AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, with 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 is launching the Association’s first podcast, Breaking Down Boxes. 

During the podcast, Marino and Morelli will interview key individuals in the independent paper and board packaging space. Michael M. D’Angelo, AICC President, said “AICC members have so many compelling stories to share and with them lessons to embrace. The Independent experience is fascinating and relatable on so many levels. Breaking Down Boxes with Gene and Joe is the best way to share these stories. Listen anytime. There is something of value in each one.”

Marino and Morelli share an interest in leadership and understanding the story behind the successes and failures of those in the independent packaging space. 

“AICC’s membership is full of people who have such powerful stories of growth, success and even failure,” said Morelli. “Gene and I have been fortunate over the years to hear first-hand what their experiences have been like and ultimately a lot of it has helped shape our own careers. We are both really excited to help share their valuable insight!”        

A podcast trailer is currently available online. A bonus episode that offers background and insights into the lives of the hosts will be released Monday, February 14. 

New episodes will be released the first Monday of every month. The first episode, available March 7, features an interview with Greg Tucker, Chairman and CEO, Bay Cities. The second episode, available Monday, April 4, will feature John Bird, Chairman and CEO, JB Machinery.  

“Joe and I are excited to deliver to the membership stories and advice from successful industry entrepreneurs. We have been fortunate enough to enjoy similar stories over the years and feel that sharing to a broader audience provides insights into being a better leader,” said Marino.

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