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SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS




Ed Wallace - President & Chief Relationships Officer - The Relational Capital Group
Ed Wallace is President and Chief Relationship Officer of The Relational Capital Group. He  consults with and speaks for corporations and associations across the globe with a client list that is a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Fares to Friends, Creating Relational Capital, Business Relationships That Last,  and his most recent The Relationship Engine.  In addition, Ed is currently on the Executive Education faculty of Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and Villanova University’s Human Resources Master’s program.

Keynote Presentation: Thursday, April 27 - 9:00 - 9:40 AM
Topic: Investing in Relational Capital
This highly interactive keynote will be aligned with the conference theme of Principled Leadership by focusing on the renewed importance of advancing the key relationships that most impact business performance and just make life and work more enjoyable. He will share “Max the taxi cab driver” stories that illustrate his simply profound approach to building competitor proof relationships as well as the key relational capital concepts/takeaways that follow.

Workshops Presentations:
  • Thursday, April 27 - 10:00-11:30 AM
    Topic: 5 Steps for Transforming Contacts into High Performing Relationships

  • Friday, April 28 - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    Topic: Winning through Impactful Customer Meetings
BONUS! All registered attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Ed's book "Business Relationships that Last." Ed will be available to sign books following his presentation. 



 

Christine Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR - FiveL Company
Ms. Walters has more than 25 years’ combined experience in management, HR administration, employment law practice, and teaching.

She has received national and regional awards, presented at conferences across the country, been engaged as an expert witness for the defense, and testified before U.S. Congressional and state legislative committees and administrative agencies on employment issues. Her book, “From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations” has been one of the publisher’s (SHRM) “Great 8” best-sellers for five consecutive years and is  pre-approved by HRCI for 2.5 continuing education credits!!

Ms. Walters demonstrates her commitment to supporting and advancing the needs and interests of the business community and HR profession by serving in a variety of volunteer leadership roles at the national, state and local levels. Today Ms. Walters works as an independent consultant providing proactive human resources and employment law consulting services and training programs doing business as FiveL Company, “Helping Leaders Limit their Liability by Learning the Law.”SM

Ms. Walters is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.

Keynote Presentation: Thursday, April 27 - 8:35 - 9:00 AM
Topic: What's Keeping You UP at Night? Employment Laws, Legislation & Regulation Impacting Business Practices

Workshop Presentations:
  • Thursday, April 27 - 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Topic:
    Employee Handbooks, Read 'Em & Weep

  • Friday, April 28 - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    Topics: HR's Top Ten Headaches
BONUS! By attending Christine's two workshops (on Thursday & Friday) and her General Session presentation, you will be pre-approved by HRCI for 3.5 continuing education credits!






Matt Elhardt, Vice President, North America, Fisher International
Matt Elhardt is a Strategic Planning professional with close to 15 years of pulp and paper industry experience in sales, marketing, product development, and operations. His areas of expertise include identifying growth potential and achieving performance end-goals through strategic management, pricing and margin optimization, and anticipating marketplace dynamics.

At Fisher International, Mr. Elhardt helps clients leverage Fisher’s resources to achieve their objectives particularly in assessing disruption and predicting price cycles and turning points in pulp, containerboard, kraft paper, kraft board, recycled board, and OCC markets.

Prior to joining Fisher International, Mr. Elhardt held management positions in marketing and operations at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, being responsible for corporate strategy and marketing during the period Longview underwent “the best turnaround in the past 25 years,” according to Mark Wilde, a well-known paper industry stock analyst.

Mr. Elhardt received his MBA from the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.


Keynote Presentation: Thursday, April 27 - 8:15 - 8:35 AM
Topic: Containerboard and Corrugated Industry Outlook

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dinesh D'Souza, Renowned Film Maker, Author and Scholar
Dinesh D'Souza is a bestselling author and filmmaker. His latest film, Hillary’s America was the #1 documentary of 2016. His films, 2016: Obama's America and America: Imagine A World Without Her, are respectively the #2 and #6 highest political documentaries of all time. Born in Mumbai, India, Dinesh has truly lived the American Dream. He moved to the United States to attend school on a Rotary Scholarship.

Following graduation from Dartmouth University he went on to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst. D’Souza has served as a John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at Stanford University. D’Souza has won numerous awards including “Best Documentary” for America (The Dove Foundation), and he has been called one of the “top young public policy
makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily. Dinesh’s books, Hillary’s America and The Secret History of the Democratic Party, America: Imagine The World Without Her and 2016: Obama’s America, were #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Keynote Presentation: Friday, April 28 - 11:15 - 11:55 AM
Topic: What's so Great about America

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

LEADERSHIP / SALES TRACK

Ed Wallace - President & Chief Relationships Officer - The Relational Capital Group
Ed Wallace is President and Chief Relationship Officer of The Relational Capital Group. He  consults with and speaks for corporations and associations across the globe with a client list that is a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Fares to Friends, Creating Relational Capital, Business Relationships That Last,  and his most recent The Relationship Engine.  In addition, Ed is currently on the Executive Education faculty of Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and Villanova University’s Human Resources Master’s program.

Workshops Presentations:
  • Thursday, April 27 - 10:00-11:30 AM
    Topic: 5 Steps for Transforming Contacts into High Performing Relationships

  • Friday, April 28 - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    Topic: Winning through Impactful Customer Meetings

HUMAN RESOURCES TRACK

Christine Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR - FiveL Company
Ms. Walters has more than 25 years’ combined experience in management, HR administration, employment law practice, and teaching.

She has received national and regional awards, presented at conferences across the country, been engaged as an expert witness for the defense, and testified before U.S. Congressional and state legislative committees and administrative agencies on employment issues. Her book, “From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations” has been one of the publisher’s (SHRM) “Great 8” best-sellers for five consecutive years and is  pre-approved by HRCI for 2.5 continuing education credits!!

Ms. Walters demonstrates her commitment to supporting and advancing the needs and interests of the business community and HR profession by serving in a variety of volunteer leadership roles at the national, state and local levels. Today Ms. Walters works as an independent consultant providing proactive human resources and employment law consulting services and training programs doing business as FiveL Company, “Helping Leaders Limit their Liability by Learning the Law.”SM

Ms. Walters is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.

*BONUS* By attending Christine's two workshops and her General Session presentation on Thursday, you will be pre-approvedby HRCI for 3.5 continuing education credits!

Workshop Presentations:
  • Thursday, April 27 - 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Topic:
    Employee Handbooks, Read 'Em & Weep

  • Friday, April 28 - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    Topics: HR's Top Ten Headaches

SUPPLIER INNOVATIONS TRACK

Presenters to come.
We will hear from our AICC associate members during this track as they tell us the new innovations for the corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box industries for Machinery & Non-Machinery.

Workshop Presentations:
  • Thursday, April 27 - 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Topic:
    Machinery Innovations for the Corrugated, Folding Carton and Rigid Box Industries

  • Friday, April 28 - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    Topics: Non-Machinery Innovations for the Corrugated, Folding Carton and Rigid Box Industries

HOT TOPICS TRACK - DAY 1

Gene Marks, Columnist, Author, Small Business Owner and CPA
Gene writes every day on business, politics and public policy for the Washington Post and weekly for Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, and the Huffington Post. Gene has written five books on business management, specifically geared towards small and medium sized companies. His most recent is The Manufacturer’s Book of Lists.

Nationally, Gene appears on Fox News, MSNBC and CNBC discussing matters affecting the business community. Through his keynotes and breakout sessions, Gene helps business owners, executives and managers understand the political, economic and technological trends that will affect their companies so they can make profitable decisions.

Gene owns and operates the Marks Group PC, a highly successful ten-person firm that provides technology and consulting services to small and medium sized businesses. Prior to starting the Marks Group PC Gene, a Certified Public Accountant, spent nine years in the entrepreneurial services arm of the international consulting firm KPMG in Philadelphia where he was a Senior Manager.

Workshop Presentation:
  • Thursday, April 27 - 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Topic:
    Trump, Millennials and Amazon - Trends & Issues that will Impact your Cash Flow & Profits
   

HOT TOPICS TRACK - DAY 2

Ralph Young, AICC Corrugated Technical Advisor
Tom Weber, AICC Folding Carton Technical Advisor

Workshop Presentation:
  • Friday, April 28 - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
    Topic: "Ask the Experts - Two Brains are Better than One"
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    Ralph Young and Tom Weber will present on "Hot Topics in 2017" for the Corrugated, Folding & Rigid Industry.
    These topics will include:

    Plethora of Substrate Materials - Open discussion on various attributes (ie Recycled, Light Weighting, Low Density, Flute profiles, etc)                                                                                                                                                  

    Process Controls on Corrugators and Converting Machinery                                                                                                                                     

    Digital Printing - What will 2017 bring to us, and will we be ready?                                                                                                                                          

    DieCutting - Technological Superiority                                                                                                                                            

    Folder Gluers - Technological Superiority                                                                                                                                       

    KPI's - How can we measure our success and improvement acceptably and consistently across multiple platforms and product lines     

    Following the presentation we will hold a "round table" discussion where questions submitted in advance will be addressed and attendees can ask questions.  

      If you have questions you'd like Ralph and/or Tom to address during this session, please e-mail Laura Mihalick at Lmihalick@aiccbox.org

   

EYE OPENER SESSION SPEAKERS

Holly Green, The Human Factor

Topic: Just Getting It Done - Driving Execution

Are you incredibly busy?  Is everyone in your organization feeling the same?  Forget frantic acceleration.  Measuring the clock of business is about choosing when to be fast and when to be slow.  Distractions have increased, access to data has exploded and the possibility of instant connection looms constantly.  These forces have created a belief that speed is more important than just about anything else leading us to behaviors that revolve around Busy-ness:  a self-imposed mental model underlying dysfunctional, irrational and illogical behaviors in most areas of our lives.  
 
In this overview, you’ll explore methods, tips & tools to get the right things done every day. The session focuses on:
  • Constantly gaining self-awareness and developing an action and decision orientation
  • Creating clarity throughout the organization
  • - Determining mission, guiding principles & destination points
    - Establishing and refining priorities
    - Integrating and aligning efforts
  • Staging yourself and your organization for success
  • - Focusing on targets
    - Building a breakthrough model
  • Getting conscious on how you split your attention
  • - Establishing priorities
    - Clarifying performance goals


Mitch Klingher, CPA & Scott Ellis, Ed.D

Topic: The Right Decisions at the Right Time

Mitch Klingher and Scott Ellis will lead a discussion of the processes to improve the timing and quality of leadership decision-making. As industry consolidation continues how does one decide when and how to buy or sell?  How can I turn my capital improvement questions into math problems? What should I consider as I decide if or when to hire a family member.

Participants will learn from others experiences and be encouraged to share their own.

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