IAPD Meetings

Council Meetings

IAPD recognizes the uniqueness of the membership categories’ needs, particularly those of distributors, fabricators and manufacturers. Members have asked for the opportunity to network with like companies and discuss common issues with similar entities. In response to our members’ needs, IAPD is offering three Member Council Meetings at this year’s annual convention.

Role of Councils

The Councils offer an opportunity for member companies to meet and discuss issues and propose ideas to IAPD about how to strengthen and grow the supply chain. Council meetings allow for the presentation of issues unique to each membership category and offer an opportunity for enhanced networking and sharing of best practices and challenges.

These Councils allow for the consolidation of group issues and provide a single voice from the group in the General Membership Meetings and Leadership Development Conferences. It is believed that this format will eliminate concerns about individual bias toward companies and any perceived fear of interfering with existing business relationships. We look forward to your participation and feedback.

IAPD Small Distributors Council

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

The Small Distributors Council is comprised of member distributors and fabricators whose plastics distribution sales are equal to or less than US$19.9 million.

 If your company qualifies, join the Small Distributors Council for a social gathering on Tuesday afternoon at the IAPD Convention.



IAPD Manufacturers Council

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Manufacturers Council includes all IAPD manufacturer, manufacturers’ representatives and resin manufacturer members. This Council offers manufacturers an opportunity to discuss supply chain issues and how IAPD may help facilitate better channel communications and meet the needs of IAPD manufacturer members.

IAPD Distributors Council

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Distributors Council includes all distributors and fabricators, small to large, plus stock shapes and pipe, valve and fitting (PVF) companies. This Council helps the distribution supply chain identify opportunities and challenges facing distribution, external market forces affecting distribution, opportunities to improve relationships with suppliers and become a unified voice within the plastics distribution supply chain. All distributors and fabricators are welcome to attend. 

Common Interest Groups (CIG)

Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) CIG Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Everyone in the Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) business is welcome to attend this common interest group meeting to discuss topics relevant to the PVF segment of the industry.

Manufacturers’ Representatives CIG Meeting

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All Manufacturers’ Representatives are welcome to attend this common interest group meeting to discuss topics important to the group. 

Canadian CIG Meeting

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:45 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.

 All Canadians are welcome to attend this common interest group meeting. Topics of interest to those in the Canadian plastics industry will be discussed.

Women in Plastics

Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 Join Women in Plastics for learning and connecting on Thursday, October 19 during the IAPD Annual Convention and Expo.

This session will provide a brief overview of previous Women in Plastics events, a leadership training activity and lively group discussion. The intent is help foster facilitated networking and the chance to connect with attendees on a deeper level.

Women and men are welcome to attend.

Women in Plastics is committed to supporting women through mentoring, education and personal and professional development to attract, retain and advance women within the plastics industry. Women in Plastics is open to members, plastics industry professionals and students who are interested in supporting our objectives.

Join the Women in Plastics LinkedIn group to participate in the conversation.

Supplier Meetings

Our goal is to maximize delegates’ attendance at these key events while offering you valuable time to meet with suppliers and customers. We have built into the convention schedule times for supplier/distributor meetings.

IAPD’s leadership is focused on offering time during the convention for networking, collaboration on key industry issues and growing the market for performance plastics.

To best provide these opportunities, the IAPD Board of Directors strongly encourages the participation of all convention delegates in the Welcome Reception, General Session, Education Sessions and the IAPD Plastics Expo.

Specific blocks of time are designated for supplier/distributor meetings to facilitate strong participation in convention events as well as provide as much business networking and relationship development as possible during our short time together.

Suppliers: Reserve Your Meeting Space Today

The IAPD Annual Convention is an opportune time to meet with your suppliers/distributors. To better promote your efforts, we have added general time slots on the schedule of events for these meetings.

Meeting rooms may be reserved directly with IAPD for supplier/distributor meetings. For further information about hosting a meeting room for your company, please contact Whitney Nelson or call +(913) 345-1005.

Meeting rooms may be reserved during the following times:

Monday, October 16



8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17



8:00 a.m.  – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18



12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 19



8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please do not schedule supplier meetings on-site at the hotel or off-site at other meeting venues that will conflict with the following IAPD events:

Tuesday, October 17
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.




Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 18
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




 General Session

Thursday, October 19
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.




IAPD Plastics Expo

We request that you honor the blocked-out times and events above and schedule your meetings, private parties/dinners or outings around these time slots.

Suppliers who want to reserve a meeting space may indicate their interest on the convention registration form.

For further information about hosting a meeting room for your company, please contact Whitney Nelson or call +(913) 345-1005.