Executive Leadership Conference

2020 Agenda


Saturday, April 18
10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.


Hospitality & Registration Desk
Check in, pick up your badges, sign up for optional activities and the Dine Around. Restaurant selections and reservations must be made in advance.
1:30-5:30 p.m.


Board of Directors Meeting – By Invitation
For Board and President’s Advisory Council members, invited guests and staff.
6:30-10:00 p.m. 
Early Arrival Reception and Dinner
All are welcome for a relaxing evening of networking.
Dress: Resort Attire
Sunday, April 19
Activities and sessions and meals are open to attendees and their guests, unless otherwise noted.
7:00-9:30 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast – Everyone is invited.
8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Hospitality & Registration Desk
Check in, pick up your badges, sign up for optional activities and the Dine Around. Restaurant selections and reservations must be made in advance.
  *Optional Activities
Advance registration is required. A 10-business day cancellation policy applies.
8:00-10:00 a.m. 
Spirit to Serve – Marco Island Beach Clean Up (*)
This beach cleanup is an exciting and easy way to raise awareness about litter and plastic pollution while doing our part to protect our oceans, waves and beaches. Marco Island beach is vital to the sea turtle's continued survival in Southwest Florida. While cleaning the beach you will learn about the pollution problems our oceans face and all the ways this affects the health of people, wildlife and local ecosystems. Rain or shine. Meet at Sunset Terrace South where breakfast is taking place. 
11:15 a.m.
Shotgun Golf Tournament Hammock Bay (*)
A box lunch will be provided. Golf attire is required. Buses will depart from the San Marco Entrance located directly behind the San Marco Café. Meet at the San Marco Entrance prior to the 11:15 a.m. departure time. 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Cost per person: $230, Club Rental: $85.00 per set. Important: If you brought your own clubs; you must bring them with you to the course. Please be in your cart by 12:20 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
10,000 Island Waverunner Guided Excursion (*)
Feel the sun on your shoulders and the wind in your hair as you explore the pristine backwaters of the 10,000 Islands on a unique 90 minute tour. Experience the native wildlife that resides in the mangrove forests while  expert tour guides highlight interesting facts about the nature and geography of the region. Either ride by yourself or with a guest. Must be 18 years or older to drive. Meet at the Watersports Beach hut located on the beach at Marriott.
Cost per Waverunner: $215
12:45 p.m.
Jet Boat Eco Tour (*)
Get ready for an eco-thrill ride on Southwest Florida’s most exhilarating attraction. Explore the 10,000 Island waterways with commentary explaining the sights and ecology; see dolphin and more aboard a 20-passenger jet boat that’s fun for all ages. You’ll feel the thrill of the 360° adrenaline -rush turns and reach speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour. San Marco Entrance located directly behind the San Marco Café.
Cost per person: $115
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Chairperson's Welcome Reception
7:30-11:00 p.m.
Chairperson's Dinner
Attire: Jacket is suggested. No children under 16 years of age.
Monday, April 20
Leadership Sessions will take place in the Banyan Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

7:00-8:30 a.m. 

Networking Breakfast - Everyone is invited.

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Hospitality Desk
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

The Art of Leadership
Speaker: Eric Wahl, Graffiti Artist, TED Speaker, Bestselling Author 
Learn to unlock your creative potential and embrace innovation and risk at this year's conference. Eric Wahl will reveal the keys to being an extraordinary leader in constantly evolving, competitive markets.
All are invited to attend. 

9:30-10:00 a.m. 
Networking Break
10:00-10:15 a.m. 
PMMI Chairperson's Report
Speaker: Emmanuel Cerf, Vice President of Sales, Polypack, Inc., Chairman, PMMI  
10:15-10:30 a.m.
PMMI Advantage
Speaker: Glen Long, Senior Vice President, PMMI
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Packaging Innovation Drives Market Success
Speaker: Shekhar Varanasi, McKinsey and Gianluca Camplone, McKinsey
CPG companies depend on innovation for market differentiation and success. McKinsey has a group dedicated to the packaging space. In this session, you'll hear their research on key packaging drivers for success in the new decade. 
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
CPG Executive Panel
Panelists: Lisa Rathburn, Vice President of Engineering, Marzetti, Jorn Remmem, Director of Plant Operations & Engineering, Old Dutch Foods
Moderator: Matt Reynolds, Editor, Packaging World
12:00-12:05 p.m.

Networking Break

12:05 - 12:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Cybersecurity Reality: We Were Attacked; Our Journey Forward
Speaker: Michael Beerman, CMSE, CEO, Pilz Automation Safety, L.P.
Pilz was hit with a ransomware attack on Oct. 13, 2019. Pilz chose not to comply with the attacker's demands because doing so would have rewarded their efforts and financed additional attacks on others. Learn how Pilz not only survived the attack, but is coming back stronger than ever. Learn what you can do to make your company stronger in any crisis.

How IoPP Can Further Your Team's Development
Speaker: Jane Chase, Executive Director, Institute of Packaging Professionals
Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) programs can benefit all   levels of your personnel; one of the most popular programs being the Certified Packaging Professionals (CPP) certification. Executive Director of IoPP, Jane Chase, will provide an in-depth session on how to engage your team and improve their professional development through becoming a CPP. Capture insights on how to take advantage of all that IoPP has to offer and learn the advantages of having Certified Packaging Professionals in your company.

Using A/R to Position New Employees for Success
With extensive changes in teams, it is important to identify tools to transfer institutional knowledge from those leaving the business to new employees. It is equally important to train new workers to position them for success. The PTC team will discuss how they effectively use Augmented Reality to drive knowledge transfer.

12:50-2:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch - Everyone is invited.  
2:00-3:00 p.m. Free Afternoon
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Bocce Ball Tournament - Everyone is invited.
6:30-10:00 p.m.
Miami Vice Beach Party
Join us for a dinner buffet, cocktails and a fun evening.
Attire: Casual/Relaxed sandals or flip flops encouraged.
Tuesday, April 21
Leadership Sessions will take place in the Banyan Ballroom unless otherwise noted.
6:15 a.m.
5K Fun Run/Walk – Registration
6:30-7:15 a.m. 5K Fun Run/Walk – Shotgun Start
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast - Everyone is invited.
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Hospitality Desk
8:30-9:45 a.m.

2020 Economic Outlook
Speaker: Alex Chausovsky, director of Speaking Services, Institute for Trend Research (ITR) Economics
One of the most popular sessions at the Executive Leadership Conference, hear a review of projections from 2019 as well as a look into the 2020 economy and how it will impact your business. During the session's Q&A, you'll walk away with insights on business and personal finances. 
All are invited to attend. 

9:45-10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15-11:00 a.m. Issues Affecting YOUR Business
Speaker: Jason Jennings, Bestselling Leadership Author 
Business guru Jason Jennings conducted interviews with multiple PMMI member company executives to discover relevant issues affecting the industry. He will address his findings using insights gained from his work with other companies, plus the lessons he shares in his eight bestselling books. 

11:00-11:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions 

Becoming a Valued Supplier to Member OEMs
Panelists: Bob Brotzki, president/owner, Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc., Ryan Edginton, president/CEO, All-Fill, Inc., Timothy Hudson, vice president & general manager, ITW Hartness, Ross Long, group vice president of sales, secondary packaging, Bosch Packaging Technology/Kliklok-Woodman
Moderated by: Glen Long, senior vice president, PMMI

Calling all Supplier members: join a select panel of PMMI manufacturing members to learn how they evaluate suppliers and what they expect from a partnership.

Sustainability: Everyone Contributes
Speaker: Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications
Sustainability continues to be a key metric for CPGs. PMMI's Business Intelligence Committee commissioned a study on successful applications in CPG production operations with particular emphasis on packaging and processing equipment. Lead researcher Donna Ritson will share the final results of the study; as an attendee, you will be the first to hear these groundbreaking results before released to the public.

11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Peer to Peer Roundtables (4)
12:45-2:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch - Everyone is invited.
2:00-3:00 p.m. Never Give Up. Never Quit. 
Speaker: Travis Mills, retired United States Staff Sergeant of the 82nd Airborne
On April 12, 2010, United States Army staff sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device), losing portions of both legs and both arms. He now lives an inspiring life as a quadruple amputee - he has written a New York Times bestseller, Tough As They Come, and speaks across the country motivating others to live by his motto: "Never give up. Never quit." 
All are invited to attend. 
6:30-9:30 p.m. Dinner Group Dine Around - No Children
For those staying over, join us at one of the area’s best restaurants with other PMMI attendees. This is an opportunity to network over cocktails and delicious fare. PMMI will provide transportation and pick up the tab for those who signed up. Meet prior to the 6:30 p.m. departure. San Marco Entrance located directly behind the San Marco Café. Space is limited; therefore, the policy is first-come, first served.
9:30-11:00 p.m. PMMI Networking Lounge
Stop by for late night desserts and cocktails

Spouse/Guest Activities

Monday, April 20
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
On property
Spouse Program - Calusa Spirit Dolphin Watch And Eco Tour
Experience the relaxing and cool Gulf waters aboard the Calusa Spirit! The ecosystem is full of beautiful and unique wildlife. The Calusa Spirit calmly navigates the backwaters in search of dolphin, manatee, and bald eagles - and upon arrival at Cape Romano, guests can explore the secluded beach in search of the most ornate seashell treasures! Meet at the Watersports Beach hut located on the beach at Marriott.
Cost per person: $75
Tuesday, April 21
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
On property
Spouse Program - Day at the Spa
Start with a sleep class where you will learn a simple meditative technique that assists in the process of falling asleep. This class reviews the science of sleep and what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. Next, enjoy a short massage experience from one of Marriott’s world-class therapists using state of the art massage chairs and Hypervolt technology. Finish of the experience by creating a customized body, face or hand/foot exfoliating scrub. A Spa host will guide you through the crafting process using a variety of raw ingredients. Dress: Yoga/Gym Attire.
Cost per person: $99