2019 Sustainability In Packaging US Speakers

Meet the speakers who participated in Sustainability in Packaging US 2019!

We have brought together leading names in the industry to present at Sustainability In Packaging US 2019!  Read more below about who you'll be hearing from and meeting in Chicago this coming March.

  • David Allaway

    Senior Policy Analyst Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program

    David Allaway is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program. Since 1989, he has helped hundreds of businesses and communities across North America to reduce the environmental impacts of materials and wastes. At Oregon, David has led efforts to develop and update the nation’s first sub-national consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory, served as an invited science advisor to Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network, and served as an advisor to Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown and the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. His current work is focused on the design and implementation of several next-generation policies and programs as Oregon transitions from end-of-life “waste management” to holistic, full life cycle sustainable materials management. David has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College, Minnesota and is the recipient of awards from the US EPA, the Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.

  • Jeff Bassett

    VP of Marketing Footprint, LLC

    Jeff believes that every brand has a great sustainability story that is waiting to be told.  A dedicated marketing specialist, Jeff serves as VP of Marketing where he oversees and manages the strategic positioning and marketing efforts for Footprint, its products and its services.  Jeff is a versatile professional with significant experience in marketing, design, and strategic positioning.  As such, Jeff is often called upon to help craft marketing programs for Footprint’s customers that take full advantage of the sustainable solutions they launch.

    Prior to Footprint Jeff worked at Unisource Global Solutions where Jeff was an active member of the Trash Free Seas Alliance and was often invited to speak on sustainability.  His previous speaking engagements include the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Sustainable Cosmetic Summit.

  • Mark Beamesderfer

    Packaging Services Director Metsӓ Board

    Packaging Services Director, Metsӓ Board, has over 24 years of experience in design, prepress, print, and converting. Starting out in books, directories, and STM journals, his career moved him to Singapore and China in 2004 where he transitioned over to packaging and has started up green field packaging operations prior to joining Metsӓ Board in 2011 in its Shanghai, China location.  There, Mark started up Metsӓ Board’s global packaging design service. He relocated back to the USA in 2015 where he is currently expanding the company’s design capabilities in its Norwalk, CT. office. Contact him at mark.beamesderfer@metsagroup.com

  • Doreen Becker

    Global Insight & Innovation Senior Manager Ampacet

    Doreen Becker, Global Insight and Innovation Senior Manager at Ampacet, has more than 20 years of experience in the technical application of color in plastics and insight development for brand owners and their products. Becker holds a B.S. in Analytical Chemistry from King's College and an M.F.A. from New School University - Parsons in New York. She has more than 10 international patents and has written and presented papers globally.

    Becker has written her first book entitled, "Color Trends & Selection for Product Design" published by Elsevier in June 2016.

  • Keith A. Christman

    Managing Director of Plastic Markets American Chemistry Council’s (ACC)

    Keith Christman is Managing Director of Plastic Markets at the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division where he oversees the council’s Marine Debris, Packaging, Building and Construction, Automotive, and other market team advocacy.  He is also Chairman of the industry’s Global Action Team leading the implementation of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter.  As part of the Declaration, over 350 projects addressing marine litter have been implemented since 2011 by over 75 plastic associations in more than 35 countries. 

    Keith joined ACC in 1991 after earning a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Delaware.

  • Dennis J. Colley

    President/CEO Fibre Box Association (FBA)

    Dennis Colley is President/CEO of the Fibre Box Association (FBA), a non-profit trade association representing North American manufacturers of corrugated packaging.  In this role, Colley leads the organization in supporting the corrugated industry through data sharing, issues management and communications.

    Colley also serves as Executive Director of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA).  CPA is a corrugated industry initiative, jointly sponsored by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), AICC - The Independent Packaging Association, Fibre Box Association (FBA) and The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).

    In 2016, Colley was appointed President of the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA).  Founded in 1961, ICCA is a non-profit global association of national or regional trade associations representing corrugated box manufacturers. The association also includes individual company members as leadership members.

    Prior to his position at FBA, Colley spent 35 years at International Paper where he held management positions in mill operations, converting operations, global containerboard and supply chain.  Colley previously served the industry as a member of the American Forest & Paper Association’s Containerboard Sector Board and co-chair of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA). 

    Colley is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  He currently serves on the Board of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF).  He and his wife Elaine have been married since 1974 and together they have five children and seven grandchildren. 

  • Elisabeth Comere

    Director Environment & Government Affairs US/ Canada Tetra Pak Inc.

    Elisabeth Comere serves as Director Environment at Tetra Pak US & Canada. Tetra Pak is the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. She joined the company in 2006 as Environment Manager for Europe where she helped define and drive Tetra Pak's environment strategy and contributed shaping recycling for cartons in Europe. Since 2010, she is based in the US, focusing on advancing the Tetra Pak's commitment to sustainability and recycling in the US and Canada. She is a founding member and board member of AMERIPEN and a member of The Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the US business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and PAC. She is also contributing in the roll-out of the recycling strategy developed by the Carton Council in the US and Canada serving as Vice-President Government Affairs.

    Prior to this, she served as a political adviser to a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, and headed the environment department of Food & Drink Europe, a European trade industry organization in Brussels, Belgium. She was educated in France, the UK and Belgium. She graduated as lawyer from Law School of Bordeaux University in France and Cardiff Law School in the UK (LLM) and earned an Environmental Sciences Master from Brussels University (Belgium). 

  • Erik Connelly

    Sustainability & Environmental Specialist creative werks

    Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. Erik focuses on moving the packaging industry forward by finding responsible business practices that better the planet and society. His prior experience runs across a wide spectrum, from corporate & community engagement on behalf of NGOs, to private consulting, to corporate sustainability and data management.

  • Andrew Corlett

    Global Director, Packaging Starbucks

    Andrew Corlett brings almost 20 years of increasing levels of Packaging Development leadership from the producer side in FMCG, Retail, Cosmetics, and Channel categories.  Andrew has been leading the R&D Packaging function for The Starbucks Coffee Company for 1.5 years.  There is a heavy interest in living up to Starbucks core beliefs of having a positive impact on the communities we serve, one person, one cup, one neighborhood at a time.  Andrew is bringing a new lens to what is possible from a technology and consumer perspective to drive a packaging sustainability strategy in partnership with Starbucks Global Social Impact team.  Starbucks is a Global Leader in ethical and sustainable sourcing, strengthening communities, and creating opportunities for all.  He is proud to be part of shaping the future environmental footprint for the world’s largest coffee retailer.

  • Bridget Croke

    VP External Affairs Closed Loop Partners

    Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Partners.  Bridget has been been working on sustainability, circular economy and turning waste into value for 20 years through organizations including Fair Food Project of Philadelphia, Recyclebank and Purpose before Closed Loop Partners

  • Dylan de Thomas

    Vice President of Industry Collaboration The Recycling Partnership

    Dylan de Thomas is Vice President of Industry Collaboration for The Recycling Partnership, working with the team there to increase the quantity and quality of the curbside collected recyclables across the U.S. as well as working to boost the economic health of the recycling industry as a whole. Previous to joining the Partnership, he worked for Resource Recycling, Inc. for a decade, directing and producing editorial content for three publications and three conferences covering various aspects of the recycling industry.

  • Heather Deeth

    Head of Buying Lush Cosmetics North America

    Heather Deeth is responsible for the ethical sourcing, operations and execution of Lush’s raw material supply chain including over 400 ingredients and the thousands of packaging items that make up Lush’s fresh, handmade products.

    Her teams manage the operational performance of the supply chain for the company’s two factories and ensure Lush’s strict ethical standards on non-animal testing, fair pay and conditions for workers and having a reduced environmental impact are upheld and progressed throughout all levels of supply.  The ethical sourcing innovation in packaging has included using 100% post-consumer materials, building closed loop systems and incorporating ocean plastics into our packaging.

    When not travelling in pursuit of new ingredients and packaging innovation, Heather enjoys experiencing new cultures, the human experience and natural environment in different parts of the world.  She has a B.Comm from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

  • Betsy Dorn

    Principal Circular Matters, LLC

    Betsy is the Principal at Circula Matters, LLC and was formerly the Director of RSE USA.  Betsy has over thirty years of experience managing, designing, and implementing recycling and sustainability projects. For 26 years, she has been a consultant assisting public and private sector clients by developing plans, evaluating operations, launching new programs, and providing strategy guidance.  In recent years, Betsy’s work has been in the sustainability and product stewardship arena with a focus on the end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper. 

    Prior to becoming a consultant, Betsy managed Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), N.C.’s Recycling Division. 

    Betsy holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Sciences and Engineering – both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently enjoying the good life in South Florida

  • Paul Earl-Torniainen

    Project Manager - Packaging Blue Diamond Growers

    Paul is the Project Manager- Packaging at Blue Diamond Growers, formerly the Associate Principal Scientist at General Mills.  Over his 20+ years in packaging, sustainability, and most recently, food shelf life determination, he has assisted major retailers in the development of packaging scorecards, participated in the development of the GPPS, and supported the launch and growth of the How2Recycle labelling program that standardizes on-pack recycling communication in the US. 

    He has recently served on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and currently participates on AMERIPEN's Value of Packaging in Preventing Food Waste Committee. Paul holds a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

  • Tonia Elrod

    Director Family Care Sustainability & Communications P&G

    During her 22 year tenure at P&G, Tonia has worked in Health Care, Beauty Care, Paper, and Food & Beverage. Her assignments have spanned categories including Oral Care, Personal Health, Deodorants, Tissue/Towel, Fem Care, and Snacks & Beverages. She has held Global and North America positions in two functions - Marketing and Communications. She has extensive issue management experience including manufacturing safety incidents, ingredient concerns, natural disaster business recovery, sustainable & fair wage activism, product recalls, business divestitures & acquisitions, plant community & government relations, and more.

  • Thierry Fabozzi

    President and CEO PTI

    Thierry Fabozzi has a 25-year track record of significant packaging technology and business development achievements.  Prior to joining PTI, he was the business stream packaging leader and rigid packaging specialist for Nestlé’s Nestec Product Technology Center Orbe, Switzerland.  Before that, Fabozzi spent seven years in technical and business development positions with Milacron Plastic Technology Group. This included the Ferromatik injection molding machine operation in Germany, as well as the Uniloy blow molding business unit in Michigan.   His experience also includes eight years as a technical and research and development manager with Tetra Pak Plastics, Inc., Geneva, Switzerland. Fabozzi has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Ecole d’Ingénieur de Genève (Switzerland). 

  • David France

    Packaging Research Fellow Conagra Brands

    David serves as Packaging Research Fellow for Conagra Brands.  His charge is to identify new packaging technologies, processes and materials with the potential to drive innovation, new product/packaging platforms and support Conagra’s goal of becoming America’s fastest growing food company. He is passionate about good design, sustainability and consumer delight.

    David has been with Conagra for 19 years and has led the development of some of the organization’s most disruptive and successful packaging systems; including the Orville Redenbacher pop-up bowl and the technology behind the Healthy Choice Café Steamers.

    Prior to joining Conagra, David worked at Apple Computer for 10 years, during that time he served as Apple’s Manager of Worldwide Structural Packaging Design, leading the team that created structural and protective packaging for Apple’s full line of computers, peripherals, and software. David still has a carefully packaged, special edition Newton deep in the bowls of his basement. Make sure you ask him about that.

  • Paige Goff

    Vice President of Sustainability and Communications Domtar

    Paige Goff is Vice-President of Sustainability and Communications at Domtar, the largest integrated marketer and manufacturer of business and office copy paper in North America. In this role, she is responsible for communicating Domtar’s pulp and paper initiatives, identifying and leveraging the latest sustainability trends and strategies for the business, as well as developing and managing partnerships with environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO) and customers. 

    Goff has 17 years of experience in the forest products industry and joined Domtar in 2004.  In her previous Domtar roles, she was also the Senior Manager, Brand and Advertising Operations as well as a Product Packaging Manager.  Prior to joining Domtar, Goff was a marketing analyst and planner at Resolute, a North American paper industry supplier. She has a Master of Business Administration degree.  

  • Michele Grossman

    Managing Principal, Sustainability Services Waste Management

    Michele is a Managing Principal with 20 years of experience in the environmental field
    helping customers obtain their sustainability objectives, concentrating on the triple
    bottom line while ensuring brand and quality is not compromised. Since joining Waste
    Management in 2009, she has supported a diverse portfolio of projects, sharing best
    practices among Fortune 500 customers. Her current areas of focus are CSR reporting,
    sustainable sports and circular economy.

    Michele leads enterprise-wide data collection for WM’s greenhouse gas reporting and
    third-party verification; CDP reporting on climate change, water and supply chain
    (Climate A List status!); and is currently developing science-based goals. She enjoys
    working with customers on waste diversion strategies that move beyond zero waste to
    refocus on the environmental benefits.

    Michele also develops programs for events and venues to prioritize sustainability goals
    through customized policies, plans, training, education and communications. Beyond
    waste, these programs include identifying sustainable sponsorship opportunities, water
    conservation and restoration, using renewable energy and alternative fuels, greenhouse
    gas emissions tracking and mitigation, community legacy, communicating success and

    Since 2010, Michele has been the Sustainability Lead at Waste Management Phoenix Open,
    the largest zero waste event in the world. Success is based on engaging all stakeholders,
    including operations, vendors, organizers, sponsors, and community and business leaders.
    The WMPO initiatives are third-party verified, guided by internationally-recognized
    Standards. The event has reporting its carbon footprint since 2010.

    Michele is a LEED AP and Climate Reality Leader with a B.A. in Communications from the
    University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Concordia University.
    She sits on the Board of the Council for Responsible Sport, is fluent in GRI framework and
    was awarded the 2013 Rosie Award recognizing influential women in the recycling, waste
    and sustainability industry.

  • Kylee Guenther

    co-Founder and CEO Pivot Materials

    Kylee Guenther is the co-founder and CEO of Pivot Materials, (formally known as Spectalite, LLC), an entrepreneur and self-proclaimed hippie. She’s passionate about finding environmentally friendlier solutions to everyday issues involving sustainability.

    Pivot Materials, (formally Spectalite, LLC) is a women owned advanced materials provider, specializing in bamboo and rice vestige fiber composites and plastic for injection molding, extrusion and thermoforming applications. Our material is light-weight, sustainable, durable and cost competitive and no tooling changes are required in typical manufacturing processes. Our focus is on the automotive, packaging, and home and housewares industries, with automotive as our beachhead.    

    Kylee was a University Fellow at Eastern Michigan University, where she studied Management. She lives in Michigan with her amazing husband and enjoys learning foreign languages, traveling and margaritas

  • Andy Hackman

    Contract Lobbyist AMERIPEN

    A multi-state lobbyist that works to achieve success for clients at the legislative, executive, and regulatory levels across the country on a diverse set of issues. Mr. Hackman is a registered federal lobbyist who has testified before the U.S. Senate and lobbied in over 25 state capitols. Prior to joining Serlin Haley, he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Toy Industry Association, where he oversaw TIA’s advocacy programs at both the state and federal levels. Mr. Hackman has also directed the state government affairs program of the Consumer Specialty Products Association.  Mr. Hackman received a Bachelors of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, Indiana and a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

  • Kelly L. Helein

    Vice President, Strategic Accounts Footprint, US

    Kelly L. Helein has 27 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development, working for specialty paper companies, converters, and manufacturers. A self-described highly motivated connector and collaborator, she has extensive experience in business development, driving innovation and growth while working with customers such as ConAgra, Nestlé, Kohler, Mondi, Johnson and Johnson, Becton Dickinson and Zeiss.

    Passionate about product innovation and problem-solving, Kelly serves as Board President for the Paper Discover Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame. She is also on the advisory committee for Smithers Pira’s Sustain Pack Conference and Specialty Papers Europe.

    When she isn’t on the hunt for new product discovery, Kelly can be found with her husband and three children, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Kelly Helein is currently Director of Business Innovation for Footprint.

  • Sandeep Kulkarni

    President KoolEarth Solutions Inc., USA

    Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni is the founder and President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., a technical consulting and business development company focused on helping small as well as large companies develop and commercialize new sustainable packaging solutions as well as to improve the sustainability footprint of existing packaging. Sandeep has over 20 years of industry experience working for several large packaging companies, such as International Paper, Neenah Paper and Georgia Pacific. Most recently he worked for PepsiCo, in the area of sustainable beverage packaging. Sandeep has 7 granted patents as well as several publications in industry journals. He has also served on conference advisory boards and has delivered several invited presentations, at international conferences, on the topics of sustainability and sustainable packaging. Sandeep serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Packaging School (affiliated with Clemson University) as well as the North Carolina State University.

  • Roy Langlois

    Market Development Manager Jindal Films America

    Roy Langlois, Market Development Manager at Jindal Films America, started his career in the packaging and film industry a year and a half ago. Jindal Films is one of the world’s largest flexible film manufacturers producing BOPP and BOPE in North America. Roy holds a BS in chemical engineering and an MS in Horticulture with a focus in genetics and biological engineering. He is focused on new product development and bringing sustainable solutions and materials to the packaging industry for fresh and processed goods.

  • Kevin Laux

    Technical Service & Development Engineer Kuraray America, Inc

    Kevin Laux has worked at Kuraray’s Research and Technical Center in Pasadena, Texas since 2015. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Kevin holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. As a Doctoral Student, Kevin worked as a Research Assistant at the Polymer Technology Center, and his research focus was on polymer science. Kevin’s primary responsibility is technical service and product development for EVAL™ EVOH resin and PLANTIC™ bio-based packaging material, which presents many interesting opportunities for sustainable packaging.

  • David Levine

    co-founder and President American Sustainable Business Council

    David Levine is the co-founder and President of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of business organizations and businesses, collectively representing over 250,000 businesses, committed to advancing market shifts and policies that support a vibrant, just and sustainable economy.

    He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 35 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives.  Previously, he was the Founding Director of Continuing Education & Public Programs at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 1984-1997, David was Founder and executive director of the Learning Alliance, an independent popular education organization.

  • Jenna Levine

    Founder and Creative Director of Natural Skincare and Wellness Brand Linné

    Jenna Levine is the founder, formulator and CEO of LINNÉ botanicals, a unisex luxury skincare brand made from all-natural botanical compounds. The product line is composed of safe, non-toxic biocompatible ingredients that are easily absorbed and processed by the body. LINNÉ products are made in small batches from a diverse collection of native, wild-harvested and organic plant-based ingredients. LINNÉ formulas are known for their ability to improve the health and quality of the skin. The brand has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times and Vogue magazine.

    To promote species diversity, environmental preservation and ethnobotanical continuity, LINNÉ uses a vast range of native plants grown in their original habitat. The packaging is a combination of glass, PET, post-consumer waste paper and Forest Stewardship Council certified paper printed with soy based inks. Jenna and LINNÉ seek a packaging solution that meets the quality, innovation and sustainability of the products they contain. Jenna is particularly interested in the potential of bio-plastic.

    Jenna received a BA from Middlebury College where she focused on environmental studies and art. She furthered her education at the Regenerative Design Institute to study botany and herbal medicine.

  • Jessica Marshall

    Sustainability Manager McDonalds Corporation

    Sustainability Manager, McDonalds Corporation

  • Jennifer McCracken

    Director, Sustainability, N.A. Packaging HAVI

    Jennifer McCracken is Director, Sustainability for HAVI’s N.A. Packaging service line. In her role, she is responsible for N.A. leadership for HAVI Sustainability, including strategy, alignment, and services.

    In her thirteen-year tenure at HAVI, Jennifer has fostered positive impacts for client’s products and supply chain through integrating Sustainability into internal HAVI operations, partnership with Suppliers and industry collaborations. For example, she has initiated a sustainable fiber sourcing program, led the implementation of grease barrier coatings with an improved material health profile, and spearheaded environmental packaging regulatory compliance management. She also developed and implemented sustainability-related processes, tools and reporting to drive continuous improvement, such as ISO 14001.

    Jennifer also participates on working groups focused on sustainability issues such as the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), where she served as an Executive Committee member (2005-2011), the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Paperboard Recovery Alliance (FPI PRA) and AMERIPEN (board member 2012-present).

    Before joining HAVI, Jennifer consulted for major multinationals, assisting them to comply with environmental packaging and product regulations, at Environmental Packaging International. Pre-professional experience included an internship on Capitol Hill, informing policy makers on market-based solutions to pollution prevention, and volunteering with the Peace Corps in Mauritania.

    Jennifer holds a M.Sc. in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, a B.A. in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Professional certifications achieved include ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), and Sustainable Business from the University of Vermont. 

  • John Mulcahy

    Vice President - Sustainability Georgia-Pacific

    John Mulcahy is vice president - sustainability for Georgia-Pacific.  In this role, John is responsible for the company’s overall sustainability efforts.  This includes working with GP’s business units and capability groups to develop and implement sustainability strategies as well as directing the company’s sustainable forestry vision and practices and helping drive overall sustainability improvement.  In addition, John works to develop collaborative relationships with GP customers to help them achieve their sustainability objectives.      

    John joined GP in 1987 and served in several business unit roles including business development for packaging and cellulose and as a category general manager with GP PRO.  In 2010, John was named vice president – sustainability for Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, GP’s largest business.  He was promoted to his current role in January 2018.  

    John has been active in several industry associations such as the American Forest & Paper Association, the Foodservice Packaging Institute and The Sustainability Consortium. 

    A native of New Jersey, he holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Lafayette College and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.   In his free time, John volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. 

  • Sean Murphy

    Chief Marketing Officer L&E International Ltd.

    For Sustainability In Packaging, Sean will copresent with his long time friend and artists Richard X, Zawits, CEO, Tangle Creations. The two will showcase how they are working to reduce packaging, reduce waste and reduce plastics in packaging and how these efforts are  improving the Tangle brand. 

    Sean will also give a short overview of the latest developments his company is offering in ocean and sustainable bioplastics. And for those in the audience, they will also receive a special limited edition Tangle art object.

    An enthusiastic blue sky thinker, Sean has worked with many global retailers and brands. He has helped improve products and brand packaging while reducing company costs, moving sustainability initiatives forward while increasing the bottom line. 

    #OceanPlastics #SustainablePackaging 

  • Duane Neidert

    Director of Operations - Americas Smithers

    Mr. Duane Neidert is a former PwC Principal and a seasoned industry professional, having served as VP of Product Management and Development, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development and Chief Operating Officer in the home goods and building materials industries. Over the course of his career, he has focused on a multitude of strategic growth initiatives (organic and inorganic) as well as channel optimization, technology and service opportunities.

    An action and results oriented strategy professional with deep experience in developing growth strategies and driving execution with Fortune 500 companies and top tier consulting firms. Comfortable in communicating and influencing at all levels of the organization, from board of directors to front line personnel. Experienced across a broad set of industries such as internet-enabled products and services, software, semiconductors, building products, automotive, aerospace and industrial.

    • 20+ years experience in industries ranging from technology and software to industrial manufacturing
    • Ten years experience in studying industries and markets to develop growth strategies and execute on growth plans
    • Deep experience in leading cross-functional and cross-organization project teams

    Relevant Industries

    • Rubber and plastic products
    • Retail
    • Manufacturing
    • Industrial distribution
    • Consumer branded products


    • Growth and Expansion Strategies    
    • Technology and Product Roadmapping and Planning
    • Acquisition Strategy and Target Identification
    • Product, Channel, and End-user Strategies   
    • Market Trend Forecasting   
    • Acquisition Integration
    • Market and Industry Assessments   


    • MBA, University of Michigan – Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Bachelor’s Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
  • Kathleen Niesen

    Director Recycling and Sustainability PepsiCo North American Beverages and Quaker

    Kathleen is an Environmental Engineer with over 30 years of experience in environmental regulation and management, solid waste services, recycling, as well as water and wastewater management projects.  She joined PepsiCo in 2017 to manage the PepsiCo Recycling team and to initiate PepsiCo’s water replenishment work in water stressed regions of the US.

    She represents PepsiCo on the Recycling Partnership’s Board of Directors and serves on the Closed Loop Fund Members Board.  She is a registered professional engineer in Washington and Wisconsin.

  • Kevin Ogorzalek

    Sustainability Sourcing Manager for the Americas Barry-Callebaut

    Kevin Ogorzalek is Sustainability Sourcing Manager for the Americas at Barry-Callebaut where he is responsible for leading sustainable sourcing of non-cocoa ingredients. Prior to joining Barry-Callebaut, Kevin was Director of Impact Partnerships at Bonsucro. Kevin spent seven years with WWF leading the global sugarcane program to improve environmental and social outcomes from sugarcane production – including several pioneering field projects with producers and supply chain partners.

    While at WWF Kevin also led the development of the North American bison conservation management guidelines. He spent over two years as Chairman of Bonsucro, leading the organization as one of the fastest growing sustainability certification organizations. He also led the founding of the Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance. Kevin received his undergraduate degree at Duke University and Master of Environmental Science from Yale University.

  • Bob Petersen

    VP of Product Management ORBIS Corporation

    Bob has significant experience in reusables in the food, beverage and CPGs segments and is a great resource related to sustainability initiatives and measurement.

  • Megan Poole

    Senior Packaging Designer Banana Republic

    As the Senior Packaging Designer for Banana Republic, Megan Poole, brings the brand’s aesthetic to life through a wide variety of materials and production methods. During her two years with the brand, Megan has created everything from woven labels to specialty packaging. Being part of the Gap Inc. family, Megan is connected to amazing business partners, like Athleta, who have made sustainable thinking an integral part of their process. She received her B.A. in Advertising with a focus in graphic design from Miami International University of Art and Design.

  • Germán Pulido

    Director of Innovation and Development Smurfit Kappa

    Germán Pulido is the Director of Innovation and Development for Smurfit Kappa in The Americas. His focus is on Design and Methodologies of Added Value for customers and Packaging resources optimization to achieve an optimal total cost. His passion is sharing knowledge and developing customer centric teams that strive for proactive innovation.

    German is an Industrial Designer from the the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He joined Smurfit Kappa in 1991 as a Packaging Engineer and before his current position was the chief of Design and Innovation for Smurfit Kappa Colombia

  • Jennifer Ronk

    Sustainability and Advocacy Manager, North America Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics

    Jennifer Ronk is the Sustainability and Advocacy Manager, North America, for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. In this role collaborates with the entire value chain to promote and improve the sustainability value of plastic packaging, including serving on the American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group and the PLASTICS Recycling committee,  Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Research Scientist for HARC, a sustainability research hub, where she led the Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency Program. Prior to joining HARC, she served as the Deputy Director for the Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL) Network, an international think tank for clean energy and climate change law and policy. Jennifer holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional Geologist (PG) licensed in the State of Texas and Certified Environmental Manager (CEM).

  • Katherine Roop

    Manager of business development and sales of BioPBS™ Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers

    Katherine Roop received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2014.

    Currently, Katherine is working at Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers managing the business development and sales of BioPBS™ in North and South America. BioPBS™ is manufactured by PTTMCC Biochem Company Limited, supplier of the first bio-based polybutylene succinate. Both MCPP and PTTMCC have a passion to bring sustainable material solutions to the plastics industry with a focus in sustainable packaging. BioPBS™ is a partially bio-based polyester that is certified industrial and home compostable providing a sustainable solution over conventional plastics used in the packaging industry today.

  • Anthony Rossi

    VP, Global Business Development Loop

    Anthony Rossi is the VP, Global Business Development for Loop (TerraCycle company), a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.

    Anthony has been with Loop for 18 months and TerraCycle for 7-years. Before leading the global business development team for Loop, Anthony was the head of global business development for TerraCycle supporting the company’s growth in 21 markets around the world.

    Prior to joining TerraCycle, Anthony earned his business development stripes working in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.

  • Laura Rowell

    Global Sustainability Manager, Consumer Packaging Sonoco Products Company

    Laura Rowell is the Global Sustainability Manager, for Sonoco Products Company.  She is recognized for her expertise on global environmental performance requirements and activities associated with packaging standards, regulations, government policy and scorecards.  Laura serves as a Sonoco representative to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and is a past member of the Board of Directors for AMERIPEN, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, both of which she helped establish. She was an active member of the Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Packaging Project designed to set global standards and metrics for sustainable packaging and served as a Project Lead for the ISO work to create Packaging and the Environment standards.

    A native of Tampa, Florida, she is a graduate of the University of Florida.


  • Dustin Schadt

    Director, Key Accounts Stora Enso

    For the past 3 years, Dustin Schadt has worked with Stora Enso as the Director of Business Development and Key Account Manager for Specialty Papers and Carton Board in North America.  His key objective is to build partnerships with Retailers, Brand Owners, and Converters who have specific Objectives to increase the effectiveness of their Paper and Packaging.  Though Quality, Service, and Logisitcs, Dustin focuses on clients who are looking for Sustainable Solutions.  Bringing 18 years of experience from the Folding Carton Industry, he ties in many different components of the supply chain in order to find innovative solutions and bring value to the changing market.  When he’s not talking about micor fibers, blank paper, or empty boxes, Dustin likes to travel with his wife and five kids, creating many adventures along the way.  Between his love for family and love for paper, there’s never a moment to rest.

  • Rose Shulman

    Packaging Engineer Hasbro

    Rose Shulman has been a Packaging Engineer at Hasbro since 2011.  There, she is a member of the Sustainability Center of Excellence and helps lead the company’s packaging sustainability initiatives.  She is passionate about making the world a better place by designing for the environment and innovating for the future.  Prior to working at Hasbro, she was a Packaging Engineer at The Hershey Company.  She has an Industrial Design degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Meagan Smith

    Global Director, Packaging Sustainability PepsiCo

    Meagan oversees delivery of PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose goal to strive to design 100% of packaging to be recyclable or compostable, increase recycled PET use, reduce packaging’s carbon impact and increase packaging recycling rates.

    Meagan’s expertise flows from her unique background in sustainability, business and marketing.  Meagan developed and launched PepsiCo’s largest-ever consumer and customer facing national recycling program in the U.S.  Prior to that Meagan served in a number of marketing roles at the company, leading successful marketing and advertising campaigns for both Tropicana and Quaker Oats.  

    Prior to her time at PepsiCo, Meagan worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a project manager. Meagan graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Environmental Science and received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan

    Prior to her time at PepsiCo, Meagan worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a project manager. Meagan graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Environmental Science and received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.    

  • Ed Socci

    R&D Director, Beverage Packaging PepsiCo

    Ed earned a B.S. degree from Rutgers University, M.S and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Virginia and was a postdoctoral scientist in the Institute of Polymer Science at the University of Akron.

    Prior to joining PepsiCo, he worked for AlliedSignal/Honeywell for 11 years where he was a group leader focused on new materials technologies for packaging applications.
    Ed joined PepsiCo in 2006 as a senior manager in the Advanced Packaging Technology team in Valhalla, NY.

    He is currently a R&D Director focused on environmental sustainability and new materials technologies in the Beverage Packaging R&D group located in Hawthorne, NY. Ed serves on the PET Technical Committee of the Association of Plastic Recyclers and is a Certified Sustainability Practitioner.

  • Richard E. (Dick) Storat

    Secretary/Treasurer Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association

    Richard E. (Dick) Storat is the founder and president of Richard Storat & Associates, Inc., a provider of management and economic consulting services to the forest products industry.  He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association, where he manages the Multiwall Sack Recycling Program.  He also publishes Scoring BoxesTM, a monthly newsletter on conditions in the US containerboard and corrugated industry.

    Prior to establishing this consulting firm, Mr. Storat was an officer of Gaylord Container Corporation, where he served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Information Officer.  He was a key player in the Company’s planning process and was responsible for investor and governmental relations, communications and information services.

    Mr. Storat previously served the American Forest & Paper Association as the forest products industry’s Chief Economist.  As Vice President, Policy Research and Chief Financial Officer, he was involved with virtually every aspect of the national trade association’s operations and policy initiatives during his ten years of service.  He managed the development of the US paper industry’s initial program to recover 40% of all paper used in the US.  He managed the industry’s statistical and economic analysis programs; and spoke regularly to Wall Street, the media and business groups on industry business and economic conditions.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Storat served in management positions, including strategic planning, energy policy and engineering assignments at a major US steel company and with a large supplier of power generation equipment.  He also served as Associate Professor of Physics at West Point and on the staff of the Energy & Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Mr. Storat retired from the US Army with the rank of Major General after more than 38 years of active and reserve service.  He saw combat duty in Vietnam and during Desert Storm he commanded the 411th Engineer Brigade, which provided the combat engineering support for coalition forces in Saudi Arabia.

    Mr. Storat graduated from West Point as a Distinguished Cadet, and earned a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA at Lehigh University.

     Mr. Storat and his wife, Sue, reside in Pennsylvania.  They have two sons and three grandchildren.

  • Nelson Switzer

    Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer Loop Industries

    Nelson Switzer joined Loop Industries in 2018 as Chief Growth Officer and is responsible for the company’s growth and commercialization strategy. 

    In his role, Nelson oversees the company’s approach to growth through customer engagement, sales, marketing, corporate affairs, stakeholder engagement and feedstock management. He reports to the company’s Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Executive Team. Nelson brings nearly 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors at both the local and international level, specializing in sustainable development, business management and stakeholder engagement.

    Before joining Loop, Nelson was Chief Sustainability Officer of Nestlé Waters North America and the Sustainability Leader for Nestlé in the United States where his technical and business expertise coupled with his approach to relationship management supported one of the company’s most important areas of focus – securing and maintaining social license to grow.

    Prior to that, Nelson was Director and Leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC where he designed and led a premium sustainability and stakeholder engagement management advisory practice across a wide range of industries. Nelson also has served as Head of Corporate Responsibility at Centrica plc NA, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at the Royal Bank of Canada and has held adjunct positions and executive in residence status at leading universities including the University of Waterloo and Ivey School of Business.

    Nelson holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick.  He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

  • Jordan Synnestvedt

    Industrial Designer Werkshop Design Group

    BFA in Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Jordan has a passion for sustainability, which fosters a unique perspective in designing packaging for consumer goods. She looks to utilize her creative nature, her drive to inspire change and collaborative approach to bring sustainable package design to life.

  • Jeff Travis

    Packaging R&D Solutions Team American Packaging Corp

    Jeff Travis has been in the packaging industry for over 28 years involved with both rigid and flexible packaging.  He is currently a National Accounts Technical Manager for American Packaging Corporation.  Jeff works on the corporate Solutions Team responsible for technical, product development, and packaging innovations assisting brand-owners with their next generation packaging needs.   Prior to working at American Packaging Corporation, Jeff worked at CL&D Graphics and Alcan packaging in package development and customer interface roles.  Jeff has a BS in Plastics Engineering from University of Lowell in MA and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

  • Allen Wilson

    Program Manager, Global Supply Management's Supply Chain Sustainability Intel

    Allen Wilson has worked for Intel for 23 years and since 2016 he has served as a program manager in Intel's Global Supply Management's Supply Chain Sustainability group with responsibilities associated with growing key supplier's sustainability performance and EICC compliance though various means, including assessments, audits, capability building, etc.   Allen is based at Intel's Ocotillo campus in Chandler, AZ and his previous positions include serving as the Site Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager at Intel sites in Chandler, Arizona; Dalian, China; Chengdu, China; Hudson, Massachusetts and Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.  Prior to Intel, Allen spent 6 years with International Paper at facilities in Tennessee and Texas.  Allen holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.

  • Richard X. Zawitz

    Artist and CEO Tangle Creations

    Born in Pittsburgh, Richard now shares his time between San Francisco and Hong Kong. Following completion of a degree in Fine Art Sculpture and a double minor in Asian Art History and Asian Philosophy from the University of Hawaii, he travelled and studied extensively—specifically Japan, Thailand, India, Nepal, and Tibet. 

    The global scope of Richard's early experiences left a profound influence on his artistic practice and worldview. Hence, throughout his practice, Richard has looked to ancient eastern cultures for examples of how to create a spiritual connection between form and meaning. 

    He is inspired by constantly movable host of subjects: mythology, alchemy, metaphysics, and the language of archetypal symbolism. His work has been showcased in multiple solo exhibitions and can be found in numerous private, public, and corporate collections internationallyFor Sustainability In Packaging, Richard will copresent with Sean Murphy. They will discuss how sustainable packaging has been an important part of Richard's mission and brand for over 25 years. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Richard and also receive a limited edition Tangle art object.

  • Rebecca Zimmer

    Global Director of Environment Starbucks Coffee Company

    Rebecca Zimmer is global director of environment at Starbucks Coffee Company. Since 2008, Rebecca has spearheaded Starbucks retail sustainability efforts in energy and water conservation, renewable energy and waste diversion strategies.  Rebecca served on the World Resources Institute Green Power Market Development Group and was awarded GE’s LEED/Green Innovator award in 2010.  She actively serves as Starbucks representative for National Restaurant Association Sustainability Committee, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, The Climate Group RE100 coalition, CERES Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, and Retail Industry Leaders Association Sustainability Committee.