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Gail Levy, CEO, HFactor
Kathy Bolhous, FPA Vice Chairman, Charter NEX CEO
Kathy Bolhous, President and CEO of Charter NEX and Vice Chair of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) will update attendees on the State of the Industry for the U.S. flexible packaging industry. The industry was reported to be 31.8 billion in 2018 and Ms. Bolhous will present the latest findings from FPA’s state of the industry survey for 2019. Ms. Bolhous will also discuss the sustainability aspects of flexible packaging, including new research the Association has done on e-commerce packaging; the current legislative climate facing the packaging industry, and flexible packaging in particular; FPA’s advocacy efforts to combat the current anti-plastic and anti-packaging sentiment; and efforts to promote the industry with consumer product companies, consumers and policy makers.
Brian Stepowany, Senior Manager of Packaging R&D, B&G Foods
Steven Dang, CEO, Flavr
Jim Andrasic, COO, American Pouch Converters
Mark Thompson, Partner, Keller & Heckman
David Luttenberger, Global Packaging Director, Mintel
Somewhere between absurdity and science lies the truth, and maybe even the solutions, consumers are seeking from brand owners and package manufacturers. Mintel will share intriguing data, reveal new consumer sentiment, and challenge conventional thinking about the death of packaging as well as its undead future.
Irene Rojas Stanbury, CEO, Lemonkind
Alex Hoffer, Chief Revenue Officer, Hoffer Plastics
Tom Egan, VP Industry Services, PMMI
Bruce Welt, Professor, University of Florida
Charles Williard, Senior Research Associate Lux Research
Moderator: Dennis Calamusa, Founder/CEO, ALLIEDFLEX
Brian Wagner, Principal, PTIS
Liam Barbary, Company Director, Benchmark Consulting Global
This presentation will explore the common errors and best practice when dealing with SME and KAM customers in our industry. A particular focus will demonstrated on pricing and tender management and how to drive success by ensuring your unique production capabilities are represented in all commercial offers.
Jeff Abel, Principal Packaging Engineer, Adept Packaging
Companies face cost challenges every year. Many look to reduce packaging material costs to save money. However, how many times can an organization reduce material thickness or pouch dimensions before compromising quality? Another option for cost reduction is SKU Rationalization or Reduction. Any company that finds itself with a number of similar size pouches of similar structure or specification can benefit from SKU Rationalization. The key to realizing savings from this practice is understanding what Pouch SKU’s can be combined and how to do this without compromising product/package quality.
Michael Chase, Managing Partner, Chase & Associates
Losing your best and brightest to a competitor is never easy. In this candid presentation, you'll learn how to shore up employee loyalty from a veteran recruiter that knows all the angles. Peek behind the curtain to better understand why peak performers seek greener pastures. Tap into real-world insights that will help you keep your best employees.
Thomas Blaige, Chairman & CEO, Blaige & Associates
Utilizing 34 years in mergers and acquisitions, Tom Blaige will discuss exit strategies for companies in the pouch converting sector. Successful deal making is both an Artistic and Scientific process and remains crucial to success in today’s rapidly consolidating market. The “Science” will include M&A Trends, consolidation trends, headline deals in packaging and Case studies. The “Art” will review maximizing value, a process which takes place both before and during sale, as well as available transaction options. He will cover exit strategies as well as how to maximize value and growth as discussed in the Blaige proprietary Nineteen Year Plastics and Packaging Mergers and Acquisitions Consolidation Study. On average, approximately 70% of 2001’s top 50 plastics and packaging companies in each sector have undergone a change of ownership or been eliminated, thus large consolidators are making it more difficult for small and mid-cap (independent) processors to survive and thrive. In summary, Mr. Blaige will reveal valuable strategies designed to help company owners understand how to navigate and succeed in today’s mergers and acquisitions environment.
Converters Expo South
February 12, 2020
Charlotte Convention Center
April 29-30, 2020
Green Bay, WI