66th Annual IAPD Convention On-Demand


General Session

2022 Annual Convention General Session Part 1

2022 Annual Convention General Session Part 1
66th Annual IAPD Convention General Session
Part one of the IAPD general session features the presentations of the 2022 IAPD award winners, the president's address with Deborah Ragsdale, presentations of new IAPD projects and more.

2022 Keynote Speaker 1: Alan Stein, Jr.

2022 Keynote Speaker 1: Alan Stein, Jr.

How have some organizations been able to sustain unparalleled success while others are sporadic and inconsistent? Simple… it’s their leadership. A team will never outperform its leadership. A leader’s primary job is to create an environment where people feel safe, included, appreciated, valued, respected, inspired, empowered, and challenged. Employees need to know they have the resources and support to star in their specific role and make a meaningful contribution to the team. 

The key to raising your leadership performance and amplifying your impact and influence is a direct result of how well you master these five fundamentals:

  • Belief
  • Unselfishness
  • Role Clarity
  • Communication
  • Cohesion
Successful leaders create the type of high-performing culture that drives long-term results. They have a firm grasp of their identity, they uphold high standards of excellence and they foster an atmosphere of collective accountability.

About Alan Stein, Jr.

Alan Stein, Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve organizational performance, create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration and develop winning mindset rituals and routines. 

He has a passion for helping organizations create high-performance cultures, and his clients include American Express, Pepsi, Under Armour, Starbucks, Charles Schwab, Orangetheory Fitness and numerous college athletic programs such as Penn State Football and UConn Men’s Basketball.

An acclaimed basketball performance coach, Stein spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant). He transfers that knowledge to reveal how leaders and teams can utilize the same approaches in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. 

The strategies from Stein’s book, Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best, are implemented by corporate teams and sports teams around the country. His inspirational words are featured on a 12-foot mural outside the Penn State Football Training Center, so that players run past it on the way to practice every day.


2022 Keynote Speaker 2: Alan Beaulieu

2022 Keynote Speaker 2: Alan Beaulieu

As we wind down 2022, we are also preparing for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties of 2023. The decelerating rate of rise that characterized many industries and businesses in 2022 will linger into the first half of 2023 for many. During this session, popular Economist Alan Beaulieu will present business strategies and tactics that address the projected changes in the economic landscape. 

He will:

  • Assess business demand for 2023 and into 2024.
  • Analyze the labor market and present expectations for availability and labor costs.
  • Present a clear picture of inflation and interest rates.
  • Discuss lingering supply chain issues and ongoing pricing concerns.
  • Look at ITR’s key leading indicators and what they foretell for your markets.
  • Present relevant market outlooks and discuss issues that impact your profitability via resource allocation, budgets, expectations and strategic planning.
  • Determine the potential impact of a shift in government from the midterm elections as well as the potential consequences of massive government programs.
  • Assess the health of financial market trends and their impact, if any, on the forecasts.

About Alan Beaulieu

Economist Alan Beaulieu returns by popular demand to share his valuable insights. He is noted for his accuracy, so his sessions provide excellent information for helping to strategize your next business moves. 

Beaulieu is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the U.S. and global trends over the next 20 years. He co-authored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, described by one reviewer as “simple, yet awesome.” 

Pronouncements from ITR Economics™ and/or Beaulieu have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Knight Ridder News Services, Business Week, Associated Press, The Washington Times, CBS Radio, CNN Radio, Sirius talk radio, KABC, NPR affiliate WLRN and numerous other outlets.

Education Sessions

Cultivating Workplace Belonging During the Holiday Season

Cultivating Workplace Belonging During the Holiday Season
Presented by Mona Eshaiker

Belonging, a basic human need, has now emerged as a vital step towards creating an inclusive workplace. However, celebrating the holiday season without excluding anyone can feel tricky! 

This session will give attendees an understanding of:

  • Workplace belonging
  • The sense of inclusion vs exclusion
  • How exclusion affects performance and cognitive function
  • Feasible ways to cultivate a belonging environment, including best practices for leaders to address the holiday season

About Mona Eshaiker

Mona Eshaiker, LMFT (she, her) is a licensed therapist and mental health consultant. She specializes in burnout recovery and prevention on the individual and systemic level. She is passionate about work-life balance and psychological safety for historically underrepresented employees.


Understanding the War on Plastics

Understanding the War on Plastics
Presented by Ari Storch and Tiffany A. Shackelford, Esq.

The results of the 2022 midterm election will have a huge impact on the next two years of this administration. After governing with a razor-thin margin in both the House and Senate, will Democrats add to their numbers, or will history repeat itself and the Republicans gain control of one or both? History shows that the party that is not the president’s often gains ground during midterm elections, but Independents are becoming more of a wild card. Will the Dobbs decision motivate voters? Will voter turnout be strong? Will Trump announce his candidacy before the midterms? 
During this session, you’ll hear from IAPD’s “man on the ground” in Washington, Ari Storch, about what the pundits are saying and how the next two years might look for the performance plastics industry if Republicans were to take back the House and/or Senate. You’ll also gain insight into the Democrats’ point of view from Tiffany A. Shackelford, Esq. Hear their take on performance plastics and get a better understanding of the challenges the industry faces in Washington, D.C.

About Ari Storch
Ari Storch has more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international politics, grassroots campaigns, public affairs and marketing. Prior to joining The Madison Group, he spent 12 years as the co-founder and co-chairman of Artemis Strategies, a multi-faceted government affairs firm that managed clients before the United States Congress, multiple Presidential administrations, state governments and before foreign governments as well. In 2001, Storch was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a Member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad and also served as the Next Generation Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

About Tiffany A. Shackelford, Esq.
Tiffany A. Shackelford, Esq., is director of government relations for the Madison Group, IAPD’s team in Washington. As a former litigator, government attorney advisor and most recently, staffer in the Unites States Senate, Shackelford is responsible for managing a multi-issue policy portfolio in support of the Madison Group’s diverse roster of clients. Her oversight and analyzation of federal and state legislative and regulatory activity, while maintaining robust relationships with Congressional and Administration staff and other non-governmental stakeholders, will ensure the client’s voice is heard in the legislative process. Prior to joining the Madison Group, Shackelford served as a judiciary legislative staffer for office of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Her legislative portfolio included African American, immigration and civil rights legislation and policy. As a Senate staffer, Shackelford also served as a member of the Congressional Black Associates’ (CBA) Joint Congressional Staff Task Force on Racial Justice and Reform.  Shackelford is a licensed attorney in New York and Washington, D.C. She earned her law degree from University of Tennessee in Knoxville.


Leadership Lessons in the Continuous Improvement Process

Leadership Lessons in the Continuous Improvement Process
Presented by Chris Ranallo

During this presentation, Ensinger's Executive Vice Chris Ranallo will share the valuable lessons in leadership he gained during the implementation of the Continuous Improvement Process (CIP).

Attendees will learn to:
  • Determine the why
  • Prepare the organization
  • Build the team
  • Launch and evaluate the program
  • Continually improve on the Continuous Improvement Process

About Chris Ranallo
Chris Ranallo leads Ensinger’s North and South American business units, which are headquartered in Washington, PA.

In his 30 years at Ensinger, Chris led efforts in Market Development, Customer Service, E-marketing and Production/Operations at Ensinger Inc. Named Vice President/General Manager in 2006, Chris is responsible for Ensinger’s continuous improvement efforts, and implementations of onboarding, succession planning, and apprenticeship programs.

Chris has been in the Engineering Plastics Shapes industry for 35 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, and an MBA from Robert Morris University.


Advanced Business Communications for Professionals

Advanced Business Communications for Professionals
Presented by Dr. Keith Hechtel, DBA

The ability to author clear, engaging written content is an essential skill for salespeople, marketing professionals and senior leaders. Writing skills are becoming increasingly important as e-business displaces more traditional forms of business interaction such as telephone calls and in-person meetings.

This workshop includes techniques for creating high quality written content to drive business results.

Topics include:
  • Taking the reader’s perspective when writing
  • Authoring emails that maximize customer engagement
  • Developing marketing content that communicates the benefits of performance plastics in language that is meaningful to customers
  • Authoring internal communications to maximize productivity and minimize ambiguity and conflict
  • Editing techniques

This interactive session will take 60 minutes with time for questions and discussion.

About Dr. Keith Hechtel, DBA

Dr. Keith Hechtel is senior director of business development for Curbell Plastics, Inc., located in Orchard Park, NY, USA. He has a Doctor of Business Administration from Saint Ambrose University, a Master of Science in industrial technology from Illinois State University and more than 35 years of plastics industry experience. His doctoral research involved studying how social capital contributes to the career success of salespeople working in the plastics industry. 


Customer Satisfaction Tactics During Supply Chain Disruption

Customer Satisfaction Tactics During Supply Chain Disruption
Presented by Lora Cecere

Supply chain disruptions have been plaguing the performance plastics industry for years and there seems to be no end in sight. What can sales teams do to keep customers satisfied during these unprecedented times? In this session, supply chain thought leader Lora Cecere will show you how sales teams can improve reliability and manage cost. The results are greater customer satisfaction and better communications between the sales and operations teams.

About Lora Cecere
Lora Cecere provides thought-leading supply chain research. Her published work includes monthly columns in CGT Magazine and Supply Chain Management Review and she is a frequent contributor for Supply Chain Brain, CIO Magazine and the CSCMP Quarterly. Cecere is the author of the enterprise software blog Supply Chain Shaman and contributes frequently as a LinkedIn Influencer and a Forbes blogger. As an enterprise strategist, she focuses on the changing face of enterprise technologies for the supply chain professional. She holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a DBA from Temple University.