2018 Fall Meeting and Leadership Conference

October 24-26, 2018 • The Whitley Atlanta Buckhead • Atlanta, GA


Principal Member Rates
    First Time Attendee:               $595       
    Super Early Bird:                    $995         Ends 8/24/18; avail. to first 20 who register and pay with credit card only
    Early Bird "Buy 2 Get 2":       $1,195      Ends 9/25/2018
    Regular "Buy 2 Get 2"
:           $1,495      Begins 9/26/2018    

Associate Member Rates
   1st Registration Early Bird:     $1,195      Ends 9/25/2018
   1st Registration
:                       $1,495      Begins 9/26/2018
   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.


The Whitley Atlanta Buckhead  (Formerly known as the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead)
3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

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.

Rate: $219. Book by Sept. 24, 2018
BOOK ONLINE or call (800)325-3589 and ask for the Paperboard Packaging rate.


Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport

6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320

To receive discounted flights via Delta Airlines, visit delta.com, select "Book A Trip," click "Advanced Search," and enter meeting code NMQVM 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 Pre. 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 Pre✓™ 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 Atlanta are usually a warm 65-80°F during the day and a cool 40-50°F in the evening.


Download the meeting app to view the entire program, connect with other attendees, find your way around the venue, and much more. It’s a comprehensive guide to the meeting, right at your fingertips!

To download:
1. Download the app:
Search for "PPC Events" in the app store, or visit: http://ppc.quickmobile.mobi/

2. Find the Event:
Tap Search, find 2018 Fall Meeting, and tap the '+' button.

3. Login
Username: your email address
Password: Paperbox777

 Problems or questions? Email bwesterlind@paperbox.org.

SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

7:30 a.m.                 Registration
8:00 a.m.                 Executive Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m.               Carton Competition Grand Opening
11:00 a.m.               Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 p.m.                New Generation Leaders Meeting
2:00 p.m.                Benchmarking Overview
3:00 p.m.                Technical/Financial/HR Committees Workshop Planning
4:00 p.m.                Rigid Box Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m.                Associate Member Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.                Welcome Reception & Game Night at The Painted Pin

7:00 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.                  General Sessions
12:00 p.m.                Lunch
12:00 p.m           Women's Leadership Committee               
1:30 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.                  Welcome to Design Friday
8:15 a.m.                  Student Design Challenge Case Studies
8:45 a.m.                  PPC Carton Competition Case Studies
9:45 a.m.                  Break
10:00 a.m.                Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m.                Closing Remarks


Beth Ziesenis,

Your Nerdy Best Friend
Powered Productivity for Paperboard Leaders: Tech Tools to Get Stuff Done

You love being a leader in the paperboard packaging industry, but staying on top of everything is exhausting! The right technology can give you back your time and your sanity—you just need a nerdy best friend to share the perfect tools. During Beth’s fast-moving, laugh-filled session, you’ll discover technology tools and apps that will help you:

  • Automate tasks and save time with shortcuts and background functions.

  • Keep your company and yourself safe online. Streamline your communication to avoid email overload and inbox implosions.

  • Discover little tech tips and tricks that will increase your efficiency and amaze your colleagues.

Let your nerdy best friend help you power up your productivity!


Melissa Gratias, PhD, Productivity Psychologist
Rituals that WORK: How to Gain Control of Your Time

A ritual is a series of steps you follow faithfully. In this insightful seminar, Melissa will show you how to be more productive and take control of your time by incorporating rituals into your work. You’ll learn:

  • How to take advantage of the natural human tendency to follow rituals.

  • How to start and end your workdays to optimize productivity.

  • How to stay on track with goals, metrics, and projects.

  • How to remain flexible and avoid the trap of perfectionism.

Melissa’s wisdom will help you get right things done, get them done right, and get them done with time to spare.


Bill Farquharson, Sales Trainer for the Print and Packaging Industry
The 25 Best Sales Tips Ever!

Bill will deliver 25 instantly applicable tips to help you sell more folding cartons. From the best way to overcome price objection, to the ultimate prospecting process, to the four keys to sales success, this program will leave your wrists sore from writing ideas down. You’ll learn how to find big-fish prospects, instantly differentiate yourself, and close the deal. With Bill’s help, you’ll never cold call again!

Nona Woolbright, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Clemson University Department of Graphic Communications
Workforce Talent in the Graphics Industry

A major shift is occurring, both in the makeup of your workforce and the ways you’ll have to attract and retain future workers. We’ve talked about Millennials for a while. Have you made changes within your organization to retain them? And what about Gen Z? They’re getting ready to enter the workforce any day now. Are you ready? As a professor and graduate coordinator for packaging students, Nona interacts with your future workforce every day. Find out where they’re coming from, what they value, and how you can get the cream of the crop to work in your company.


     Jeff Rosensweig, Professor, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
     Economic Forecast You Need to Succeed

A longtime PPC favorite, Jeff is back to give us an economic forecast for the U.S. and the world. With unmatched wit and laser-focused insights, he’ll offer an entertaining and informative look at the current economic and political climate—and how you can succeed in the years to come.



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, 2018. 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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