AICC 2024 Spring Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is excited to celebrate with its members at the 2024 Spring Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration being held at the prestigious JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa from April 8-10, 2024.

The history and future of AICC will be celebrated throughout the event. Sunday, April 7th, features a 50th Late Night Bash. On Monday, April 8th, attendees will come together for a memorable evening featuring a sit-down dinner, followed by a special tribute to the AICC and its members over the past 50 years. The evening will culminate with a Rat Pack tribute show and a Big Band Dance Band. Tuesday, April 9th, will offer attendees an outdoor networking reception and the announcement of the 10th Annual Independents Cup Charity Golf Tournament winners.

In addition to commemorating the 50th anniversary of AICC, this event will showcase the 10th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament, featuring two 18-hole championship courses set against the stunning backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The Palm and Valley courses, designed by the acclaimed Ted Robinson, promise an unparalleled golfing experience.

The Emerging Leaders will also mark their 10-year reunion, fostering connections and camaraderie among the industry’s rising talents.

Renowned speakers will grace the event, providing valuable insights into geopolitical, economic, and technological trends related to the paper and packaging industry.

Keynote and industry speakers include: 

·       Henry Winkler, Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Author, Director & Producer

Audiences always leave Henry’s presentations inspired and entertained. Through humorous anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity in his storied career in television and entertainment, groups of all ages can learn from Henry’s speeches.

·       Pippa Malmgren, Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, Authority on Geopolitical, Economic & Technological Trends

The Hon. Dr. Malmgren is an economist who makes sense of the world economy by writing books, founding tech businesses, advising policymakers around the world, and through public speaking and teaching.

·       Ron Sasine, Principal, Hudson Windsor

Ron Sasine is the Principal of Hudson Windsor, a boutique consultancy focused on packaging strategy, innovation, and sustainability.  

·       Jerry Frisch, Founder & President, Wasatch Container

Founded in 1995, Wasatch Container has transformed into Utah’s leading custom packaging manufacturer. With a strong passion for bringing customers’ packaging to life, Wasatch Container now operates from three specialized manufacturing facilities in Salt Lake City, UT spanning over 225,000 square feet.  

The meeting will feature essential topics, allowing attendees to delve into new industry trends, gain insights from experts, and have their technical questions answered by AICC’s skilled Technical Advisors, Ralph Young, Doug Friel, and Tom Weber. 

Derek Mahlburg, the co-author of the monthly Paper Trader and Paper Packaging Monitor and the lead for Fastmarkets RISI’s North American forecasting and analysis team, will share an economic and industry outlook. Additionally, Sarah Meiburg, Paper and Packaging Board, will discuss “Selling Sustainability: Tools to Support your Customer Conversations.”

Participants can also select optional events, including the BMW Driving Experience, Palm Springs Aerial Tram & Lunch at Lulu’s Restaurant, Temecula Winery Tours & Lunch, and a cycling trip with the AICC Recyclers.

AICC has exclusively designed the Sales Managers Forum, “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, but Value Does,” facilitated by John Ballentine, Sales Program Director and Instructor for Sales and Product Development at the University of Arkansas, and Trent Halasek, Sales Manager at Akers Packaging Service Group, to focus on delivering insights for Sales Managers in the corrugated industry.

AICC will also recognize member companies that have been in continual operation for significant levels of time, starting at 40 years and increasing in increments of 10 years up to 100 years or more through the Member Milestone program. Companies are welcome to submit their Milestone videos through Friday, February 23rd

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this milestone celebration and industry event. Register now for the AICC 2024 Spring Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration, where knowledge meets celebration and networking reaches new heights.

The early bird deadline for the meeting is February 2nd. For registration and more information, visit

Questions about the meeting can be directed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at or 703.836.2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or 703.836.2422.