SustPack 2017 Speakers

We have brought together leading names in the industry to present at SustPack 2017!  Read more below about who you'll be hearing from and meeting in Scottsdale.

  • Dr. R Andrew Hurley

    Assistant Professor of Packaging Science The Packaging School

    Dr. R. Andrew Hurley is an Assistant Professor of Packaging Science at Clemson University where he is the Director of CUshop, a consumer-experience research laboratory. Dr. Hurley holds both a BS and MS in Packaging Science and a PhD in Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design. Focused on new product and package development, Dr. Hurley brings ideas to innovative, practical solutions. With state-of-the-art design and prototyping labs, consumer-experience/biometric testing (eye-tracking and facial expressions), and a full packaging pilot plant, concepts can be developed and brought to life in just hours. Dr. Hurley teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Packaging Science. He is a noted research leader in the field of packaging design, having a variety of peer-reviewed papers, and founder of Package InSight and

  • Dr. Carole Mars

    Senior Research Lead, Manufacturing The Sustainability Consortium

    Dr. Carole Mars is the Senior Research Lead at The Sustainability Consortium, Arizona State University, responsible for the development of the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System for manufactured and formulated goods supply chains. In addition, she is the Principal Researcher for Leadership Initiatives at TSC related to consumer adoption of low temperature wash for laundry and circular economy issues related to packaging, durable consumer goods, and used electronics, the latter of which addresses knowledge gaps around the disposition of electronic devices reaching the end of their first useful life. Prior to joining the Consortium, Dr. Mars worked as a process engineer in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry. Dr. Mars earned her PhD at Pennsylvania State University, in surface analytical chemistry and her bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Arizona.

  • Andrew J. Gruber

    President INSTA

    A.J. is currently the President of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA).  He received a B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University in 2005. A.J. began his career with UPS in Chicago, IL where he worked as a Packaging Engineer and Supervisor of Dangerous Goods prior to joining ISTA as Vice President of Technical Operations in 2011.  His current industry activities include the following: 

    Journal of Applied Packaging Research (JAPR) Editorial Board

    Board of Directors - Michigan State University Packaging Alumni Association

    Industry Advisory Board Member – Cal Poly State University

    Industry Advisory Board Member - Rochester Institute of Technology

    Member of ASTM International Committee D-10 on Packaging Testing Standards

    Member of International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI) and ISO

  • Jennifer Idol

    Owner The Underwater Designer

    Jennifer Idol is the first woman to dive 50 states and author of An American Immersion. She’s earned more than 27 certifications and has been diving for 20 years. Her photography and articles are widely published in periodicals such as DIVER, Sport Diver, Alert Diver, and SCUBA Diving. The Lake Murray Wildlife Museum, Jacob's Well Natural Area, and Texas Association of REALTORS feature her work in permanent installations. Her design firm, The Underwater Designer, specializes in design and photography services for water-related themes.

  • Pete Pearson

    Director of Food Waste US WWF

    Pete Pearson works on food waste prevention and food recovery, helping businesses understand the intersection of agriculture and wildlife conservation. Pete has led local and national sustainability programs within the retail grocery industry; has over 10 years of technology experience with companies including Hewlett-Packard and Accenture; worked with public schools and hospitals as an independent sustainability consultant, co-founded a sustainable agriculture non-profit, and co-produced a documentary film on local and regenerative agriculture ( ). Pete currently lives in Washington DC and enjoys fly fishing, boating, and exploring the outdoors with his family.

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  • Jen Holliday

    Compliance Program and Product Stewardship Manager Chittenden Solid Waste District

    Jen Holliday is the Compliance Program and Product Stewardship Manager for the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD), Vermont's most populous solid waste district. Jen has worked in the solid waste field for approximately 25 years. She currently manages the unregulated hazardous waste program, compliance and safety program and is a policy advisor and legislative liaison for CSWD.  Jen helped bring EPR to Vermont as a founding member and Chair of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council, which was formed in 2008. Since then she has helped to craft and pass 5 EPR laws in the State that include mercury thermostats, electronics, mercury lamps, paint and primary batteries. She also helped craft and pass Act 148, also known as Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, a comprehensive waste prevention law that utilizes many tools including pay as you throw, landfill bans and parallel collection to minimize the waste stream. Act 148 is the first state-wide law in the U.S. that bans residential organics from landfill disposal.  Jen currently serves as President on the board for the Product Stewardship Institute.

  • Julia Wetstein

    Compostable Products Advocate and Consultant Vegeware

    My title with Vegware US is “Compostable Products Advocate and Consultant." I am the former Assistant Dean of Agriculture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. In 2006, our campus started diverting landscaping waste, food scraps from dining halls and livestock waste from our Experimental Agricultural Farms to composting.  Currently, SIUC is using a system of forced aerated static piles to compost these materials and applies the finished compost in vegetable and horticulture research. I joined Vegware US in 2014 to serve as a liaison between our customers and the composting industry. We are a member of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, U.S. Composting Council and I serve on the national Biodegradable Products Task Force. I am a zero waste consultant to Vegware customers, helping them to increase the percentage of waste diverted away from landfills to composting, wherever possible.  I have helped conduct Zero Waste events in many parts of the USA, including the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the largest Zero Waste event in the world, with over 600,000 spectators in February of 2016.

  • Scott Cassel

    Founder Product Stewardship Institute

    Scott Cassel, CEO and founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He is a founding Board Member and four-time past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA), and a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. Prior to founding PSI in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. He is also the author of a chapter in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste that focuses on product stewardship. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience across multiple product categories, including packaging, electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, and paint. As PSI’s CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program. Scott holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Kim Houchens

    Director of WW Packaging Sustainability Amazon

    Kim joined Amazon 1.5 year ago and leads the Packaging team that is reinventing packaging for the e-commerce marketplace. Prior to joining Amazon, Kim spent 20 years leading packaging R&D organizations for glass and plastic packaging companies that used computational modeling and high-performance computing to develop new technologies that reduced packaging waste and improved sustainability outcomes. Most recently Kim was the Senior Director of Innovations - Enterprise Analytics for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where her team used big data and analytics to create new forecasting and data visualization capabilities for senior leadership. The CPEX team under her leadership has evolved to include; analytics, systems development and packaging engineering to create packaging innovations that scale and drive waste reduction and sustainability wins for our customers and for Amazon.

    Dr. Houchens holds a BA, Assoc, MS and PhD in product development, material science, and manufacturing technologies.

  • Brent Nelson

    Senior Manager of WW Packaging Sustainability Amazon

    Brent Nelson, Senior Manager of WW Packaging (CPEX), Sustainability

    Brent Nelson leads development of sustainable packaging solutions for Amazon worldwide. Utilizing Amazon’s scale, speed and innovation, Nelson’s team focuses on best-in-class packaging solutions for Amazon branded products and driving industry adoption of ecommerce packaging standards that reduce waste, minimize damages and delight customers.  Previous to Amazon, Brent spent 20 years championing packaging innovation and supply chain strategies for multinational consumer goods companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Campbell Soup Company, PepsiCo and Henkel.  

    Brent holds a B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University and a MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management

  • Evan Bruner

    Project Associate Sustainable Packaging Coalition

    Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Evan joined our team in Spring 2016. Beginning an academic career in environmental studies, he obtained his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 2011. Shortly after, he moved The Netherlands to pursue a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University. During his studies, Evan had a variety of unique opportunities, ranging from working as a legislative intern with a Washington State Senator to developing a campaign with the world’s first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture business models, Aqua Spark. With a wide variety of skills ranging from communications and policy analysis to sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, Evan will be focusing his efforts on the Forest Products Working Group and EPAT.
    When not working, you’ll often find Evan exploring local nature, cooking a nutritious meal or enjoying some live music.

  • Prashant Jagtap

    President & CEO Trayak

    Prashant Jagtap is the President & CEO of Trayak.  He founded Trayak with the vision to bring sustainability mainstream. Trayak’s mission is to provide easy-to-use software decision tools that enable design & manufacturing of sustainable products and packaging.

    He has over 25 years of experience helping leading brands and manufacturers from different industries improve their product and package development and launch processes using software solutions.

    Prashant holds a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from UMASS at Amherst, MA and an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.

    Trayak’s suite of sustainability solutions include COMPASS, EcoImpact, EcoDesigner, EcoScore, EcoLabel and MyGizmo.  Trayak also offers consulting & expert services to help you succeed in your sustainability journey.

  • Steve Davies

    Global Leader of Marketing and Public Affairs NatureWorks LLC

    Steve Davies leads marketing & public affairs globally for NatureWorks LLC, a company formed with the mission of bringing to market a broad family of naturally advanced, renewably sourced materials. He is responsible for the company’s cradle-to-cradle strategy, including feedstocks sourcing and strategy and product recovery strategies, and for managing the company’s industry and stakeholder relations, external communications and media relations.

    When not wearing a NatureWorks hat, Davies has twice served (2011, 2014) as Industry Chair of the SPI’s Bioplastics Council, a group formed in 2009 with the mission of promoting the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry. .

    Separately Steve has also served as co-chair of the Washington based (BIO) Biotechnology Industry Organization’s biobased products working group 2011-2013. In BIO and SPI roles, Davies was involved in formulating industry input to the US Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Farm Bill and BioPreferred program, and regularly works with industry in advocating for federal policies that promote the long term growth of the biobased products industry. He speaks regularly on behalf of SPI, and has represented the European Bioplastics Industry Association, of which NatureWorks is a longstanding board member, in North America.


  • Claudio Gemmiti

    Senior Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Growth Club Coffee

    Since 2013, Claudio Gemmiti has been an instrumental leader at Club Coffee, bringing his extensive background in brand management to use with the Company’s innovative, 100% compostable single-serve coffee pod, the first of its kind in the world. Gemmiti is a strategic thinker with deep CPG research and development acumen. Before he joined Club Coffee, he drove profitable growth and enhanced stakeholder satisfaction with Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Procter and Gamble for more than two decades. Gemmiti has a proven track record for leadership and for building high performing teams resulting in game-changing innovation and dynamic results in product and brand development.

  • Derek Atkinson

    Senior Business Director – Bioplastics, The Americas Total Corbion

    Derek Atkinson is responsible for Corbion's bioplastics business for the Americas and has been located in the USA since July 2015. Following from the announcement that Corbion would build a world scale PLA plant in Thailand Derek has been busy setting up the sales, marketing and technical service organization in the Americas that will facilitate market entry. 

    Previously he was Business Development Director PLA Asia for Corbion located in Singapore. In addition to his main responsibilities for commercializing Corbion's PLA technology in Asia he was also strongly involved in the sourcing and conversion of second generation biomass as feedstocks for sustainable PLA production that does not interfere with the food chain. 

    Prior to that he was Business Development Director at Oxford University spinout Velocys plc, a catalyst technology and microchannel reactor development company in the UK and USA. During his time at Velocys the company grew from 7 people to over 130. The focus of Velocys was in gasification and Fischer-Tropsch conversion for biomass to liquids and gas to liquids – specifically flare gas conversion and stranded gas monetisation. He was a member of the UK Government Thematic Working Group on thermochemical conversion of biomass. 

    Before working for Oxford he held many global sales and marketing positions during his 17 years at Grace Davison mostly focused in the polymer catalyst area and was located in Germany. He has a degree in Chemistry and Polymer Science Technology from Loughborough University in the UK. Until he left Europe he was an  external examiner for the School of Chemistry at the University of Cardiff.

  • Victor Bell

    President Environmental Packaging International (EPI)

    Victor Bell is a Certified Packaging Professional with more than 30 years of experience with environmental issues associated with packaging and products. In 1998, Victor founded Environmental Packaging International (EPI), a consultancy that advises global brand owners, retailers, and all segments of the packaging industry on a wide range of environmental compliance, product stewardship and sustainability issues related to packaging and products. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and has served on its Executive Committee, a co-chair of the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Methods for Reducing Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste. As a recognized expert on global environmental packaging issues, Victor speaks regularly at industry conferences and routinely contributes articles to the leading industry trade publications. He received his MMA (Marine Affairs) and BS (Natural Resource) degrees from the University of Rhode Island and an MS (Urban and Environmental Studies) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • Nelson Switzer

    Chief Sustainability Officer Nestlé Waters North America

    Nelson Switzer is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Nestlé Waters North America, the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company in the United States. Nelson has over 15 years of experience in environmental and social sustainability in Canada, the United States and Europe with deep expertise in sustainability strategy development, integration and implementation. At NWNA, Nelson is responsible for the continued growth and implementation of the beverage company’s multi-faceted sustainability strategy, including spearheading our water stewardship strategy development. 

  • Matthew Cotton

    Consultant Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC

    Matthew Cotton has worked in organics and solid waste management since 1986. He has served as a consultant, educator, researcher, and advocate for new and expanded organics recycling and composting programs in California and beyond. Mr. Cotton has completed hundreds of significant organics projects, including permitting and assisting in the development of some of the major composting facilities in California. Mr. Cotton has served on the Board of Directors of the US Composting Council for over a decade, including as president for three years, and also serves on the Board of Californians Against Waste. He has published research on compost odors, compost use, climate impacts, compostable plastics, and compost facility infrastructure. He is the main author of both the SWANA Managing Composting Programs Course as well as SWANA’s newest course on Organics Collection. He is currently the Co-Chair of the USCC’s Compostable Products Task Force

  • Adam Gendell

    Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition

    Adam Gendell is the Associate Director of GreenBlue's flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Adam‘s work with the packaging value chain touches on goal-setting, design considerations, and stakeholder engagement. Most recently, Adam spearheaded a collaboration between packaging trade associations, recycling-focused NGOs, and government agencies to conduct a robust nationwide study on consumer access to recycling systems. Since joining GreenBlue in 2010, Adam has developed and delivered training seminars for hundreds of packaging professionals and he has brought together stakeholder groups to lead work on topics ranging from life-cycle-oriented design to substantiation data for FTC-compliant recyclability claims. Adam also orchestrates the Coalition’s Fall conference SPC Advance. Adam coordinates several Industry Leadership Committees and is a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability topics. In 2013 Adam served on the PAC NEXT Leadership Council.

  • Kevin Dooley

    Chief Scientist The Sustainability Consortium

    Dr. Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is the Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, developing science and tools to improve the sustainability of consumer goods. Dr. Dooley is a world-known expert in the application of complexity science to help organizations improve. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book, “Organizational Change and Innovation Processes”. He is on several journal editorial boards including Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Business Logistics. He has been awarded two patents on Centering Resonance Analysis, a novel form of network text analysis, and is co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics of Business at Arizona State University.

  • Jennifer Bae Park

    Sr. Industrial Designer Kaleidoscope

    Jennifer is user-centered problem solver with an eye towards production. Drawing inspiration from current trends, designs, and emotions, Jenny is responsible for building the framework of new projects by developing flushed out concepts that integrate research, consumer insights and strategic thinking. She has had the opportunity to partner with a wide range of clients from product to packaging, including Coca-Cola, ConAgra Foods, Avery Dennison and Fellowes.

  • Scott Byrne

    U.S. & Canada’s Environmental Specialist Tetra Pak

    Scott Byrne serves as the U.S. & Canada’s Environmental Specialist at Tetra Pak, the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. With his extensive background in all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, Byrne helps ensure that Tetra Pak is on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives.

    Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Byrne was a sustainability specialist at Cass Information Systems in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was responsible for growing the environmental services offered by the firm’s solid waste management division. In this role, Scott helped forward-looking communities and property groups not only comply with environmental regulations, but also assess waste streams and equipment needs to increase waste diversion. In addition, Byrne led the design of property-level recycling programs, sustainability strategies, and spearheaded education and outreach for multifamily and commercial properties.

    Byrne holds a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability from the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Florida Bar. Byrne received his bachelor’s degree in business economics and public policy from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, in Bloomington, Indiana. When not working, Scott enjoys exploring the outdoors with Arnie, his miniature schnauzer. He is also a sports fan, and be found often at the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s many sports venues. 

  • Jason Pelz

    Vice President of Environment for Tetra Pak North, Central and South America Tetra Pak

    Jason Pelz is Vice President of Environment for Tetra Pak North, Central and South America. Pelz and his team work with various stakeholders throughout the Americas to lower the impact cartons have on environment. With a focus on growing recycling and collection of post consumer cartons and promoting the use of sustainably sourced and renewable materials in cartons, Pelz is responsible for executing Tetra Pak’s environment strategy throughout North, Central and South America.

    Pelz also serves as Vice President of Recycling Projects for Carton Council of North America where he works with food and beverage brand owners, local municipalities and communities, and other third parties such as recyclers and paper mills to increase the availability of carton recycling in the U.S. and Canada.

    Pelz joined Tetra Pak in 2012 from Waste Management Recycle America, where he served as Director for Global Export Sales. In this role, Pelz directed the global export strategy for Waste Management’s secondary fiber and waste plastics.

    Prior to Waste Management, Pelz was Senior Account Manager for The Peltz Group, a privately owned paper recycling company, which was acquired by Waste Management. He is an expert in the recycling and paper mill industry, including export markets.Pelz attended the University of California at Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wis., with his wife and four children. When not working to promote the environmental benefits of cartons, Pelz likes to ski, golf and travel. 

  • Daniel Daggett

    Executive Director, Sustainability Sealed Air

    Dr. Daniel Daggett has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin, where he received a fellowship from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Berman and Blieir Award for his toxicology research.  Dr. Daggett started his career as a toxicologist with the Wisconsin Department of Health, where he was responsible for developing air quality regulations and conducting research on the health impacts of air pollution.  Dr. Daggett then joined Diversey, spending five years in the Global Product Safety department, where he was responsible for product risk assessments.  In 2006, Dan received the Samuel C. Johnson Global Environmental Award for his product stewardship work.  Currently, he is the Executive Director of Sustainability at Sealed Air where he is responsible developing and implementing sustainability strategies across the business. Dr. Daggett has published widely and is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics such as indoor air quality, toxicology, sustainability, life cycle assessment, carbon footprint, and product safety.  

  • Diego Donoso

    Business President, Packaging and Specialty Plastics The Dow Chemical Company

    Diego Donoso is Business President for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics global business unit.

    He is responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, and global business performance of an industry leading portfolio of innovative products leveraged across multiple high value markets like food and beverage packaging, health and hygiene, and industrial specialties like transmission pipe.

    Under Donoso’s leadership, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics has deepened its market participation across multiple value chains while expanding its presence in emerging geographies to set new records of profitability in 2015. With annual sales in excess of $14 Billion, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics is widely recognized as the industry leader for high performance polyethylene resins, specialty resins and adhesives that are used in consumer packaging as well as industrial applications around the world.

    Donoso joined Dow in 1991 as a trainee in the commercial area in São Paulo, Brazil after graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Babson College, in Boston, Massachusetts. Over the next 20 years, he served in numerous marketing and commercial leadership positions for Dow’s resins and plastics franchise in both Latin America (Brazil, Argentina) and Europe (Switzerland, Italy).

    In 2010, Donoso was appointed President of Dow Japan and Korea with added responsibilities for the Advanced Materials Division as Asia Pacific Regional Director based in Tokyo, Japan. In early 2012, Donoso transferred to Dow corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan as Vice President of Thermosets and was subsequently promoted to his current role later that year. He is one of the few executive leaders in the company that has worked and lived in each of the primary operating regions for Dow – Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America.

    A strong proponent of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, Donoso is Co-Chair of Dow’s North America WIN (Women’s Innovation Network) organization and is a frequent speaker to employee groups within Dow. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English, Donoso has completed the Leadership in the Global Enterprise program from the Thunderbird School in Phoenix, Arizona, and recently completed a senior executive program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Donoso and his wife Sandra have three daughters and live in Midland.

  • Tom Pollock

    Senior Manager GreenBlue

    Tom joined GreenBlue in 2009 and is Senior Manager of GreenBlue’s Forest Products program. Tom has worked on sustainability initiatives in the forest products sector for over seven years with a focus on the business value of sustainability. Tom’s responsibilities at GreenBlue include providing oversight and strategic direction for Forest Products programs, including the Forest Products Working Group – a coalition of leadership companies leveraging supply chain collaboration to address unmet needs in the forest products sector. FPWG projects have included providing guidelines for sustainable paper purchasing, value innovation for forest certification, and the web-based environmental paper assessment tool. Tom also focuses on consulting and client engagements through GreenBlue’s Advisory Services program on topics related to supply chain collaboration, life cycle assessment, and the development and implementation of corporate environmental strategy. Tom holds an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BA in English from the University of Iowa.

  • Charlotte Dreizen

    Project Associate GreenBlue

    Charlotte Dreizen joined GreenBlue as an intern focusing on the development of compost-related programs in March 2016. Assisting with the creation of the Sustainable Composting Collaborative and research efforts to quantify the value of compostable packaging, she contributes experience from leading food waste research efforts, as well as supporting residential and higher-ed composting programs. More broadly, Charlotte has engaged in the sustainability space by facilitating outreach and education with the US Green Building Council’s National Capital Region Chapter and the Office of Sustainability at George Washington University. She will graduate from George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs with concentrations in International Environmental Studies and International Development this summer and hopes to continue her education by studying urban planning at the graduate level.

  • Derric Brown

    Director of Sustainability Carton Council of North America and Evergreen Packaging

    Derric Brown is Director of Sustainability for the Carton Council of North America and for Evergreen Packaging, headquartered in Memphis, TN.  Evergreen Packaging is the largest producer of paperboard-based gable top beverage packaging products globally and in the United States. He currently leads Evergreen’s sustainability programs including carton recycling and sustainable forestry initiatives. Derric has been involved with the Carton Council since 2009 to increase household recycling access and recovery of aseptic and gable top cartons. He has worked on the development and implementation of the Carton Council strategies and tactics used in this successful recycling campaign including school carton recycling programs. Derric currently serves as a Board Member for the Carton Council, The Recycling Partnership and the Southeast Recycling Development Council.

  • Kelly Cramer

    Project Manager Sustainable Packaging Coalition

    Kelly Cramer is a Senior Manager for Sustainable Packaging Coalition, leading one of its fastest growing programs, How2Recycle. Ultimately, she wants to promote creative change in how people conceptualize their relationship to the earth — and is interested in using the art of strategy and information to effectuate that goal. Kelly holds a J.D. in Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and an undergraduate degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Tennessee. Previous experience includes a judicial clerkship for the State of Oregon’s trial court in downtown Portland, as well as time spent at Earthrise Law Center, Kell, Alterman & Runstein, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, and San Diego Coastkeeper. Areas of interest include risk analysis, geopolitics, social entrepreneurship, design, and systems thinking.

  • Sarah Crow

    Senior Director of Certification American Forest Foundation (AFF)

    Sarah Crow is the Senior Director of Certification at the American Forest Foundation (AFF). In her role, she oversees technical elements AFF’s certification programming and growth initiatives. She works to build partnerships across sectors and geographies and has served on several committees related to market verification and smallholder engagement. Sarah was a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine and holds a BS in Forestry from University of Montana and MS Natural Resources from University of Vermont.

  • Megan Daum

    Vice President of Sustainability Can Manufacturers Institute

    Megan Daum is the vice president of sustainability for the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the national association of the can manufacturing industry and its suppliers. Megan has led the sustainability program at CMI for 10 years, is the current chair of The Recycling Partnership and sits on various U.S. and international committees regarding recycling standards and education. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Vermont and lives in Washington, D.C. 

  • Sarah Dearman

    Sustainable Packaging The Coca-Cola Company

    Sarah Dearman leads Sustainable Packaging for The Coca‑Cola Company in North America. She collaborates internally and externally to reduce the environmental footprint of Coca‑Cola’s iconic packaging through design, innovation and end-of-life solutions. Prior to joining Coca-Cola more than five years ago, Sarah worked on sustainability programs for the State of Georgia. She has a Physical Science degree from the University of Maryland. Sarah serves in advisory roles with several industry and community organizations including The Recycling Partnership, Closed Loop Fund and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

  • Sharon Derbyshire

    Associate Consultant Smithers PIRA

    Sharon Derbyshire has spent her career focused on the packaging industry with significant accomplishments in market research, strategic planning, new business development, project management, and technical service and development.  Her professional experience has spanned all facets of the industry, from raw materials application (Dow Chemical and most recently, PolyOne), to converting of packaging (Amoco Foam Product now part of Reynolds/Pactiv), through end user (Burger King) including 15 years of market research consulting.

    Sharon is a Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) and an active member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP.)  She is past President of the VA/Carolinas Chapter of IoPP and holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry and M.B.A. degree with emphasis in Marketing from Central Michigan University.

  • Betsy Dorn

    Director RSE USA

    Betsy is Director of RSE USA.  Betsy has over thirty years of experience managing, designing, and implementing recycling and sustainability projects. For 26 years, she has been a consultant assisting public and private sector clients by developing plans, evaluating operations, launching new programs, and providing strategy guidance.  In recent years, Betsy’s work has been in the sustainability and product stewardship arena with a focus on the end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper. 

    Prior to becoming a consultant, Betsy managed Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), N.C.’s Recycling Division. 

    Betsy holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Sciences and Engineering – both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

    She is currently enjoying the good life in South Florida

  • Lynn Dyer

    President Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI)

    Lynn M. Dyer is the president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), the trade association for the North American foodservice packaging industry. Members include packaging converters and their raw material and machinery suppliers, as well as foodservice operators, distributors and group purchasing organizations. She has been involved in the foodservice packaging industry for nearly 20 years, with the majority of her time spent at FPI. Prior to FPI, Lynn worked with the European Food Service & Packaging Association (now Pack2Go Europe) in Brussels, Belgium. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond.

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  • Mike Ganey

    Vice President, Marketing House-Autry Mills

    Mike Ganey serves as Vice President, Marketing for House-Autry Mills, a 200-year old maker of classic Southern food products, located in Four Oaks, North Carolina. The company was founded during the War of 1812, and operated continuously serving retail and foodservice accounts nationally.

    His 40-year marketing career includes management positions with leading food and beverage companies including Anheuser-Busch, Bahlsen (one of Germany’s largest biscuit bakers), Austin Quality Foods, and House-Autry Mills. He also served as VP Marketing at the American Kennel Club. New products and innovative packaging are key areas of interest.

    Mike is a graduate of SUNY at Oswego, and earned his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where he is active on the Alumni Board. Currently, he also volunteers with a group raising $50 million to move the world’s largest tank and military memorabilia museum to Raleigh.

  • Nina Goodrich

    Executive Director GreenBlue and Sustainable Packaging Coalition

    Nina Goodrich is Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director of GreenBlue. GreenBlue is dedicated to researching and promoting the principles of sustainable materials management that seek to help industry: use materials wisely, promote material health and recover more. She believes in the power of the circular economy to provide growth without waste.

    Nina came to GreenBlue with an industry and consultancy background in R & D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. Nina believes that innovation and sustainability are linked as key drivers for our future. Nina has held leadership positions in R & D with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods.  While in industry, as a lifetime student of the innovation process, she worked to develop a value innovation process for re-invention. This process has provided a key framework to link innovation and sustainability. At Alcan Packaging she held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in their Growth and Innovation Organization. It was in this role that she came to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in re-inventing competitive corporate strategy. Nina has worked to develop a value proposition for sustainability and to share it with all who will listen.

    She has done graduate work in technology management and holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.

  • Adam Harris

    Director of Business Development Packlane

    Adam Harris leads Business Development and Innovation at Packlane, a technology company based in Berkeley, California working to reinvent the customer experience and supply chain execution of packaging—from design to delivery. In this role, he is responsible for the analysis and development of strategic partnerships, as well as the underlying software enabling those and other innovations.

    A relative newcomer to the industry, Adam previously worked as a software developer, product manager, and entrepreneur dreaming up new kinds of commerce and search engine technologies. He remains passionate about clean environments, data models, and user interface designs.

    Adam holds a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College with a focus on international trade.

  • Keefe Harrison

    Executive Director The Recycling Partnership

    Keefe Harrison is the Executive Director of The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit with a twelve-year track record of increasing recycling rates.  Formerly, Keefe served as a senior consultant for Resource Recycling Systems, the director of communications for the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, the project director for the Southeast Recycling Development Council, and as a local government assistance team member for the North Carolina State Recycling Office. She has worked in the waste reduction and recycling field since 1998 and is an active national speaker and published author on recycling issues. She lives with her husband and two children in Walpole, NH.

  • Gihan Hewage

    Research Associate Lux Research

    Gihan Hewage is a Research Associate based in Lux Research’s Boston office. Gihan is a member of the Bio-based Materials and Chemicals Intelligence team, where he conducts research on technical and market trends in areas such as bio-based packaging and adhesives, performance materials, industrial solvents and lubricants.

    Prior to joining Lux Research, Gihan received a S.M. in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on synthesizing novel resin for solid phase peptide synthesis. Prior to MIT, Gihan earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University, where he coauthored several academic publications on topics including stress-responsive polymers and mechanochemically active soft robots.

  • Garth Hickle

    Senior Lecturer University of Minnesota

    Garth Hickle, Senior Lecturer, University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Grant B. Kenion

    Scientific Fellow Henkel Corporation

    Dr. Kenion has over 16 years of service with Henkel in various functions (product development, technical service, regulatory) related to food packaging adhesives and coatings, with time spent in both Europe and the US. Prior experience includes analytical (chromatography and mass spectrometry) and product development positions at other companies. He has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a minor in Analytical Chemistry from North Carolina State University. 

  • Stephen Klump

    Head of Packaging Quality & Safety Nestle

    Stephen Klump is the Head of Packaging Quality & Safety for Nestlé.  The responsibilities for this role include oversight of Nestlé’s packaging safety and compliance program with a focus on developing Nestlé Packaging Safety Standards.

    Stephen has 10 years’ experience in the packaging food safety area of the food industry. To start on this career, he earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University in the USA.  After a several years working in the chemicals industry and a transitional role in the beverage industry, Dr. Klump moved to Nestlé.  During his 16+ years with Nestlé, Dr. Klump worked at Nestlé Purina in St. Louis MO in the analytical food testing laboratory.  Dr. Klump then worked at the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne Switzerland developing methods to test for migrants from packaging materials.  Next, Dr. Klump returned to the USA working at the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center in Dublin Ohio supporting packaging safety for in North and South America. After 3½ years in the Americas, Dr. Klump returned to Switzerland working in the global role as Head of Packaging Quality & Safety. Soon, Dr. Klump will relocate to Marysville Ohio in the USA to continue in his role as Head of Packaging Quality & Safety.  

  • Mickel Knight

    Research Engineer III Printpack

    Mickel Knight has over twenty years experience in the flexible packaging industry.  His current work focuses primarily on sustainability and industrial liners.  He has processing experience with a wide range of conventional and biopolymers.  He has developed products for blown film, cast film, water quench film, extrusion lamination, and adhesive lamination processes.  Further, he has developed products certified by sustainability programs such as How2Recycle and the USDA Biopreferred program.  Mickel holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, and an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he was a Department of Defense Fellow focusing on corrosion electrochemistry.  Prior to joining Printpack in 2004 Mickel was a Machinist Mate in the US Navy Nuclear Power program, and held positions as a Project Leader for Viskase, and a Process Engineer at Cryovac.  

  • Allen Langdon

    Managing Director Recycle BC

    As the Managing Director for MMBC, Allen oversees the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in North America where industry has assumed full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system.

    Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, and previously served as the VP of Sustainability for the Retail Council of Canada and the VP of Environment for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, advancing those industries’ responses to a range of complex sustainability issues including climate change, sustainable packaging, EPR programs, and animal welfare.

    Allen has sat as a Director for several stewardship agencies in Canada including Encorp Pacific, the Electronic Products Recycling Association, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association.

    Allen is also the Managing Director for the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) Program in Saskatchewan that launched on January 1st, 2016.

  • Ciaran Little

    Director of Operations – Americas Smithers Pira

    Ciaran is responsible for Smithers information business in North America. This includes 20 events across North America, and Latin America across 3 brands and 10 vertical markets including packaging, biomaterials, polymers and rubber, print and packing. Ciaran is also responsible for Smithers Reports and Consulting business providing authoritative and independent market data, forecasts and strategic insight across these. Ciaran works with his Akron based team to ensure we provide the highest quality content, networking and information services to our client base of multi national companies across the value chain.

  • Tyler Matusevich

    Sustainability Specialist UPM Raflatac

    Tyler Matusevich is a Sustainability Specialist for UPM Raflatac Americas where he is  responsible for sustainability related sales and marketing support. His previous experience includes packaging engineering and design in both the plastics and corrugated industries, packaging sales, and packaging laboratory testing. His interest in sustainability stemmed from his experiences in packaging engineering and design through the material science, down-gauging, recyclability, and holistic lifecycle approach of the products as well as his studies abroad related to human-wildlife conflict and eco-tourism. He has a BS in Packaging Science and a Master’s in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.

    He will be presenting new sustainable craft beverage labeling solutions, which enable the opportunity for beverage brands to market small batches cost-effectively by responding flexibly to consumer demand and engaging in promotional activity without risking container overstocks or product recyclability.

  • Tim Moerman

    EPR expert (Manager) EY

    Tim is a Manager in EY’s waste management expert team where he works with private sector companies and governments on waste strategy and Extended Producer Responsibility.

    He has experience on this topic in more than 25 countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

    His expertise includes strategy development, legal analysis, setup and optimisation of governance and control models, organisation and optimisation of EPR schemes, cost-based analysis of collection and recycling activities, policy development, feasibility studies and circular economy strategy.

    Tim has been working across different waste flows including packaging, plastics, PET, cans, tires, batteries, e-waste and has done master planning for all solid waste flows. He holds a Master’s degree of Law from the University of Ghent in Belgium, a Master of Science in Management from the Barcelona Graduate School of Management (UPF) and additional certification in Prince 2 Project Management.

  • Adam Montandon

    Co-Founder Factory of Imagination

    Co-Founder of Factory of Imagination. 

  • Matt Ridenour

    Partnerships & Community Designer IDEO

    Matt is a Partnerships & Community Designer at IDEO. At OpenIDEO, the open social innovation platform and global community, Matt uses design strategy, community management and partner engagement to grow and scale our impact in new efforts. Leading the design and implementation of OpenIDEO's Alliance platform, Matt is helping shape ongoing sustainable communities focused on particular social impact areas. Currently, he is leading the Food Waste Alliance, a community of innovators collaborating to end food waste. Matt holds an MBA in Design Strategy from CCA (California College of the Arts), a BArch from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and studied design in Denmark through University of Copenhagen.

  • Susan Robinson

    Sr. Federal Public Affairs Director Waste Management

    Susan is director of federal public affairs, and is responsible for shaping public policy at the company – focused on WM’s new technology investments and recycling operations.  She has worked in the environmental industry for almost 30 years – as a municipal regulator, a recycler and an industry manager working with customers to develop and implement forward-thinking sustainability programs.  Susan served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association.  She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington and holds a degree in Applied Earth Sciences.  Her Masters work is in Environmental Studies at the Evergreen State College.

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  • Bryan Shova

    Director of Industrial Design Kaleidoscope

    Bryan Shova is the Director of Industrial Design at Kaleidoscope, a brand innovation and realization firm headquartered in Chicago. Bryan leads the industrial design team, which is responsible for brand-led product development and structural packaging initiatives. He emphasizes the use of consumer insight and iterative prototyping as part of a strategic approach to innovation and design.

    Bryan has over 12 years experience. He has impacted brands across multiple categories, partnering with companies such as Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, World Kitchen, Chiquita, Bosch, MeadWestvaco and Motorola. Empathetic and a natural problem solver, Bryan is passionate about bettering the consumer’s experience and uncovering opportunities for production and manufacturing efficiency.

  • Dr. Fiona Solomon

    CEO Aluminum Stewardshiop Initiative

    Fiona joined ASI as Executive Director in March 2015 and assumed the title of CEO in September 2016 after stepping down from the transitional ASI Board.  Her career has specialised in growing new and innovative initiatives in mineral supply chains.  She was previously Director – Standards Development at the Responsible Jewellery Council from 2007-2015, and has been a Board Member of the ISEAL Alliance and a founding member of the OECD’s Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group for responsible mineral supply chains.  Fiona worked for ten years at Australia’s CSIRO, leading research into mining and sustainability from 1997-2007, and was also seconded to WWF to manage a major project on mine-site certification from 2002-2004.   She has a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in philosophy of technology.


    Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI)

    The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a standards setting and certification organisation that recognises and fosters the responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. As a member-based, global initiative, ASI is the result of producers, users and stakeholders in the aluminium value chain coming together to build consensus on ‘responsible aluminium’.

    ASI is developing an independent third party certification program to ensure sustainability and human rights principles are increasingly embedded in aluminium production, use and recycling. In doing so, we continue to seek engagement with commercial entities and stakeholders in the aluminium value chain from across the world.

  • John Standish

    Technical Director Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

    John Standish is the Technical Director of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the trade association representing the plastic recycling industry. Technical Committees within the APR are responsible for developing The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability, as well as Critical Guidance Testing Documents used to assess compatibility of plastics with recycling. Prior to his role with the APR, John has over 30 years’ experience working in both technology and commercial development roles for plastic and composite materials. John’s most recent technical and commercial experience includes the development of colorant, additive, and barrier technologies that are used globally in plastic packaging. John’s technical background is in polymer science and engineering.

  • Troy Swope

    CEO and Co-Founder Footprint

    If you are looking for alternatives to plastics in packaging, Troy Swope is the visionary that will most likely already be working on a solution.  Troy’s experience in packaging innovation spans over 18 years, first at Intel where he introduced new methodologies and a new department to explore packaging innovation and advanced polymer development that resulted in a $350 million dollar costs savings over 4 years.  Later at Unisource Global Solutions, Troy and his team pioneered and developed a new material supply chain around FSC certified bamboo fibers for Dell Computers, a move that redirected the molded fiber industry towards a highly marketable alternative to EPS and EPE foam packaging.  Troy’s current venture, as CEO and Co-Founder of Footprint, a sustainable technology company that is manufacturing solutions that eliminate single use plastics in packaging, is once again focused on redirecting the molded fiber industry and disrupting single use plastic industries.


  • Susan Thoman

    Founder Compost Manufacturing Alliance

    Susan Thoman has over 25 years’ management experience within the solid waste and sustainability fields. Susan served on the Cedar Grove Composting senior management team for 12 years , where she pioneered the development of working  models to create collaboration between solid waste systems and the food service value chain. In January 2017, she and several partners formed a private industry group, the Compost Manufacturing Alliance, to broaden the vision and scope of compostable products testing across North America. Susan serves on the US Composting Council board, along with the Recycling Foundation Board in Washington State. 

  • Ron Vance

    Chief of the Resource Conservation Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management US EPA

    Ron Vance is the Chief of the Resource Conservation Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. Mr. Vance oversees efforts related to materials measurement, sustainable packaging, green sports, and sustainability in the federal government. Mr. Vance has more than 16 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating measurement of materials management related efforts. Before joining EPA, Mr. Vance worked in consulting, non-profit, state government, and local government. Mr. Vance holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University.

  • Marc Verbruggen

    President & CEO NatureWorks LLC

    Marc Verbruggen, with more than 20 years business experience, joined NatureWorks in 2008 as president and chief executive officer. NatureWorks makes plastics and fibers from plants, not oil. Marc was born in a small town close to Antwerp, Belgium, and received a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Delft, the Netherlands. In spite of his doctorate degree, prior to 2008, Marc never worked in the aerospace industry but instead occupied various managerial functions in the European and U.S. high tech materials industry. As CEO of NatureWorks, Marc has been a board member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Washington D.C., Industrial Section since 2009, and in this capacity testified before the U.S. Senate on how to help grow the U.S. bioplastics and green chemicals industry. He has also presented before members of the European Parliament. Marc is married, and he and his wife enjoy vacations to the Bahamas, where he tries to stay as far away as possible from the telephone.

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  • Daniel Weston

    General Counsel and CSV Director Nestlé Nespresso SA

    Daniel Weston is General Counsel and Creating Shared Value (CSV) Director at Nestlé Nespresso SA, Switzerland, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium portioned coffee. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Aluminium Stewardship Inititative, which fosters greater sustainability and transparency throughout the aluminium industry.

    Daniel joined Nespresso in April 2011, bringing a strong background in antitrust, licensing and intellectual property enforcement. He also has commercial management experience, having previously led a small lifescience business as well as negotiated major life science deals as the business lead.  Prior to joining Nestlé in 2007, Daniel worked for Novartis (in both its pharmaceuticals and consumer health businesses) and Johnson & Johnson, following an early career with law firms in the City of London. He also spent 9 months working with a medical and educational NGO in Rwanda after his legal studies.

    Daniel is a British citizen, a Solicitor of the High Court of England & Wales and a CEDR accredited mediator. He is a graduate of Leicester University and Guildford Law School in the UK, and received his business management training from Vlerick Management School in Belgium

  • Allen Wilson

    Program Manager, Global Supply Management's Supply Chain Sustainability Intel's

    Allen Wilson has worked for Intel for 23 years and since 2016 he has served as a program manager in Intel's Global Supply Management's Supply Chain Sustainability group with responsibilities associated with growing key supplier's sustainability performance and EICC compliance though various means, including assessments, audits, capability building, etc.   Allen is based at Intel's Ocotillo campus in Chandler, AZ and his previous positions include serving as the Site Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager at Intel sites in Chandler, Arizona; Dalian, China; Chengdu, China; Hudson, Massachusetts and Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.  Prior to Intel, Allen spent 6 years with International Paper at facilities in Tennessee and Texas.  Allen holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.

  • Rhodes Yepsen

    Executive Director Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)

     Rhodes Yepsen is Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). The BPI is a nonprofit with the mission of promoting the production, use and appropriate end of lives for materials and products that are designed to fully biodegrade in specific biologically active environments, such as industrial composting. The BPI is the largest certification organization for compostable products in North America. Prior to joining BPI, Yepsen was Marketing Manager for Novamont North America, where he focused on the value of compostable plastics as tools for food waste collection and processing. Yepsen has served on the Board of Directors at BPI and the U.S. Composting Council (USCC), where he co-Chaired the Compostable Plastics Task Force (CPTF). He was formerly Associate Editor at BioCycle magazine, and graduated from Oberlin College.