Meet the Speakers

IP Conference Confirmed Speaker Biographies

Industrial Pack is proud to welcome a very high-profile line-up of speakers to the inaugural event. Spanning both the buyer, supplier and key trade association influencers, the conference will offer you the perfect opportunity to hear from our industry experts as well as pose questions and network with your peers.

Meet our line-up of speakers: 



Tim Debus, President & CEO, RPA

Tim has twenty plus years of experience in bringing to market new technologies and leading industry initiatives to improve the production and supply of agricultural commodities including the development of reusable plastic containers; role as executive director for the International Banana Association; and management of regulatory compliance activities for biopesticides and seeds derived from biotechnology processes.


Kyle Stavig, Chair of IPANA & CEO, Myers Container

Kyle is an entrepreneur with a history of building a collection of profitable companies in a heavy industrial, unionized environment, often while facing significant industry consolidation and competition from multi-national corporations. His experience is second to none, and currently acts as Chair to the Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America as well as CEO of Myers Container.


Rod Armstrong, Sales & Marketing Director, CHEP

Rod is an experienced business leader specializing in business development, executive leadership and large multi-unit operations. Previous to his current role at CHEP Pallecon, Rod has held directorships with Untied Allergy Services, DaVita, Aramark and Starbucks where he was personally responsible for 120 stores and $80 million in annual revenues.


Paul W. Rankin, President, RIPA

Paul has been President of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association since 1990.  RIPA represents approximately 110 companies that recondition, manufacture and distribute industrial shipping containers, or which supply materials and expertise to these firms.  Member companies annually recondition about 25 million steel drums; 4 – 6 million plastic drums; 5 – 8 million fiber drums; and, nearly 3 million intermediate bulk containers. Paul is actively involved in national and international legislative, standards-setting and regulatory activities.


Adam Gendell, Associate Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Adam is the Associate Director of GreenBlue’s flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Adam's focus is devoted to macro trends in sustainable packaging and helping industry create leadership strategies. He has special expertise in responsible material sourcing, life cycle assessment, and solid waste management. Adam has developed and delivered training seminars for hundreds of sustainability and packaging professionals, and is a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability topics.

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Brandon D’Emidio, Director of Product Management & Innovation, CHEP North America

Brandon joined CHEP in 2007, and was promoted to Director of Product Management & Innovation in 2016. Over the past 10 years, he has held a variety of global roles within the organization, including positions in Finance, Strategy, and Process Improvement. With a dedicated focus on increasing customer value, Brandon has contributed to five patents for shipping platforms and pallet systems. Currently, he leads a team working to improve efficiency through customer-driven, market-focused innovations; most noticeably, the introduction of reusable, standardized platforms for the CPG and retail supply chains. Before joining CHEP, Brandon served as a package quality engineer in the cosmetics industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging from Michigan State University.