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AICC Announces New Spring Meeting Format

Friday, December 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Registration Opens December 18, 2017

Special Holiday Savings if you register by Friday, January 5, 2018

The AICC 2018 Spring Meeting will be held April 16-18, at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Arizona. The 2018 Spring Meeting features a new format that offers more programming and networking opportunities for attendees, but will still run over a three-day period

In addition to the familiar schedule of sessions, workshops, plant tours, and optional events, this year, AICC has added a third general session, a new networking lunch, and will close the meeting earlier on Wednesday, April 18th to allow travel time for those that need to get back to the office. The meeting will explore the forces of disruption regarding ecommerce, retail, technology and the outlook for the global containerboard and paperboard markets.

The Spring Meeting will also feature the popular Sales Managers’ Forum, a training and networking event for AICC Emerging Leaders, and the 5th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament. The Tournament, which will take place at the Whirlwind Golf Club, at the Sheraton on Tuesday, April 17th, will benefit national and local charities. Back by popular demand AICC will also hold an optional event at Bondurant - the high-performance school of racing - on Wednesday, April 18 for all the speed enthusiasts!

 The Meeting’s new format kicks off with a general session in the afternoon on Monday, April 16 with a keynote presentation by John Rossman, Former Amazon Executive and Expert on Digital Disruption. Following his presentation, Matt Elhardt, Vice President, Business Development, Fisher International, Inc., will present on 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. The Opening Night Reception will be held Monday evening as it has in years’ past.

 On Tuesday, April 17th, the general session will feature Douglas Stephens, Retail and Consumer Futurist who will present on “Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World” followed by an interactive session on “The Five Elements of Remarkable Customer Experiences.” The general session will also feature a panel discussion on developing relationships for paper mill and sheet feeder agreements.

New this year, a Networking Lunch will take place on Tuesday for those not participating in the golf tournament, spouses, and guests.

To close the meeting, AICC will hold a “Supplier Innovations Showcase” during the Wednesday general session that will educate members on “What’s New & Disruptive” in the corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box Industries. Ed Rensi, Former McDonalds’ CEO, philanthropist and race car enthusiast will close the meeting with an inspirational and poignant presentation. The programming will end at 11:00 am to allow attendees the option to travel home on Wednesday, but for those sticking around, the Bondurant event will take place starting at noon.

Online registration for the AICC 2018 Spring Meeting opens Monday, December 18th at AICC is offering a special holiday rate for those registering on or before, Friday, January 5, 2018. Box plant group pricing is also available so more people from each company can attend this value-packed week for one low price.

The host hotel, the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, was designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian heritage and culture and offers guests a recreational, educational, and inspirational experience in a resort setting. The Resort is located in the high Sonoran Desert on an expanse of rugged Arizona landscape where the ancient vistas, mountains and roaming wild horses remain untouched.

The Sheraton offers endless activities for every member of the family in one luxurious destination. This unique resort features Native American culture, Wild West adventure, championship golf, a spa, tennis courts and award-winning dining, as well as, three swimming pools and a 111-ft. waterslide. Onsite activities include wagon rides, horseback adventures, an Interpretive Desert Trail, and poolside movies.

Nearby, enjoy Rawhide, an 1880’s Western Theme Park featuring cowboy stunt shows, petting zoo, stagecoach and train rides, live entertainment nightly or the new Wild Horse Casino Complex located less than a mile from the resort featuring fine dining restaurants, concerts, a nightclub and casino. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service between the Wild Horse Casino Complex and the nearby Phoenix Premium Outlets shopping center for guests.


Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort - AICC Hotel Room Reservations:

Traditional Single & Double Accommodations: $249 per night (plus applicable taxes/fees – currently 13% and reduced resort fee of $10.00 per night).

To make your hotel reservations directly into the group block you can either call 1-866-837-4156 and reference “AICC 2018 Spring Meeting” or book online.

Attendees are encouraged to make their hotel reservations before the group cut-off date of Thursday, March 22, 2018, in order to be guaranteed availability, and to ensure you receive the group rate. Please note the hotel block could sell out prior to the cut-off date so booking your hotel reservations early is strongly recommended.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is conveniently located 12 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

To register for the meeting and for more information on the hotel, location, speakers, topics and events visit

For additional information, please contact Cindy Huber at, or Laura Mihalick at or 877-836-2422.


About AICC

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is uniting and celebrating the success of inspired, independent packaging companies. We are a growing membership association which has served independents since 1974.