Inaugural Event 2017

The first ever Automotive Packaging Summit took place in Greenville, SC on October 11-13th, 2017. With 150 attendees from across the southeast, the local automotive packaging infrastructure was well represented. This day-and-a-half event brought together OEM, Tier One, Logistics, Educational, and Packaging Provider perspectives to help improve communication across the supply chain.


Wednesday, October 11th
Pour Taproom 6-8 pm
Networking Cocktail

Thursday, October 12th
Clemson ONE Building, 5th Floor

7:30 – Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Andrew Hurley

Conference Session 1

8:45 – Keynote Speaker
Drew Cockman, Packaging Planing, Section Manager, BMW NA

9:40 – Panel 1 – Automotive Part Supplier Perspectives
Roland Benter, Fraenkische; David Lester, Magna Decostar; Jeff Palus; Artiflex

10:30 – Speaker 2
Micah Mallace, Director Strategic Projects, SC State Ports Authority

11:15 – Speaker 3
Darrin Lucas, Senior Manager, Inbound Logistics, Nissan NA

Lunch and Networking

Conference Session 2
Dual Tracks

Collaboration – Main Conference Area
Chaired by Drew Felty, Package Insight

2:30 – Bianca Hurley
Automotive Packaging Specialist, Package InSight

3:15 – Jay McGovern
Parts Director, Century BMW

4:00 Dr. Jeff Neal
Director, Clemson Co-op Program

4:30 – Sara Shumpert

Tech and Logistics – Conference Room 505
Chaired by Suzanne Dickerson, SC Logistics

2:30 – Klaus Lysdale
VP of Sales and Operations, I-Containers

3:15 – Tanner Fogle
Clemson Transport Package Testing Lab

4:00 – Ben Nguku
Marketing Manager, Sealed Air

4:30 – William Wappler
President, Surgere


5:00 Main Conference Lobby

Friday, October 13th

Clemson ONE Building, 5th Floor

8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Welcome
Dr. Andrew Hurley

Conference Session 3

9:00 – Speaker 4
Patrick Ward, Packaging Engineer, Volvo Car Group

9:45 – Speaker 5
Dr. Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

10:30 – Speaker 6
Lilly Holt, Warehouse Manager, Global Service Parts, Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc.

11:20 – Panel 2 – OEM Perspectives
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo

12:10 Closing Remarks
Dr. Andrew Hurley

12:30 – Lunch