David L. Batten
US & Canada Commercial Manager
David Batten graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Mechanical Engineering Degree and immediately entered the “Plastics World” with Reliance Products, a company specializing in Extrusion Blow Molding and Injection Molding of both Industrial and Consumer Products.
During his proceeding 33 year industry tenure, David’s focus has been exclusively in the Plastic Container Industry, working in both the Technical & Commercial capacities.
David has been the Commercial Manager in the USA & Canada for 1BLOW S.A., a French manufacturer of “Near-Rotary” Stretch-Blow Molding Equipment for six years.
Chief Operating Officer
Agr International, Inc.
Bob Cowden serves AGR in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Profit/Loss of the business. He has worked in that capacity for the last 18 years following a number of management assignments of increasing responsibility. Bob joined AGR in 1995 after having worked for Abbott Laboratories and Deloitte and Touche. Bob earned a Masters of Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1990. Bob and Karen Cowden have 3 daughters and reside in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
Aoki Laboratory America, Inc.
Since earning a BA in Japanese from Murray State University in 2017, Alexander has focused on delivering quality injection stretch-blow molding machines and molds to customers in the North American market. Alexander hopes to build on a successful 2018 by introducing Aoki’s ISBM platform to customers working on optimizing their bottle production.
Vice President of Sales
Bekum America Corporation
Gary has worked in the blow molding industry for over 30 years after graduating from Ferris State University with a B.S. degree in Plastics Engineering Technology in 1985.
He has held numerous technical sales, marketing, and sales management positions. Gary is currently Vice President of Sales for Bekum America Corporation.
For the last 20 years, Gary has served as a director of the Blow Molding Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, having served as chairman/co-chairman of its Marketing Committee from 2000 to 2014.
Gary has personally chaired or co-chaired numerous SPE Annual Blow Molding Conferences (ABC) the Industry’s preeminent forum for the latest in Blow Molding technology, including his first in 1999 at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University.
Gary has been a guest speaker at numerous SPE and SME events, as well as the Plastics News Executive forum and World Pak 2002. He has also been a guest lecturer to the Plastics Engineering Technology programs at both Ferris State University and Penn State Erie.
Gary has been actively involved in numerous concept-to-production-ready extrusion blow molding projects and considers product and process innovations to be key in future business opportunities. Gary holds a U.S. patent on a unique blow molding machine design.
Gary is married with two daughters.
Martin Stephan joined CARBIOS early 2017. As deputy CEO, he is responsible for strategy, business development, investors relations and finance. CARBIOS, a French clean-tech company, listed on the French Euronext Growth stock exchange, have successfully achieved a 5 year and multi-million € collaborative R&D program and is now moving to industrialization with 2 disruptive biological innovations bringing solutions for the end-of-life of plastics.
Martin Stephan has made his entire career in the chemical industry. Prior to joining CARBIOS, he held several senior international positions at Du Pont de Nemours, Chemours and at the chemical branch of the French Oil & Gaz major, Total. He worked in France, Germany, Italy and in Switzerland, where he is currently resident.
Martin Stephan holds a Master in Business Economics from HEC in Paris and a BA in Economics from Paris II university.
Global Business Unit Manager – Plastics, Rubber & Composites
Cold Jet, LLC
Steve Wilson is the Global Business Unit Director for Plastics, Rubber & Composites for Cold Jet, LLC. As a former plastics business owner he has over 30 years of experience in injection & compression molding, extrusion, blow molding, thermoforming and rotational molding. He began his career at Milacron’s plastics machinery division, serving in manufacturing, product line management and a variety of sales/marketing roles. Steve is a published author and a frequent speaker at plastics industry events. He holds a Bachelor’s
James B. Fisher
President & General Manager
Corvaglia Closures USA, Inc.
J.B. Fisher serves as President of Corvaglia Closures USA which is part of Corvaglia Group, headquartered in Switzerland. He is responsible for leading corvaglia’s U.S. expansion which included building their recently opened greenfield production facility in Newnan, Georgia. J.B. held a variety of executive management positions with plastics and packaging industry leaders such as Amoco (BP), Bemis Company, and Amcor. He attended both Indiana and Georgia State Universities where he ultimately earned a Masters of Business Administration. He enjoys tennis, golf and cycling when not managing corvaglia’s cap and closure business.
William (Bill) Ginn
EREMA North America, Inc.
Bill Ginn is the eastern U.S. Sales Manager for EREMA North America and joined the company in 2014 after working for a German extrusion equipment manufacturer.
Bill has been in the plastics industry for more than 25 years, and holds a degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
General Manager, Rigid Packaging
Husky Injection Molding Systems
Technical Sales Manager
IMD (North America) Inc.
John Lambert is the Technical Sales Manager at IMD (North America) Inc. John studied Imaging and Photographic Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology. He served in the US Navy for 8 years operating and maintaining the Aegis weapon system the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea.
John has 10 years of experience in the vision inspection industry for plastic packaging and has been with IMD for almost 2 years.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Scott Heins is Director of Sales & Marketing for INTRAVIS Inc., the USA subsidiary of INTRAVIS, located in Atlanta that is responsible for the Americas.
After obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, he started his sales career in the Blow Molding industry with the leading manufacturer of leak testing equipment for plastic bottles – Working through various management positions, ultimately selling thousands of machines to the major converters into the industry.
Scott joined INTRAVIS Inc. as a Sales Manager in 2016, and was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing in 2017. Mr. Heins has 25+ years of experience in the industry, providing inline solutions to monitor quality and solve problems for manufacturers of Plastic Packaging.
Global Product Manager, Label Films
Sunder Rajan is the global product manager for the shrink labels sector at Klockner Pentaplast. Sunder brings with him over 20 years of background in polymer films and a plethora of labeling/decorating technologies. He has worked in a variety of manufacturing, R&D and commercial roles. Prior to Klockner, Sunder spent a large portion of his career at Avery Dennison. Sunder is a graduate of the Plastics Engineering program of University of Massachusetts, Lowell and holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
David Feber is a Partner at McKinsey & Co. (worldwide management consulting Firm) located in the Detroit Michigan office. He leads McKinsey’s Packaging Service Line and spends most of his time consulting with Packaging, CPG and Private Equity companies. David has had two stints at McKinsey. He was at McKinsey from 2000-2004 as an Associate Partner, then rejoined the Firm as a direct-elect Partner in January 2017. During the time in between, David spent almost a decade in General Management, Strategy and R&D roles in the packaging industry at Amcor.
Nestlé Waters North America
In her role as Director of Sustainability at Nestlé Waters North America, Valeria is responsible for the development and execution of initiatives that demonstrate the company's commitments to shared value creation and environmental sustainability, specifically around water and packaging. Nestlé Waters North America is the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company in the United States with brands that include Poland Springs®, Perrier® and Nestlé Pure Life®.
Prior to this role, Valeria was responsible for developing and delivering sustainability value for businesses, governments and non-profits at Accenture Strategy and Sustainability. Previous to that, Valeria was a strategist at Kinetix, a boutique sustainability consulting firm where she developed sustainable business solutions.
Valeria graduated from Monmouth College with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Environmental Science. She also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University.
Next Generation Recycling Machines Inc.
Since many years PET up-cycling technology was dominated by Solid State Polycondensation which is an established solution to harmonize material properties across different flake feed-stocks, lifting IV values, and reducing volatile contaminants. Next Generation Recycling Machines developed a new and in many areas far superior technology based on Liquid State Polycondensation. This process delivers more reliable and faster IV-Lift, reduces contaminants with much higher efficiency and expands the possibilities bringing PET feedstock back into valuable applications. The implementation of this technology is called P:REACT and consists of a vacuum reactor that accepts devolatized PET melt from an extruder. Within just 20-25 minutes of residence time it delivers IV lifted and decontaminated melt to a downstream die. The process is continuous and completely automated and in most cases PET scrap can be received by the extruder without pre-drying. IV lift of 15-30% is possible depending on the input material. Output melt from the P:REACT is FDA approved for 100% food contact. The presentation will provide information about the technology, the achieved results, and typical applications in bottle to fiber, bottle to sheet, and bottle to bottle.
Container Design Manager
Nissei ASB Company
R&D Sr. Director, Packaging Technologies
Neil has been with PepsiCo coming up on 15 years and is currently a Sr. Director in Beverage Packaging R&D based in Illinois.
In his current role, Neil leads a team that is responsible for package development and innovation for the Tropicana, Naked Juice, ONE, IZZE, Kevita and Gatorade Beverage businesses. Neil is also responsible for the Sustainability agenda as it relates to packaging materials.
Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2004, Neil spent 5 years at Kraft Foods in their Packaging R&D and Engineering divisions. His work stretched across Kraft's Cultured businesses as well as the Pizza Division. Before joining Kraft, Neil worked for McNeil Consumer Products for 6 years. At McNeil, his roles included Supply Chain roles in Inventory Allocation and Production Planning as well as Packaging R&D for OTC Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging Science from Michigan State University.
Sales Area Manager
SACMI IMOLA S.C.
Stefano Chiozzini 31 years old, received an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bologna University in 2012.
He started at Sacmi Imola S.C. immediately after the end of the studies in 2012 and after 2 years in the Technical department for PET injection systems and stretch blow moulding systems he moved to the sales project management office and after to the sales office as Sales Area Manager.
He is in charge of the North American Market market for Sacmi Imola Closures&Containers and PET division, orienting his focus on converters of plastic resins for caps&closures, single serve capsules, PET preforms, containers produced by compression blow moulding technology.
Since 2014, he is also part of an internal group dedicated to single serve capsules developments.
His employment history is as follows:
CNR – Centro Nazionale Ricerche, Faenza, Italy, 2009
Researcher on ceramic and piezoelectric materials.
RIBA Composite materials, Faenza, Italy, 2011
Researcher on advanced composite materials.
Business Development Director – ISBM
Laurent has been working for about 20 years in the PET packaging industry. His first experience was with Husky, where he held several management positions in technical sales support, business development and engineering. He has been with Sipa since 2012, leading packaging R&D and business development for ISBM.