The industry's best Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference for processors!

October 2-4 | Indianapolis Downtown Marriott | Indianapolis, IN

This year's theme — Together Everyone Achieves More — is designed to inspire, motivate, and educate processors on how to positively influence the people around them. Good leaders continually work to make themselves better, and the 2019 Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference will do just that!


The goal of the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is to help plastics companies improve their operations and tactics in order to impact bottom-line profits. This year’s Benchmarking and Best Practices conference will address leadership, operational best practices, the latest financial benchmarks, sales and marketing, and the impact of employees on the bottom-line and much more.

With over 650 plastics professionals expected to meet in Indianapolis, IN, on October 2-4, the Conference staff has created a schedule packed with best practices, leading-edge benchmarks, expert presentations and the best networking opportunities in the industry.







$792 (Early Bird Rate)
$850 after August 2nd


Lunch and Learn: $55


$998 (Early Bird Rate) 
$1060 after August 2nd


Lunch and Learn $55

*Industry Service Providers (Or SPONSORS)

If you are a company that provides a service to the plastics industry please contact Letha Keslar about attending this event. You can reach Letha at  317-913-2440  or


$685 (per attendee, Early Bird rate)
$750 (per attendee after August 2nd)

NON-MAPP MEMBERS (Processors Only):
$900 (per attendee, Early Bird rate)
$900 (per attendee after August 2nd)



  • Lunch on Thursday 
  • Breakfast for two days and all Coffee breaks.
  • Invitation to the Pre-Conference reception on Wednesday, October 2, including beverages and hors d’ oeuvres.
  • Free access to the annual "Member's Choice" Networking Reception on Thursday evening!
  • Access to the best networking opportunities in the plastics industry. 

*Industry Service Providers

If you are a company that provides a service to the plastics industry please contact Letha Keslar to discuss attending this event. You can reach Letha at  317-913-2440  or


The 2019 Benchmarking Conference is a tremendous opportunity for team building, so if your company wants to bring more than 4 people we are offering a group discount. See above.

*Cancellations received by September 13, 2019 will receive a refund minus a $90 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received after September 13, 2019 are non-refundable (substitutions are allowed). No refunds for conference day no-shows.


The Conference team is hard at work curating content for the 2019 event! The Conference will feature BC LABS, learning tracks and more. Come back soon for Agenda updates! 

The Conference Committee wanted to share the general timeline of the event to assist attendees with travel arrangements.

Wednesday, October 2nd

11:00 AM          Pre-Con Programming Begins

This includes but isn’t limited to the Young Professional Training session and a few sponsor user groups.

1:00 PM            Sponsors/Exhibitors Move In

5:30 PM            Industry Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 3rd

7:00 AM            Breakfast

8:00 AM            Kick-Off/ Programming Begins

4:30 PM            Member Meeting

5:00 PM             Members’ Choice Reception

Friday, October 4th

7:00 AM            Breakfast

8:00 AM            Programming

12:00 PM          Conference Adjourned 


The Conference team is pleased to welcome the following speakers to the Conference stage:

Troy Nix, Executive Director
Troy Nix serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference. Known for his spirit, enthusiasm and belief in American manufacturing, Nix will deliver an opening address that will focus on lessons in leadership and the importance of becoming more in tune with one’s inner self. Professionals over the last decade who have heard Nix deliver his opening address know that the first 30 minutes of the conference will spark emotion in each attendee’s inner core. This year’s message will focus on the tapping into that internal fuel source to inspire, motivate and overcome obstacles encountered every day. Nix’s tag line “America Is What America Makes” is an essential ideal that motivates those attending the conference to strive for excellence.

Chris McChesney, Franklin Covey
Chris McChesney is the co-author of the best-selling book in the world on strategy execution titled, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.” McChesney has presented on some of the biggest stages in the world, including at the Global Leadership Summit, the World Business Forum at the Lincoln Center in New York City and in Sydney, Milan, Mexico City and Madrid. He has personally led many of the most noted implementations of the 4 Disciplines, including the State of Georgia, Marriott International, Kroger, Coca Cola, Comcast, FritoLay, Lockheed and more. Known for his high-energy and engaging message, McChesney has become one of the most requested speakers within the Franklin Covey Organization, helping leaders to focus and leverage organizational behavior to accomplish their wildly important goals despite a whirlwind of competing priorities.

Ross Bernstein
The best-selling author of nearly FIFTY sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on four continents for audiences as small as 10 and as large as 10,000. He’s spent the better part of the past 20 years studying the DNA of championship teams and his program, "The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World,” not only illustrates what it takes to become the best of the best, it also explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship in sports as it relates to values and integrity in the workplace. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short, and Ross explains why — in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the years including CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. So, who are the champions on your team? (

Kirk Weisler, Team Dynamics
Kirk Weisler, president of Team Dynamics, has over 18 years of experience with executive coaching, speaking and research in building strong workplace cultures. His perspective is simple and unpretentious and his suggestions are applicable and undiluted. Referred to as the “People Whisperer” for his exceptional way of connecting with people, Weisler is known for his ability to share personal life stories, converse with his audience and offer coaching that builds trust and inspires action. His book “The Dog Poop Initiative” has sold over 80,000 copies and is used extensively by Boeing Aircraft in its Six Sigma Lean program and by managers in morning huddles or weekly kick-off meetings .

Tim Riesterer
Riesterer has dedicated his career to improving the conversations companies have with prospects and customers. He’s written three books on the subject—“Customer Message Management,” “Conversations that Win the Complex Sale,” and “The Three Value Conversations”— based on actual decision-making science research. Tim is a highly sought after researcher, author, speaker and consultant in the area of creating and delivering customer conversations that win!


Thank you to our Sponsors!  



This year's 2019 Benchmarking And Best Practices Conference will be held at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

Indianapolis is the premier convention and show city for major national and international events. Known for its cutting-edge amenities with the small town hospitality, Indianapolis offers culture, art, sports and more for the business conference attendee. 

The Benchmarking Conference will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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Click here to reserve your room for $200 a night plus tax:

Cancellation Policy Any reservation canceled within (24) hours of the arrival date, will be charged for one (1) night’s room and tax

No Show Policy If a guest does not show up to the hotel and check into their guestroom the day of their arrival as noted on the confirmed reservation, they forfeit their room for the remainder of the stay. The guest will be charged a No-Show fee equivalent to (1) night of room and tax. Based on the hotel’s availability, the hotel may reinstate a reservation the following day but this is not guaranteed.

Event App

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with each other through the Benchmarking and Best practices Conference Mobile App. Attendees can connect with fellow attendees before, during and after the conference, check the agenda, learn more about the speakers, programming, exhibitors and so much more. App download information coming soon.

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