2016 Spring Outlook and Strategies Conference

April 27-29, 2016 • Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay • Miami, FL

Join us in the Sunshine State for a brilliant Spring Meeting! In addition to hearing engaging presentations on the state of the industry, inter-generational dynamics in the workplace, disaster recovery, and the trajectory of the overall economy, you’ll honor David W. Scheible, former CEO of Graphic Packaging International, as he receives the Robert T. Gair Award for his lifetime contribution to the folding carton industry. The conference will also feature a cruise of Biscayne Bay.



Principal Member Rates

    First Time Attendee:             $595        Principal members only.
    Super Early Bird:                  $995        Available to first 20 who register by 2/1/2016 and pay by credit card only.
    Early Bird "Buy 2 Get 2":     $1,195     Ends 4/13/2016
    Regular "Buy 2 Get 2"
:          $1,495    Begins 4/14/2016       

Associate Member Rates
   1st Registration Early Bird:     $1,195    Ends 4/13/2015
   1st Registration
:                    $1,495      Begins 4/14/2015
   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 Michelle Perlman.

To request an attendee list, email Eddie Leary.


Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132
1-888-789-3090 (Reference the Paperboard Packaging Council)

Click here to reserve your hotel room. The PPC discounted rate of only $200/night ends April 7!

Miami International Airport
2100 NW 42nd Ave., Miami, FL 33126

Business casual for committee meetings and general sessions. Suits/ties/dressy attire for Thursday evening's Gair Award ceremony. More casual for Wednesday's cruise: Tommy Bahama to Tommy Hilfiger!

In April, Miami has highs in 80s (°F) and lows in the upper 60s (°F)


We're unveiling our first ever mobile conference app to give you all the info you need at your fingertips--the program schedule, speaker and sponsor info, maps, surveys, and much more! AND attendees who fill out their profiles in the app by Thursday, April 28 will be put in a drawing to win a free iPad Mini! 

To Download:

  1. Download the app by searching stores for Paperboard Packaging Council or entering the following URL into your mobile browser: https://crowd.cc/s/emZe

  2. Open the app and tap on 2016 PPC Spring Meeting.

  3. Tap on the three lines in the top left-hand corner and click Login for more features! 

  4. Enter your First and Last Name

  5. Enter your Confirmation Code
    - If you forget or don’t know your confirmation code, select “Forgot Code”
    - Access your email on your device and click "Verify Account”

  6. Tap “Open App” and select “Finish” to be fully logged into the app!
    - Note: You will be sent a confirmation email including all of your login
       credentials should you like to login on a different device.


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)
    1:00 p.m.              Women's Leadership Committee Meeting (Closed meeting)
1:30 p.m. Marketing Committee Meeting 
Industry Benchmarking Committee Meeting
    4:00 p.m.             Associate Member Committee Meeting
Principal Members: Get More From Your Membership

6:30 p.m.              Welcome Reception and Cruise of the Bay

7 a.m.                   Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m.              Registration
8 a.m. - 12 p.m     Morning General Session
12:00 p.m.     Lunch
    Canadian Committee Meeting
    Rigid Box Committee Meeting
    New Generation Leaders Meeting (Closed meeting)
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m  Afternoon General Session

7 p.m.                  Robert T. Gair Award Reception and Dinner, Honoring David Scheible, GPI

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

SPEAKERSKeynote Phil Gwoke
Generational Expert, BridgeWorks
With four distinct generations working side-by-side in today’s workplace, organizations are struggling to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards of quality and service. During this engaging presentation, Phil will show you just how generation gaps hit the bottom line, how to manage the upcoming talent gap, and ultimately, how to transform generational diversity from an obstacle into an opportunity.


Keynote Magnus Lindkvist
Futurologist, Trendspotter, Author
What are we to make of the unpredictable, media-fueled chaos of the modern world? Amongst all the turbulence, how are we to succeed and thrive as business leaders, decision makers, and human beings? Harnessing his expertise, studies, and writings on when and why the future begins, Magnus will help you understand the present and show you how to create the future. 

Alan Beaulieu
Economist and President, ITR Economics
While China, oil prices, and stock market volatility have left many business leaders off balance as of late, better days are ahead and converters should leave Alan’s presentation with a solid, positive outlook for their future. Among other topics, Alan will cover consumer spending, B2B activity, current economic megatrends, interest rates, and the economic impact of the current presidential election. 

Joel Greenwald Esq.
Managing Partner, Greenwald Doherty LLP
How do you fire toxic, yet high performing, employees? Can you really stop salespeople from stealing your customers? Must you pay salaried employees overtime? Are you legally liable for the labor violations of your subcontractors?

Joel will provoke discussion around these and other daunting questions facing employers today—all so you can do what’s right for your business while minimizing legal risk.

Joan Sahlgren
Public Relations Director, Paper and Packaging Board
Joan will bring attendees up to speed on the progress of the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, a national promotional initiative, funded by almost 60 companies in the paper and paper-based packaging industry, that aims to foster an appreciation for paper products within consumers across the country.

Kyla Fisher
Principal, Three Peaks Consulting 
Is sustainability still relevant? Kyla will provide a snapshot of the key sustainability trends in the paperboard packaging industry, and explain why converters of all sizes can still benefit from integrating a comprehensive sustainability strategy into their daily operations. 

Mark Sonderen
Chairman of the Board, Sonderen Packaging

Mark will share a harrowing account of how a fire devastated Sonderen Packaging in 1998—and how the firm rebuilt, coming back stronger than ever. He will include the lessons for disaster prevention and recovery that he learned along the way. 

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 Susannah Hill no later than March 1, 2016. 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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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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