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ASPI Spring Meeting Brings
Industry Suppliers Together
Attentive crowd at the 2017 Spring Meeting. Attendees are given ample opportunities to ask questions
and foster open discussion.
Each spring the Association of
Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI) brings
together leaders from a wide range of pulp,
paper, and packaging industry suppliers to further their knowledge about how best to serve
industry customers. This year is no exception.
The ASPI Spring program features industry
CEOs-plus ample networking opportunities-in a relaxed, informal setting.
The 2018 ASPI Spring Meeting will be
held February 28 - March 2 at the Diplomat
Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL. Confirmed
* Mike Lafave, SVP & COO,
* Bill Kessinger, Vice President and
General Manager, KapStone
* Alan Nichols, SVP, Mills, Graphic
* Paul O'Bernier, Paper and
Board Manufacturing Solutions,
* Terry Borden, Vice President,
The meeting will convene with a casual
welcome reception for all attendees on
Wednesday evening, immediately followed by
dinner. Thursday kicks off with a continental
breakfast, with the formal program following
until noon. The afternoon is reserved for networking activities, followed by a reception and
dinner Thursday evening. Friday begins with a
continental breakfast followed by morning presentations. The meeting adjourns prior to lunch.
The ASPI Spring meeting will also
include the presentation of ASPI's two
annual awards: ASPI Customer Executive
of the Year, and the ASPI Excellence in
Leadership Award. These awards not only
provide recognition for the recipient, they
also promote ASPI's mission of supporting
Since 1933, ASPI has provided a forum
to connect industry leaders. ASPI members
and their customers gain unique knowledge
and networking opportunities, all focused
ASPI President Keith Kemp (right) with the 2017
ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award recipient,
Jack Bray of Domtar.
on providing industry suppliers with the
knowledge they need to serve their customers. ASPI strives to provide unparalleled
customer engagement to its members, with
strict compliance to ASPI's antitrust policy.
Experience the ASPI difference for yourself! Join us in Hollywood, FL to build your
relationships with your customers and other
supplier industry executives. If you would
like additional information on ASPI or ASPI
meetings, please contact Colleen Walker at
Make the Most of Your Membership
Is your company a member of ASPI? Are you sharing those benefits with others in
your organization? While one of the greatest benefits of ASPI membership can be found
in the networking at ASPI meetings, there is also a member benefit that allows you to
"pay it forward."
After every ASPI meetings, presentations are posted to the ASPI website. Nearly all of
these presentations are from leading paper manufacturers-your customers. Many share
real challenges that a mill is facing, or outline exactly what services they are looking for from
their suppliers. Others talk about the key characteristics your customers are looking for,
or how they would like their suppliers to engage with their organization. Presentations are
available from WestRock, International Paper, Georgia-Pacific, Kapstone and many more.
These presentations are a great learning tool for others in your company. Incorporate
a review of these presentations in your training of new account managers. Use learnings
from these sources to focus marketing messages or tailor new product introductions. If
your company is a member, anyone from your organization can log on to the ASPI website
and access past presentations.
Visit the ASPI Members page of the ASPI website at www.aspinet.org to find out if
your company is a member. If so, contact Colleen Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org and
ask for a username and password.
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