$40,000 Raised for Packaging Education

Annual AICC Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament

During the AICC 2022 Spring Meeting, 208 came together for the 8th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament. Through sponsorships and on-site donations, more than $40,000 was raised to support the Foundation for Packaging Education. 

The Foundation for Packaging Education supports the development and distribution of employee education and training resources for workers in the corrugated, folding carton, rigid box, and related supply chain industries.

Foundation Chairman Jay Carman, President and CEO, Standfast Group, said “thank you so much for your generous donations to the Foundation For Packaging Education. We truly appreciate your investment in growing the educational and training needs of our association. Because of your generous support, the Foundation will be able to develop even more online courses, webinars and in- person seminars to further develop your workforce”

Participants played on the Palm and Valley Courses at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Club, designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson Sr., and built in the mid-1980s. .

Though participants were playing in nearly 100-degree heat, spirits remained high and everyone came off the courses smiling. 

The expected contribution to the Foundation was doubled through donations made on the golf course.

One of these generous donations was made by Automated Conveyor Systems and Independent II. ACS Chairman & CEO Michael Shenigo, said, “Automated Conveyor Systems has been an active member of AICC for over 40 years. The benefits of the partnership bringing both the manufacturers and suppliers together have driven strong results through our organization. The opportunity to give back to AICC was a no brainer in respect to AICC’s Packaging School. ACS is a firm believer and proud supporter in providing education to develop individuals, both existing and the next generation. As the corrugated industry continues to grow, providing a premier educational program will support the innovation necessary to meet this unprecedented demand.  We are all in this together and the more we can do to stay ahead and drive results throughout the entire industry will allow us to meet the challenges we face and provide a sustainable future for all.”

”The willingness of AICC members to support the work of the Foundation and AICC education programming is always gratifying to see. The spontaneity of the giving during the heat of battle on the golf course was really something,” said AICC President Mike D’Angelo. AICC congratulates the winners of the Tournament.


1st Place 

Tony Battaglia, Fosber

Matt Ausburn, SMC Packaging Group

Kevin Ausburn, SMC Packaging Group

Kevin Doherty, Weber Display & Packaging

2nd Place 

Jim Trousdale, Lewisburg Printing Co.

Tony Stewart, Chief Container

Tim Rommel, Goepfert

Corey Barnard, Corrugated Supplies

3rd Place

Billy Kurtz, Independence Corrugated

Lucas Young, Schwarz Partners

Andrew Akers, Akers Packaging

Jeff Dietz, Kolbus America

Closest to the Pin

#3 Garrett Bradley, American Box

#8 Larry Hudson, Jamestown Container

#12 Billy Kurtz, Independence Corrugated

#17 Blake Fierro, Bay Cities

Longest Putt

#18 Frank Adams, Atlantic Packaging Products (York Container)


1st Place 

Brant Dixon, AG Stacker

Bryan Rabb, CL RABB

Connor Kennedy, Southern Carton Co.

Dave Swedes, Valco Melton

2nd Place

Tim Connell, AG Stacker

Tom Murphy, Reliable Container

Joe Morelli, Huston Patterson Printers

Gene Marino, Akers Packaging

3rd Place 

Gene Tyler, Blackhawk Corrugated

Jack Fulton, PRINTRON

Philip Vervloesem, OMP

Robert Vaenerberg, Metsa Board Americas

Closest to the Pin

#6 Brant Dixon, AG Stacker

#8 Tony Estephan, Blackhawk Corrugated

#12 Andrew Bell, Packaging Express

#15 Doug Wertheimer, Wertheimer Box

Longest Putt

#18 Bryan Rabb, CL Rabb

Al Hoodwin, CEO of Michigan City Paper Box Co, and an inaugural donor to the Foundation, said, “we are very excited about the funds raised for our Foundation for Packaging Education by AICC’s 8th Annual Independent Cup golf tournament. This yearly event will be a great way to continue to fund our Foundation and ensure that the most up-to-date and relevant training content is available for our employees on our online training platform. The Board of the Foundation for Packaging Education is committed to ensuring our Foundation continues to grow and has decided to match the funds raised by the Annual golf event. All participants in the golf tournament should feel great about their ‘enhanced’ contribution to our Foundation.”

Golf sponsors included Major Sponsor Domtar Packaging, Schwarz Partners, Bobst, BHS Corrugated, Bradford Company, Equipment Finance Corp, WestRock, Fosber, BCM Inks, AG Stacker, Litho Press, Bay Cities, Lewisburg Printing Co./Huston Patterson, Poteet Printing Systems, Flint Group, Kolbus America, Isowa, Akers Packaging, Alliance Machine, American Corrugated Machine, Blackhawk Corrugated, BW Papersystems, EMBA, EAM-Mosca, Haire Group, Jamestown Container, JB Machinery, Kao Collins, McLean Packaging, Metsa Group, Pamarco, Printron, Roosevelt Paper, Quantum Ink, Standfast Group, Standard Printing Co., SUN Automation, and Wasatch Container.

The Foundation for Packaging Education will hold its next fund-raising event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, November 8-10, 2022. The event will include a round of golf at the renowned Ocean Course, a round of golf at Osprey Point, a reception on Tuesday evening, a group dinner on Wednesday evening and an excursion into Charleston for non-golfers.  More details to come.

Questions about the Tournament and the value a well-connected workforce brings to a company can be answered by Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at chuber@aiccbox.org or 703.836.2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at lmihalick@aiccbox.org or 703.836.2422.