Plastics News Executive Forum 2014

Wesley Chapel, Florida
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Innovative Business Strategies - Tools for Success
February: 23 Workshop  |  February 24-26: Conference
Saddlebrook Resort | Tampa, FL

2013 Forum Video Series
Hoffer, Rodon, DeKalb execs talk hiring basics on Forum panel (June 5, 2013)
McNelly: Manufacturing more important than ever (May 29)
Modern Edge's Angell offers lessons in creative thinking (May 23)
Gros: Hunt for talent time-consuming, necessary (May 16)
Schmidt: Social media can lead firms to talented recruits (May 15)
Steinwall: Strong worker orientation necessary (May 8)
Kaczmarek: Create a culture that breeds success (May 7)
SME’s Kunz: Company training shouldn't be one-size-fits-all (May 1)
Speakers say veterans are largely untapped labor pool (April 24)
Flint sees service as key to good leadership (April 17)
Recruiter Riendeau offers do's, don'ts of hiring (April 10)
Philip Katen, Doreen Lettau & Shawn Reilley talk recruitment (April 3)
Fred Keller details Cascade's welfare-to-career efforts (March 27)
Prof. Peter Cappelli challenges employers (March 20)

I found this year’s Forum program content to be more valuable than any other comparable event I have attended. … Thank you for filling a critical area with such valuable information.
-- Roger Klouda, President, MSI Mold Builders

2013 Forum News stories
Modern Edge's Angell offers lessons in creative thinking (April 12)
Bill Flint: Bolster leadership through service (April 10)
Hunting down good recruits worth effort (April 9)
Training shouldn't be one-size-fits-all (April 9)
Panel tells execs: Go on offensive to recruit talent (April 3)
Manufacturers need to invest in education & training (March 29)
Academia, industry need to tighten ties (March 29)
Recruiter tells industry: Your websites send the wrong message (March 28)
Using ‘soft skills’ requires dedication (March 27)
Veterans make up largely untapped labor pool (March 22)
Cultural integration a key to successful M&A (March 21)
All play, no work? Not social media (March 20)
Frustrated employers find hiring game changed (March 20)

I found the conference to be top-notch and very applicable to our industry as well as our company. As a first-time attendee, I was thrilled to attend and was very impressed with quality of the content as well as the presenters. I would highly recommend this conference and look forward to attending again in the future.
-- Maria Gaeta, Director of Human Resources, Mar-Bal Inc.

2013 Processor of the Year & PN Excellence Awards
STORY ............ Hoffer Plastics named PN Processor of the Year
VIEWPOINT .... These firms shine in worker relations
VIDEO ............. Bill Hoffer’s acceptance speech
STORY ............ PMT, DeKalb, Rodon earn PN Excellence Awards
VIDEO ............. Profile of POY award winner Hoffer Plastics
VIDEO ............. POY finalist Rodon is lean and automated
VIDEO ............. POY finalist DeKalb pays attention to detail
STORY ............ POY preview: It’s down to three: Hoffer, Rodon, DeKalb

See a 22-photo slide show of the 2012 event.

To get a better feel for Forum 2012, see these Plastics News stories:
Guru offers social media advice to plastics firms 
Playbook helps Bemis track day-to-day issues
Expert: Firms should gauge ROI of lean manufacturing
Good recruiting nets good hires
Mergers & Acquisitions market rebound expected to roll on in ‘12

Check out the following videos from the 2012 Forum, which highlight topics such as recruitment techniques, collaboration and innovation, materials M&A trends, worker retention:
• Russ Riendeau of East Wing Group Inc.
• Jeff Applegate of Blackwell Plastics Inc.
• Mike Huff of Citadel Plastics Holding Inc.
• Gardner Carrick of The Manufacturing Institute 
Tamsin Ettefagh of Envision Plastics

Forum testimonial - Ryan Duffey

We offer a wide variety of sponsorship packages, to include exhibits that are integrated within the conference area. (Note that one cannot register to visit only the exhibits; one must be a conference attendee to visit the exhibits.)

  "The Plastics News Executive Forum has been a fixture on our calendar for several years. The conference attracts an executive-level audience and fosters an atmosphere where casual but meaningful discussions can take place. We have been pleased with our sponsorship of the event, both in terms of the exposure we receive on-site and in the promotion of the conference in Plastics News."
  -- John Hart, Director, P&M Corporate Finance (sponsor 2007-2012)

   "The Executive Forum has been a valuable part of IQMS's marketing plan for several years. The event continues to provide our company with access to executive level decision-makers that are crucial to driving our sales. Most importantly, our sponsorship of the Executive Forum has allowed us to make contacts that turned into customers for IQMS. There's no better event in the industry and we look forward to it each year!"
   -- Daniele Fresca, Director of Marketing, IQMS (sponsor 2008-2012)


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