, which have increased about 300% over the past ten years, are continuing to accelerate. In response, brand owners are pivoting in order to accommodate new market needs. During this session, Tom will illuminate these changes, discuss how the paperboard packaging industry has followed suit, and how you can stay one step ahead of the curve.

Tom has spent the past 23 years in procurement for consumer packaging. While working with some of the world’s most recognized brands—including McDonald’s and Morton Salt—he has visited numerous manufacturing facilities and led new packaging initiatives as well as crucial sustainability efforts. He has written for Packaging World and has appeared on Fox Business Network to discuss sustainability in packaging. Tom previously spoke at PPC’s 2010 Fall Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jeff Rosensweig, professor and economist, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Global Economic Outlook: Navigating a Stormy Sea
Today’s marketplace is a stormy sea of economic and geopolitical changes, security threats, and new consumer preferences. And in the middle of it all is the modern business leader, trying to paddle ashore. For leaders in the packaging space, uncertain tides can be even more troubling, as unexpected changes to economic policies and growth can affect our industry more than others. Therefore, you need to set a strategic course and create contingency plans so you’ll be ready for the most likely scenarios.

To help you do just that, Jeff will highlight economic forecasts for key topics while discussing the risks and opportunities. He’ll address tax reform, the FED and interest rates, exchange rates, trade policy, and the job market. The session will be interactive, so come prepared with topics that interest you!

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Jeff is a frequent commentator on global strategy and economic trends for CNN and other TV and news outlets. He has published numerous papers and books, and was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 12 favorite professors of executive MBA programs worldwide.

Mike Scott, president & consultant, Mike Scott and Associates 

Building a Culture of Accountability
Do you worry that your employees or coworkers might drop the ball? Do you think your company could reach higher levels of productivity and profitability? Mike can help by showing you how to create a culture of accountability within your organization. This session will equip you with tools for perfecting team communications, decreasing errors and rework, and tracking progress—all to jumpstart your firm’s productivity and revenue growth. It will also help you to step up as a leader and ask the right questions when someone in your organization is not accountable. 

Mike harnesses his experience in training, employee development, and business strategy to help professionals become more accountable, productive, and organized. He began his own training and employee development firm in 1984, and today conducts workshops across the U.S. for companies like McDonald’s, Ernst & Young, and AAA. Stressing his philosophy of “information to application,” all of his professional training sessions provide immediate, tangible value. Prior to establishing his own firm, he held various executive recruiting and human resources management positions. He also served in the U.S. Army for four years, including a one-year tour in Vietnam. 


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 Kate Smith no later than September 14, 2017. 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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