ASPI 2018 Spring Meeting

 February 28- March 2, 2018

 Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, Florida

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 was no exception. The ASPI 2018 Spring Meeting proved to be one of the larger meetings in recent years with over 70 members attending. The program featured speakers from key customers in the industry as well as the presentation of ASPI's two annual awards. Paul O’Bernier, Paper and Board Manufacturing Solutions, International Paper, was the recipient of ASPI's 2018 Excellence in Leadership Award and Linda Massman, CEO, Clearwater Paper, was the recipient of ASPI's 2018 Customer Executive of the Year award. As Ms. Massman could not attend the meeting, Terry Borden, Vice President, Purchasing, Clearwater Paper, accepted the award on her behalf. These awards not only provide recognition for the recipient, they also promote ASPI’s mission of supporting industry performance.
Program speakers included: 
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
Invited financial speaker, Debbie Jones, Deutsche Bank

The 2018 Spring Meeting kicked off with a casual welcome reception for all attendees on Wednesday evening, immediately followed by dinner. Attendees also enjoyed a continental breakfast on Thursday before the formal programming commenced. Keith Kemp, ASPI President and VP Global Sales, AstenJohnson Advanced Fabrics, started the Meeting by welcoming attendees.  He also announced that his term as President had come to an end and introduced our new ASPI President, Carl Luhrmann of Andritz.  After a day of customer presentations, attendees had the opportunity to enjoy some networking activities including golf, followed by a reception and dinner. Friday also began with a continental breakfast followed by morning presentations. The Meeting adjourned prior to lunch.

Members can view all presentations from the 2018 Spring Meeting

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! Plan on attending ASPI's 2019 Spring Meeting which will be held on February 20-22, 2019 at the Ritz Sarasota in Sarasota, FL and build stronger relationships with your customers and other supplier industry executives.

If you would like additional information on ASPI or ASPI meetings, please contact Sarah Lunceford at [email protected].