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Truck Freight and the U.S. Economy
Presented by Brent Hutto
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 • 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The U.S. freight transportation marketplace is a trillion-dollar industry that impacts:

  • The global supply chain
  • The U.S. economy
  • Your customers
  • Your bottom line

During this session, you will get a better understanding of how you can interpret North American freight transportation data to help you make better business decisions about the current and future U.S. economy.

About Brent Hutto
Brent Hutto joined eight years ago and currently serves as the company’s chief relationship officer. He is responsible for ensuring the health of’s external relationships with hundreds of transportation technology companies. In his 23 years in the transportation and logistics industry, he has developed expertise with carriers, brokers, shippers, industry suppliers, technology leaders, media companies and financial firms.

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Government Relations Challenges and Opportunities
Presented by Ari Storch
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Halfway into the first year of the Biden/Harris Administration and Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress by the most narrow of margins, IAPD’s government relations team will provide you with an update on the opportunities — and threats — this political landscape poses to you and your businesses. Join our team from Washington for a briefing on:

  • IAPD’s legislative agenda for 2021
  • IAPD’s action plan to engage the Administration and Congress
  • Potential regulatory/legislative action that could have a negative impact on your business
  • Plans for the IAPD Plastics PAC and how it can bolster our case in Washington
  • A look at potential new legislation and what it could mean for your business
  • What YOU can do to make your voice heard

About Ari Storch
Ari Storch has more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international politics, grassroots campaigns, public affairs and marketing. Prior to joining The Madison Group, he spent 12 years as the co-founder and co-chairman of Artemis Strategies, a multi-faceted government affairs firm that managed clients before the United States Congress, multiple Presidential administrations, state governments and before foreign governments as well. In 2001, Storch was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a Member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad and also served as the Next Generation Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Keeping Plastics Out of Landfills: Solutions for a Circular Economy
Panel Moderated by Stephen Garmon
National Distribution Manager at Primex Plastics Corporation and IAPD Recycling Task Force Co-Chair
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Performance plastics have numerous sustainability benefits when compared to materials such as metal and glass. Plus, we know that most performance plastics can be recycled.

However, what are your options for reducing, reusing and recycling? Especially if the materials have left your facility, been used elsewhere and perhaps return in less-than-ideal condition … what do you do?

In this session, you’ll hear from experts representing different ways in which companies are keeping waste materials out of landfills:

  • A recycler from Return Polymers, to discuss what recyclers look for in materials
  • A representative from a refuse-to-fuel company NuCycle Energy
  • A chemical recycler from Nexus Fuels to share how they transform waste materials into feedstock

Hear about real-world solutions that you can start implementing today that will help your company responsibly give waste materials a new life — plus save some money on waste disposal — and maybe even find a new profit center in the process.

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Staying Power: How to Keep Employees Longer
Presented by Cara Silletto
Hosted by Women in Plastics
Thursday, August 19, 2021 • 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
While some of today’s workforce is made up of deep-rooted, dependable staff, a larger number of positions are now a revolving door of employee turnover. Workforce thought leaders from Magnet Culture will share insight on why staffing is so challenging today and additional ways to gain greater staffing stability. Learn how to slow the revolving door, more effectively manage the impending shorter-term workforce and maximize the time you have with each employee.

  • Discover current employee turnover trends and future staffing projections
  • Uncover the real reasons employees leave most organizations and ways to encourage them to stay
  • Learn ways to become a M.A.G.N.E.T. employer who attracts better applicants and keeps staff longer

About Cara Silletto
Workforce thought leader Cara Silletto, MBA, CSP, works with organizations of all sizes to reduce unnecessary employee turnover by bridging generational gaps and making managers more effective in their roles. Workforce Magazine named Cara a “Game Changer” for her innovative approach to solving generational issues in the workplace and listed her in their Top 10 Company Culture Experts to Watch list. She is the author of Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave & How to Keep Them Longer. Today, she’s a highly-sought-after national speaker conducting 50 to 100 engagements annually. Louisville Business First named her one of their 2018 Forty Under 40.