Hosts Gene Marino, Executive Vice President, Akers Packaging Service Group and AICC Board Chair, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Huston Patterson Printers and AICC Associate Board Chair take listeners behind the podcast and into their personal journeys in the Breaking Down Boxes bonus episode, 18 Years in the Making, brought to listeners by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association. 

During Breaking Down Boxes Marino and Morelli interview key individuals in the independent paper and board packaging space, but in this special bonus episode, listeners learn about the hosts, some of their lessons learned, and why they wanted to create Breaking Down Boxes. 

“It is incumbent upon entrepreneurs to make a sustainable business through developing talent through setting a clear strategy and communicating that strategy throughout the company,” said Marino. “That idea and my message as AICC Chairman, ‘Grip it and Rip It,’ evolved into this desire to find a platform where we could talk to interesting people, learn lessons and improve the way we lead, improve the way we run our businesses, and improve overall the success of the industry as a whole.”

In addition to his ideas on leadership and professional development, Morelli speaks about marrying into a family business. While he had a successful career before joining the family business, Morelli discusses the effort and energy required to grow and develop himself to be a successful, contributing member of the company. 

The bonus episode, 18 Years in the Making, was released Monday, February 14. New episodes will be released on the first Monday of every month. The first episode, which features an interview with Greg Tucker, Chairman and CEO, Bay Cities, will be available Monday, March 7. The second episode, available Monday, April 4, will feature John Bird, Chairman and CEO, JB Machinery.  

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