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AICC Emerging Leaders Engage in Cleveland

By AICC Staff

September 12, 2019


AICC Emerging Leaders began their tour day at Standard Printing Company in Canton, Ohio.

Joseph M. Palmeri, AICC Chair and president, corrugated packaging, at Jamestown Container Cos., and AICC welcomed more than 40 AICC Emerging Leaders (ELs) and guests to Cleveland July 16–18 for the 2019 AICC Emerging Leader Chair’s Field Trip.


“Emerging Leaders has been a wealth of knowledge, opportunity, resources, and most importantly, friendships,” says Cassi Malone, strategic account manager, Corrugated Supplies Co. “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 ELs began the next day early, with a Thursday morning tour of Standard Printing Co. in Canton, Ohio, 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, Ohio. Jamestown Container Cos. started more than 60 years ago with a basic brown box and five employees, and it has since grown into a multifacility, concept-to-finished-goods corrugated packaging supplier. The final stop of the day was Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions in Bedford Heights, Ohio. 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 its customers.

“I love the excitement of the group,” says Daniel Brettschneider, AICC EL board delegate and vice president at CST Systems Inc. “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.”

After a night in a suite at Progressive Field to see the Cleveland Indians battle the Detroit Tigers, the ELs completed the Field Trip the following morning


Representatives of A.G. Stacker, Haire Group, and Alliance Machine Systems International were on hand at Jamestown Container-Cleveland to answer questions.


Leaders networked in a suite at Progressive Field while they watched the Cleveland Indians battle the Detroit Tigers.

with a half-day training on advocacy at all levels. Steve Young, AICC ambassador-at-large, reminded attendees of the value of the first amendment and shared the thoughts of Eric Elgin, owner of Oklahoma Interpak, who was unable to attend due to travel delays. Elgin encouraged attendees to start locally.

Tim Ross, district director for U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), 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 at U.Group, encouraged all attendees to share their stories. 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 relationships when advocating.

Echoing Poteet, Todd Shelton, 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, president of the Paper and 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 Cos., Poteet Printing, Standard Printing Co., Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions, and Vanguard Packaging.

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

Questions about joining the AICC EL program can be directed to Scott Ellis, Ed.D., at or at

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