FMN | October 14th, 2019

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tors during a special meet and greet gathering before the welcome reception officially kicked off the meeting. The following two days brought industry experts to the forefront during two general sessions and three two-day workshops sessions, as well as the showcas- ing of the 145 entries from 32 member companies received for the 2019 Independent Package Design Competition, and tours of The Central Group - Central Innovation Centre, Packaging Technologies Inc., and Gerrity Corrugated Paper Products. During the General Sessions, attendees were given the opportunity to vote on the AICC, Board Convert- ing News, and Corrugated Today Innovator of the Year Award. First place was the “In-House English as a Sec- ond Language (ESL) Program” developed by Michigan City Paper Box. Second place was awarded to JB Ma- chinery for their “Fully Comprehensive Control Inter- face” submission and the third place winner was the “Production Scoreboard” entry submitted by EFI. Final- ists included Stickle Steam Specialties with their entry “A Steam System Dashboard” and Advantzware with their entry “A Machine-to-Cloud Solution to Assess and Score Resources.” Industry Champions Finn MacDonald, President, Independent II, then pre- sented the inaugural AICC Champion Award to two members, Ed Gargiulo, Equipment Finance Corp., and Greg Jones, SUNAutomation, for their contributions in furthering the Association’s membership. During the meeting, Tom Skinner, President, Phoe- nix Packaging Inc. was honored with the AICC/Fast Markets-RISI Hall of Fame Award for his contribution to the independent sector of the corrugated packag- ing industry through active membership in AICC and broad-based involvement in the industry. Attendees received an update on Drupa from Claus Bolza-Schunemann, Chief Executive Officer, Koenig & Bauer;AG, Committee President of DRUPA. Paul Leclair,VP & Chief Economist, Numera Analytics, gave an update on global economic trends. Leclair not- ed that U.S.manufacturing has been stellar for the past year, but is beginning to slow. He continued to say,“I would suggest U.S. manufacturing is slowing because of the trade wars with China.” Gregg Lederman, CEO of Brand at Work, energized the crowd and told the audience the three things em- ployees, across all generations, crave: respect for what they do, a sense of purpose within the company, and strong relationships with colleagues and managers. AICC governance was addressed with AICC Presi-

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