ASPI Spring Meeting Brings Industry Suppliers Together

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 speakers include:

• Mike Lafave, SVP & COO, Containerboard/Packaging & Recycling, Kruger
• Bill Kessinger, Vice President and General Manager, KapStone
• Alan Nichols, SVP, Mills, Graphic Packaging International
• Paul O’Bernier, Paper and Board Manufacturing Solutions, International Paper
• Terry Borden, Vice President, Purchasing, Clearwater

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 industry performance.

Since 1933, ASPI has provided a forum to connect industry leaders. ASPI members and their customers gain unique knowledge and networking opportunities, all focused 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 [email protected].

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 to find out if your company is a member. If so, contact Colleen Walker at [email protected] and ask for a username and password.