Loading Events

« All Events

23rd Annual Conference, March 22-24, 2020

March 22 @ 1:00 pm - March 24 @ 1:00 pm


Event Information

Join us as we come together to take on industry challenges and grow our businesses. Not only will we hear insightful keynote presentations, we’ll learn about the latest technical innovations from industry suppliers and participate in one-on-one networking. Take your seat at the premiere flexo pre-press industry conference. See you in St. Petersburg!


Member: $845
Nonmember: $1250

Special! Buy two member registrations and get the third for only $495. (Call 413-686-9187 and be prepared to register all three at once.)


The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Click here to book your room at the FPPA discounted rate of only $269/night!
Attendees must book by February 28.



Business casual for all sessions.


Schedule (Subject to Change)

Sunday, March 22:

3:00 p.m.          Board Meeting

6:00                  Welcome Reception/Dinner (Food, Fun & Networking)

Monday, March 23:

7:00 a.m.          Breakfast

8:00                  Welcome

8:15                  Keynote Speech

9:15                   Technical Sessions

10:30                One-On-One Platemaker/Supplier Sessions

12:30 p.m.        Lunch

1:30                  One-On-One Platemaker/Supplier Sessions

4:00                 Sessions Conclude

6:30                 President’s Dinner

Tuesday, March 24:

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast

8:00                 Keynote Speech

9:00                 Technical Sessions

11:00 a.m.       Closing Remarks

Featured Sessions

Robert Fry, PhD
Chief Economist, Robert Fry Economics LLC

Economy, Consumers, & Corrugated:
What You Need to Know


We have entered a period of unprecedented political and economic change. With uncertainty abound, how will global markets react? How will the consumer react? And, of particular importance to the flexo and corrugated markets, how will consumer spending change? Robert will offer a forecast for the future, covering macroeconomic trends as well as corrugated-specific insights. Join us to learn how you can position your business to succeed in the years ahead.

Bio: Celebrated economist Robert C. Fry, Jr., PhD has provided timely and accurate economic forecasts to countless business decision-makers across the world. In 2018, Fry was elected a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics in recognition of his outstanding service as a professional business economist and his contributions to the field. A Senior Economist at DuPont for years before opening his own consultancy in 2015, Fry was named a top economic forecaster by Bloomberg, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. He also publishes a monthly newsletter, Current Economic Conditions. Fry received a master’s degree and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.



Thomas Phillips
Director of Product Line DRO/FFG, BOBST

One Market, Many Boxes:
Corrugated from the OEM Perspective


The future of corrugated is bright but complex. Brand owners are looking to the humble brown box for convenience, cost efficiency, food compliance, and sustainability. And we can’t forget the flexibility needed for subscription boxes and resealability for returns. To get this done, corrugated manufacturers must master conventional technologies and introduce new ones.

What does this mean for flexo platemakers? How can pre-press suppliers better support their customers? Get an in-depth perspective on the future of corrugated—and where we fit—from BOBST.

Bio: With over 40 years of corrugated experience, Thomas “Tom” Phillips is a well-known and respected packaging expert. For nearly 25 of those years, Phillips built his expertise under the guidance of BOBST. He has served as North America Regional Sales Manager, Product Line Manager, North America Sales Manager Corrugated Board, and Product Line Director. He is an active speaker at various AICC, TAPPI, and other industry conferences both on regional and national levels.

Technical Speakers

Bob Hannum
Corrugated Segment Manager, DuPont Packaging Graphics

No More Excuses!
It's time to move to thinner plates. Bob will explore the benefits.



Dan Fry
Portfolio Manager - Corrugated, MacDermid Graphics Solutions

The Latest from MacDermid




Jeff Skolnik

Digital Business Analyst, Anderson & Vreeland

Corrugated Trends from Anderson & Vreeland




Rory Marsoun

Director Business Development - Flexo, Americas, Esko

Technical Considerations from Esko


Chemence-Logo_2Color 2016


March 22 @ 1:00 pm
March 24 @ 1:00 pm


The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 United States
+ Google Map
(727) 894-1000