President's Message

headshot of president of PPC John Whittenhall

At our recent Fall Meeting in Santa Fe, Keynote Speaker Derek Daly wowed everyone as he spoke of the similarities between the preparation principles for success in Race Car driving and in Life. As the time between meetings seems to race by pretty fast, you can be assured that extensive preparations are underway for our highly anticipated March 2017 meeting at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California. We are hard at work ensuring that Spring 2017 will be the most successful meeting yet. You'll want to start planning and preparing now, as you won't want to miss this one!

While we often talk about the PPC meetings, it is important to remind members that we are here as an organization all year round. The Petroleum Packaging Council serves as a collective resource OF members and FOR members to draw on for relevant industry information and membership expertise. This website has become a go-to place for industry news, technical presentation papers and, of course, industry contact details. Remember that your membership allows you to take advantage of all of the many benefits that belonging to the PPC offers.

As we continue to see the PPC grow and strengthen as an Association, it is important to acknowledge the significant membership contributions which make the PPC a success. These include those members who volunteer to commit their time to serving on Committees and on the Board - those who share their professional expertise and connections to provide or source relevant technical presentations - and those who share critical feedback which helps ensure that the PPC is evolving to meet the needs and expectations of current and potential members. Attendees who belong to other Associations regularly comment on how uniquely cooperative the membership of the PPC is. Suppliers, Customers and Competitors come together, not only to achieve their individual business goals but, quite often, to share learnings or provide direction for issues members may be experiencing.

It is because I have developed the highest regard for the members of this organization that I am honoured to have the privilege of serving as your President for the coming year. I am continually humbled and overwhelmed by the amount of support this group has provided over the years and, particularly, as my term approached. As I prepared to take on this role, Past Presidents, whose terms I greatly admired, each came to me to offer their encouragement, as well as any assistance or guidance I might need. I look forward to having the opportunity to collaborate with everyone to continue their good work and to prepare for the future growth and success of the Petroleum Packaging Association.

I hope to reach out to as much of the membership as possible throughout my term, but if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at any time. If not before, I look forward to seeing you in Napa!

Best Regards,
Elizabeth Wagg