President's Message

headshot of president of PPC Tony Swedersky

Hello PPC Members,

As we wrap the year up, I would like to start by wishing everyone a wonderful upcoming Holiday Season. I am sure each one of you are preparing for great times, with wonderful memories to be had. Please make all the preparations to have a fun-filled, yet safe, Holiday Season.

Regarding memories, how about 2023 for the PPC? We were within one attendee of having record attendance at a Fall Meeting. The feedback was absolutely great, considerations were noted and being worked on diligently. Please continue the support. Your Board of Directors are collectively reviewing feedback, ideas, and recommendations to ensure that we have an organization that supports not only our industry but our professional members who make up this industry.

The TEC is working tirelessly to secure great speakers on relevant topics and upcoming trends, and PPC Counsel Jeff Leiter is keeping us updated on current legislation with its everchanging requirements. The new Communications Committee is expanding our social media presence to bring in more industry professionals and spice up our look! In addition, they are establishing content to support the organization and keeping everyone “in the know”.

Thank you for your continued participation and enthusiasm in the petroleum packaging community and thank you to our sponsors for your incredible support. We have an AMAZING 2024 planned already. We are working to incorporate all the ideas and feedback from previous meetings. Our Spring Meeting and Tradeshow is in Tampa from March 3rd-5th. This will be the SHOW OF SHOWS! We will see market trends, market discoveries, innovation, ideas, and some recognizable brands. This will be one of the best networking events we have seen in recent years.

Please be sure you save the date for the Fall Meeting in San Diego as well, August 18th-20th. This meeting will offer some of the best weather in the country, while providing some of the most relevant content ever provided.

Let’s make 2024 a benchmark into our 74th year of commitment to the Petroleum Packaging Industry. Let’s make history and ensure we are inviting colleagues, customers, cohorts, and other petroleum affiliates. Let’s continue to grow our membership and make both our Industry and the PPC stronger than ever! Let’s keep PPC at the forefront of the petroleum packaging industry.

I am available at any time to discuss how we can continue to strengthen the PPC and offer our members more benefits and opportunities. I look forward to seeing you at the Spring Meeting in Tampa.

Best Regards,
Steve Estok, PPC President
Graham Packaging Company