Capt. Scott Kelly, a U.S. astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain, and Marci Rossell, former chief economist for CNBC and a leading financial expert, are the featured speakers at the Flexible Packaging Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting on March 1-3 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida.

Kelly will deliver the keynote address on Friday, March 3. During his record-breaking year in space, Capt. Kelly captivated the world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. He will share with attendees what he learned during his 143-million-mile adventure. FPA offers special thanks to members Charter NEX Films Inc., Coveris, Flint Group and Sun Chemical Corp. for sponsoring Kelly’s appearance.

Rossell will discuss factors that have contributed to the current economic environment and will outline her forecast for what businesses should expect in 2017, touching on a range of topics, including government regulations, global currency shifts, implications of a federal rate hike and the impact of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and incoming new administration.

The meeting will also examine key issues of importance to the industry, including a preview of the State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report delivered by Rob Tiede, vice president of global flexible packaging and packaging services at Sonoco Flexible Packaging; European Flexible Packaging Update delivered by Jan Homan, chairman of Flexible Packaging Europe and member of the supervisory board at Constantia Flexibles; Strategy for End-of-Packaging-Life Management for Flexible Packaging delivered by Jeff Wooster, global sustainability director at The Dow Chemical Co.; Polyolefin Market Update delivered by Nick Vafiadis, global business director of polyolefins and plastics at IHS Chemical; and a Roadmap for FPA’s Advocacy Program delivered by Alison Keane, FPA’s president and CEO.

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