FPA 2019 Annual Meeting

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - Friday, March 08, 2019
All Day Event
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 East McCormick Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

The FPA Annual Meeting - Connecting. Advancing. Leading. will be held at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.


The FPA 2019 Annual Meeting is for FPA Members Only. Non-members, who are eligible for membership, may only attend the meeting if they are sponsored by a current FPA Member and have not attended a meeting in the past. Please click here to view FPA members.

The meeting will offer great networking opportunities for industry leaders and senior management and features the presentation of the winners of the 2019 FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards. Meeting information will be posted as it becomes available.

All attendees must make their own hotel reservation
To make a room reservation, please click here or you can call the hotel directly at 800-540-0727 and identify yourself as a participant of the FPA 2019 Annual Meeting. The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch has agreed to a special room rate of $305 per night. The room reservation deadline is February 4, 2019.

Meeting Information


The meeting will offer great networking opportunities for industry leaders and senior management and features the presentation of the winners of the 2019 FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards. The content-rich agenda will focus on industry-specific topics, issues and challenges. Conference attendees will hear presentations from:


Tammie Jo Shults
Southwest Pilot, Former F/A-18 Hornet Pilot

Tammie Jo Shults is an acclaimed airline captain and former United States Navy aviator. Her early interest in flying led to Tammie Jo to become one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the Navy, after overcoming several obstacles due to her gender.



Alex Chausovsky
Speaker and Senior Consulting Advisor, ITR Economics

Alex Chausovsky is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise across subjects including macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, energy efficiency, automation, and advanced technology trends. He has consulted and advised companies throughout the US, Europe, Brazil, China, and Japan for the last 15 years. Alex is currently responsible for providing reliable industry and company forecasts, presentations, webinars, and economic consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries.


Alex Chausovsky's appearance is being generously sponsored by:

Bobst North America Inc.

Comexi North America, Inc. Comexi-2016
Sun Chemical Corporation sun_chemical

Thomas Blaige
Chairman & CEO, Blaige & Company

Utilizing 34 years in mergers and acquisitions, Tom Blaige will discuss strategies for selling a company in the Flexible Packaging sector. Successful deal making is both an Artistic and Scientific process and remains crucial to success in today’s rapidly consolidating market. He will cover exit strategies as well as how to maximize value and growth as discussed in the Blaige proprietary Seventeen Year Plastics and Packaging Mergers and Acquisitions Consolidation Study.


Preview of the State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report

Curt Begle, President, Engineered Materials Division, Berry Global

Curt Begle was named President of Berry’s Engineered Materials Division effective November 2014. Mr. Begle previously served as President of Berry’s Rigid Closed Top Division since December 2009. Mr. Begle has spent his entire 16 year career with Berry, during which he has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility. He holds a B.S.B.A. from the University of Evansville and a M.B.A. from the University of Southern Indiana.


European Flexible Packaging Update

Jan Homan, FPE Honorary Chairman and Senior Advisor of Constantia Flexibles

Jan Homan is currently Flexible Packaging Europe’s Honorary Chairman and Senior Advisor of Constantia Flexibles. Mr. Homan previously served as CEO of Constantia Flexible Group and as CEO of Constantia Teich Group. Prior to joining Constantia Teich, Mr. Homan was General Manager at Hartmann Druckfarben GmbH (Sun Chemical) and also served as Finance Manager of Sandvik Austria. Mr. Homan holds a degree in Economics from the Commercial University in Vienna.


Polyolefin Market Update

Nick Vafiadis, Global Business Director, Polyolefins and Plastics, IHS Chemical

Nick is a 25 year veteran of the chemical industry who joined CMAI (now IHS) in April of 2002. In his first assignment with the company, Nick was responsible for consulting duties associated with the Chlor-Alkali and Vinyls product chain. In this role, he contributed to the Monomers Market Report, the Chlor-Alkali Market Report, and the Global Plastics and Polymers Market Report.


The meeting will also feature a Marine Debris Panel – Current and Future Solutions 


Panel Moderator

John Kalkowski, Conference Program/Editorial Projects Director, BNP Media Packaging Group


As BNP Media’s packaging conference program and editorial projects director, John Kalkowski brings a wealth of journalistic and marketing experience to his position. John has served as Editor in Chief of both Packaging Strategies and Brand Packaging, where he has written extensively on packaging and sustainability. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at packaging industry events. 



William Jackson, VP & CTO, Bemis Company, Inc.

Mr. Jackson has served as Bemis Company’s Chief Technology Officer since 2013. Prior to joining Bemis, Mr. Jackson spent five years with Dow Chemical as VP of Global R&D for Dow Building and Construction. Prior to Dow, he spent 16 years with General Electric in GE Plastics, GE Lighting, GE Consumer and Industrial, and GE Corporate in leadership R&D and global market development roles. 



Bob Lilienfeld, Vice President, Marketing & Sustainability, BioLogiQ, Inc.

I’ve been involved with packaging and environmental issues since the early 1990's, when I helped establish plastics recycling programs for the City of Chicago’s outdoor festivals (e.g., The Taste of Chicago) and sports stadiums. At that time, I also started The ULS Report, a highly respected and widely read newsletter aimed at spreading the benefits of source reduction (ULS means Use Less Stuff).



Adrianne Tipton, VP of New Product Development, Novolex™

Adrianne has over 20 years experience in Innovation and R&D in high tech, CPG, and paper/poly manufacturing industries. She was previously VP of New Product Development, Cenveo; VP- Consumer Vertical – ORC International Market Research firm,  Group Manager, R&D, Clorox. She has a PhD- Synthetic Organic Chemistry-Univ of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Science, Chemistry (ACS certified)- Northern Arizona University. Ms. Tipton joined Novolex in 2014. 


FPA Thanks the Annual Meeting Sponsors 

Alex Chausovsky Sponsors

Bobst North America Inc.

Comexi North America, Inc. Comexi-2016
Sun Chemical Corporation sun_chemical

Networking Sponsors 

Bostik, Inc.

Charter NEX Films, Inc. charter_nex
Energy Sciences, Inc. EnergySciences
Flint Group flint_group
INX International Ink Co. INX
Nordmeccanica NA nordmeccanica
PPC Flexible Packaging 01060-PPC-FP-Logo-CC
Siegwerk USA Co. siegwerk
Transplace Transplace_Logo_2011
Wikoff Color Corporation wikoff


Golf Tournament Sponsors

Packaging World Pkg_World_25th_logo


Blessings in a Backpack Sponsors

INX International Ink Co. INX
Liqui-Box Corporation 2136_logo


Hotel Information

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 E. McCormick Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

You Must Make Your Own Hotel Reservation...

The hotel reservation deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019. To make a room reservation, please click here or you can call the  Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch directly at 800-540-0727 and identify yourself as a participant of the FPA 2019 Annual Meeting. The hotel has agreed to a special room rate of $305 per night. 


This event requires registration.

Registration for the FPA 2019 Annual Meeting is open.


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