President's Message

headshot of president of PPC John Whittenhall

It was wonderful to see everyone at our Spring Meeting in Napa. And, based on the feedback we received at and following the meeting, I think it’s safe to say we hit a home run! From the fabulous location offering magnificent scenery - to the informative ‘enlightenment’ of the winery tours – all of it enjoyed amidst a full schedule of technical sessions, PPC College and group events. Everyone was calling it one of our best meetings yet. Former baseball superstar, Steve Garvey, kicked things off with a talk that interspersed some fascinating ‘inside baseball’ anecdotes with a motivating message about teamwork and what it takes to be a great team member. Steve was definitely a big ‘hit’ and, judging by the selfie ‘lineup’, everyone ‘walked’ away glad that they didn’t ‘miss’ ‘catching’ his inspiring ‘pitch’. (OK – no more baseball puns).

Speaking of teamwork, the PPC membership really does function like a group of highly talented team members. And as the excitement for our Washington, D.C. meetings starts to build, this group is hard at work fortifying the schedule to ensure attendees receive topical industry intel from technical sessions but still leave time for key networking opportunities and meetings. We’re very excited to share that the D.C. Keynote Speaker will be former President of Shell Oil Company, John Hofmeister, who will, once again, share his expert outlook on energy and the economy. Keep an eye out for emails or check the website ( for all of the latest meeting details. Registration will open soon!

As for the location, whether or not you’ve ever been to D.C., there is always just so much to see and do, you’ll want to use every spare second you can to explore this incredible city. The famous monuments and museums are the just the half of it. Within blocks of our hotel (which, by the way, has one of the most fantastic gym and spas I’ve ever seen), you’ll find hundreds of renowned restaurants and entertainment venues. Oh, and did I mention the shopping?? On a recent visit, I started to feel like I was in New York City – everywhere I turned there was something interesting going on. You won’t want to miss it. So, get yourself registered as quickly as possible.

If you’re not an active member, I highly encourage you to join the PPC ‘team’. While the organization typically has the major membership categories - Associate and Regular members (the “Beggars” and “Buyers” as they are more colloquially known), the organization has managed to combine these interests to form a uniquely cooperative collective. PPC veterans are never surprised when new members/attendees comment on how supportive and inclusive the organization is and the meetings are. Networking is obviously one of the biggest draws for attending meetings and not only are there endless opportunities for this, but you’ll always find long-term attendees introducing both themselves and others to new attendees – even if they’re competitors! Members are always quick to help source information or contacts for other members – before, during and after meetings. Members are also our greatest sources of education at the PPC meetings – either by helping find expert speakers for technical sessions or by serving as ‘instructors’ themselves at PPC Colleges. So not only will you stay current on relevant industry information but you’ll be part of a network of accomplished industry representatives who will help you and your business succeed while contributing to the greater good of the overall petroleum packaging industry.

We look forward to seeing you at the August meetings in Washington, D.C. where we plan on continuing with our successful meeting winning streak!

Best Regards,
Elizabeth Wagg