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

October 11-12 | Indianapolis Downtown Marriott | Indianapolis, IN

This year's theme — BE EXTRAORDINARY — is designed to inspire, motivate, and educate processors on how to positively influence the people around them. Becoming better is not something that just happens; good leaders continually work to make themselves better, and the 2018 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. The core of 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.

With over 600 plastics professionals expected to meet in Indianapolis, IN, on October 10-12, the Conference staff has created a schedule packed with best practices, leading-edge benchmarks, expert presentations and the best networking opportunities in the industry.

This year's theme - BE EXTRAORDINARY - is designed to inspire, motivate and educate processors on how to continuously improve every day. Becoming better is not something that just happens; good leaders continually work to make themselves better, and the 2018 Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference will do just that! 



*Registration is now closed.


$825 per attendee


Lunch and Learn: $45


$1045 per attendee


Lunch and Learn $45

*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


$775 per attendee after August 17th

$975 per attendee after August 17th



  • Lunch on Thursday 
  • Breakfast for two days and all Coffee breaks.
  • Invitation to the Pre-Conference reception on Wednesday, October 10th, 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 2018 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 9/27/18 will receive a refund minus a $75 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received after 9/27/18 are non-refundable (substitutions are allowed). No refunds for conference day no-shows.


Please note, this agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 10

1:30 PM                MAPP Young Professionals Pre-Con Session:

For the second year, MAPP’s Young Professionals Network is excited to host a YP pre-conference session for those attendees 40 and under. This session will provide industry up and coming leaders with an educational leadership session, peer-to-peer networking and the opportunity to meet plastic industry leaders.

1:30 PM EST       A Blueprint for Strategic Leadership with Ryan Krupa

Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo. But they face a critical deficit: They lack people in positions of power with the know-how, experience and confidence required to tackle to take their organization to the next level. These issues can’t be solved by a single command, they have causes that seem incomprehensible and solutions that seem uncertain, and they often require companies to transform the way they do business. Every enterprise faces these kinds of challenges today.

This workshop provides a blueprint to strategic leadership which involves nontraditional but highly effective approaches. Participants will sketch their own unique leadership archetype and become armed with leadership skills necessary to overcome a current leadership challenge.

Participants will leave the session distilled the essence of strategic leadership as virtue, excellence and wisdom in the performance of actions.

2:30 PM EST       IQMS Users Group Pre-Con Session:

MAPP Members across the United States have expressed the need to engage with one another in order to maximize the use of ERP & MES systems to improve manufacturing processes and support future growth.  To provide its members with this opportunity, MAPP has partnered with IQMS to host a 90-minute interactive session at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, on Wednesday, October 10thth from 2:30-4 pm directly before the annual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference.

Register Here.

5:30                  Industry Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 11

8:00 A.M.          Defining Your Why              Troy Nix

8:30 A.M.          The Trust Edge: Driving Business Results through Trust

                         David Horsager, Trust Edge Leadership Institute

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom, and results. Through academic research and firsthand experience, David Horsager has learned what it takes to gain – and keep – The Trust Edge. Through a captivating presentation, Horsager combines humor and illustrations with business insight and analysis. He will demonstrate how the little things, done consistently, add up to huge results. Attendees will walk away with concrete steps they can immediately use to improve their lives and careers.

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Thank you to all of the speakers for the 2018 Benchmarking Conference!

Alan Hobson Climb Back Inc. Keynote
David Horsager Trust Edge Keynote
Stan McChrystal McChrystal Group Keynote
Jennifer Latiolais All-Plastics   
Jim Brown Anderson Technologies  
Mick Rodgers Axial Benefits Group  
John Danyluk Baxter Enterprises LLC  
Shaun Karn Baxter Enterprises LLC  
Michael Klein Bemis Manufacturing (NC)  
Adam Primm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP  
Alan Rothenbuecher Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP  
Tonjua McCullough Blair Rubber Company  
Avril Cook Blow Molded Specialties  
Chris Townsend Brown County High School  
Melissa Henderson BRP Manufacturing, Inc.  
Carolyn Himes Bruin Manufacturing  
Dan Wierenga Byrne Electrical Specialists  
Scott Kraemer Carbon 3D  
Charles O'Bosky Cascadia Custom Molding  
Chris Gedwed Cosmetic Specialities  
Kevin Allison Crescent Industries Inc.  
Wilder Allen CTB Inc.  
Charlie Braun Custom Rubber Corporation  
John Bellett Custom Rubber Corporation  
Jerry Bienias Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Co.  
David Hastillo Dymotek Molding Technologies  
Eric Hale Dymotek Molding Technologies  
Bonnie Turner Elkhart Plastics Inc. (South Bend)  
Adam Wachter Engineered Profiles LLC  
Brad Lamone Engineered Profiles LLC  
Thomas Tredway Erie Molded Plastics Inc.  
Steven Lunder Granite State Plastics Inc.  
Michael Cirone GTR Enterprises  
Laurie Harbour Harbour Results  
Scott Walton Harbour Results  
Joe Keglewitsch Ice Miller LLP  
Corey Ginsburg Intertech Plastics Inc.  
Jennifer Lockman Intertech Plastics Inc.  
Allen Smith Intralox  
Gregory Washington Intralox  
Steve Bieszczat IQMS  
Trevor Diehl IQMS  
Phil Dunn ITW Automotive  
Daryl Lindemann IVP Plastics  
John Kozumplik JMS Engineered Plastics Inc.  
Richard Hopson John Deere Power Product  
Patricia Miller Matrix 4  
Jonathan Soucy MBS Advisors  
Mike Walter Met2Plastic LLC  
Michael Engler Michael Engler Company  
Grant Gundrum Microplastics Inc.  
Jim Chiavetta Microplastics Inc.  
John Prost Mueller Prost PC  
Domingo Hernandez Natech Plastics Inc.  
Jordan Duhe Noble Plastics Inc.  
Missy Rogers Noble Plastics Inc.  
Scott Rogers Noble Plastics Inc.  
Mike Jackson Original Equipment Suppliers Association  
Crystal Capps Par 4 Plastics Inc.  
Zachary Bloodworth Par 4 Plastics Inc.  
Doug Drewes Phoenix Closures  
Greg Alonso Plante Moran (Grand Rapids)  
Tim Erdmann Plante Moran (Grand Rapids)  
Derrill Rice Plastic Components Inc.  
Mary Sholtis Plastic Molding Technology Inc.  
Ed Graham ProtoCAM  
Morris Rowlet Quantum Plastics  
Doug Drummond Revere Plastics Systems LLC  
Glen Fish Revere Plastics Systems LLC  
Mike Benson Stout  
Craig Carrel Team 1 Plastics  
Rob Clothier Team 1 Plastics  
Jeff Applegate Texas Injection Molding  
Mike Kotecki The Science of Service Design  
Brad Krupa Thogus Products Company  
Erin Hlavin Thogus Products Company  
Dwaine Raper University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services  
Bob Senz Viking Plastics (PA)  
Jim Berklas Westfall Technik  
Perry Morgan Westfall Technik  
Carl Bartle Wisconsin Plastics Inc.  
Brian Klepper Worksite Health Advisors  
Mark Seeley World Class Plastics Inc.  


Key sponsors:


RJG From training and consulting to a diverse line of hardware, software, and sensors, RJG works with plastic injection molders to help them supply absolute quality parts to their customers. We have been helping molders build an overall strategy for productivity and process improvement for over 30 years. Our mission is to assist our customers in becoming the most sought-after molders in the industry by providing the tools needed to make that possible, backed with the best support in the industry. Our commitment doesn’t stop with the sale—we work with customers to design a solution and continue to work alongside them throughout the implementation process. By utilizing automated abnormal part segregation, our customers are able to greatly reduce labor costs associated with manual part inspection and take comfort in knowing they won’t ship out another bad part. RJG: Helping molders succeed.


This year's 2018 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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We have room blocks at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and the JW Marriott Indianapolis which are both sold out.

Currently, reservations can be made at

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
601 W. Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Click here to reserve your room: to receive the special group rate of $179 plus tax.

Please note all 3 hotels are within 1 block of each other.

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. Search 2018 Benchmark Conference in your moble app store and download the conference app today. 


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