Flexible Film & Bag Conference

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014


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Gauging the Future: Critical Insights for Growth


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The 2014 Flexible Film and Bag Conference, produced by the Flexible Film and Bag Division of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, will focus on opportunities for smart growth in the flexible film industry. This innovative education program will speak to changing dynamics -- global economic, feedstock supply and technical -- that present challenges and opportunities for businesses with a stake in the flexible film industry. The conference will bring together the entire supply chain for updates on the latest technologies and trends as they relate to resin, equipment, converting processes, recycling and consumer needs.  

Sessions will begin on Tuesday, May 20th with a keynote presentation followed by a full day session and a half-day of sessions on Wednesday, May 21st. Dynamic presentations, panel discussions, and other formats will be offered. 

The Flexible Film and Bag Conference will focus on timely topics, such as:

  • The Latest Consumer Trends Related to Flexible Packaging
  • Resin Innovations
  • New Machine Technologies
  • Opportunities to Expand Flexible Film Recycling and Alternative End-of-Life Solutions.



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First-Time Attendee / Additional Guest from Same Company



*Session times and subjects are subject to change.

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Monday May 19 2014

9.00am – 11.30am

Film and Bag Executive Meeting

FFBD Executive Board members only

Executive Ballroom 3

12.00pm – 5.00pm


Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club


5.30pm – 7.00pm

Welcome Reception

Sunsets Pavilion

DAY 2 

Tuesday May 20 2014

8.30am – 9.00am

BREAKFAST continental

Ballroom Foyer

8.45am – 9.00am

Opening remarks

Mike Henagan 
Chairman, SPI Flexible Film and Bag Division

Grand Ballroom

9.00am – 10.00am

Keynote Presentation

Change is Inevitable:  Growth is Optional

Ira Blumenthal
Branding and Marketing Expert & Author

Grand Ballroom

10.00am – 10.45am

Consumer Trends and Opportunities for Flexible Packaging

Dennis Calamusa
President – CEO, AlliedFlex Technologies, Inc.

Grand Ballroom

10.45am – 11.00am


Ballroom Foyer

11.00am – 12.00pm

Reinvesting for the Times:  Flexible Film Machinery

Steve DeSpain
President, Reifenhauser Incorporated

Alan Landers
Product Manager, Conair - “Harnessing the Power of SQL for Improved Plastic Process Visibility” 

David Nunes
President, Hosokawa AlpineAmerican

Grand Ballroom

12.00pm – 1.30pm


North Terrace

1.30pm – 2.15pm

Outlook for Manufacturing in 2014

Michael Taylor
Senior Director, International Affairs and Trade, SPI

Grand Ballroom

2.15pm – 2.30pm


Ballroom Foyer

2.30pm – 3.45pm

Sustainable Potential and End-of-Life Opportunities For Flexible Film 

Kim Holmes
Director Recycling & Diversion, SPI

Neil Gloger
CEO, InterGroup International Ltd.

Grand Ballroom

3.45pm – 4.10pm

Waste to Energy

Ira Shaughnessy,
Sustainability Manager, The Dow Chemical Company

Grand Ballroom

4:10 – 4:30 pm

State of the Affordable Care Act and Options for SPI Members

Mark Orzechowski
Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Grand Ballroom

4.30 pm – 5.00pm

Conversation Stations

Speakers from Tuesday Sessions available at designated tables for additional topical discussion

Ballroom Foyer

5.30pm – 7.00pm

Networking Reception 

North Terrace


Wednesday May 21 2014

8.00am – 9.00am


Ballroom Foyer

8.45am – 9.45am

Issues Roundup
Coalition and organizational updates

Phil Rozenski   [on behalf of the APBA]
Director of Marketing & Sustainability, Hilex Poly & Policy Chair for the APBA

Dave Heglas     [on behalf of ACC’s Flexible Film Recycling Group]

John Picciuto
Western Market Manager, Muehlstein & President of Western Plastics Assn. board

Grand Ballroom

9.45am – 10.45am

Innovating for the Future

Steve Imfeld
Technical Manager, PE Flexible Applications, LyondellBasell

Additional speakers invited

Grand Ballroom

10.45am – 11.55am

Global Forecast for PE

Nick Vafiadis
Senior Director, Global Polyolefins and Plastics, IHS Chemical

Grand Ballroom

11.55am – 12.00pm

Conference wrap up/ end program

Grand Ballroom




Loews Don Cesar Beach Resort - Sold Out!
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706

Suggestions for alternative hotels:

Tradewinds Resort
5500 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Sirata Beach Resort
5300 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Don Cesar has SOLD OUT and the Block has closed as of May 2. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations in the area quickly if they have not already as they may sell out as well. Two hotels within a mile of Don Cesar include Tradewinds Resort and Sirata Beach Resort.



Click here for an overview of sponsorship options available.

A few sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Alan Carter, Director Membership Services, at (202) 974-5284 or Patty Long, VP Industry Affairs at (202) 974-5216.  


Keynote Sponsor


Reception Sponsors


Conversation Stations and Beer Bar


Film & Bag Marketplace


Golf Lunch Sponsor


For More Information or Assistance

If you have any questions about this event, please contact: Patty Long at plong@plasticsindustry.org or (202) 974-5216.

Loews Don Cesar Beach Resort
3400 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach, FLĀ  33706

For more information about the program, please contact Patty Long.

Online registration is now closed.

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