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Circle of Distinguished Leaders

ICPF honors exceptional individuals, leaders whose vision, creativity and energy have moved the entire corrugated industry forward, in a program that recognizes the Distinguished Leaders of the Corrugated Packaging Industry. Naming a corrugated industry leader to the ICPF “Circle of Distinguished Leaders” ensures that those who have made their mark on this global industry will receive a permanent tribute to their vision, their business acumen, and their commitment to excellence in support of the corrugated packaging industry.

Business colleagues, friends, and family are invited to bring honor to an exceptional individual through this special ICPF program. Nomination entails a single or group tax deductible contribution or pledge to ICPF of $15,000 – $17,500 (ICPF partner vs. non-partner nomination), that can be paid in one lump sum, pledged over time or collected through multiple smaller donations to ICPF made in the name of the nominee by companies and individuals. Most importantly, the net receipts are used by ICPF to fund programs to support the current and future workforce needs of the industry. To acquire a nomination form or to learn more about making a nomination, contact ICPF at

In June 2023, two more industry leaders were nominated for induction into this prestigious group:

Dennis Colley

2023 Circle of Distinguished Leaders Nominee

Dennis Colley spent 35 years at International Paper where he held management positions in mill operations, converting operations, global containerboard and supply chain. He just recently retired from Fibre Box Association (FBA), where he led the association as President and CEO for the past 12 years. He also managed the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA) as President and CEO since 2016.

Pete Watson

2023 Circle of Distinguished Leaders Nominee

Pete Watson retired in 2022 after 22 years with Greif, Inc. Pete served as Executive Chairman, President and CEO since 2015. Prior to his time with Greif, he served as Vice President and General Manager at Concept Packaging Group and General Manager for Union Camp Corporation. Pete also served on the FBA Board of Directors and was Chairman of the association from 2015-2016.

If you would like to join in recognizing Dennis and/or Pete, firms and individuals can make donations in their name to support their recognition at the 2024 FBA Annual Meeting to be held May 6-8, 2024, at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. Firms and individuals making donations will be recognized during the induction ceremony for Dennis and Pete, and in a subsequent press release to the packaging trade press. Contact Caitlin Salaverria at if you would like to make a tax deductible donation.

Bruce Benson – FBA and ICCA President
William I. Flinn – Founder and CEO, Scope Packaging; AICC and ICPF Chairman
J. Richard Troll – ICPF and AICC Founder and President
Ronald Warll – Founder and CEO, Dicar Inc.
James McKinney – Vice President and General Manager, Lewisburg Container
William J. Sweeney – Senior Executive, Packaging Corporation of America; FBA and ICPF Chairman
Laurence C. Schiffenhaus – Co-Chairman, Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation; AICC Chairman
Jack D. Grollman – President and Owner, Triangle Container; AICC and ICPF Chairman
Thomas G. Landaal – President, Landaal Packaging Systems; FBA Chairman
Ben Fiterman – CEO and Chairman, Liberty Diversified Industries
Harold G. Craddock – Founder and CEO, Triad Packaging
John C. Cooper, III – Legal Counsel, Fibre Box Association and its allied associations
William C. Akers – Founder and CEO, Akers Packaging Service; AICC and ICPF Chairman
Jack Schwarz – Founder and CEO, Schwarz Partners
Richard Sharfstein – Co-Founder and CEO, The Strive Group
Mort Ackerman – President, Ackerman Consulting Group
Hardy Sanders – Co-Founder and Chairman, Bates Container; AICC and ICPF Chairman
Marvin Grossbard – Founder and President, President Container
Edward Fienning – Founder and President, Kankakee Container and Sumter Packaging
Richard Hoerner, Sr. – President, Hoerner Boxes; Chairman, Hoerner-Waldorf Corporation
Paul Vishny – General Counsel, AICC – The Independent Packaging Association
Michael Harwood – Deputy CEO, Pratt Industries; World Containerboard Organisation Chairman
James E. Haglund – Founder & CEO, Central Container & Display; AICC President
James B. Porter III – President of Business Development & Latin America, WestRock; FBA Chairman
Joseph R. Palmeri – CEO Jamestown Container; AICC President; FBA Board of Directors
Charles E. Hodges – President and COO Hood Container Corporation; FBA Board of Directors