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FBA Announces Annual Meeting Speakers; Still Time to Register

In January, we opened registration for Fibre Box Association’s (FBA) in-person 2022 Annual Meeting at the Montage Laguna Beach, CA, April 10 – 12, 2022. Held at one of our members’ favorite locations, the meeting promises to be a great opportunity to catch up on networking with industry colleagues and to hear from informative speakers on trending industry topics.

The line-up of speakers begins with a keynote presentation by Brian McPheely, Global CEO, Visy/Pratt Industries. This state of the corrugated industry address has always been a highlight of the FBA annual meetings, a chance to hear a CEO’s perspective on the corrugated industry.

McPheely began his career in the packaging industry as a sales representative, and later held increasingly responsible positions in sales, marketing, manufacturing, and general management with The Georgia Box Group, which was acquired by Pratt Industries in the mid 1990’s. He served as President of the Georgia Box Division from 1995 – 1999. He then joined Pratt’s parent company VISY in Australia as General Manager of Specialty Packaging until returning to the United States as Chief Operating Officer of Pratt Industries in 2004. McPheely has served as Chief Executive Officer of Pratt Industries, Inc. since 2009 with responsibility for all aspects of the North American operations including containerboard, corrugated products, product development, technology and recycling.

In July 2014, McPheely was named Global CEO and is now responsible for VISY in Australia and Pratt Industries in the USA.
In addition to his responsibilities at Pratt Industries, McPheely is currently Chair of the Paper Recycled Coalition, and is on the Board of the American Forest &Paper Association.

Pratt Industries has shown dramatic growth in just two decades and has become the 5th largest corrugated packaging company in the USA and the world’s largest, privately-held producer of 100 percent recycled containerboard.

In addition to hearing from McPheely, we’ll also hear from speakers on trends in environment, social and governance (ESG) space and the future of retail.

Suzanne Shelton is the President and CEO of the Shelton Group. Drawing on her extensive experience in energy, the environment and over 25 years in the marketing and advertising industry, Suzanne will provide strategic insights into sustainability for business. Her research into consumer values, ESG and climate change demonstrate the importance of an authentic and transparent business response. She’ll use these insights to talk about how box manufacturers can tell their story in compelling ways that lead to business growth.

Amanda Lai is Consulting Senior Manager and Food Retail Practice Lead at MacMillon Doolittle, a Chicago-based retail consultancy, where she manages strategic planning, retail concept development, consumer research, and real estate analysis for a diverse range of global retail clients. She will share her insights into the future of retail and how trends in the retail space will impact the use of corrugated packaging.

We’ve also put together thoughtful panel discussions on labor, recycling and how the corrugated industry tells its story across audience groups including consumers, customer/ retail decisionmakers, and Federal and state legislatures.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from these outstanding speakers. We can’t wait to see you in-person for this event! If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time.

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