Keynote Speakers at SPE Thermoforming Conference® To Address Design Innovation and Corporate Leadership

BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., July 7, 2015: The keynote speakers for the 24th annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Conference® will focus on the importance of design and manufacturing innovation and corporate leadership, it was announced today by SPE’s Thermoforming Division.

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Keynote Speakers at SPE Thermoforming Conference® To Address Design Innovation and Corporate Leadership

With the theme of “Getting Back to Basics,” the Thermoforming Conference will take place August 31-September 2, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. There will be two keynote addresses:

● From Square Wheels to Not Quite Rocket Science! A Presentation on Speciality Fabrication Using a Variety of Plastics Related Medias. Mark Harrington, owner of Storyland Studios, a custom fabrication company that creates sculptures for films, amusement parks and corporations, will describe how his company employs a wide range of techniques (including vacuum forming) to build movie props and sets, exhibits, trade show booths, theme park and architectural elements and retail merchandising displays.

● Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Model: SERVE.  Michael Garrison, Senior Director, Sustainability and Packaging, on the Menu Strategy and Development team of Chick-fil-A, Inc., will reveal Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Model, using the acronym “SERVE.” Takeaways will include the “Servant Leadership” principles that are taught and celebrated at Chick-fil-A. The audience will reflect on and write an outline of an action plan to utilize such leadership principles in their businesses.

Chick-fil-A is a privately held quick-dining restaurant chain with 2014 revenues of over $5.5 billion. After working as an intern with Chick-fil-A while attending Auburn University, Michael Garrison joined the organization full-time in 1993 as an Information Technology Analyst. He moved on to the Marketing department in June 2011 to begin Chick-fil-A’s sustainability efforts. Today he serves on the organization’s Menu Strategy Leadership team and is responsible for Sustainability and Packaging.

“This year’s Thermoforming Conference will address the full spectrum of needs for today’s thermoforming professional,” said Paul Uphaus, 2015 conference chair. “The keynote speakers will address the important topics of leadership and innovation, while the technical presentations and case studies will deliver practical industry insight that attendees can apply immediately to their businesses.”