Executive Leadership Conference

2021 Agenda


Monday, April 19

8:30-9:00 a.m. 




9:05-9:15 a.m. 

Member and First Timer Welcome

Hosted by Jake Garvey, director of OEM sales, Garvey Corporation and Andrew Dougherty, senior director, Membership at PMMI

Greet your fellow PMMI members and ELC first timers.

PMMI Chairman's Report

Speaker: Emmanuel Cerf, Vice President of Sales, Polypack, Inc., Chairman, PMMI

9:15-10:45 a.m. 

2021 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 2020 as well as a look into the 2021 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.

10:45-11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 

CPG Executive Panel

Panelists: Rick Rice, controls engineer, Crest Foods Co., Inc.
Lisa Rathburn, vice president of engineering & continuous improvement, T. Marzetti Company
Mark Mikol, senior director, The Schwan Food Company

Moderator: Matt Reynolds, Editor, Packaging World

One of the most well-regarded sessions each meeting, PMMI member company executives gain insights into your customers’ needs. Hear tips – straight from the source – for positioning your business to provide better solutions across the marketplace.

12:15-1:15 p.m. 

Lunch with Colt and the Quarantine Kids

Watch a family band who have made nearly 50 videos on Facebook while sheltering in place. More than 20 million people have tuned in. They also were recently showcased on The Ellen Show.

1:15-2:15 p.m.

What is After Covid?
Speaker: Tom Morrison, President & CEO, Tom Morrison & Associates

Morrison shares industry disruptions that were occurring just before the pandemic - and how those have evolved into more permanent disruptions, including: 

  • The expectation of touchless technology to ensure safety and hygiene
  • Consumer habits in 2021 and beyond
  • Decreasing labor availability
  • Virtual meeting and selling tips
  • Working remotely and the importance of cybersecurity
  • Supply chain resiliency 
2:20-3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Automation Refresh - Production Investment Trends CPGs are Implementing and OEMs Need to Know
Speaker: Dave Greenfield, Director of Content/Editor-in-Chief, Automation World

Packaging Machinery OEMs: Building a Strategy with Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance is often cited as a digitalization initiative which offers immediate ROI to the end user. Its value lies in the reduction of unplanned downtime and adoption is often a no-brainer from a maintenance team’s perspective. However, machine builders are struggling to understand how to incorporate predictive maintenance into the strategy of their businesses. This presentation will unpack the demand for predictive maintenance and explore different strategies available to machine builders to meet this need.

Speaker: Blake Griffin, Senior Analyst, Interact Analysis

Technical Workforce Development Trends

Hear Gardner Carrick provide the latest workforce development statistics as well as the creative ways manufacturing organizations are recruiting and hiring today. 

Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, The Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Roundtables

Miss discussing the latest trends, challenges and best practices with your peers over the last year? Here’s your chance to do just that with our new Peer-to-Peer networking sessions. Join us for one of three sessions suggested by our members, where a moderator will facilitate the discussion, and you’ll have the chance to “raise your hand” and participate, or feel free to just listen to the conversation.

Sessions will include:

  1. Continue the Conversation – Business Changes Post Pandemic
  2. Supply Chain Issues for You and Your Customer
  3. Employee Recruitment, Retention, and Growth including Company Culture
4:30 p.m.

Chairman Wrap up/End of Meeting