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Leading Industry Groups Contribute Educational Programming to The Conference at Pack Expo

The 2012 Conference at PACK EXPO, held in conjunction with PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 28-31; McCormick Place, Chicago), will offer packaging and processing professionals actionable insight into the latest trends and issues driving the industry under the umbrella, "Educate.

Innovate. Advance.”

In keeping with the show's customer-centric approach to delivering innovation, owner and producer PMMI is partnering with leading associations from across the supply chain to provide conference sessions tailored to attendees' specific areas of interest. Partners include:

• Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE)

• Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM)

• Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

• The Great Lakes and Midwest chapters of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)

• International Society for Beverage Technologists (ISBT)


• Reusable Packaging Association (RPA)

• The Packaging Association (PAC)

Presenters will include executives from Bayer Consumer Care, ConAgra Foods, Estee Lauder Cosmetics, Ltd., General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft, Nestlé and Pfizer.

Conference tracks complement the customer-centric approach to PACK EXPO:

• Beverage

• Focus on the Future - Trends and Innovations

• Food Safety/Product Security

• Manufacturing Solutions

• Pharmaceutical and Medical Device

• Sustainability/Packaging Materials

• Track and Trace

• Transportation and Logistics

In addition, the PACK EXPO Lecture Series will feature a spirited discussion between nationally renowned commentator and comedian Dennis Miller, and James Carville, political consultant and former advisor to President Bill Clinton. The two speakers will provide their views on the 2012 Elections and respond to audience questions on Sunday, October 28; at 5:15 p.m. Tickets for this special event will be sold separately from Conference session tickets or general registration, at a cost of $125 or $1,000 for a package of 10.

Registration for the Conference at PACK EXPO is available at at a cost of $99 per session through October 8, 2012, when tickets increase to $125 per session; ticket price includes admission ot the PACK EXPO show floor.

Show registration is $30 per person through Oct. 8, when the price increases to $60.

The conference schedule below is current as of July 12, 2012, and is subject to change. Visit for session details and the most up-to-date conference information.

Monday, Oct.29

8:30a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

M01—IOPP: An Overview and Update of GFSI

Speakers: Roger Roeth, General Manager, Eagle Food Registrations Inc.

M25—IOPP: Labels and Barriers and Trends, Oh My!

Speakers: Pat Reynolds, VP/Editor-in-Chief, Packaging World Magazine

M13—GLC: Managing Quality in Pharmaceutical Capital Projects: A Real World Approach

Speaker: TBD

M19—ISBT: PET Packaging for Beverages - Current State-of-the-Art and What Factors will Drive Future Commercialization

Speakers: Scott Steele, President, Plastic Technologies, Inc.

M07—AIOE: The Journey to Sustainability Excellence

Speaker: TBD

Monday Oct. 29

9:45 - 10:45


Speakers: TBD

M20—ISBT: Introduction to Flexible Packaging for Beverages

Speaker: Michelle Parikh, Principal Engineer, Materials Engineering & Packaging, LLC

M14—IOPP: Product Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting in the Medical Device and Pharma Industry

Speakers: John Spink, Associate Director/Assistant Professor, A-CAPPP, Michigan State University; Karen Greene, VP, Sales & Technology, Life Packaging Technology

M08—IOPP: Regulations and Packaging of Dangerous Goods: Essentials for Today

Speakers: Tracie Cady, Business Manager, Labelmaster Services

Monday, Oct. 29

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

M03—AIOE: How FSMA is Affecting CPG Companies and What Equipment Manufacturers Can Do About it

Speaker: Jeff Barach, Principal, Barach Enterprises, LLC; David Drum, Senior Food Safety Engineer, Kellogg Global Engineering; Thomas Fishlove, General Mills

M27—IOPP: Quantifying the Emotional Response to Packaging

Speakers: Donna Sturgess, President, Buyology Inc.

M15—GLC: Rapid and Effective On-Site Biological Decontamination and Sterilization Technologies: Application Case Studies

Speakers: TBD

Monday, Oct. 29

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

M28—IOPP: Contract Packaging and Kitting as a Lean Packaging Strategy

Speakers: Joe Jaruszewski, President, Contract Packaging Association

M04—PAC: IFS PACsecure, HACCP-based Packaging Food Safety Standard for Packaging Converters

Speakers: Larry Dworkin, Government Relations Director, PAC- The Packaging Association

M22—ISBT: Packaging Hall Sanitation Best Practices

Speakers: Mike Lammers, Director of Business Development, Diversey, Inc.

M10—IOPP Packaging Perspective

Speakers: Eric Greenberg, Attorney-At-Law, Eric F. Greenberg PC

Monday, Oct. 29

1:30p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

M05- IOPP: CPG Perspectives & Expectations for the Packaging Suppliers

Speakers: Debra Krug-Reyes, Food Safety & Quality Auditing Principal, ConAgra Foods ; Jeffrey Brunken, Quality Manager, General Mills; Roger Bleiler, Senior Scientist, Microanalytics, a Mocon Company; Suresh Nagaraj, Director of Packaging Quality, ConAgra Foods; Suzanne Matuszewski, Manager, Global Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance, Graham Packaging Co.

M11- PAC: PAC NEXT “A World Without Packaging Waste”

Speakers: Nina Goodrich, Program Director, PAC NEXT;

M17—IOPP: Packaging Materials and Patient Safety: The ISO 16378 Standard

Speaker: Michael Pearsall, Food Safety Business Development Director, UL DQS;

M29—PMMI: The 3rd International Packaging Press Global Packaging Trends Session

Speakers: Andrew Manly, freelance journalist, treasurer, IPPO (UK/Netherlands); Trina Tan Ker Wei, Editor,; Secretary-General, IPPO (Singapore)

Monday, Oct. 29

2:45-3:45 p.m.

M30—IOPP: Insights from the Beauty Leaders: The Secrets behind Successful Package Innovation

Speaker: Charles Chang, President & CEO, Topline Products Co., Inc.; Guido Schmitz, Director of Packaging & Technology Innovation, Bayer Consumer Care; Herve Bouix, Senior VP Packaging, New Ventures & Special Projects, Estee Lauder; John Butcher, Senior VP, Product Support & Engineering, Revlon

M12— PAC: Packaging Next Life Solutions

Speakers: John Downham, President & CEO, PAC- The Packaging Association;

Monday Oct. 29

2:45-4:15 p.m.

M18—GLC Pharmaceutical Packaging: Current Trends and Technologies

Speaker: TBD

Tuesday, Oct. 30

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

T13—IOPP: Avoiding Packaging Nightmares with Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices

Speakers: Jan Gates, Principal Packaging Engineer, PackWise Consulting

T25—IOPP: HACCP\Hazard Analysis: Delivery Food Safely Through Packaging

Speakers: Barry Novak, Material Quality Manager, General Mills, Inc.

T01—AIOE: OEE Guidelines for CPG Companies and Their Suppliers

Speakers: TBD

T19—AIM: QR Code: The Latest Strategy for Product Projection

Speakers: Robert Sherwood, VP Security Programs Management, Sekuworks, LLC

Tuesday, Oct. 30

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

T02—AIOE: An Engagement Model for Developing the Manufacturing Workforce

Speakers: Greg Flickinger, Vice President of Manufacturing & Corporate Engineering, Snyder's-Lance; Bill Flint, Founder, President & CEO, Flint Strategic Partners

T14—IOPP: Product Serialization: Preparing for 2015

Speakers: D. Bruce Cohen, Principal, PackTechPlus, LLC

T20—AIM: Track & Trace for the Food Supply Chain: Farm to Fork

Speakers: Peter Mehring, President, Intelleflex

Tuesday, Oct. 30

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

T27—IOPP: Chemical Migration - and Mitigation Approaches

Speakers: Eric Greenberg, Attorney-At-Law, Eric F. Greenberg PC; Joe Bacik, Technical Service Manager, WALTER G ANDERSON; Jonathan Graunke, VP- Energy Curable Technology, INX International Inc.; Kevin Facklam, Director of Regulatory Affairs, INX International Inc.; Mark Montsinger, VP- Research & Development, Bryce Corporation; Michaela Penescu, Director, Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

T09—PMMI: Pharma Medical Device Study

Speakers: TBD

T21—AIM: Track& Trace within the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Speakers: George Wright, Vice President, Product Identification & Processing Systems (PIPS)


Speakers: TBD

T15—MWC: Facility Master Planning and the Cost/Benefit Relationship to Project Goals

Speakers: TBD

Tuesday, Oct. 30

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

T22—AIOE: It's Your Packaging Line…How Do You Gain a Competitive Advantage Using Your Data?

Speakers: David Habib, Product Manager- Strategic Solutions & Applications, Markem-Imaje

T04—PMMI: Mechatronics

Speakers: TBD

T10—IOPP: Why Innovative Sustainable Packaging Requires Innovative Packaging Machinery

Speakers: Gene Eckert, Marketing & Sales Director, Pack Flow Concepts LLC

Tuesday, Oct. 30

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

T05—PMMI: Blended Learning

Speakers: TBD

T17—MWC: Establishing Early-Phase Partnerships for Critical Project Areas of Risk- Integration

Speakers: TBD

T11—IOPP: Packaging Sustainability and the Food Value Chain

Speakers: Anne Roulin, Head of Packaging, Nestle

Tuesday, Oct. 30

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

T06—IOPP: 10 Things You Should Know About Manufacturing and Supply Chain Efficiency

Speakers: Sriman Banerjee, Head of Packaging Development - Global Wellness, GlaxoSmithKline

T18—MWC: Streaming the Approach to Commissioning and Qualification to Support Packaging Project Goals - Life Lessons

Speakers: TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 31

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

W13—IOPP: An Analysis of Current Testing Standards

Speakers: Brian Stepowany, Packaging Development Manager, Bumble Bee Foods

W19—PMCOP: Reset for Reliability- Reliability Centered Maintenance in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Speakers: TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 31

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

W02—IOPP: SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Packaging Lessons from the One-Handed World

Speakers: Jeff Kaufman, Group Manager, Consumer Insights, Avery Office and Consumer Products, Kelley Styring, Consumer Strategist & Principal, InsightFarm; Shelly Seabaugh, R& E Senior Specialist, Kimberly-Clark Corp.; Thad Fisher, Senior Engineer, Packaging Strategic Research, Kraft Foods

Wednesday, Oct. 31

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

W15—IOPP: The Evolution of Contract Packaging within the Customer Supply Chain

Speakers: Eric Wilhelm, CEO, Coregistics

W21—PMCOP: Project Management & People Management: Secrets to Success

Speakers: TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 31

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

W16—IOPP: How and Why Transport Packaging Must Improve

Speakers: Dan Balan, President, Intraqq Consulting Group

Wednesday, Oct. 31

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

W23—IOPP: The Benefits of SMED Changeover Toolkit

Speakers: Paul Zepf, Engineering Director, Zarpac, Inc.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

W24—IOPP: Marketing-Operations Conflicts: The Costs in Package Development, and How to Avoid the Waste

Speakers: John Henry, President,
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