On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Jim George will speak at Bravo!  Italian Kitchen, 2658 Lake Circle Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268 (317)-879-1444.  This will be an exciting evening with one of the IoPP National Staff coming to the Central Indiana Chapter to speak to us on the importance of packaging education.  The Central Indiana Chapter has invited the Central Ohio and Cincinnati Chapters to join us in this event.  It should prove to be a great evening of enlightenment and fellowship of packaging professionals.


Event schedule:
Buffet Dinner: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Presentation:   6:60 – 7:30 pm

The cost is $25 per person which will include the cost of the buffet meal before the presentation.  The menu will be:

2 Salads
-Chopped Italian

2 Entrees
-Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Spinach
-Penne Mediterranean (Vegetarian Pasta)

Coffee, Tea, Lemon Aid, Soda Pop

Please RSVP Jake Miller at tel:317-908-0436 or email miller_gerald_r@lilly.com, Wayne Funk at Tel: 260-403-7217 or email wefunk73@gmail.com or reply to this email blast to David Giffel at d.giffel@kpfilms.comPlease pay by cash or a check made out to IoPP-Central Indiana Chapter.

Jim George is the Director of Education for the Institute of Packaging Professionals, with decades of experience in publishing and association and conference/workshop management, including 15 years in the packaging industry. Jim was the founding editor of Shelf Impact!, a franchise focusing on the marketing impact of packaging, the founding editor of Contract Packaging magazine, and wrote on marketing/design, package development and production, and other topics for Packaging World. Jim has led workshops on branding and package design, moderated numerous panel discussions on various packaging topics and has been a speaker at dozens of conferences. In addition, Jim has served as a judge for several package-design award competitions, and co-authored and edited packaging industry management reports.


A tour and a meet and greet of the students of the Indiana State University Packaging Engineering Technology Program took place on October 9.   The meeting was led by the students.  There were several alumni of the Indiana State Packaging Program present.  We shared experiences with the students along with the students sharing their packaging learning experience and their goals at graduation.  We then toured the facilities and closed with dinner at a local restaurant.  During dinner, the interaction with the students continued.  One student is quoted as saying that they “….learned more from the professionals this evening than all the conferences and trade shows they attended put together.”

We as professionals DO make an impact on these students.  Please plan on joining us next October.

Call For Internships

Here is a way to help our ISU students as well as your company.  If you have a need for an intern or would like to offer a valuable intern experience for our ISU Packaging Engineering Technology students, please contact Dr. Schafer at ISU Marion.Schafer@indstate.edu.

Who knows, it may be a great investment in a new hire for your company.

2012-2014 Central Indiana Chapter IoPP Board of Directors

President: Wayne Funk – WLF Packaging Enterprises, LLC
Vice President: Anthony Ahmed - MOCON, Inc.
Treasurer: Kerry Crossland, - Safeway Packaging
Secretary: Karen Burgess, CPP – General Motors Components Holding, LLC
Chairperson - Fundraising: Caesar Watkins, Caesar Packaging Corp.
Chairperson -  Webmaster: David Giffel, Klockner Pentaplast Of America
Chairperson - Program (tours / meetings): Jake Miller, Eli Lilly & Company
Chairperson - Membership: OPEN
Chairperson - Education and Certification: OPEN
Chairperson - Chapter of the Year: OPEN
Immediate Past President of the  CIC IoPP: Matthew Moon
East Central Regional IoPP VP: Joe Briski




Central Indiana Chapter Institute of Packaging Professionals


If you have been on one our tours or went to the golf outing, you know what a good time we have.

Want to help in making the fun?  Then you may want to consider how you can get more involved.

We have a few openings that need to be filled.  Fun opportunities and friendship-building experiences await you,

Here is a list of CIC’s outstanding offices committees and what is involved with each:

Treasurer;   Our last treasurer did such a good job she got a new job opportunity in a warmer climate.  Seriously though, being responsible for the money of a group can only help your resume.  We don’t write many checks and is a relatively easy way to be involved.  Let is talk to you about it.          

Program;   Help organize and plan meetings and tours.   This is the fun social activity that is the heart of our networking activities.  Help is always needed.

Fundraising;   CIC’s main fundraiser is the golf outing.   What a blast we had at the last one!  Great fun outside and helps raise money for scholarships for our students at Indiana State.

Membership;  Attracting and recruiting members is also another way to expand your network connections.   Folks you associate with in your job usually folks you would like to associate with outside of work.

Education / Certification;  If learning more about packaging and/or helping others learn is more to your interest, then this could be your niche.   Helping fellow members obtain their Certifications as Packaging Technicians or Packaging Professionals is rewarding and a great service.

Chapter of the Year Basically a recordkeeping and reporting function.   Keep track of our goings on and report to national once a year.   Easy and could bring recognition to CIC just for telling our story of what we do.

Call myself or any other officer if you have any questions or, wish to get started.

Wayne E. Funk CPP
Vice President CIC IoPP
Chair Nominating Committee
Owner WLF Packaging Enterprises, LLC
(260)403-7217 [Cell – best]

wfunk@locl.net  or  wefunk73@gmail.com