The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain. Our staff is proud to represent the nearly one million people who are employed by companies in the plastics supply chain. PLASTICS is a dynamic organization with an ambitious team, striving for growth and success. Together we shape the direction of the entire plastics industry and as a job requirement, have some fun while doing so. Employees have the opportunity to grow, learn and impact both the industry and our association. We also encourage volunteerism.  As a staff, we work to keep two blocks of K Street clean and participate in river clean ups and recycling initiatives. 

We offer generous benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, competitive salaries and a 401(k) plan with employer contributions. We work hard, we play hard and we value a work-life balance. In fact, employees take personal time off at their own discretion.

PLASTICS is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual preference, disability or any factor prohibited by applicable law.

Employee Programs


  • Company sponsored Medical, Dental, and Vision plans
  • Health and Welfare benefits are effective first day of employment
  • Free Employee Assistance Program
  • Company contributes 3% of salary to 401K regardless of employee contribution; an additional discretionary contribution of 2% is offered with the achievement of annual strategic goals
  • Immediate vesting for 401K
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement plan
  • Pre-Tax mass Transit benefit
  • 100% Company paid Life Insurance equal to 2X employee’s annual salary

Work-Life Balance Programs

  • PLASTICS offers our staff flexible works hours and the option of a weekly telecommute day. 
  • We have an unlimited leave policy, 10 paid holidays. Additionally, our office is closed December 24-January 1
  • Free on-site fitness center
  • Casual dress on Fridays
  • Inclement Weather Policy which allows staff to remain home with children in the event of a school closure

Team Building and Social Events

  • Regularly scheduled Social Hour events

Community Service

  • Active participant in Washington DC’s Adopt-a-Block program
  • Passionate about Recycling and Sustainability efforts

Skills Development and Training

  • 100% Company paid access to over 15,000 online training modules, no approval needed
  • Tuition and Certification Reimbursement up to $1,500.00 annually

Career Opportunities

  • Manager, Trade Show Services
    Reports to:Senior Director, Trade Show Services
    FLSA ExemptionExempt
    Office LocationHeadquarters – Washington, D.C.




    Position Summary:

    The Manager, Trade Show Services provides on-going logistics support and project management for the Trade Shows Department with an objective to ensure the integrity of team and corporate performance in achieving quality and excellence in all PLASTICS products and services. 

    The Manager oversees and implements services to satisfy contractual obligations to exhibitors with a goal to improve the exhibitor experience.

    The Manager oversees management of the exhibitor services, registration, audio-visual, and Certificate of Insurance show contractors, and coordinates the schedule and descriptions for trade show education programs and special events.

    Essential Functions:

    • Support the Vice President of Trade Shows & Marketing with management of the NPE Executive Committee activities, including but not limited to operational and logistical processes, reporting, analysis, rosters, voting, meeting files, meeting logistics, minutes, follow-up on action items, and communications.
    • Supervise the exhibitor services contractor in implementing exhibitor communications on logistical operations, show services, sales, invoicing, and other services related to PLASTICS expositions and with exhibitor database and file maintenance.
    • Oversee budget preparation and management of registration and audio-visual contractors.
    • Manage registration contractor services for programming, testing and launching attendee, exhibitor and media registration for the show and manage on-site registration services.
    • Manage registration contractor services for development of exhibitor lead services, guest pass invitations, and exhibitor access to the registration portal.
    • Manage audio-visual contractor services in creation of exhibitor A-V services and order forms, develop budget for PLASTICS and show A-V requirements, submit show A-V orders and manage on-site services and A-V sets. 
    • Manage Certificate of Insurance (COI) contractor services, collect and track COI forms for exhibitors and Exhibitor Appointed Contractors (EAC). 
    • Coordinate education program and event schedule in the MapYourShow education module.
    • Support the Senior Director of Operations and the Senior Director of Trade Show Services with the development and creation of exhibitor service manuals, training modules, operational reports, and tracking exhibitor forms.
    • Provide coverage of the PLASTICS Trade Show’s phone and email accounts, responding in a professional business manner to routine show questions and specific requests regarding show services.
    • Provide registration reports as established and requested.
    • Oversee reconciliation of exhibitor financial records and process refund requests.
    • Track required exhibitor forms, coordinate communications for collection and approval of required exhibitor forms.
    • Coordinate production of printed show directory.
    • Interact with general contractor, facilities and all sub-contractors regarding exhibitors lists, space assignments, and special requirements.
    • Provide various administrative duties related to trade show operations, services and committee management.
    • Assist with proofreading of department materials related to promotional and exhibitor information, show directories, etc.
    • Assist in the selection, management, and measurement of assigned contractor services.
    • Assist and direct the coordinated efforts among all relevant Show/Event contractors and services related to the attendee and exhibitor experience.
    • Work with Trade Show Team to plan and implement a cohesive communications plan for exhibitors.
    • Work with Trade Show Team on web site content and management, and other related activities.
    • Provide on-site support during the show through management of registration services, ensuring show management rooms are set accurately and on time, and assisting with exhibitor services.
    • Prepare final trade show service reports for the show’s wrap-up meeting.

    Job Standards:

    • Staff member must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures.
    • Staff member is expected to provide excellent customer service to members, vendors and other staff at all times.
    • Member communications, telephone and written, are a central part of PLASTICS’ day-to-day business.Staff member will be expected to treat member communications as a top priority.


    •   Responsible for interfacing with all staff where appropriate.
    •   PLASTICS Members, NPE exhibitors, industry educational organizations, and vendors.

    Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:

    • 5+ years related tradeshows/convention experience.
    • Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Ability to travel. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, iMIS, MapYourShow or other exhibit management software, and other supporting technologies.