Events Calendar

Throughout the year, NJPEC hosts a series of events that bring members and the packaging community together to learn, celebrate industry achievements and connect.

Innovations - March 14, 2019 - Click Here for Tickets

Thursday, March 14

Innovations 2019

Guest Speaker: Franklin S. Abrams, Ph.D., J.D., Springut Law PC

In his Innovations talk, Mr. Abrams will outline the basics of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets. He will also discuss the role of different Intellectual Property Rights in protecting innovations and creativity.

Rutgers Innovation & Design Students Display

NJPEC is proud to welcome the Senior Students from the Rutgers Innovation & Design Program to Innovations 2019. Under the guidance of Guido Schmitz, Director of Global Packaging Design within the Innovation R&D Department at Bayer Consumer Care, the students will have tabletop presentations of their work during the cocktail hour.

6:00 PM – Cocktails, Buffet Dinner, Innovations TableTops, Networking
7:00 PM – Innovations Guest Speaker with Dessert & Coffee served & more networking
9:30 PM -- Evening ends

The Manor
111 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052

Innovations Event 2019
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Hall of Fame - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

 Don't miss the memorable night when NJPEC recognizes those who have made significant achievements and contributions in engineering, packaging, design and product development. 

New Jersey Packaging Hall of Fame Inductees:


Erin Dengeles – Perfumania

Peggy Giuliano – International Paper

Frank Johnston -  Elizabeth Arden (in Memoriam)

Don Losier – Johnson & Johnson

Jake Ritz – Premier Printing

Sandip Shah – Shiseido


Sam Ghusson – Batallure Beauty

Sue Intili – Elizabeth Arden

Gregg Olah – Hampden Papers

Gino Ferrara – GPF International


Charles Chang –Topline Products:  Special Lifetime Achievement Award

Donna Estok – L'Oreal USA

Doug Fitzsimmons –  Fitzpak, Inc.

Sami Hemsey –Fenton Consulting

Leo Marchese –ABA Packaging (In Memoriam)


Walter Armstrong – Flock-Tex

Steve Chapman – Albea

Bob Cramer – L'Oreal

Bob DeProspo – USS Corp. (In Memoriam)

Henry Renella – Estee Lauder


Joe Cicci – Color Optics by Arcade

John Downey – The Estée Lauder Companies

Bernard Quennessen – Coty

Grantges J. (Jack) Raymus – Rutgers University School of Engineering (In Memoriam)

Doug Silady – boom! Creative Development 


Dennis J. Anderson – HCT Packaging

Jack Gonzales –Founder of HBA (retired)

Charles M. Huck – MPR Associates

Al Osti – L'Oreal

Edmond Zaccone – Sources & Resources


Don Cardiff – Stolzle Oberglas GmbH

Navin Desai – 411 International Corp (In Memoriam)

Jim Detwiler – Chanel

Bill Kunz – Kunz Consulting Services

Steve Mohary – Johnson & Johnson


Lorraine Ahart – Victoria’s Secret

John Alongi – Avon

Ted Boccuzzi  – Advanced Distribution Systems

John Lawlor – American Packaging Co. (In Memoriam) 

Jim Pfister – Finished Goods Enterprises, Inc.


Al Lustrino – Precision Valve

Larry M. Tronco – boom! Creative Development

Joseph A. Venezia –L'Oreal


Robert Aubrey –  Carolina Precision Plastics

Lucy Chang – Topline Products (In Memoriam)

Frank Cornacchuilo – Retired

Art DeGaetano, Jr. – boom! Creative Development

Rick Jordan – AQL (In Memoriam)

Don Kane – Curtis Packaging

Ric Meyersburg – Consolidated Container

Tom Mullen – Consupak (In Memoriam)

Walt Obuchowski –  Retired

Flo Scheck – Abbott Plastics

Harold Scheck – Abbott Plastics

Gloria Schlesinger – Brad-Pak

James Smith – Smith Design

Billie Wambold – Brad-Pak

George Zeifle – AQL (In Memoriam)


Kathy Kordowski – Avon (retired)

Harry Marmora – Professional Packaging Specialties

Barbara Poder-Stiso – Del Labs

Scott Widro – Chanel


Purchasing: Diane Abbey – L’Oreal USA

Package Development: Kumar Nanavati – Bristol Myers-Squibb

Sales: Bob Sheffler – Revlon (retired)

Entrepreneur: Charles Chang - Topline Products Co.

Lifetime Achievement: Mike Assante – Private Label Cosmetics

In Memoriam: Joe Baroncini


Purchasing: Harry Bennett – Estee Lauder

Package Development: Ron Cataldo – VPI

Sales: Eric Ruskoski – Seaquist Closures Worldwide

Entrepreneur: Deborah Danis – The Glass Group

Lifetime Achievement: Alan Rabinowitz – Berlin Packaging NY


Purchasing: Joe Norton – O.Berk Company

Package Development: Gary Korba – Estee Lauder Companies

Sales: Peter DeGaetano – Topline Products Company

Entrepreneur: Holly Young – Hirschhorn & Young Graphics, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement: Paul McDonald – Bruce Doll


Purchasing: Gus Davis – Bath & Body Works

Package Development: Roger Carricappa – Estee Lauder

Sales: Walter Hoagland – IntraPac (Plattsburgh)

Entrepreneur: Vincent Brady – Brad-Pak Enterprises

In Memoriam: Anthony DiMayo


Purchasing: Fred Thiele – L’Oreal

Packaging: Robert Huff

Sales: Ann Sisbarro

Entrepreneur: Norbert Gaelen – O.Berk Company

In Memoriam: John D’Avella

In Memoriam: Mike DeVita

Fishing Extravaganza - August 15, 2019

Golf Outing - September 17, 2019

Mentoring/Scholarship Event - October 10, 2019

Contact: John Ziemba (, Kristyn Shaner, Wexler Packaging (, and Steve Chapman, Accupac (

This evening event gathers top executives from the packaging industry to offer their experience and expertise. Mentors share defining milestones in their careers and their advice for success in the industry.  The evening is topped off with a mentor raffle that grants each winner a one-on-one meeting with a mentor.  We also present the several NJPEC scholarships awarded each year to exemplary packaging and design students. 

Night at the Races 2019 - Date TBD


The Meadowlands Racetrack 
1 Racetrack Drive
East Rutherford, NJ 07073 
Driving Directions
Howie Greenberg
New Jersey Packaging Executives Club

Package of The Year Gala - December 5, 2019

Package of the Year is an annual competition open to NJPEC members and non-members alike that celebrates the year’s most outstanding packaging. These entries are examined and reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of professional and student judges for their attributes of materials, execution, and presentation. Awards are given in each of the categories as well as for outstanding individual merit. The Package of the Year awards are presented at a popular Gala presentation dinner in December, with live music, tricky tray, goody bags, attendance gifts, and a commemorative event program.