BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 36 years March 16, 2020 VOL. 36, NO. 11

AICC Emerging Leaders Driving Industry Change BY REBECCA RENDON

AICC Cancels 2020 Spring Meeting In CA

WHAT’S INSIDE 6 x x 8 x x 12 x x 26 x x What Business Owners Must Know To Weather Coronavirus Dick Harper Dies Peacefully At 85 PPC 2020 Spring Conference: New Opportunities Abound 38 PACK EXPO East Exceeds Industry Expectations AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, after careful consideration and in the in- terest of its members’ health and well being, has canceled the 2020 Spring Meeting, which was scheduled for April 1-3 in Carlsbad, Cali- fornia. Recent developments with COVID-19 in California, combined with updated corpo- rate travel policy restrictions among member companies, led the AICC Executive Commit- tee and staff to take this decision. “An AICC National Meeting is a signature event anticipated by members and known for delivering great content,” said AICC Pres- ident Michael D’Angelo. “We did not take the decision to cancel lightly, but rather due to the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, now a pandemic, and to Cali- fornia’s recommendation that no gatherings should exceed 250 people. Our members’ health and safety will always be AICC’s prima- ry consideration.” AICC is contacting registrants with instruc- tions on how to receive a registration cred- it for the next Spring Meeting or a refund of registration fees. AICC thanks the many mem- bers who planned to attend the meeting and CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

AICC Emerging Leaders delegates announced in an e-mail to members that a “restructure” of the program will be officially launched at the AICC Spring Meeting in Carlsbad, California. “We have redeveloped the Emerging Leaders program to provide a strong ROI to the Emerging Leader member, their sponsoring compa- ny and the AICC, through tiered levels of participation,” said Emerging Leader Delegates, Daniel Brettschneider and Cassi Malone, in their an-

nouncement. “This new restructure will provide our Emerging Leader members with a self-paced track of opportunities to grow their leader- ship skills and expertise in the industry, based on their interest, goals and time available. This new structure will give all participants the op- portunity to make the program what they want it to be and provide a substantial impact on the AICC and the industry, preparing them for leadership roles in the future.” The announcement included a detailed chart of opportunities that are available to Emerging Leader members, including: e-learning train- ings, webinars on specific content requested by the Emerging Leader members, networking events, in-person trainings, writing a story for a trade publication, serving as a New Member Ambassador at an AICC event, and more. Emerging leaders will no longer be considered as simply a social network of young professionals, but rather a rigorous, respected pro- gram in the industry, offering top young talent self-paced opportuni- Members of AICC’s Emerging Leaders enjoyed a social networking outing at a Cleveland Indians game at the Chairman’s Meeting earlier this year.


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Dick Harper Dies Peacefully At 85

After a period of time, a machinery division was formed that Dick later managed, becoming sole owner of Harp- er Machinery in 1989. Harper Machinery sold specialized machines for the corrugated industry, and specialized in research and development, manufacturing, assembly, ret- rofitting and inspection of industrial machines. Dick is survived by his brothers Gary (Mona) Harper of Cumberland, MD, and Steve (Linda) Harper of Kings Moun- tain, NC; nieces Amanda (Dylan) Cyr of Gastonia, NC, and Lindsey (Derek) Mueller of Salt Lake City, UT. The family would like to say a very special thank you to Madeleine Crawford, Dick’s longtime friend. We could not have done it without you! The family would also like to thank Sharon Cosby, who was Dick’s healthcare giver. We appreciate all that you have done for him and Norma. Welch Packaging Named By Elkhart CoC As 2019 Business Of The Year Elkhart, Indiana based Welch Packaging has been named 2019 Business of the Year by the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. The announcement came at the Chamber’s annual meeting at The Crystal Ballroom (Lerner Theatre) in Elkhart, Indiana, on March 6, 2020. The honor goes annually to one of the Chamber’s twelve Business of the Month recipients, who in turn are

James Richard (Dick) Harper passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina at age 85. He was born on May 20, 1934, in Cumberland,

Maryland to Dolly Marie and Murl Lonnie Harper and graduated from Allegheny High School in Cumber- land, Maryland, in 1952. Dick en- listed in the U.S. Marines until they “discovered” his actual age. He was summarily discharged. After graduation, Dick enlisted in

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the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in France, earning a Good Conduct Medal. On May 12, 1956, while stationed in San Antonio, Texas, he married the love of his life, Norma Lee (Rinker) Harper. There were no children born into the marriage but over the years, they had many four-legged children they loved – with their surviving baby, Cocoa. While in France, the Harpers took advantage of being stationed abroad and visited many places: Germany, Swit- zerland and Holland being their most memorable. Upon returning to the U.S., they resided in Cumberland, Mary- land, for a period of time before relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Dick went to work with his brother, Ron, at Harper Corporation.


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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month January 2020

selected from more than 1,100 Chamber business mem- bers throughout the preceding year. The Chamber of Commerce cited community involve- ment, corporate volunteerism, and philanthropic commit- ment as key criteria for Welch Packaging to receive the nod. Welch set a 2019 goal of team members giving back 5,000 hours of community service. In reality, they nearly doubled that amount. “Ever since we started as a small business in 1985, we’ve always strived to make a difference,” said Brock Welch, General Manager of the Elkhart Campus. “We try every day to make a difference in our associates’ lives, in our customers’ businesses and in the communities in which we live. Every single member of our Welch team is important in allowing us to have that impact.” Welch Packaging associates have played significant roles in supporting local charity organizations, elementary and high schools, entrepreneurship programs, and higher education. From building beds for less fortunate children to donating to over 150 other local charities, Welch associ- ates are living the vision set forth by founder Scott Welch. Welch Packaging will be celebrating its 35th anniver- sary in April, a noteworthy accomplishment among local businesses. With a focus on customer service, training and development, and community improvement, Welch Pack- aging is looking forward to many more anniversaries.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

33.944 33.283


7.715 7.564


Industry Total

Year-to Date

January 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

33.944 33.283


7.715 7.564


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2018

2.8165 2.7479


2.8165 2.7479


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

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Percent Change

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“We’ve gathered together an A-list agenda to help our executives el- evate their management style and stay on the forefront of new markets,” said Ben Markens, PPC President. “After a full day of informative sessions and networking with fellow boxmakers, we invite everyone to enjoy a magical visit to Disney World to see the fantastic new Epcot Illuminations show called Epcot Forever. Attendees will also discover new entrees at a special food truck extravaganza on the hotel property.” Trust is the fastest way to expand influence and positively impact busi- ness results, says keynote speaker David Horsager, CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute and bestselling author. Through his industry-leading research, The Trust Outlook, and firsthand experience working with the world’s highest performing organizations, Horsager will show PPC attend- ees how to build trust for a stronger bottom line and a more committed team. Trust separates high performance organizations from their compet- itors. Horsager will show the PPC audience how to increase engagement and earn the trust of those they lead. Trust is the fastest way to expand influence and positively impact busi- ness results, says Spring Meeting keynote speaker David Horsager, CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute and bestselling author.

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Mesirow Financial Advises Quad On Sale Of NE Packaging Plant Mesirow Financial acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Quad/Graphics, Inc. on the sale of its Omaha, Nebraska, packaging plant to Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Quad is a global marketing solutions partner provid- ing a diverse range of print and media services. Based in Sussex, Wisconsin, the sale of the Omaha plant, which performs high-volume, low-cost converting for folding car- tons, will allow the company to intensify its efforts behind its higher value packaging solutions, creating a cohesive brand experience across all media channels for its clients. “Mesirow’s thoughtful guidance and significant expe- rience within the packaging industry were instrumental in finding this partnership with Graphic Packaging,” said Dave Honan, Executive Vice President and CFO of Quad. “The team expertly executed this transaction, securing a positive outcome for both the talented team in Omaha and Quad’s overall operations.” “We were thrilled to advise Quad on this transaction,” said Rick Weil, Managing Director of Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. “We believe the strategic com- bination of its Omaha plant’s excellent manufacturing ca- pabilities and a vertically integrated supplier like Graphic Packaging will benefit all parties and enable Quad to con- tinue growing its core packaging platform.”

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Emerging Leaders in contact with the right people. The significant changes we’ve made to the program will help to give Emerging Leaders a clear roadmap to success. We’ve implemented changes that will continue to grow this program and ensure that its ever-evolving and sus- tainable for years to come.” The Winds Of Change “After talking to Emerging Leader members and seeing our own experiences in the program, Daniel and I thought something was missing,” said Malone. “The program had

ties to grow themselves as leaders, learn the industry and maximize value to their sponsoring company (a company supporting their Emerging Leader in the program) through various trainings, leadership opportunities and networking events. Graduating the Emerging Leaders program is a highly valued accomplishment and requires the member to stay engaged in the industry, regularly attend trainings and net- working events, and influence the industry in a positive, sustainable way. Upon graduation, these leaders become the “crème de la crème” in the industry, who are prepared to move on to other leadership roles within AICC, the in- dustry and their organizations. “We are building a program that has a clear purpose and clear operational procedures to accomplish that purpose, and because of that, we believe it will be a self-driving en-

lost some of the prestige that it once had and we learned that some peo- ple viewed the program as some- thing only beneficial to new people needing to make friends in the in- dustry. There was so much potential for more value to the participants and we wanted to get back to orig-

Cassi Malone

inal goal that Mark Mathes had in mind when he created the Emerging Leaders program in 2014 – the goal to grow leaders for the future of our industry.” Malone refers to Mark’s vision for the corrugated indus- try’s version of Forbes “30 under 30.” “These were excep- tional young people that were already displaying traits of exceptional leaders and I saw a need for that in our in- dustry, as well. When I created this program in 2014, we compromised on the age of 35 and decided that it would

gine for growth,” said Brettschneider. “The thought is that this program will act as a conduit, linking the Emerg- ing Leader members with opportuni- ties to grow themselves into future leaders in their companies and the industry. These highly driven and motivated members are the people

Daniel Brettschneider

that possess natural leadership qualities, so we needed to find a way to create those opportunities and put our



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AICC Emerging Leaders (CONT’D FROM PAGE 18)

“One of the biggest improve- ments to the program is the control that the Emerging Leaders have taken of the program. Instead of the AICC creating events and programs and having members attend, now these Emerging Leaders are driving the program with our support, allow- ing them to have more participation and move further and faster,” D’Angelo added. Who Is An Emerging Leader? Emerging leaders are young professionals, age 35 or younger, who are ready to make a commitment to their career in this industry and are prepared to invest and en- gage in their own professional development to become recognized leaders in their functional fields and within the industry. “An Emerging Leader is hungry for challenges and growth and joining the Emerging Leader program gives them opportunities to flex and train those muscles so they’re ready when it comes time for advancement in their career,” said Brettschneider. “These are people looking at where they want to be and aren’t going to be complacent in getting there.” Spotting a candidate for Emerging Leaders is easy be- cause these are the “go-getters” in your company. These are dependable professionals with strong leadership po- Mike D’Angelo

include all corrugated converts, associate members and any employee that leadership deemed as up and coming leaders,” said Mark Mathes, founder of the Emerging Lead- ers program. “The fact that the Emerging Leaders are taking the reins and taking ownership of this program shows that

they are learning from their training. The Emerging Leaders program will continue to last only as long as it is evolving and this is a great evolution and this is exactly where it needs to go to continue to have legs,” said Mathes. “What I created simply got it off the ground and what these peo-

Mark Mathes

ple have created will keep it surviving and moving forward. This had to happen for it to ultimately be successful.” The proposed changes to the Emerging Leaders group were presented to the AICC Board members during the winter board meeting, where the strategy for AICC is set for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning in July. “Each committee gives a presentation of what is going on and how things are going,” said Mike D’Angelo, AICC President. “Malone and Brettschneider gave a great pre- sentation of the proposed changes that was very well re- ceived by the Board. They have our full support and we are very pleased with the improvements for this program.”


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Landing was introduced to the Emerging Leaders pro- gram about a year ago and immediately saw value as a

tential and the ambition to do more than passively partic- ipate in the industry. These people also demonstrate the maturity and professionalism to represent their sponsor- ing company. So, what’s the value to the Emerging Leader, the spon- soring company and AICC? “There are several key components to being a success- ful member of an industry organization. One of those com- ponents is education and the other is socialization and the ability to meet and connect with people, and that’s exactly what this program was intended to provide,” said Mathes. Emerging Leaders have access to specialized trainings and networking opportunities outside of the general top- ics covered at national meetings. They are also offered leadership opportunities within AICC, opportunities to at- tend on-site workshops, annual field trips, focus groups and participate in mentor programs. The Emerging Lead- ers program provides members with a self-paced track of opportunities to grow their leadership skills and expertise in the industry, based on their goals and time availability. “The potential effect of this program is a lot bigger than anyone can even imagine,” said Chris Landing, En- ergy Consultant for APPI and Emerging Leader committee member. “This program guides young people and gives them the platform needed to truly change the culture of the industry for years to come.”

tool for professional growth. Natu- rally gravitating to leadership roles, Landing says that it was the ability to get his “fingers on the blueprint of the program and leave a lasting im- pression on the industry” that made him want to join the Emerging Lead- ers committee and take a more ac-

Chris Landing

tive role in the success of the program. The sponsoring companies supporting their employ- ees in this program get the benefit of increasingly knowl- edgeable employees who are developing their soft skills and have an interest in contributing to the health of their company on a high level. Their Emerging Leaders have a strong network of peers, access to the best mentor- ship and advice the industry has available and are de- veloping the skills necessary to take on leadership roles in the company. In addition, Emerging Leader sponsor companies can retain young talent by encouraging their employees to participate in the career development op- portunities offered by the Emerging Leaders program. Finding Talent, Retaining Talent “Every AICC member company identifies ‘finding and retaining talent’ as their major issue,” said AICC’s D’Ange- lo. “This will continue to be a pain point if we don’t find a


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ates loyalty, helps these employees build their own brand, meet more people in the industry, broadens their perspec- tive and increases knowledge.” The AICC benefits from gaining engaged and commit- ted Emerging Leaders who are invested in actively assist- ing AICC leadership. Once Emerging Leaders graduate, the AICC has a roster of young talent with a demonstrated investment in the AICC and established leadership skills, on whom they can call to contribute to the larger AICC mission. “The AICC will never have to look around and think ‘Who will lead next?’ Instead, they will have an overflow- ing pool of talent with proven leadership and commitment to the industry,” said Brettschneider. “As delegates of the Emerging Leaders program, Cassi and I hope to lead the future delegates and members of the group to help them continue to drive change and growth in our industry.”



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