Poly Pack Symposium 2017

Packaging the Future

Thursday, February 9th


The Poly Pack Symposium is an one-day long event which gathers packaging professionals from around the nation to discuss new topics, learn new techniques, and network with each other and our students. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, February 9th. During the course of the day there will be industry speakers, panel discussion, and facility tours. In addition the annual Egg Drop Contest, Silent Auction, and banquet will be hosted by the Polypack, the packaging student club.

Who Should Attend

  • Package Development Engineers, Managers and Directors
  • Marketing Managers and Executives
  • Packaging Materials, Machinery, Service and Solution Providers
  • Packaging Consultants
  • Projects Managers
  • R&D Managers from CPG and Converter Companies

Directions and Parking

Please allot 15 minutes to find parking.

Parking Permits are to be purchased at “Permit Dispensers” before parking at H1 

Parking and Permit Purchase Directions Here

Parking: H1 Parking Lot (Cal Poly Maps I Google Maps)

Venue: Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) Bldg 7 (Cal Poly Map I Google Maps)

Symposium Schedule (Thursday, February 9, 2017)

Time Company/Speaker Presentation Location
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast    ATL
9:00-9:15 Opening and Introduction    ATL
9:15-9:45 DOW Chemical Company

Holly Dunnill

Associate Director

Accelerating Innovation Through Collaboration

9:45-10:15  Exothermix

Adam Laubach


The Coolest Form of Heat for Active Packaging

10:15-10:30  Break    

 Smurfit Kappa 

Christian Eder

Western Regional HR Manager

Jeroen Dankbaar

Experience Center Manager

Packaging in a Digital World



Chris Birgers

Sr. Packaging Engineer

Packaging Innovation and Sustainability

11:30-12:00 Network Packaging Partners

Karen Polkinghorne

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

The Changing Role of Packaging Engineers in an Open-Talent Economy

12:00-12:45 Lunch   ATL 
12:45-13:15 Lansmont

Pete Brown

Chief Operating Officer

Advancements in Vibration Testing for Distribution Packaging ATL
13:15-13:45 Pregis

Ryan Germann

E-commerce Segment Manager

Joey Phister

Regional Sales Manager


Effects of Social Media & Packaging on eCommerce 

13:45-14:15 Specright

Matthew Wright

President & CEO

Managing the DNA of Packaging Specs Intelligently to Drive Cost Reductions and Business Efficiencies

14:15-14:30  Break    
14:30-15:00 Amazon.com, Inc.

Brent Nelson

Senior Manager, Packaging – Sustainability

Kim Houchens

WW Director of Packaging – Sustainability

Digital Moment of Truth: Designing Packaging for e-commerce

15:00-15:30  OIA Global

Brandon Ripley

Regional Business Development Manager

 Supply Chains of the Future

15:45-16:15 Lab Tour   Packaging Labs
Bldg 21 Engineering West
18:00-19:30 Egg Drop   Farmers Market, Higuera and Garden Street
19:30-22:00  Banquet & Silent Auction   Cafe Roma

For more information, please contact either of our 
Symposium Directors: 

Kevin Marchetti, ktmarche@calpoly.edu & Lara Sly, lasly@calpoly.edu

Symposium 2016 Photos

Speakers gather for presentations
Polypack member performing an egg drop
Open Division Winners at Egg Drop 2016
Open Division Egg Drop Winners
Banquet and Silent Auction at Cafe Roma