ASPI Spring Meeting features speakers from Kruger, KapStone, GPI, Clearwater and IP

Each spring, ASPI brings together leaders from a wide range of pulp, paper, and packaging industry suppliers to further their knowledge about how best to serve industry customers. This year is no exception. The ASPI Spring program features industry CEOs—plus ample networking opportunities—in a relaxed, informal setting. 

            The 2018 ASPI Spring Meeting will be held February 28 – March 2 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mike Lafave, SVP & COO, Containerboard/Packaging & Recycling, Kruger
  • Bill Kessinger, Vice President and General Manager, KapStone
  • Alan Nichols, SVP, Mills, Graphic Packaging International
  • Paul O’Bernier, Paper and Board Manufacturing Solutions, International Paper
  • Terry Borden, Vice President, Purchasing, Clearwater Paper
  • Maria Brennan, Vice President, Supply Chain, Domtar

The meeting will convene with a casual welcome reception for all attendees on Wednesday evening, immediately followed by dinner. Thursday kicks off with a continental breakfast, with the formal programming following until noon. The afternoon is reserved for networking activities, followed by a reception and dinner Thursday evening. Friday begins with a continental breakfast followed by morning presentations. The meeting adjourns prior to lunch.

The Spring meeting will also include the presentation of ASPI’s two annual awards: ASPI Customer Executive of the Year, and the ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award. These awards not only provide recognition for the recipient, they also promote ASPI’s mission of supporting industry performance.

Since 1933, ASPI has provided a forum to connect industry leaders. ASPI members and their customers gain unique knowledge and networking opportunities, all focused on providing industry suppliers with the knowledge they need to serve their customers. ASPI strives to provide unparalleled customer engagement to its members, with strict compliance to ASPI’s antitrust policy.

Experience the ASPI difference for yourself! Join us in Hollywood, FL to build your relationships with your customers and other supplier industry executives. If you would like additional information on ASPI or ASPI meetings, please contact Colleen Walker at

ASPI Spring Meeting Venue

Fresh off a $100 million transformation, The Diplomat Beach Resort is tucked between Fort Lauderdale and Miami along Florida’s Gold Coast of Hollywood, Florida. The Diplomat Beach Resort is an expansive property located beachside, and offers amenities that include: a fitness center; full-service spa; an infinity pool and lagoon pool; and ten restaurants and lounges for both casual and upscale dining, snacks, and drinks.

Full business services will ensure that the ASPI Spring Meeting offers attendees everything they need. When not busy with the meeting program, attendees and their guests can visit Hollywood, Florida’s historic oceanfront boardwalk—named among America’s “Best Beach Boardwalks” by Travel + Leisure magazine—located only one mile away.

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton is a 2015 AAA Four Diamond Award hotel; and was recognized in 2014 for “Outstanding Recycling Effort” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Registration Information

Registration is now open.  Members register at $885 and nonmembers at $1250.  A spouse program is also available.