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AICC Emerging Leaders Engage in Cleveland

Monday, August 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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August 5, 2019 – AICC Chairman, Joseph M. Palmeri, President, Corrugated Packaging, Jamestown Container Companies and AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, welcomed over 40 AICC Emerging Leaders and guests to Cleveland July 16-18 for the 2019 AICC Emerging Leader Chairman’s Field Trip.

Cassi Malone, Strategic Account Manager, Corrugated Supplies Company, said, “Emerging Leaders has been a wealth of knowledge, opportunity, resources, and most importantly, friendships. The tours and workshops further expose us to different areas of the supply chain we might not otherwise observe, and the relationships cultivated have been invaluable. This group has truly been an incredible learning and growth opportunity both personally and professionally.”

The program, which began with a networking dinner, offered three plant tours, a half-day training on advocacy, and a night out at a ballgame.

The Emerging Leaders began their day of touring early Thursday morning with a trip to Standard Printing Company in Canton, OH, a privately owned, digital and sheet-fed printing company that has been manufacturing for nearly 100 years. The group then moved on to Jamestown Container Cleveland, in Macedonia, OH. Jamestown Container Companies started over 60 years ago with a basic brown box and five employees, and it has since grown into a multi-facility, concept-to-finished-goods corrugated packaging supplier. The final stop of the day was Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions in Bedford Heights, OH. Founded in 1956, Tavens is a sheet plant that has made significant investments in its people and equipment to offer new services and opportunities to their customers.

“I love the excitement of the group. These are box people through and through, and they're passionate and ambitious about growing into the industry. We have a lot of fun, and somewhere in the middle of it the ideas start flying.  I always come home with new projects and big visions, and I know a lot of others do, too,” said Daniel Brettschneider, AICC Emerging Leader Board Delegate, Vice President, CST Systems, Inc.

After a night in a suite at Progressive Field to see the Cleveland Indians battle the Detroit Tigers, the Leaders completed the Field Trip the following morning with a half-day training on advocacy at all levels. Steve Young, AICC Ambassador at Large, reminded attendees AICC’s long history of advocacy and shared the thoughts of Eric Elgin, Owner / Sales, Oklahoma Interpak, who was unable to attend due to travel delays. Elgin encouraged attendees to start locally.

Tim Ross, District Director for Congressman Bob Gibbs, helped attendees see the value of talking with staff members of Representatives and encouraged everyone to invite their local and Federal Representatives to tour their plants.  

Lia Poteet, Communications Specialist, U.Group, encouraged all attendees to share their story. She focused on the importance of giving specific examples of how legislation will impact the company and community. She also highlighted the importance of building a relationships when advocating.

Echoing Lia, Todd Shelton, the Director of Regional Public Affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers, focused on taking the time to build relationships and noted that technology and social media are important tools, but they cannot replace conversations.

Mary Anne Hansan, Paper & Packaging Board (P&PB), gave an update on the advocacy P&PB is doing for the paper and packaging industries, noting that paper and paper-based packaging industries continue to be viewed more favorably than other industries, including plastic.

Lastly, all speakers came together on a panel to explain how they would advocate for an issue raised by the audience.

AICC appreciates the support received from Alliance Machine Systems International, A.G. Stacker, Haire Group, Jamestown Container Companies, Poteet Printing, Standard Printing Company, Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions, and Vanguard Packaging,

The next AICC Emerging Leader event will be held during the AICC 2019 Annual Meeting, September 16-18, in Toronto, ON. It will include a training on “Increasing Your Voice” and a networking event. More information is available at

Questions about joining the AICC Emerging Leader program can be directed to Scott Ellis, at or at