Poly Pack Symposium 2019


DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2019

VENUE: Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) Bldg 7 (Google Maps)

Evolving supply chains have a global impact on packaging. This includes the package’s design, material selection, standardization, traceability, distribution, and environmental impact decisions made by businesses for their respective consumers. Poly Pack’s Symposium 2019 sheds light into how these challenges are tackled by industry professionals.

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

Director Sabrina Poei – spoei@calpoly.edu

Co-Director Sophia Tamrazian – tamrazia@calpoly.edu



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 28th, 2019. During the course of the day there will be industry speakers, panel discussion, and facility tours. In addition the annual Silent Auction, and banquet will be hosted by 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
  • Packaging Students

Directions and Parking

Venue: Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) Bldg 7 (Google Map)  (Campus Map)

Banquet & Silent Auction: Garden Room-Madonna Inn (Google Map)

– Please allot 30 minutes to find parking and walk to the venue.

– Parking Permits can be purchased and printed in advance by clicking HERE ; access code is: PPACK19

Parking Permits can be purchased at Pay Stations” before parking at H1 Lot

Symposium Reception

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Co-Hosted by Packaging Corporation of America and WestPak

Venue: The Mark https://www.themarkslo.com/ ; 6:00 – 9:00 PM


Symposium Schedule (Thursday, February 28, 2019)

Time Company/Speaker Presentation Location
8:30-9:00 Hot Breakfast ATL
9:00-9:15 Sabrina Poei,

Symposium Director

Opening and Introduction ATL
9:15-9:45 Dow Chemical Company

Robert Guerrieri

Market Manager-Protective Packaging, DowDuPont Packaging & Specialty Plastics

Addressing Challenges of E Commerce Packaging ATL
9:45-10:15 Berkley International

Michael Carrier

Director of Package Development

The Egg Carton’s Act 2:  D2C Packaging ATL
10:15-10:30 Break ATL
10:30-11:00 Amazon at Lab126

Katie Exum & 

Gary Dong

Packaging Engineer & Senior Packaging Engineer

Pushing the Boxelopean Amazon Case Study  ATL
11:00-11:30 BestPack Packaging Systems

Romar Karl

National Sales Development Manager

Automating in a Random World ATL
11:30-12:00 L&E International

Sean Murphy  & 

Kevin Marchetti


CMO, L&E International and Structural Packaging Designer

Working Abroad in the Packaging Supply Chain ATL
12:00-12:45 Lunch ATL
12:45-13:15 TerraCyle

Anthony Rossi

VP, Global Business Development

Ending Single use ATL
13:15-13:45 JM Smucker Company

Greg Roskos

Senior Scientist

If Your Supply Chain Could Talk… ATL
13:45-14:15 Packaging Corporation of America

Sarah Marchetti

Technical Sales Representative

The US Paper Life Cycle and its Global Impact ATL
14:15-14:30 Break ATL
14:30-15:00 Smurfit Kappa

Jeroen Dankbaar

Experience Center Manager

Evolving packaging design for a better planet ATL
15:00-15:30 Coca-Cola Company

Ketty Poletto

Global Packaging Sustainability Director


World Without Waste and Packaging Sustainability Strategy ATL

Sabrina Poei,

Symposium Director

John Dizon,

Silent Auction Chair

Reed Erickson,

Silent Auction Co-Chair

Closing Comments and Silent Auction Overview ATL
16:00-16:30 Packaging Lab Tour   Engineering West 21-09
19:00-22:00  Banquet & Silent Auction   Garden Room  Madonna Inn

Past Symposium Photos…