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Faith Not Fear

July 3, 2023

In this episode, we talk with Steve Young, AICC Ambassador at Large. Young has had a birds-eye view of the industry for decades thanks to his storied career at AICC. In this episode, he shares a fascinating history of AICC and the circumstances within the industry that led to its creation. He shares the leaders that have influenced him and the growth of AICC. Succession plans rarely go off without some bumps in the road. Young discusses the succession process, which elevated him to the head of AICC, and eventually led to his brief departure from AICC in the mid-90s. Looking to the future, he also shares his thoughts on where he thinks the industry is headed.
Steve Young Ambassador at Large AICC, The Independent Packaging Association
Steve Young has more than 46 years’ experience in trade association management and nonprofit governance. A 1976 graduate of the University of Toledo, he began his career as a legislative correspondent and researcher on Capitol Hill in Washington, then moved on to be a lobbyist for the National Small Business Association and Small Business Legislative Council. The past 40 years he has been with AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, first as administrative director, executive vice president and then president. In this role he oversaw the Association’s strategic direction and all facets of its operations, including member recruitment and services; convention and trade show management, government affairs; Board of Director relations and governance. During his tenure he also served as treasurer of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation, a 501c3 educational foundation focusing on curriculum development in packaging engineering in major universities in the US and Canada. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Manufacturing Associations. He is active in community and ecclesial activities and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. He is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, Va., and the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, Va.
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