33 episodes

Breaking Down Boxes, brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, gives you the story behind the boxes. Gene Marino, Akers Packaging & AICC Board Chair, and Joe Morelli, Huston Patterson Printers & AICC Associate Board Chair, interview significant players in the independent packaging industry. Entrepreneurs share their trials and triumphs in authentic conversations filled with knowledge and laughter.

New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. The first episode will be available March 7 with a bonus episode available soon!

Visit us at https://www.AICCbox.org to learn how we help our members succeed.

Breaking Down Boxes AICC, The Independent Packaging Association

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Breaking Down Boxes, brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, gives you the story behind the boxes. Gene Marino, Akers Packaging & AICC Board Chair, and Joe Morelli, Huston Patterson Printers & AICC Associate Board Chair, interview significant players in the independent packaging industry. Entrepreneurs share their trials and triumphs in authentic conversations filled with knowledge and laughter.

New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. The first episode will be available March 7 with a bonus episode available soon!

Visit us at https://www.AICCbox.org to learn how we help our members succeed.

    One Door Closes

    One Door Closes

    Welcome to Breaking Down Boxes. We have compelling conversations with entrepreneurs in the packaging space.
    This episode marks a significant milestone as hosts Gene Marino, President of Akers Packaging Service Group, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Huston Patterson and Lewisburg Printing Company, bid farewell as hosts.
    As Breaking Down Boxes takes a brief hiatus in August, the podcast will return in September with guest hosts, continuing to offer inspiring stories and valuable insights. AICC is committed to providing a platform that fosters learning, growth, and connection within the packaging industry.
    This podcast is brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. Learn more at www.AICCbox.org. When you invest and engage, AICC delivers success.
    Breaking Down Boxes is sponsored by Ox Box, offering strength you can depend on.

    • 45 min
    A Practical Matter

    A Practical Matter

    Welcome to Breaking Down Boxes. We have compelling conversations with entrepreneurs in the packaging space.
    In this episode, we talk with AICC President Mike D'Angelo.
    Mike shares his compelling journey through the packaging industry, offering listeners a wealth of insights into his career progression, the importance of mentorship, and the balancing act between work and personal life. From his childhood experiences to his transition from college to the workforce, Mike's story is a testament to the power of hard work, adaptability, and the enduring importance of personal and professional relationships.
    About Mike
    Mike is a 40+ year veteran of the packaging industry with experience in the corrugated, folding carton and flexible packaging markets. After graduating from Villanova University, Mike went to work for Bobst North America in a sales support role. Over the next 32 years he rose through various leadership positions in the Bobst organization in various packaging equipment markets. This growth culminated in an 18-year role as Vice President of Sales and Service.
    Goss International recruited Mike to be its North American Managing Director and to transition its web offset printing press business from the publication and newspaper markets to the packaging markets. This challenge was successfully met, resulting in the sale of Goss to a private equity company.
    After Goss, Mike continued to pursue service to the paper-based packaging industry by joining AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, as Vice President in October 2016. He was elevated to the President’s role at AICC on July 1, 2019.
    Prior to joining AICC, Mike had been a 20+ year Associate Member of the Association. Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) including a term as Chair. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). Both Board experiences showed him the satisfaction that can be achieved in Association management.
    Mike and his wife Susan are the parents of two grown daughters. They live in Dumfries, Virginia.
    Connect with Mike
    LinkedinAICCbox.org
    New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. Remember to rate, review, and subscribe!
    This podcast is brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. Learn more at www.AICCbox.org. When you invest and engage, AICC delivers success.
    Breaking Down Boxes is sponsored by Ox Box, offering strength you can depend on.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Destiny Thing

    A Destiny Thing

    Welcome to Breaking Down Boxes. We have compelling conversations with entrepreneurs in the packaging space.
    In this episode we talk with Greg Arvanigian, President and CEO of Arvco Container Corp.
    Greg Arvanigian's story is as inspiring as it is relatable. In the interview, he candidly reflects on his early years, admitting to the typical pursuits of a college student – playing in a rock band, socializing, and navigating the uncertainties of youth. However, a pivotal moment of self-reflection just before graduation led Greg to reassess his career trajectory, ultimately propelling him into the world of packaging.
    Connect
    Greg on Linkedin
    Arvco
    In the next episode you'll hear from AICC's own Mike D'Angelo.
    New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. Remember to rate, review, and subscribe!
    This podcast is brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. Learn more at www.AICCbox.org. When you invest and engage, AICC delivers success.
    Breaking Down Boxes is sponsored by Ox Box, offering strength you can depend on.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Going Forward Part 2

    Going Forward Part 2

    Welcome to Breaking Down Boxes. We have compelling conversations with entrepreneurs in the packaging space.
    In this episode we talk with Richard Brown, President & Co-owner of The BoxMaker.
    Part 1 of Going Forward delved into key aspects of Richard's career in the packaging industry that led him to The BoxMaker, offering valuable insights for listeners.
    The conversation explores the evolution of digital technology within the corrugated packaging sector. Richard shares insights into the efficiencies brought about by digital production, emphasizing its transformative impact on supply chain dynamics. He reflects on the transition from traditional analog methods to digital processes, highlighting the advantages in terms of reduced waste, enhanced flexibility, and streamlined workflows.
    About Richard
    Richard Brown has been with The BoxMaker since 2003. Prior to his current role, he served as the Corrugated Sales Manager, Vice President, and General Manager. Richard’s career in packaging began with a summer warehouse job as a teen. He quickly worked his way up to delivery driver, a series of office roles, and then outside sales where he developed and sold custom packages for 13 years.
    His first leadership role was in product management at Tenneco. In 1999 he accepted a promotion to lead a branch office of Landsberg Ororoa in the Seattle area. Richard enjoys actively participating in AICC and Vistage.
    As a packaging professional, Richard enjoys seeing how things are made, and he maintains a keen interest in client projects as they are produced. He believes being involved in all parts of the process is an excellent way to learn from an array of people and companies.
    Richard focuses on ensuring The BoxMaker has the right talent, equipment, and culture in place to serve clients effectively and develop true partnerships. He values treating everyone with respect, living in the moment, and making a positive impact. Richard says, “The impact I have on my coworkers’ lives will be my scorecard as a leader.”
    Richard enjoys being outdoors to appreciate the beauty and fresh air of the Pacific Northwest while hiking and fly fishing. He looks forward to spending time in Northwest Arkansas where we recently expanded. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and supporting his local community.
    Seattle Business Magazine recognized Richard as Executive of the Year 2020 in its Washington Manufacturing Awards.
    Connect with Richard & The BoxMaker   
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    Resources
    AICC CEO Advisory Group
    Coming Up
    New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. Remember to rate, review, and subscribe!
    This podcast is brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. Learn more at www.AICCbox.org. When you invest and engage, AICC delivers success.
    Breaking Down Boxes is sponsored by Ox Box, offering strength you can depend on.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Going Forward- Part 1

    Going Forward- Part 1

    Welcome to Breaking Down Boxes. We have compelling conversations with entrepreneurs in the packaging space.
    In this episode we talk with Richard Brown, President & Co-owner of The BoxMaker.
    Part 1 of Going Forward delves into key aspects of Richard's career in the packaging industry that led him to The BoxMaker, offering valuable insights for listeners.
    Richard's journey in the packaging world began at 14 years old, working in his father's distribution company. This hands-on experience and hard-working attitude led to his transformative climb from the warehouse floor to the executive boardroom. His story serves as a testament to the profound impact of practical experience in shaping a successful career in the packaging sector.
    The human side of leadership takes center stage as the episode sheds light on the delicate balance between career and family. Richard discusses the significant role family considerations played in his decision-making process, emphasizing transparent communication and the thoughtful evaluation of family dynamics as crucial elements in navigating career choices.
    About Richard
    Richard Brown has been with The BoxMaker since 2003. Prior to his current role, he served as the Corrugated Sales Manager, Vice President, and General Manager. Richard’s career in packaging began with a summer warehouse job as a teen. He quickly worked his way up to delivery driver, a series of office roles, and then outside sales where he developed and sold custom packages for 13 years. His first leadership role was in product management at Tenneco. In 1999 he accepted a promotion to lead a branch office of Landsberg Ororoa in the Seattle area. Richard enjoys actively participating in AICC and Vistage.
    As a packaging professional, Richard enjoys seeing how things are made, and he maintains a keen interest in client projects as they are produced. He believes being involved in all parts of the process is an excellent way to learn from an array of people and companies.
    Richard focuses on ensuring The BoxMaker has the right talent, equipment, and culture in place to serve clients effectively and develop true partnerships. He values treating everyone with respect, living in the moment, and making a positive impact. Richard says, “The impact I have on my coworkers’ lives will be my scorecard as a leader.”
    Richard enjoys being outdoors to appreciate the beauty and fresh air of the Pacific Northwest while hiking and fly fishing. He looks forward to spending time in Northwest Arkansas where we recently expanded. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and supporting his local community.
    Seattle Business Magazine recognized Richard as Executive of the Year 2020 in its Washington Manufacturing Awards.
    Connect with Richard & The BoxMaker
    XInstagramLinkedIn
    Resources
    AICC CEO Advisory Group
    Coming Up
    In the next episode, Going Forward Part II will cover Richard's time at The BoxMaker. The episode delves into Richard's leadership philosophy and innovative strategy to keep his company on the cutting edge.
    New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. Remember to rate, review, and subscribe!
    This podcast is brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. Learn more at a href="www.AICCbox.org" rel="noopener...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Be Somewhere First

    Be Somewhere First

    Welcome to Breaking Down Boxes. We have compelling conversations with entrepreneurs in the packaging space.
    In this episode, we talk with Jim Haglund, Chairman, and Mike Haglund, CEO & Owner, of Central Package & Display.
    Their entertaining stories about their early days and the honesty with which they speak about the decision to bring in an outside president to run the company are inspiring and informative. This conversation shows their mutual respect for each other and offers an outstanding example of working within family dynamics.
    About Jim and Mike
    Jim Haglund always had a job. He eventually landed at a distributor, where he got to know independent box makers. One of their suppliers was a sheet plant named Central Container Corp. After an encounter with one of the original owners, Jim proposed buying his half of the company. The company had a different succession plan, but the owner sold his 50% to Jim anyway because he knew Jim would succeed.
    Mike Haglund started at Central mowing the lawn and opening mail when he was ten years old. He continued to work summers there throughout college. After graduating college, Mike built a successful career, which included running a scrap yard and purchasing two packaging supply companies. Eventually, his father wanted to acquire his companies and fold them and him into Central, and Mike was ready to return to the family business.
    Connect
    Central Package & Display: Linkedin | website
    Mike Haglund
    New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. Remember to rate, review, and subscribe!
    This podcast is brought to you by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. Learn more at www.AICCbox.org. When you invest and engage, AICC delivers success.
    Breaking Down Boxes is sponsored by Ox Box, offering strength you can depend on.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Sandrao Ox ,

Great!

Love learning about the companies and the people behind them. Very entertaining!

guy ox ,

Great show

Fabulous way to get to know other members through their stories. Gene and Joe are outstanding.

Derek Volk ,

Very enjoyable and educational

As a third generation sheet plant owner, I’ve been in the box business my whole life. The podcast Breaking Down Boxes is both enjoyable and educational. Listening to the interviews with leaders in our industry sharing their stories, insights and how they overcame setbacks is a fantastic learning tool. Thank you for doing this show.

Derek Volk
Volk Packaging Corporation
Biddeford, Maine

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