President's Message

headshot of president of PPC Sam Merenda

It is a great honor to be serving as your PPC President for the 2017-2018 term. Thank you again for this opportunity. There are many members who make the Petroleum Packaging Council a great organization, and it is my pleasure to be working with all of you for the next year. I want to thank in advance the Board, Long Range Planning Committee, Committee Chairs, Co-Chairs, members, Past Presidents, Jeff Leiter, Brenda Baker and staff, and all those that volunteer, for your continued support. I also want to thank all of our sponsors who contribute much to our ability to make these meetings wonderful.

With that said, it was great to be with all of you in Washington, DC and to have attended another highly technical and action packed meeting. I am sure you will all agree that the technical committees have set up very time relevant topics presented by great presenters. John Hofmeister as Keynote was very open and informative and gave us a big kick-off to a solid meeting. We also had our first trial of what looks to be another successful program “Speed Networking”. The Long Range Planning Committee completed and presented to the Board our revised Strategic Plan. As time passes I am always amazed at the creativity and efforts of our membership to keep these meetings relevant. I would encourage all of you to seek ways that you can participate in these processes because as you hear at each meeting, “These are your meetings”.

Our 2018 Spring Meeting will be in Tampa and will be a Trade Show Meeting. Our Associate Members always have new and innovative products displayed which will certainly be of benefit to all of you. As these trade show meetings are very well attended I would encourage all of you to stay on top of your membership and registration deadlines so as not to miss out on a great meeting opportunity. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in Tampa and wish you all good fortune and health for the upcoming year.

Best Regards,
Sam Merenda