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Mill Speakers a Highlight of 2016 ASPI Spring Meeting

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Press release from the issuing company

With the highest member turnout forany Spring Meeting in more than ten years, the 2016 ASPI Spring Meeting offered a valuable opportunity for members to hear from customer companies in a professional atmosphere designed to foster communication. The 2016 Spring Meeting was held February 24-26, 2016 in Miami, Florida. The program included presentations from the 2016 ASPI Award recipients and invited speakers, plus new member presentations, ASPI Board meetings, and networking events. 

Steve Voorhees, Chief Executive Officer, WestRock, accepted the 2016 Customer Executive of the Year award, ASPI’s highest honor for an individual. Heshared the management philosophy he has used to lead the global packaging producer on a successful path of growth and change. “If you take the time to notice our products, you’ll see what a terrific business we’re in,” he told attendees.

Don Forst, Director-Global Sourcing, International Paper, accepted the 2016 Excellence in Leadership Award. Regarding the relationship between mills and suppliers, Forst remarked, “In this industry, you need a trusted partner. That’s true in any industry, but it’s particularly true for our industry.”

Green Bay Packaging VP Mill Operations Matt Symanski challenged ASPI members to share their expertise regarding two critical industry issues. “Weinvite you to approach us with ideas about training and safety,” Symanski said. Warren Allen, VP Procurement for Resolute Forest Products, echoed the importance of industry safety: “(At Resolute) we’ve done some remarkable things with safety—we all have, as an industry. But it’s never good enough.”

Industry analyst Chip Dillon concluded the program with an in-depth look at critical factors impacting the pulp, paper and packaging markets, and offered astrategic outlook for the industry. “Consolidation has created much more discipline,” he noted, offering ASPI members insight into which sectors are expectedto see growth and outlining the economic and sociological trends creating that growth.

Attendee feedback is collected after each program segment to help the Association create programs of highest benefit to attendees; the 2016 Spring meetingreceived overwhelmingly positive comments from attendees. Only ASPI members, and invited prospective members, may attend meetings. The next meetingwill be the 2016 Fall Customer Alignment Meeting, November 16-18, which will be hosted by WestRock in Atlanta, Georgia.




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