12th Annual International Careers in Corrugated Teleconference
This past February 23, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) conducted its 12th annual, live Careers in Corrugated Teleconference. Over 500 packaging, graphic communications & design, marketing & sales, supply chain management and other business students and faculty from 17 colleges and universities participated. These campuses included Appalachian State University, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Cal Poly Clemson University Graphic Communications & Packaging, Dunwoody College of Technology, Indiana State University, Lewis Clark State College Michigan State University, Millersville University, Mohawk College, North Carolina A & T, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin - Stout and Virginia Tech.

This year's topic, "The Business of Corrugated Packaging & Display” was addressed by industry panelists, Doug Bosnik (President & CEO of Buckeye Corrugated, Incorporated) and Patrick Smorch, (Director of Packaging Sustainability at Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute). Mr. Bosnik presented information on the structure and operations of the industry within the U.S., the current market and market directions for the industry, how corrugated is sold, and the related specific personnel needs, requirements and structure within the industry. Mr. Smorch's presentation focused on the business of managing sustainable packaging from an integrated packaging supplier perspective, including how packaging suppliers are identifying key sustainability drivers and what they’re doing to help their customers develop sustainable packaging system solutions. His presentation addressed numerous areas within the business of sustainability management, including fiber certification, recycling, corrugated design, and manufacturing techniques that meet sustainable packaging market demand. The panel presentation, moderated by Brett Kirkpatrick (COO, Bay Cities Container), was followed by a round of live questions directed to the panelists from each of the 17 participating campuses.

The two hour Teleconference's grand finale was ICPF's annual "Best of the Best", student design presentation competition. The student teams that earlier placed in AICC's 2010 design competition were tasked to show, tell and sell their winning entries by explaining the objective, the research conducted, design and other background. The Mohawk College student design team of Morgan Dique, Jeff Rogers and Michelle O' Connor won ICPF's top prize of $1,500.00 for its live presentation. The judges, audience and speakers also were very impressed with the design and live presentation made by the Mohawk College team of Mark Jardine, Shani Williams and Tasha Lee Aird. The team won second place to take home $1,000.00. To view the pre-Teleconference competition videos earlier submitted by the two teams to the ICPF judges, visit www.careersincorrugated.org

For more information, contact ICPF at www.careersincorrugated.org or 703.549.8580.

Co-sponsored by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters and the Fibre Box Association, The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation's mission is to generate a stream of increasingly qualified students to enter the corrugated industry, now and into the future. ICPF is dedicated to the continued creation and building of partnerships within the education community, assisting in the placement of equipment and other resources for curriculum, the expansion of student internships within the industry and the promotion of corrugated career opportunities for packaging, graphic design, business, sales & marketing, finance & accounting, engineering, supply chain management, and related graduates.