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AMERIPEN Annual Meeting 2019
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5/29/2019 to 5/31/2019
When: Wednesday, May 29 - Friday, May 31, 2019
Where: The Dupont Circle
1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20036
United States
Contact: Jill Tichy

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AMERIPEN Conference Agenda

2019 AMERIPEN Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 29 – Friday, May 31, 2019

The Dupont Circle

1500 New Hampshire Ave, NW | Washington DC, 20036

This event delivers an intimate networking environment and top-notch sessions filled with leading experts including packaging converters, brand owners, material manufacturers, as well as state and national legislative influencers.

Key topics include:

  • Project Gigaton – Reducing Climate Impacts Via the Packaging Value Chain
  • Strategies for Increasing PCR Content in Packaging
  • International Mechanisms to Manage Global Plastics Trade
  • State of Compostable Packaging Access in the US
  • Fireside Chat: Future Forward Policy Considerations
  • And more!


The AMERIPEN Annual Meeting is a members and invited guests only event. Please contact Katie Wallstein if you are a non-member and would like to submit a request to attend.  

Room Reservations

Room Rate: $229 per night for single/double occupancy

Click here to reserve a room and find on the left side of the screen where it says “book your stay.” Click on the More Options tab, enter the contracted arrival and departure dates (05/28-06/01) and then enter AMER280519 into the Group Rate Code box. Click “find a room” and the group rate will appear!

**Please note: Room block is completely booked for the night of Tuesday, May 28**

For attendees that are interested in having additional room nights outside of the contracted nights (05/28-06/01) in the group block, please contact Dupont Circle reservations department directly at 202-483-6000 or  

Room Rate Deadline: May 7, 2019


Wednesday, May 29

9:00 am

Registration Opens

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

12:45 pm -1:00 pm

Welcome & Introductions

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunity Interactive Workshop

Carrie Houtman, Director, Issues Management & Crisis Communications, Dow Chemical

Panel Discussion:
Anke Boykin
, Global Public Policy & Government Affairs Senior Manager, PepsiCo;
Ron Cotterman
, Vice President, Corporate Innovation and Sustainability, Sealed Air;
Matt Fletcher, State of Michigan;
Mark Kay, Group Leader, Performance Films, NOVA Chemicals;
Susan Robinson
, Sr. Director of Sustainability and Policy, Waste Management
Moderator: Laura Rowell, Director, Global Sustainability, Sonoco

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Carrie HoutmanCarrie Houtman

Carrie Houtman is currently Director of Global Public Policy & Issues Management at Dow. In this role, Carrie has responsibility for leading Dow’s Global Public Policy Team in the development of sound policy positions on matters of strategic importance to the company. She also has responsibility for developing and implementing Dow’s Global Issues Management Strategy and process to issues of highest risk to our reputation or license to operate, serving as the company spokesperson on key enterprise-wide and historical issues, directing Dow’s engagement on issues with external stakeholders and providing issues-related counsel to corporate leadership.

Carrie began her career with Dow in 1996 in technical service and development. She has spent more than 10 years in Environmental Health and Safety, including various roles in the Toxicology and Environmental Research and Consulting (TERC) organization and in product stewardship. She also served on the Global Remediation Team as the External Engagement Leader, was Regulatory Services Leader for Michigan and Minnesota.  During her nearly five years in Government Affairs, including two years in Dow’s Washington, D.C. federal affairs office, she has represented Dow at trade associations, lobbied on supply chain, manufacturing and remediation issues, and has staffed Dow’s Chairman & CEO and other senior executives spanning two presidential administrations on the Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships, U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, U.S Department of Labor Task Force on Apprenticeship, various White House roundtables and initiatives, and the Australian Growth Centre Programme. She has also led, or currently leads teams to manage and resolve legacy matters, as well as the company’s most pressing current issues, is the company’s focal point for human rights policies, and leads Dow’s 2025 Blueprint Sustainability Goal.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Carrie is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and is a Leadership Midland alumnus.  She is on the Board of Directors for the Saginaw Childrens’ Zoo, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Keystone Policy Center. She is an alumnus of the Risk Analysis and Risk Communication courses at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

She is currently based in Midland, MI, where she lives with her husband and three children.


Anke BoykinAnke Boykin

Anke Boykin is Senior Manager Global Public Policy and Government Affairs at PepsiCo, based in Washington D.C. She supports the development of PepsiCo’s global corporate policies on key environmental issues, concentrating on packaging policy, and manages PepsiCo’s relationships with key global stakeholder organizations.

Anke has more than 10 years of experience working at the intersection of business and public policy. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2014, Anke worked in the European Parliament in Brussels where she managed the office of a Member of Parliament focused on food safety and veterinary legislation. She also worked as an EU Public Affairs Consultant advising clients in supply chain management and the pharmaceutical industry.

Anke holds a B.A. in English and Intercultural Studies from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and a Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany. She also studied at the University of Arizona in Tucson as part of a scholarship program with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Mark KayMark Kay

Mark Kay is the marketing group leader of performance film resins at NOVA Chemicals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Mark has had several commercial roles while at NOVA Chemicals. Prior to joining NOVA Chemicals, Mark worked for Exxon Chemical in their polyethylene film division holding both technical and marketing positions.  Mark holds a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan Ann Arbor and has worked in the polyolefins supply chain for both convertors and polyolefin resin suppliers now for over 35 years.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Peer Perspective: Chinese Packaging Industry Insights

Dr. Yu Zhao Hui, China Packaging Industry Expert, Chief Technology Office/Vice President, Yuto Group
Mr. Wen Bo
, Chinese Packaging Waste Classification Expert, Chief Executive Officer, Tungsheng Group

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Flash Talks: Industry Peers

Will Sagar, Executive Director, Southeast Recycling Development Council

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Will SagarWill Sagar

Will Sagar is the Executive Director of the Southeast Recycling Development Council.  SERDC’s mission is to unite industry, government and non-government organizations to promote sustainable recycling in the Southeast.  Efforts include a specific focus upon the economic impact of the recycling industry.  SERDC has identified and mapped 360 manufacturing facilities in the region that rely upon recycled material for industrial feedstock.  This information is used my many in promoting the value of investing in recycling programs.  SERDC also provides assistance to state and local governments for the promulgation of best management practices in sustainable material management. In 2016 SERDC completed a report for the  Alabama Department of Environmental Management to assess the economic impact that recycling has in the state of Alabama, and provide a roadmap for strengthening the material management infrastructure.

Will Sagar graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major on Economics and Mathematics.  After selling the excavation business he built and operated for a decade, he was the Solid Waste Director for Transylvania County, NC for 16 years.  While there he started the recycling program, built the first lined landfill in North Carolina mountains, implemented PAYT, and established permanent HHW and electronics collection.  Later with Henderson County, he started electronics collection and created a county energy accounting system.   

Will served as President of the Board of Directors the Carolina Recycling Association.  He also chaired the Board of The Free Clinic of Transylvania County, which serves the medical needs of the uninsured and operates a community pharmacy for the same population.  Additionally, he recently completed six years on the Board of Transylvania Vocational Services, an ongoing program assisting and training those with barriers to employment. While there he volunteered as Program Manager for two new projects.

When not at meetings, Will can be found on his bicycle.

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception

Thursday, May 30

7:45 am

Registration Opens

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am


8:45 am – 9:45 am

What Is Needed to Support Compostable Packaging Goals: State of Compostable Packaging Access in the US      

Frank Franciosi, Executive Director, Composting Council;
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle;
Susan Thoman, Managing Director, Composting Manufacturing Alliance
Moderator: Mariagiovanna Vetere, Global Public Affairs Manager, NatureWorks LLC

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Frank FranciosiFrank Franciosi

Frank has spent over 27 years working with residuals management and composting both in operations management as well as sales and marketing. In 1993, he started North Carolina’s first source separated organics composting facility. As past principal of Akkadia Consulting, Frank provided professional consulting services on projects of animal waste management, biosolids management, coal ash residuals, composting of industrial residuals, product development and marketing. He has facilitated the turnkey start-up of award winning composting facilities, taking them from concept to feasibility to operational, overseeing permitting, equipment selection, hiring and training of personnel, as well as the development and execution of the product marketing plan. Frank also managed the Novozymes’ Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF™ composting facility from 2003-2015. In 2014, Frank was the recipient of the Hi Kellogg Award for displaying outstanding service to the US composting industry over a period of many years. He has a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University.


Nora GoldsteinNora Goldstein

Nora Goldstein is Editor of BioCycle, the Organics Recycling Authority, published by The JG Press, Inc. in Emmaus, PA ( BioCycle is in its 59th year of publishing. Nora has authored numerous articles on all facets of zero waste, food recovery and recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. Additional responsibilities include BioCycle Conferences, BioCycle National Surveys, and BioCycle’s She received the US Composting Council’s Hi Kellogg Award for Outstanding Service to the Composting Industry, and the American Biogas Council’s Biogas Visionary Award.


Susan ThomanSusan Thoman

Susan is founder and Principal of the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA), an industry services group representing six industry pioneers across the U.S. operating 20 compost manufacturing facilities that field test compostable food service products across five primary operational processes. Susan is also co-founder of Solid Waste Strategies, a digital media and educational resource firm specializing in support for municipal solid waste programs.  Susan has worked in the environmental, alternative materials management, and solid waste recycling field for over 25 years. Susan served for 12 years on the Cedar Grove Composting senior leadership team in Seattle, and was the Sales and Marketing Director there from 2004-2011. In addition, she has worked in various communications, public relations, and business development positions across a wide range of industries, and as national sales training director for a $2 billon international services company. Susan served on the US Composting Council Board of Directors from 2015-2018, and currently serves on the board of the Recycling Foundation in Washington state.  

9:45 am- 10:30 am

State Perspectives Panel

Elena Bertocci, Environmentalist Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection;
John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction & Waste Planning, MASSDEP;
Chantal Fryer, Senior Manager, Recycling Market Development, SC Department of Commerce;
Moderator: Kent Wilson, U.S. Policy & Public Affairs Advisor, Nestle

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Elena BertocciElena Bertocci

Elena Bertocci is an environmental specialist in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Materials Management where she works on electronic waste and mercury auto switch product stewardship programs, mercury product notification, researching and promoting the recycling of boat wrap and agricultural plastics, and, most recently, the management of packaging.  Before joining DEP Elena worked to facilitate stakeholder involvement in environmental management in Peru and Mexico with the Peace Corps and Fulbright Association, respectively.  She holds a B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland. 


John FischerJohn Fischer

John Fischer is Branch Chief for Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In this position, he coordinates MassDEP’s programs to advance waste reduction, recycling, and composting by businesses and institutions in Massachusetts.  John also oversees development and implementation of Massachusetts’ Solid Waste Master Plan, solid waste and recycling data, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and disaster debris planning. 


Chantal FryerChantal Fryer

Chantal Fryer is the senior program director of the Recycling Market Development program and is the self-appointed “CRO” (Chief Recycling Officer) at the South Carolina Department of Commerce.  She manages the 14 member Governor-appointed South Carolina Recycling Market Development Advisory Council. She provides the recycling industry with market analysis and other economic development work. She provides manufacturers with technical assistance to help them recycle materials, connecting them with the $13 billion recycling industry across the state. She manages the Your Bottle Means Jobs campaign, a campaign to connect the act of recycling with the jobs it creates as well as the Don’t Waste Food SC initiative which aims to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030 in SC.

She has 21 years’ experience in SC state government and received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. She holds the Certified Public Manager and Certified Recycling Professional credentials.

10:30am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Keynote: Project Gigaton—Reducing Climate Impacts Via the Packaging Value Chain

Zach Freeze, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives - Sustainability, WalMart

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Zach FreezeZach Freeze

Zach Freeze is the Senior Director for Sustainability at Walmart Inc.  Zach is responsible for supporting the product sustainability efforts in the general merchandise and consumables categories, and working on key initiatives like Project Gigaton, sustainable chemistry, and advancing sustainable packaging. 

Zach earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Strategies for Increasing PCR Content in Packaging

John Caturano, Senior Sustainability Manager Packaging/Programs, Nestle Waters
Scott Hammer, Product & Applications Manager, ChaterNEX;
Jay Hunsberger
, VP Sales Recycled Fibers, Sustana;
Moderator: Cory VanLoocke, Business Development Manager, Ring Container

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John CaturanoJohn Caturano

Mr. Caturano leads the Nestle Waters NA packaging transformation strategy and implementation initiatives. The strategy is focused on identifying and adopting innovative packaging and recycling technologies. The strategy includes; developing partnerships with NGOs and other organizations that support the scaling of recycling solutions and coordination with other Nestle business units and corporate teams in Paris and Vevey.

He also is responsible for; supporting the business in improving recycling and capture rates with collaborative efforts directed by Nestle  Global, providing oversight of all NWNA Supply Chain recycling and waste management initiatives to ensure compliance with end of life management and recycling management of commodities that include postindustrial and postconsumer materials.


Scott HammerScott Hammer

Scott is currently the Corporate Sustainability Leader at Charter NEX Films. Joining Charter NEX in 2015, Scott supported the CNEX converter customer base with new film developments and improvements.  Today, he focuses on spearheading the company’s Sustainability initiatives, which include the technical and customer support of the Charter NEX GreenArrow family of films and the Zero Waste to Landfill objective for all seven of the CNEX manufacturing facilities.

Prior to joining Charter NEX Films, Scott spent 29 years in the converting world, most recently as the Vice President of Technology & Sustainability at C-P Flexible Packaging. There, for 16 years, he contributed widely to various business areas including Quality, Product Development, Process Improvements and Sustainability.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Scott received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  A Badger who bleeds purple and gold (Go Vikings!), Scott has been married to his wife Penny for 33 years, and they have two children, Zachary and Brittany.  An avid sports fan, Scott enjoys golf and coaching softball.


Jay HunsbergerJay Hunsberger

Jay Hunsberger is VP of Sales for North America at Sustana, a leading producer of FSC-certified, premium bleached de-inked pulp, who takes its role as a steward of the environmental seriously. Jay holds a degree in applied science from the University of Miami. He has held roles in sales and marketing globally for the Paper Chemical product lines. Read more about Sustana here.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

International Mechanisms to Manage Global Plastics Trade

Andrew Clark, State Department (Federal);
Adam Peer Senior Director, Packaging, American Chemistry Council;
Katherine Shayne, Jambeck Research Group – UGA College of Engineering;
Moderator: Adina Adler, Asst VP, International Affairs, ISRI

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Andrew Clark

As acting division chief for chemicals, air quality, and waste Andrew leads U.S. participation in international agreements and activities to protect human health and the environment from air pollution and pollution resulting from unsound management of chemicals and waste.  Andrew has been part of division since 2010 and has focused in particular on a number of multilateral and bilateral environmental agreements, including the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the U.S.-Canada Air Quality Agreement.  He has also led for the United States on chemicals and air quality issues in other international fora, including the UN Environment Assembly and the G7.  Prior to joining the State Department, Andrew worked at the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania. Andrew is married and has two children. 


Adam PeerAdam S. Peer

Adam Peer leads the Plastics Division’s Packaging Team, representing major U.S. resin manufacturers. He advocates for policies and initiatives that recognize plastic packaging and products as a valuable resource. He leads the Team’s efforts to achieve the ACC’s Circular Economy Commitments for 100 percent recyclability or recoverability of plastic packaging by 2030 and 100 percent reusability, recyclability, or recoverability of plastic packaging by 2040.

Additionally, he provides leadership and strategic direction to the Plastic Foodservice Packaging Group (PFPG) and Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) by working closely with members to build consensus and identify opportunities to find sustainable solutions for creating and recovering plastics and preventing marine debris.

Previously, he led legislative and regulatory initiatives advancing the physician assistant profession in the North Central states. He formally advocated for the professional employer organization industry where he led the effort to enact legislation eleven states

A Wisconsin native, he advised both the assembly speaker and the insurance committee chair. He served five years as the youngest member of the county board where he chaired the public safety and justice committee.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in accounting and resides in Northeast Washington, D.C.


Katherine ShayneKatherine Shayne

Katherine is a faculty member at the University of Georgia College of Engineering and Co-founder and CEO of Can I Recycle This, Inc., a company using AI to help citizens understand the end-of-life of their products through social media and technology. She received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Georgia, where she also earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. Katherine does researcher in environmental sustainability focused on global materials management and marine plastic litter for the Jambeck Research Group and UGA New Materials Institute. She has a passion for bridging science and technology with business and mitigation strategies in communities, especially in terms of waste management and new materials.

Katherine currently teaches at the University of Georgia, instructing engineering design courses for environmental engineers about civil infrastructure such as landfill and MRF planning and design.  She worked overseeing EMF New Plastics Economy pilot projects for Think Beyond Plastic working towards a plastic free ocean with industry leaders. Katherine is also a Sustainable Ocean Alliance Youth Leader, where she is currently facilitating a working group to address governments in Southeast Asia about plastic pollution. The group has youth representation from over 20 countries around the world. She is a SWANA Young Professional, SCUBA diver, and ocean lover.

Katherine has presented research about plastic pollution to the Indonesian government at the First Annual Marine Plastic Debris Summit in 2016 in Jakarta. She presented her research at the 69th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Students for Zero Waste National Conference, and 6IMDC. Katherine presented on innovations and entrepreneurship in a new plastics economy at Our Ocean, SOA Youth Leadership Summit, and ACHEMA 2018, one of the largest process industry exhibitions in the world.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Fireside Chat: Future Forward Policy Considerations

Kyla Fisher, Project Manager, AMERIPEN;
Walt Peterson, Manager of Packaging Innovation & Sustainability, Nestle;
Meghan Stazs
, Vice President, Packaging & Sustainability, GMA
Moderator: Andy Hackman, Principal Lobbyist, AMERIPEN

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Conference Highlights & Wrap-Up

5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Attendee Boat Cruise & Dinner

Friday, May 31 – Members Only Meeting (Company & Associate Members)

7:30 am

Registration Opens

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Annual Member Business Meeting

  • Finances

  • Election of New Officers

8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am - 11:30 am

2020 AMERIPEN Policy & Program Planning Session

11:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Board Meeting & Lunch


Please note: Agenda is subject to change.

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