One Door Closes: New Breaking Down Boxes Episode Released

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is excited to announce the release of the latest episode of its acclaimed podcast, Breaking Down Boxes. The episode, One Door Closes, marks a significant milestone as hosts Gene Marino, President of Akers Packaging Service Group, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Huston Patterson and Lewisburg Printing Company, bid farewell as hosts.

On behalf of himself and Gene, Joe said, “We want to thank Mike D’Angelo, Virginia Humphrey, AICC, and each of our inspiring guests for the incredible journey we’ve shared on this podcast. Most importantly, we want to thank everyone who has supported us over the last two and a half years. It has been a privilege to be your hosts, and we are deeply grateful for the support and enthusiasm you’ve all shown. While our time as hosts may be coming to an end, we look forward to seeing how Breaking Down Boxes continue to thrive and inspire.”

After a remarkable journey of 27 episodes, Gene and Joe reflect on the fun and friendships they have made along the way. They express heartfelt gratitude to their listeners and thank Guy Ockerlund of Ox Box for his generous podcast sponsorship. In One Door Closes, Gene and Joe delve into memorable moments and key takeaways from their conversations with guests. They emphasize the importance of communication and lifelong learning in the packaging industry, sharing their insights and experiences.

Reflecting on their podcast journey, Gene and Joe discuss their regrets and offer invaluable advice for young individuals entering the industry. They also express their deep appreciation for AICC and the friendships they have formed through the organization, highlighting the sense of community and support that AICC fosters.

“Gene and Joe brought AICC into the podcast world and made so many of the great stories and journeys of their guests so accessible to so many in the community, and more broadly,” said AICC President Mike D’Angelo. “We are grateful to them for making Breaking Down Boxes a looked forward to monthly must-listen.”

As Breaking Down Boxes takes a brief hiatus in August, the podcast will return in September with guest hosts, continuing to offer inspiring stories and valuable insights. AICC is committed to providing a platform that fosters learning, growth, and connection within the packaging industry.

Listeners can tune in to Breaking Down Boxes on major podcast platforms or at to hear Gene’s and Joe’s farewell to the pod.

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About AICC, The Independent Packaging Association

We are a growing membership association which serves independent corrugated, folding carton, and rigid box manufacturers and suppliers with education and information in print, in person, and online. AICC membership is for the full company and employees at all locations have access to member benefits. AICC offers free online education to all members to help the individual maximize their potential and the member company maximize its profit. When companies invest and engage, AICC delivers success.