AICC: AI Xperience: Stellar Speaker Lineup

Revolutionizing Box Plants Through AI

The Independent Packaging Association, is thrilled to announce the speakers for the upcoming AI Xperience event, scheduled for May 14-16 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago, IL. This exclusive gathering will delve into the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the packaging industry, featuring an esteemed lineup of speakers and panelists.

“AI won’t replace humans, but humans who use AI will replace humans that don’t,” says AICC President Mike D’Angelo, quoting Fei-Fei Li, a Professor and AI researcher. “This Xperience will inform you of how to be in a position to grow with AI innovations and secure your manufacturing future.”

Speakers Include:

  • Mohamed Azzouz – Continuous Improvement Manager, Royal Containers: Mohamed will share Royal Container’s journey in pursuing a digital twin to optimize processes and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Richard Boyd – CEO, Ultisim Inc.: A visionary leader in the AI space, Richard brings his expertise to explore the future of AI and its impact on the packaging landscape.
  • Jeff DeVries – President, XDS Holdings: hear a high-level overview of why new technology, including artificial intelligence and Industry 4.0/5.0 tools, will deliver improved profitability, higher customer satisfaction, and a more sustainable production process from Jeff.
  • Jan Geuens – Partner, OMP: Jan will provide strategic insights into leveraging AI for supply chain planning.
  • Gokul Gopakumar – VP of Technology and Business Development, SUN Automation Group: Gokul will share experience and insights into integrating AI and technology to reduce unplanned downtime.
  • Jim Hawton – Chief Information Technology Officer, Bay Cities: the more connected everything is, the more critical security precautions are. Learn to protect a box plant with Jim.
  • Erin Hollandsworth – Trusted Advisor and Co-Founder Motionalysis, Inc.: Erin will help attendees get their data ready to leverage AI.
  • Greg Tucker – Chairman & CEO, Bay Cities: hear about data lakes, which are a critical first step in any AI implementation from Greg.  
  • David Wiens – Founder & CEO, BPS AI Software: David will explain what Specialized Language Models (SLMs) and Large Language Models (LLMs) mean and which is better for a box plant.

Distinguished Panelists:

The event will also feature engaging panel discussions with industry leaders, including:

  • Sean Arney – President and Co-Founder, Motionalysis, Inc.
  • Peter Dobell – Business Development, OMP
  • Jeff Putt – Managing Director – Digital Services, DeLine Box & Display
  • Colin Riggs – CEO, Rigorous Technology
  • Jim Silianoff – President and CEO, Arden Software North America

Participants can harness AI’s power to transform packaging manufacturing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the packaging industry’s evolution. Register now and secure your spot at the AI Xperience. Visit to learn more. 

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