PMMI Annual Meeting

PMMI Annual Meeting Agenda

Sunday, October 15

3:00 — 6:00 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk

Stop by to pick up your badge and meet the PMMI staff.

6:15 — 10:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Reception and Dinner

Monday, October 16

7:00 a.m. — 8:00 a.m.

Board of Directors Breakfast

8:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Lunch will be provided.

10:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Leadership Development Program - For LDP registrants only

2:00 — 7:00 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk

Stop by to pick up your badge and meet the PMMI staff.

1:00 — 1:30 pm.

PMMI Foundation Board Meeting - by invitation only

1:30 — 3:30 pm.

Committee Meetings - Committee Members Only. Includes an afternoon snack.

  • Business Intelligence
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Employee Development
  • Industry Relations
  • Strategic Planning

4:00 — 5:30 pm.

Tech Talks

Quick hitting, dynamic presentations from fellow PMMI members. Discover the latest innovations that can revolutionize your business in a rapid-fire format. Experience five to six topics delivered in rapid succession. If one topic doesn't align with your interests or needs, don't worry - the next topic starts in less than 20 minutes!

  • Augmented Reality - Kevin Roach, President & CEO, Harpak-ULMA Packaging LLC
  • CPGNEXT - Digital Transformation Insights - Dave Newcorn, President, PMMI Media Group
  • IIoT Journey Launch - A CPG Perspective - Garth Basson, VP of Digital Manufacturing and OT, Flower Bakeries, LLC
  • Vision System and AI Propels Productivity - Matthew Thomspon, VP, Catalyx North America

6:00 — 7:00 pm.

Chairperson's Reception

Note: If you have a reserved seat at the dinner, the table number will be on the back of your badge. Jacket suggested for gentlemen.

7:00 — 10:00 pm.

Chairperson's Dinner

Tuesday, October 17

7:00 a.m. — 8:15 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk

8:15 a.m. — 8:35 a.m.

Chairperson's Update and BoD Elections

Speaker: Patty Andersen, Vice President of Human Resources & After Market Services for Delkor Systems, Inc., and Chairwoman, PMMI

8:35 — 9:15 a.m.

What’s My Line? Members meeting Members.

Moderator: Glen Long, Senior Vice President, PMMI

The advantage of being part of an association of over 1,000 companies is the unique opportunity to access a wealth of knowledge from peers! Share expertise, learn best practices, gain new perspectives with some new PMMI member company executives.

9:15 — 10:05 a.m. 

AI in Manufacturing Ops – How is your Company Using AI? 

Speaker: David McGraw, Senior Director, Private Equity Performance Improvement, Alvarez and Marsal

Discover the vast potential of AI in manufacturing operations and explore how your company can leverage this transformative technology. Companies are using AI for coding, marketing, IT, product development and more.  Discover the possibilities and explore the concerns.

10:05 — 10:35 a.m.

Networking Break

10:35 a.m. — 11:20 a.m.   

Dynamic Disco – Back in 2023!

Join us for an electrifying experience where you can choose to attend one, two, or all three sessions, all in the same room.

1.  MaX - Manufacturing Excellence Share Groups Advance

Speaker: Glen Long, Senior Vice President, PMMI

PMMI's Manufacturing Excellence Share Groups have grown and are working on developing new insights for all PMMI members. Glen Long will provide an enlightening round of updates on the MaX Share Group activity and present options for the next work products.

  • Engineering and Operations
  • Field Service
  • Marketing
  • Sales


2.  OpX Highlights ESG Programs and OEM Implications

Speaker: Tracy Taszarek, Consultant, Antea Group USA

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) goals and activity impact many elements of businesses in all markets. For PMMI members, there is an increasing need to understand some of the jargon and possible impacts on an OEM’s business with consumer packaged goods firms.  Tracy will provide an outline of key ESG strategy components and share insights from Antea Group’s experiences with CPGs as they integrate ESG practices and goals into their businesses.


3.  Members Speak - Quickie Survey Insights and Ideas

Speaker: Jorge Izquierdo, VP, Market Development, PMMI

PMMI provides many tools for its members. Discover the valuable insights and ideas captured from recent Quickie Surveys conducted by and about PMMI members.

11:25 a.m. — 12:10 p.m.

PMMI Reports: Labor, Manufacturing Skills, and Compensation

Speaker: Alex Chausovsky, Director of Analytics and Consulting, Bundy Group

Imagine having a valuable PMMI resource that offers in depth insights on compensation specific to both market segments AND geographic locations.  Get ready to tap into the expertise of Alex, who will provide you with invaluable information using the live database from Miller Resource Group to help you grow your business.

12:15 — 2:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

2:00 p.m.

Buses Depart for the Plant Tour. Front entrance of the hotel.

Note: No personal vehicles are allowed as there is no parking.

2:30 — 5:30 p.m.

Plant Tour: Kliklok LLC, a Syntegon Company

5:30 — 6:00 p.m.

Transportation to Reception

6:00 — 9:00 p.m.

Reception Fernbank Museum of Natural History

No need to worry about dinner plans as refreshments and food will be provided. For those not participating in the plant tour, we have arranged a shuttle from the hotel to the Fernbank Museum. The shuttle will depart from the front entrance of the hotel at 5:30 p.m. sharp.

Wednesday, October 18

7:00 — 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk

8:30 — 9:30 a.m.

Workforce Retention – What Works Today?

Speaker: Gardner Carrick, Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers

Following Jason Dorsey’s insights on recruiting the new generation of workforce and Millennials on the Move to Management, the next critical element voiced by our member companies is Retention. We often hear “Our team successfully recruited new employees, but now we need proven tactics to keep them in our organization and support their career growth.”  In response to this concern, Gardner Carrick, from NAM, will shed light on key issues affecting retention. These include addressing the workforce split, where factory team members don’t have the ability to work from home one or two days a week.  Additionally, we will explore strategies to engage newer employees effectively, reducing the likelihood of them leaving for the next shiny new job opportunity they see online.  Delve into the latest approaches and concerns on customized “packages” for each employee.

9:30 — 9:55 a.m.

Networking Break

9:55 — 10:40 a.m.

Dynamic Disco - Take 2.

Grab the color headphones. Pick a topic - or all three! Topics include:

1. Technical Standards

Speaker: Bruce Main, President, Design Safety Engineering, Inc.

Update on key standards that impact your business: New release of B155.1; European Machinery Regulation; Z244;    

TC199; ISO 12100; ANSI B11.19


2. Unpacking the State of the Packaging Machinery Industry Report

Speaker: Blake Griffin, Research Manager, Interact Analysis

Blake Griffin, analyst and author of PMMI’s 2023 State of the Industry report, will present findings from the most recent edition of research. This presentation will aim to unpack the forecast for the US packaging machinery market and place it in context with the US economy. The aim will be to give perspective for what packaging machine builders can expect for their businesses over the next 12 months.


3. General Members ID Supplier Opportunities

Moderator: Glen Long, Senior Vice President, PMMI


ProMach, Inc

Panelist: Matt Kepner, Director of Strategic Sourcing



Panelist: Mike Murray, Director of Strategic Sourcing


Kliklok LLC, a Syntegon Company

Panelist: Brandon Cahoon, Director of Engineering

10:20 — 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 — 11:30 a.m.

Peer to Peer Roundtables

Discuss topics you want based on your member company size.

  • $0-20 Million
  • $21-50 Million
  • $51+ Million

11:35 a.m. — 12:20 p.m.

Certified Technical Sales Professional Module

Module one of the Technical Sales Professional program has been released, generating significant interest among professionals in the field. Gain a comprehensive overview from the trainer of this industry-specific training program.

Moderator: Matt Neuberger, President/CEO, Neuberger & Company, Inc.


  • Matt Jones, Vice President, Hoosier Feeder Company
  • Dustin Lee, VP, Sales, Morrison Container Handling Solutions
  • Mark Navin, VP, Sales, Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.
12:20 — 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

12:35 — 3:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings - Committee Members Only. Includes lunch.

  • Future Workforce
  • Global Marketing
  • Program Planning
  • Show


Spouse/Guest Agenda

Tuesday, October 17

8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Spouse/Guest Get-Acquainted Breakfast


9:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Complimentary Spouse Program - Summit Skyride

Take a trip through Stone Mountain Park on the Summit Skyride. This high-speed Swiss cable car transports guests more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. From the top, experience amazing views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and more up to 60 miles away. Finish with a tour of the Stone Mountain Museum and Historic Square, a collection of Georgia Homes and Antiques.

Wednesday, October 18

9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Spouse/Guest Get-Acquainted Breakfast

Thank you to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:      Murrelektronik    


Silver Sponsors:   Norgren       Norgren       Norgren       Murrelektronik