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A Brave Independent World: Customers, Creativity, Confidence

By AICC Staff

May 24, 2021


Michael D’Angelo, AICC president, kept members informed with his State of the Association presentation.

More than 340 members, guests, and 90 virtual attendees were welcomed by Jay Carman, president of StandFast Packaging Group and AICC Chair, to the 2021 AICC Spring Meeting, April 26–28, in Amelia Island, Florida. The first national industry event in over a year included a virtual plant tour of Packrite, a Sales Managers Forum, and Emerging Leader training, in addition to exceptional speakers and networking and social events.


Michael Drummond, president of Packrite, a trade finisher in High Point, North Carolina, treated attendees to a virtual plant tour.



Ed Wallace, managing director of AchieveNEXT Relational Capital, and Mark Roberts, CEO of OTB Solutions, lead the highly interactive Sales Mangers Forum.

With topics ranging from cybersecurity to industry projections, attendees learned from Steve Robinson, former executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Chick-Fil-A; Al Randle, director of operations at COSEC Cybersecurity; Matt Elhardt, vice president of global sales at Fisher International; Mitch Klingher, CPA, partner at Klingher Nadler LLC; Gene Marks, CPA, columnist and small business owner; Brent Lindberg, founder of Fuseno; and Greg Tucker, CEO of Bay Cities.

Jeff Pallini, president of Fosber America, moderated a town hall

discussion featuring the following panel:

Pat Szany, president of American Corrugated Machine Corp.; Joseph Morelli, vice president of sales and marketing at Huston Patterson Printers; Greg Jones, executive vice president of Sun Automation; Tim Connell, director of sales at A.G. Stacker Inc.; and David Burgess, North American sales director at JB Machinery. They answered questions from the in-person and virtual audience on the top impacting the industry.


Michael D’Angelo, AICC president, presented the State of the Association, and Kevin Ausburn, Chair and CEO of SMC Packaging Group and the AICC chair of the Paperboard, Regulations & Sheet Supply Committee, gave a containerboard and boxboard update.

Nearly half of the meeting attendees participated in the 7th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament held at the Oak Marsh Golf Course, and enjoyed the networking event where they could reconnect with old friends and make new ones. In addition, all the networking and social events were held outdoors at the resort, and attendees were able to enjoy quality time and the beautiful weather with their colleagues and friends.

The meeting, emceed first by Carman and then by Gene Marino, executive

vice president of Akers Packaging Group and AICC first vice Chair, was a true reflection of a brave independent world.