2018 Spring Outlook and Strategies Conference

April 11-13, 2018 • Baltimore Marriott Waterfront  Baltimore, MD 

​Welcome to Spring Meeting in Baltimore! We’ll hear exciting speeches about leadership, the state of the industry, retail trends, and marketing strategies as we enjoy the scenic Baltimore Harbor!


Principal Member Rates

    First Time Attendee:              $595     Principal members only.
    Super Early Bird:                   $995     Ends 1/9/18; avail. to first 20 who register and pay with credit card only
    Early Bird  "Buy 2 Get 2":     $1,195    Ends 3/16/2018       
    Regular "Buy 2 Get 2":         $1,495    Begins 3/17/2018  

Group rates: See PPC meeting policies page for info.

Associate Member Rates
   1st Registration Early Bird:     $1,195     Ends 3/16/2018
   1st Registration:                    $1,495    Begins 3/17/2018
   2nd-3rd Registration:             $1,695    No early bird discounts available

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

Women's Leadership Conference:       TBD

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

To request an attendee list, email Kate Smith.


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Book Online or call 1.888.212.5752 and ask for the discounted rate.

PPC has secured a discounted room rate of only $239/night. Book by March 12, 2018 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.

Baltimore/Washington International Airport

Business casual for committee meetings and general sessions.

In April, Baltimore has highs in the 60s (°F) and lows in the upper 40s (°F)


Let the Spring 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!

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Stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming event.

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. - 5:00 p.m.  Committee Meetings & Breakout Sessions
    8:00 a.m.          Executive Committee Meeting (Closed meeting)
    11:00 a.m.        Board of Directors Meeting (Closed meeting)
1:30 p.m. Women's Leadership Committee Meeting 2:00 p.m.     Canadian Committee Meeting Marketing & Sustainability Committee Meeting     4:00 p.m.          Associate Member Committee Meeting

6:30 p.m.              Cruise of Baltimore Harbor

7:00 a.m.              Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m.              Registration
8:00 a.m.     General Session
12:00 p.m.         Lunch Breakout Sessions
    New Generation Leaders Meeting (By invitation only)
    Benchmarking Committee Meeting 

1:30 p.m.     General Session
7:00 p.m.              Reception 

7:00 a.m.              Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.              Special Workshop: Creating a High-Performing Organizational Culture
12:00 p.m.            Program Concludes


Alan Beaulieu, Economist and President, ITR Economics
Economic outlook for general and paperboard packaging markets

BIO: One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan has provided 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 a contributing editor for Industry Week magazine and is co-author of Make Your Move and Prosperity in the Age of Decline.

Mike Ferrari, Founder and President, Ferrari Innovation Solutions
Secrets to packaging success 

BIO: After a successful, 32-year career in research and development at Procter & Gamble, Mike founded his own packaging and printing consultancy in 2010. Today he coaches corporate leaders and helps companies small and large to develop strategic innovation portfolios. Past clients include Smuckers, Estée Lauder, Kellogg’s, Drupa, and Dscoop. Mike is also a guest lecturer at the University of Florida’s Package Engineering College.
*Keynote speaker sponsored by PPC member Highcon Systems, Ltd.

David Friedman, CEO, High Performing Culture
How to create a high performing culture in your company 

BIO: David helps organizations to create, drive, and maintain high performing cultures. The principals he teaches are based on a process he developed as the President of RSI, an employee benefits consulting firm that grew from two employees to a staff of 100 under his leadership. David is the author of two books and is also a frequent keynote and seminar speaker. In the last five years, he’s led more than 300 workshops for more than 3,000 CEOs.

Mary Anne Hansan, President, Paper and Packaging Board
Update on the How Life Unfolds™ campaign

BIO: As President of the Paper and Packaging Board, Mary Anne leads the national consumer campaign, Paper and Packaging – How Life Unfolds®. Prior to her current position, she worked in a wide range of industries including plastics, chemicals, and flowers. She also spent seven years working to correct misinformation about mercury in seafood, particularly tuna. During this period, she led the development of a national consumption campaign in 2011 for canned tuna called “Tuna the Wonderfish.”

Paul Malooly, President and CEO, El Paso Paper Box
Insights into PPC member El Paso Paper Box's past, present, and future.

BIO:A lifelong resident of El Paso, TX, Paul formed his first company, a commercial and industrial real estate business, in the 1980s. In 1989, Paul purchased a struggling manufacturing business, ultimately turning it around and selling it to Walmart in 1994. Finally, in 1995, Paul backed a small commercial print business that would grow to become El Paso Paper Box. Under Paul’s ownership, the firm is currently a major source for folding cartons in the Southwest.


Sam Richter, Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Business Author, and Technology Entrepreneur
Insider tips for finding online information that helps to identify new business opportunities, build valuable relationships, and win you more business. 

BIO: Sam is an internationally-recognized expert on sales intelligence and online reputation management. His techniques for leveraging online information have directly resulted in millions of dollars of new business for clients and program attendees around the globe. He was named one of the world’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Sales, and his best-selling book, Take the Cold Out of Cold Calling, is in multiple editions and was named Sales Book of the Year in 2012.

Bruce Siegel MD, President and CEO, America's Essential Hospitals
What business executives need to know about the future of healthcare 

BIO: Since 2010, Bruce has used his extensive background in health care management and public health to lead America’s Essential Hospitals, a nonprofit association for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all. Previously, he served as a health policy professor at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services as well as the President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. He has also served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health. 


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 Laura Spencer no later than February 20, 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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"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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