Why attend IMFA’s 2021 Conference?

  • See the latest advancements in the molded fiber industry

  • Expand, diversify, and strengthen your professional network

  • Discover insights into renewable molded fiber packaging
  • Connect with 100+ global manufacturers, equipment and service providers, suppliers, and industry experts

Registration Rates

All rates are USD. Member rate available to active 2020 members with discount code. Spouse registration is available with all packages for an additional fee of $295. Register Now

Early Bird Special
September 3, 2019
December 31, 2019
Member Rate: $999
Non-Member Rate: $1,799

Early Registration
January 1, 2020
February 15, 2020
Member Rate: $1,149
Non-Member Rate: $1,999

Regular Registration
February 16, 2020
March 15, 2020
Member Rate: $1,349
Non-Member Rate: $2,199

Late Registration
March 16, 2020
April 7, 2020
Member Rate: $1,549
Non-Member Rate: $2,399

After April 7th you must register and pay the full late registration fee at the seminar on-site. Your name and email will NOT be included in the on-site program directory:

Member Rate: $1,749
Non-Member Rate: $2,499

Travelling Internationally?

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a formal letter of invitation in order to obtain a travel visa.

Scottsdale AZ Omni Hotel

The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

4949 East Lincoln Drive – Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia was established in 2008 as Montelucia Resort & Spa. The Scottsdale resort’s short history hasn’t stopped it from earning numerous awards and accolades for its deluxe accommodations, world-class amenities and convenient services.

Inspired by the whitewashed villages and sun-drenched hills of Andalusia in Southern Spain, the Omni Scottsdale luxury resort was built in the lush Sonoran Desert to take advantage of more than 300 days of sunshine. That’s why it boasts sparkling pools and decked-out venues for meetings nestled at the foot of majestic Camelback Mountain.

Guests can book two ways:

  • Call 888-627-3010 and mention IMFA
  • Make online reservations here
  • PRE/POST DATES: May not be available through the link; please call 888-627-3010. You may find them available at a higher rate.  Also, if requesting a date where our block has already filled (such as Saturday night) you may see a higher average rate across your entire stay.  If you  see “no availability”, call the number above to speak with an agent.  If you are unable to get a satisfactory resolution, please email [email protected]. 

Air Transportation

The closest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX), located about 20 minutes from the hotel..

Discount Code usage Instructions 2020

Ground Transportation

  • Taxi – About $40 one way
  • Uber/Lyft- About  $18 to $20 one way
  • Car Rental – (Avis discount available in early 2020)
  • Driving directions from the airport

Stay and Play

If you would like to stay late (or arrive early), please make your hotel reservations very early because space is limited outside of Thursday and Friday nights. This is the busiest season for the resort.

Here are some suggestions, but there are many more.

Travelling Internationally?

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a formal letter of invitation in order to obtain a travel visa.

Spouse Program

Seminar participants and exhibitors are welcome to bring their spouse for the event. There will be a $295 fee to register, which includes 2 full breakfasts, 2 evening receptions and 4 drink tickets. However, please note that only full-seminar registrants may attend the seminar and lunch.

Optional Activities: Spouses are welcome to join with others to enjoy the activities and attractions of the Omni Montelucia and the Sonoran desert. We have set some times to go as a group, but you are responsible for purchasing your own ticket in advance. There are two (2) planned activities.  We will meet in the lobby a few minutes prior to the departure times shown below and arrange to ride together.

Activity #1 – Taliesin West

Date and time TBD

Taliesin West is a UNESCO World Heritage site and National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ.  It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture. Buy Panorama Tour Tickets. $30.00 Advance purchase recommended. The 60-minute tour starts at 10:45 a.m.  Following the tour, there will be time to shop in the Frank Lloyd Wright store and then return to the Omni for a casual lunch, relaxing by the pool or a visit to the fabulous Joya Spa.

Learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright and this experience: Learn more here

Telesian Building - COnference Outing

Activity #2 – Old Town Scottsdale

Date and time TBD

Old Town Scottsdale includes shopping at your leisure and Museum of the West ($15 for museum tickets, may be purchased at the door.) Tour rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor.

Sponsorship & Exhibits

IMFA has sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities that help get your company in front of leaders who make important decisions on industry direction. Corresponding program benefits offer unique opportunities to engage with industry. Purchase Now

  • IMFA offers the opportunity for companies to present their information on tabletop displays. A limited quantity of tables is available.
  • Includes one draped six-foot table, acknowledgment in the event program, on IMFA’s website, and in IMFA’s newsletter.
  • Booth representatives cannot attend the seminar proceedings.
  • The sponsor is responsible for setup, breakdown, shipping, and all collateral materials for the table.

Tabletop Display and Registration Package: $2,399 USD
(10% Discount for 2020 IMFA Members)

  • Includes one draped six-foot table, acknowledgment in the event program, on IMFA’s website, and in IMFA’s newsletter.
  • Includes Conference registration for one person. Extra representatives $1,754 each.
  • The sponsor is responsible for setup, breakdown, shipping, and all collateral materials for the table.


“Exhibiting at IMFA greatly exceeded my expectations. We came away with many quality leads, new contacts and a better understanding of the needs and goals of the molded fiber community” Gord Gouthro, Spraying Systems Co

“Every year I come to the IMFA conference with a lot of excitement and trepidations. I am amazed by the number of people involved in this instrustry and the quality of people attending this conference. I have been going for four year and two years as a sponsor and I still come up with more connections, more leads, and more opportunities for m company year after year. It is truly one of the best conferences for the pulp and paper market.” Louis Marimanno


Have questions or need help registering for your sponsorship? Please contact Deb Sorgel at (678)-303-3053 or [email protected]

Note: The program is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Thursday April 15, 2021

  • 12:30 – 1:00pm Board Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 4:30pm Board Meeting
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome Reception

Friday, April 16, 2021

  • 7:30am – 9:00am Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:30am Conference Opening Remarks
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Speaker Session 1
    • Bill Moore, International Raw Material Trends
    • Thomas R. Dardis, Regional Sales Manager (East), Gardner Denver Nash LLC
  • 10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm Speaker Session 2
    • Kayla Fisher, Sustainable Packaging Coalition
    • Brian Toich, Osisoft Pi System | Rovisys
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm Breakout Sessions
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm Special Guest
    • Oliver Campbell, Director Procurement and Packaging Engineering, Dell Technologies
  • 4:30pm – 6:30pm Reception

Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • 7:30am – 8:15am Breakfast
  • 8:30am – 9:15am Keynote Speaker
    • George Pesansky, Deliberate Improvement®
  • 9:15am – 10:15am Speaker Session 1
    • Ian Jacobson, Eco Products
    • Leona Neill, Red Sun Farms, End User Pulp Success Story
  • 10:15am – 10:45am Coffee Break
  • 10:45am – 11:45am Breakout Sessions
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm Student Competition & Joe Grygny Award
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch on your own
  • 1:45pm – 3:00pm Member-Only Session
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm Board Meeting
  • 5:00pm Adjourn

Keynote Speaker
Saturday, April 17 | 8:30 – 9:15am


George Pesansky, Deliberate Improvement®
George has worked in Continuous Improvement for 25 years, teaching thousands of Green and Black Belts the methods and tools of Lean and Six Sigma. Realizing many organizations need more than this, Continuous Improvement has focused on the systems, culture and PRACTICAL application by creating Deliberate Improvement®. Many organizations struggle to utilize the largest lever of these tools (Transferring and Sustaining the project knowledge); George devoted myself to developing the tools and methods to achieve this elusive result.

Special Guest
Friday, April 17 | 4:00 – 4:30pm

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Oliver Campbell, Director Procurement and Packaging Engineering, Dell
As the Director of Packaging at Dell, Oliver’s global organization focuses on packaging design, strategic sourcing, technology commercialization, logistics, and fulfillment. He has brought fresh thinking to the packaging industry and created the engineering and business framework that has driven Dell’s revolutionary packaging innovations. Industry first innovations in bamboo, mushroom, wheat straw, and molded paper pulp packaging laid the foundation to substantially reduce reliance on traditional oil based plastic packaging while saving millions of dollars, maintaining quality, and creating the eco-aware supply chains that have pointed to the new Circular Economy.

His accomplishments have been recognized through the 2014 Brand Packaging Innovator of the Year; 2013 Packaging Visionary Award from Packaging Digest ; 2011 World Economic Council Low Carbon Award; 2013 & 2010 CHaINA Green Supply Chain Award among others. He is a frequent speaker with TEDx presentation and interviews in Forbes, the BBC, The Guardian, and China Central Television. He is a past member of Packaging Digest’ Editorial Advisory Board. Oliver holds a bachelor and master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from The University of Texas.

Conference Speakers

Friday, April 16 | 9:30 – 10:30am
Total Vaccuum System
Thomas R. Dardis, Regional Sales Manager (East), Gardner Denver Nash LLC

Gardner Denver is a leading global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipment and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services, which it sells across multiple attractive end-markets within the industrial, energy and medical industries.

Friday, April 16 | 9:30 – 10:30am
International Raw Material Trends
Bill Moore, Moore & Associates

Bill Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm that provides a range of strategic services and research to global organizations active in recycling and sustainability.  Bill’s career as an environmental professional spans almost 40 years.  His knowledge base includes all aspects of supply and demand for recovered paper on a global basis.

Friday, April 16 | 1:30 – 2:30PM
Molded Fiber Industry Market Research

Brian Clayson, Freedonia Custom Research

Brian Clayson is a project manager with Freedonia Custom Research, an independent market research firm that provides detailed market intelligence services supporting strategic business planning, investment decisions, mergers, new product development and new market entry. Areas of focus include packaging and packaging materials, building construction/products and other industrial markets. Brian’s expertise includes developing historical and forecasted demand, competitive intelligence, market share and value chain analysis.

Friday, April 16 | 1:30 – 2:30PM
Osisoft | Pi System

Brian Toich, Osisoft Pi System | Rovisys

Bryan Toich is a Sr. Software Engineer at RoviSys, an independent Automation and Information Integrator.  He spends his days helping clients get more value out of manufacturing historians.  This includes architecting solutions for Overall Operational Efficiency, predictive maintenance, tracking downtime, and tracking production metrics to name a few.  He’ll be sharing his experiences with how companies are using historians to make data driven decisions at all levels of their organization and the benefits they’ve gained.

Saturday, April 17 | 9:15 – 10:15am
Eco-Products Vanguard: The Journey Beyond PFAS

Ian Jacobson, President Eco-Products

Saturday, April 17 | 9:15 – 10:15am
End-User Pulp Success Story

Leona Neill, Red Sun Farms

Leona Neill is Director of Marketing and Packaging of Red Sun Farms, one of the largest vertically integrated high-tech greenhouse vegetable growers with ownership of each stage of the process; seed selection, to plant growth, to harvesting, packaging and distribution. Red Sun Farms has over 600 acres throughout Mexico, USA and Canada. Leona brings over 15 years of Packaging design, project management and CPG Managerial experience to her role in the Marketing & Packaging team. Leona joined Red Sun farms in 2015 to develop the packaging team and spearhead innovation within the organization.

Conference Panelists

Friday, April 16 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Total Vacuum System
Moderated by Gary Visser, IMFA Chairman

Manfred Habeck, Southern Pulp Machinery
Thomas R. Dardis, Gardner Denver Nash LLC
Jim Gehl, Keiding, Inc.
John Koempel, Michelsen Pkg. Co
Craig Komulainen, Huhtamaki Inc.

Friday, April 16 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
International Raw Material Trends
Moderated by Mike Gallant, CKF Inc. and Bill Moore, Moore & Associates


Friday, April 16 | 3:00 – 4:00pm
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Moderated by Kayla Fisher, Arizona State University

Shannon Boase, CKF Inc.


Friday, April 16 | 3:00 – 4:00pm
Osisoft | Pi System
Moderated by Paul Carter, Huhtamaki Inc.

Tristan Butcher, Tellus
Stewart Whitlow, Huhtamaki Inc.

Saturday, April 17 | 10:45 – 11:45am
Deliberate Improvements
Moderated by George Pesansky, Deliberate Improvement®

John Meccia, CMS Technology
Brian Smith, Huhtamaki Inc.


Saturday, April 17 | 10:45 – 11:45am
End-User Succuss Story

Moderated by James Gallacher, MFP Ltd

Shannon Boas, CKF Inc.
Leona Neill, Red Sun Farms
Gary Shaw, Pulp-Tec

Saturday, April 17 | 11:45am – 12:45pm
Student Competition
Moderated by Joseph Grygny, IMFA Founder / Executive Director Emeritus