President's Message

headshot of president of PPC Sam Merenda

Wow, what a great PPC meeting in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia! On Monday morning, the Keynote Speaker, Gerry O’Brion, brought the PPC members a power-packed presentation that struck a chord with everyone who attended as he disseminated a “marketing” message that made you think about yourself, your company, and how you can improve the clarity of your brand from CEO to the front line. Many members indicated that the Keynote was the best we’ve ever had, and I would tend to agree. As we moved into the technical sessions, the presenters shared very timely and relevant topics. We even had a panel discussion which included six of our own PPC members from various aspects of the petroleum packaging industry. The discussion centered around “New Project Launch Pitfalls” and was very informative to all in attendance. After lunch on Monday, a Speed Networking event was held, and it was a tremendous success amongst all who participated. A huge “thank you” goes to two of our Board Members, Iris Thomas and Marcia McCullough, who did the work behind the scene to make this event happen.

On Tuesday, the morning kicked off with a Breakfast Speaker, Jonathan Stalcup, who enlightened us all about “The Architectural History of Savannah.” As we moved to the technical sessions, we heard topics on Improving Working Capital Through Daily LEAN Improvements, Closure Liner Systems, Contingency Planning for Disasters, and the latest going on in Washington, DC that impacts our industry.

The PPC has a technical series, held at most meetings, that is intended to provide an intense learning opportunity for members. PPC College Packaging 101 was held at this meeting. Topics covered were: Caps & Closures, Pallets, Labels/Graphics, and Flexible Bag in Box. Thank you to all our speakers for taking your valuable time to share your knowledge on these topics.

Tuesday evening was capped off with the banquet and installation of the new Board of Directors. First, I would like to thank the outgoing President, Sam Merenda, for a job well done and for guiding our organization with the assistance of our other ten Board Members. Sam has been in the PPC for a long time and has the deepest respect from all who know him. Thanks for a momentous year, Sam!

As we move forward over the next 12 months, the new Board of Directors will do all we can to make the necessary sacrifices to carry the torch forward to help make the PPC the most relevant global resource for innovation, production efficiency, safety, health and sustainability throughout the petroleum packaging industry.

Thanks to all the members who make PPC the great organization it is today! See you all in Scottsdale, AZ in March 2019!

Best Regards,
Darren Booth
PPC President

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