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AICC 2018 Spring Meeting & 5th Annual Independents' Cup Charity Golf Tournament
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4/16/2018 to 4/18/2018
When: (Mon-Wed) April 16-18, 2018
Where: Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd
Phoenix, Arizona  85226
United States
Contact: Chelsea May
(703) 836-2422
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HOTEL UPDATE: Please note that the Sheraton Hotel is sold out on Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17. There is still availability on the other nights. Due to this, we have secured an overflow block of rooms at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino (a sister property to the Sheraton).   Please see the hotel tab below for more details.

AICC has put together a great Spring Meeting with a new format that offers more programming and networking opportunities for attendees but will still run over a 3-day period from Monday, April 16 to Wednesday, April 18.  We will explore the forces of “disruption” with regard to e-commerce, retail, technology and the outlook for the global containerboard and paperboard markets. 

The meeting will kick off with an additional General Session on Monday afternoon with a keynote presentation given by John Rossman, former Amazon executive and expert on Digital Disruption, followed by a presentation from Matt Elhardt, Vice President, Business Development, Fisher International, Inc., who will talk about the rapid growth of e-commerce and its growing impact on the U.S. corrugated, containerboard, paperboard and recycled industries. Monday’s session will conclude with a supplier panel discussion on the “Disruptive Forces facing the Global Containerboard Market” now and in the future. 

On Tuesday, April 17, the General Session will feature Douglas Stephens, Retail and Consumer Futurist who will discuss the future of brick and mortar stores with “Re-engineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World.”  We will follow this presentation with an interactive workshop session on “The Five Elements of Remarkable Customer Experiences.”   

The meeting will close with a “Supplier Innovations Showcase” during the Wednesday general session where we will educate members on “What’s New & Disruptive” in the Corrugated, Folding Carton and Rigid Box Industries. Then, Ed Rensi, former McDonalds’ CEO, Philanthropist and Race Car Enthusiast will wrap-up with a once-in-a-lifetime speech that you will find both inspirational and poignant—certainly a not-to-miss session.

Finally, we will hold a two-day Sales Managers’ Forum—Building a Collaborative Team—on Sunday, April 15 & Monday, April 16.   Participants will learn how to build a sales team for the modern day with the idea of not hiring "the best" salespeople, but organizing a collaborative team—to prospect, develop business, and wrap-up with a mutually beneficial close.

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