2017 Spring Outlook and Strategies Conference

March 29-31, 2017 • Charlotte Marriott City Center Charlotte, NC

Join us in Charlotte for an inspiring Spring Meeting! In addition to hearing engaging presentations on the state of the industry, organizational innovation, sustainable packaging, and the trajectory of the economy, we will spend a lively evening at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and we'll recognize the highest achievers in our Safety Boxscore plant safety program.


Principal Member Rates

    First Time Attendee:             $595        Principal members only.
    Early Bird "Buy 2 Get 2":     $1,195     Ends 3/12/2017
    Regular "Buy 2 Get 2"
:          $1,495    Begins 3/13/2016       

Associate Member Rates
   1st Registration Early Bird:     $1,195    Ends 3/12/2017
   1st Registration
:                    $1,495      Begins 3/13/2017
   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 Eddie Leary.

To request an attendee list, email Eddie Leary.


Charlotte Marriott City Center
100 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

PPC has secured a discounted room rate of only $209/night.
To book your room, click here or call 1-704-333-9000 (reference the Paperboard Packaging Council), by Feb. 2, 2017.

Book your room by Feb. 2!

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
5501 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28208

Business casual for committee meetings and general sessions. 

In March, Charlotte has highs in the 70s (°F) and lows in the upper 40s (°F)

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

7:30 a.m.              Registration
8:00 a.m.              Principal Member Showcase Breakfast (Open to Principals and presenting Associates)
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Committee Meetings & Breakout Sessions
    8:00 a.m.              Executive Committee Meeting (Closed meeting)
    10:30 a.m.            Board of Directors Meeting (Closed meeting)
1:30 p.m.  Committee Meetings

6:30 p.m.              Welcome Banquet

7 a.m.                   Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m.              Registration
8 a.m. - 12 p.m     Morning General Session
12:00 p.m.     Lunch
            Committee Meetings 
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m  Afternoon General Session
7 p.m.                  Reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

7 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast
8 a.m.                  General Sessions
12 p.m.                Program Concludes


Shawn Rhodes, president of Shoshin Consulting and former Marine Corps war correspondent, will harness what he's learned from high-performing teams in some of the most challenging environments in order to show attendees how they can leverage change without sacrificing results.

Alan Beaulieu, noted economist and president of ITR Economics, will provide an overview of the current and future economic trends and how they could affect paperboard packaging manufacturers.

Ron Sasine, principal of Hudson and Windsor and former packaging executive with Walmart and MeadWestvaco (now WestRock), will present on trends in sustainable packaging as they relate to retailers and consumers.

Joan Sahlgren,
director of public relations at the Paper and Packaging Board, will give a progress report on the national Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, including the latest research and marketing results.

Paul Schutes, executive director of Recycled Paperboard Alliance, will update attendees on RPA's latest efforts to analyze the benefits and promote the use of 100% recycled paperboard.

Special Opportunities

Associate Member Film Festival
Associate members are invited to submit an entertaining 2-3 minute video that highlights yor 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 Eddie Leary no later than February 1, 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.


Platinum Sponsor

Conference Sponsors


"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 that gives the impression of the strong community network and professional support that creates the family feeling of PPC. Thank you for your warmth and kindness."
—Fran Cade, President and Owner,
Diversified Label Images, Inc.


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