IAPD Volunteers

Committees

Committee Requirements

Committee Qualifications

  • Participate in committee conference calls
  • Review and respond to committee-related emails
  • Attend committee meetings at the Leadership Summit and Annual Convention
  • Sales/marketing knowledge
  • Technical knowledge
  • Willingness to give presentations
  • Business experience
  • Attendance at the Leadership Summit and Annual Convention
  • Good writing skills
  • Engage in networking
  • Maintain confidentiality

Committee Descriptions

Convention and Expo Committee

Convention and Expo Committee

The Convention and Expo Committee serves as the advisory group for education during the Annual Convention, provides direction on the site selection process and serves as the policy review board for the Annual Convention. The committee also assists with the selection of the application-focused sessions for the end user audience during the Expo and related events for the Plastics Showcase.

Editorial Committee

Editorial Committee

The Editorial Committee provides guidance and review for editorial and advertising content in the print and digital editions of The IAPD Magazine as well as the Designing with Plastics e-newsletter. The committee also collaborates on content matters with other committees to provide for more synergy in all of the content IAPD provides.

Education Committee

Education Committee

The Education Committee conceives and develops all the educational programs and services provided by IAPD, including the Level I and Level II Plastics Certificate Program, the Excellence in Sales Certificate Program, the PVF Certificate Program, the Introduction to Plastics and Plastics Primer.

Environmental Committee

Environmental Committee

The Environmental Committee encourages IAPD members to adopt green business practices, educates the end-user audience about the sustainability of plastics and promotes the environmentally friendly qualities of plastics to the public.

Government Relations Committee

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee guides IAPD in its efforts to fight plastics deselection, anti-plastics campaigns and any future legislation that would impact the business of IAPD’s members. The committee promotes grassroots efforts among member companies, assisting with outreach to local, state and federal legislators to help promote plastics and the plastics industry as jobcreating and environmentally responsible. The committee also collaborates with a lobbyist firm in Washington, D.C., to promote IAPD’s position to lawmakers.

Marketing Committee

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee assists IAPD staff in reaching IAPD’s marketing and communications goals, which are directed by the association’s strategic marketing plan. This committee collaborates with other committees to help promote their projects and services, plus guides IAPD in its branding efforts.

Membership Committee

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee focuses on member retention and recruitment. Committee members review membership applications and interview applicants as well as oversee the renewal process. Committee members act as a first point of contact with new members at the Annual Convention and with follow up calls.

Scholarship Committee

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee acts on behalf of the IAPD Charitable Foundation to develop an annual award program for IAPD member company employees, their children and to encourage the study of polymer sciences.The committee works to implement enhancements to the award program and seek ways to award member companies while strengthening the plastics industry as a whole.

Councils

The Councils offer an opportunity for member companies to meet and talk about strategies and issues in the market and bring back 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.

Small Distributor Council

Small Distributor Council

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

Distributor Council

Distributor Council

The Distributor Council includes all distributors and fabricators, small through 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.

Manufacturer Council

Manufacturer Council

The Manufacturer 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.

Common Interest Groups

IAPD’s Common Interest Groups (CIGs) provide additional opportunities for networking and education based on a more specific set of needs and perspectives. CIGs meet annually during the Annual Convention. Each CIG is lead by a chair and vice chair who are elected annually. CIGs may identify additional projects or initiatives to work on throughout the year.

Future Leaders

Future Leaders

Join Future Leaders to help shape the future of this IAPD common interest groups. Find out about upcoming networking and regional community events and lend your voice to help shape future initiatives.

Women in Plastics

Women in Plastics

Join Women in Plastics to help shape the future of this IAPD common interest groups. Find out about upcoming networking and regional community events and lend your voice to help shape future initiatives.

Canadian CIG

Canadian CIG

Topics of interest to those in the Canadian plastics industry are discussed in this CIG.

Manufacturers’ Representatives CIG

Manufacturers’ Representatives CIG

All Manufacturers’ Representatives are welcome to join this common interest group. This CIG discusses topics important to the group.

Pipe, Valves and Fittings CIG

Pipe, Valves and Fittings CIG

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