AICC Members Give: 9th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament

The 9th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament, held during the AICC Spring Meeting in Miami, FL, was a wonderful networking event with record-breaking attendance.

Played on the Golden Palm and Red Tiger courses at the Trump National Doral the Tournament, boasted 240 people who helped raise $30,000 for the Foundation for Packaging Education.

Participants enjoyed challenging courses, good company, and perfect weather. Adding to the fun, golfers were challenged to shoot a golf ball with an air cannon. Congratulations to Steve Lynn of Durst and Adam Pauwels of Atlantic Packaging Products for shooting the two closest to the pins.

The first-place team on the Red Tiger course was Mike Butler, Domtar; Mark McNay, SMC Packaging Group; Tom Phillips, Bobst; and Kevin Miller, Royal Group/Schwarz Partners. 

Cade Haglund, Central Package & Display; Paige Haglund, Central Package & Display; Austin Umlauf, Haire Group; Olivia Umlauf, Haire Group were the first place team on the Golden Palm Course. 

Additional winning teams were:

Red Tiger Course

Second Place

·       Chase Haddon, Packaging-Atlanta

·       Peter Haddon, Packaging-Atlanta

·       John Harris, J.M. Fry Company

·       Rob Zacary, Air Systems Design

Third Place

·       Tom Bradford, Bradford Company

·       Kevin Collins, Huston Patterson/Lewisburg Printing Co.

·       Kirk Kelso, Huston Patterson/Lewisburg Printing Co.

·       Nathan Pajka, Metsa Board

Golden Palm Course

Second Place

·       Max Cote, Kruger Packaging

·       Drew Eastwood, Central Group

·       Victor Jorges, PTI

·       Stephen Moore, Moore Packaging

Third Place

·       Garrett Bradley, American Box

·       Danny Lopez, Haire Group

·       Michael Mulroe, Haire Group

·       Sean Peickert, Haire Group

Contest holes were won by Warren Pearce, Proprint Services, Brant Dixon, AG Stacker, 

Ryan Clark, Kolbus America, Warren Pearce, Proprint Services, Jeff Pollack, Valco Melton, Paige Haglund, Central Package & Display, Bill Baumgartner, Bradford Company, and Mike Mulroe, Haire Group.

The designated charity for this Tournament, the Foundation for Packaging Education, will contribute to the costs associated with developing training and education for the industry. About the purpose of the Foundation Gary Brewer, President, Package Crafters, said “It’s workforce development. That’s what we’re after here. We want to be an attractive industry. We want to have people say, ‘What is the packaging industry all about?’”

To learn more about the Foundation, visit

The 10th Annual Independents’ Cup will take place on Tuesday, April 8, 2024, in conjunction with the AICC Spring Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. 

AICC is grateful for the support of our many Tournament sponsors, which includes the Major Sponsor, Hood Container, along with:

·       Schwarz Packaging Partners

·       Bobst

·       BHS Corrugated

·       Equipment Finance

·       Westrock

·       Bradford Company

·       Fosber

·       BCM Inks

·       AG Stacker

·       Litho Press

·       Engineered Recycling Systems

·       Flint Group

·       EMBA Machinery

·       Isowa America

·       Bay Cities

·       Lewisburg Printing Company

·       Huston Patterson Printers

And our golf hole sponsors:

American Corrugated Machine

·       Akers Packaging

·       Alliance Machine Systems

·       Baldwin Technology

·       BW Papersystems

·       Cuir

·       INX International Ink

·       Greene House Group

·       Goepfert Machinery

·       Jamestown Container

·       JB Machinery

·       JM Fry

·       Kao Collins

·       Kolbus America

·       McLean Packaging

·       Pamarco

·       Printron

·       Standard Printing Co.

·       StandFast Group

·       Two10Technologies

·       ValcoMelton

·       Wasatch Container

Upcoming National Meetings include:

AICC 2023 Annual Meeting

September 18-20, 2023 | Louisville, Kentucky 

AICC 2024 Spring Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration

April 8-10, 2024 | Palm Desert, California 

AICC/TAPPI 2024 SuperCorrExpo

September 9-12, 2024 | Orlando, Florida 

Questions about the Spring Meeting, Independents’ Cup, and the value a well-connected workforce brings to a company can be answered by Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at or 703.836.2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or 703.836.2422.