Opening General Session

The Opening General Session brings together all convention delegates to hear from association leaders and conduct IAPD business.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., join us to:

  • Receive an update about the state of the association from outgoing IAPD President Wayne Gono
  • Hear from incoming IAPD President Craig Saunders
  • Recognize IAPD members (individuals and companies) with Awards of Excellence
  • See keynote presentation from: ITR Economist Alan Beaulieu and learn the secrets to innovation from Jeff Havens 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about IAPD, the performance plastics distribution industry and our members.

Keynote Sessions



Alan Beaulieu
Riding the Crest

Riding the Crest

Presented by Alan Beaulieu

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (During the Opening General Session)

Tariffs, taxes and telling leading indicators all add up to a shift in the business cycle in the latter half of 2019 and into the first half of 2020. We are going to look at what they all mean. What is short-term in nature and what is longer-term in nature? What do they all add up to? We will go over it all so that you can plan with confidence for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020.

There is another rising trend coming. We think it is vitally important that you understand what to look for and how that upside cycle is likely to take shape.

It is all about maximizing your bottom line, be it in a slowing economy, contraction or expansion. If you know what to expect, you can plan accordingly.

In this session Alan Beaulieu will dive into the answers to these questions: 

  • What are the leading indicators telling us?
  • What do they mean for the performance plastics industry?
  • What can we expect from the tax cuts and from the tariffs for our industry?
  • What should you do with all this information?

About Alan Beaulieu

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

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

Pronouncements from ITR Economics™ and/or Alan have appeared in/on: 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.



Jeff Havens
Innovation Made Simple

Innovation Made Simple

Presented by Jeff Havens

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (During the Opening General Session)

Your business is always changing, and you need to anticipate and capitalize on those changes. Innovation Made Simple makes the process of coming up with new ideas easier and more rewarding than you ever thought possible. Because every innovation in every industry – from automobiles to streaming music, coffee cup holders to wartime treaties – follows the same straightforward pattern. 

In this session you’ll learn:

  • The three-step process that every innovation throughout all of human history has inevitably followed
  • The one and only barrier to innovative thought and how to overcome it
  • Reframing the entire concept of innovation from “big ideas that change the world” to “small ideas that slowly become big ideas that eventually change the world”

About Jeff Havens

Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of more than 1,000 audiences across North America and Asia. But even more than that, Havens makes things easy.  Havens has a unique ability to simplify seemingly complex problems in a way that gives a fresh perspective, one that runs counter to the conventional wisdom of the business world.  He’ll show you that being innovative is not something only a few special people know how to do and that both exceptional leadership and exceptional customer experiences are built on surprisingly slender foundations. 

Educational Speakers

Please reserve the following time slots for break-out educational session on the most pressing industry topics:

Monday, September 23, 2019

3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
  Environmental Education Session

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3:45 p.m. –  4:45 p.m.     Sales Education Session, hosted by the Manufacturers' Rep CIG 

Wednesday, September 24, 2019
9:00 a.m. –  10:00 a.m.   Women in Plastics Educational Session