October 19-23, 2020 • mappinc.com/conference

The goal of the Virtual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is to help plastics companies improve their operations and tactics in order to impact bottom-line profits. The conference is anchored with best practices and leading benchmark presentations derived from the industry’s best-known sources of statistical information. Known as the absolute best benchmarks in the industry, these presentations identify and correlate profitability to operational behaviors, market choices and more.

This year’s theme – Opportunity is Knocking – is designed to inspire, motivate and educate processors on how to continuously improve every day. Becoming better is not something that just happens; good leaders continually strive to improve and will use the 2020 Virtual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference as a tool to help them achieve their goals.

KEYNOTE: The Unpardonable Sins of Leadership

Phillip-Van-HooserPhillip Van Hooser’s approach to leadership training and communication skills development is drawn from his own experience in community banking, FORTUNE 500 manufacturing and consumer products companies. From his roles in employee relations, training and human resources, Phil knows the impact authentic, engaged employee relations have on productivity and profits.

And he knows the practical, commonsense strategies leaders, managers and supervisors can implement to win credibility, communicate effectively and engage confidently with employees while reducing conflict and reaching organizational goals.

An engaging keynote speaker, leadership training expert, accomplished business writer and mentor to emerging Millennial and Gen Z leaders, Phillip Van Hooser is committed to delivering keynotes and professional development training that help companies and organizations experience:

  • Stronger, more productive leader/employee relations,
  • Greater teamwork, trust, communication and collaboration, and
  • Improved bottom-line business results.

During Van Hooser’s high-energy keynote, he will highlight three behaviors leaders should recognize and avoid – now and forever. Practical, focused and timely, Van Hooser is sure to get each and every attendee reflecting on how individuals empathize, engage, motivate and capitalize on talents and knowledge in the face of adversity.


Benchmarking-ConfThis conference session, also known as “speed dating with an industry peer,” will take place throughout the week of the virtual conference. During these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to visit a “lounge” room of their choice to make connections and meet like-minded individuals who are all interested in expanding their knowledge base on a particular subject. For example, if you are interested in learning how other professionals use metrics to drive profits, then you might want to attend the “Factory Metrics and Score Cards” to share your ideas and discuss the ideas of others. The goal is to make connections and expand your resources.

Some Topics Could Include:

  • Removing Cost from Business Operations
  • Factory Metrics and Score Cards
  • Strategic Planning – Creating and Implementing
  • Staying Motivated as a Leader
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Incentive Programs
  • Marketing Practices that Work
  • Sources for Finding Workers
  • Visual Manufacturing and Work Instructions
  • Tariffs – Today’s Impact
  • Breaking the Health Insurance Mold – Lessons Learned from Self Funding
  • Redefining Your Marketing In Uncertain Times


The BC Labs will be back for the 2020 Conference! The BC Labs are a series of presentation sessions for each functional area below. Each BC Lab is designed to equip attendees with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve the mission-critical priorities of today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow.

Below are the learning tracks for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference BC Labs:

  • Executive Stakeholders/Owners
  • Leadership
  • Senior Leaders (Presidents/VPs)
  • Human Resources/Safety
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Operations/Engineering
  • CFOs/Finance/IT



You Don’t Want To Miss This Event!



Member Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library
$379 — Member pricing through August 19, 2020 $449 — Member pricing after August 19, 2020

Company-Wide Pricing: grants access for every individual in the company to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library

$1,796 — Company-wide pricing

Processors Only
Nonmember Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library


Industry Service Providers (or Sponsors) can reach Letha at 317-913-2440 or lkeslar@mappinc.com for more information about participating.