Keynote Speakers

Jim Abbott
Former Major League Baseball Pitcher
Monday, April 28
8:30am - 10:00am

"People will tell you that I overcame obstacles -- maybe. But the truth is I was incredibly blessed in my life. More was given than was ever taken away." - Jim Abbott

Hear how Jim Abbot's ability to overcome the obstacles and learn how to adapt can apply to your life and your career. He is truly inspirational! Born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand, he was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.



Dan Malenke
President, PKGPRO
Sunday, April 28
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Dan Malenke is president of PKGPRO, a Florida-based provider of collaborative solutions for brand owner companies, raw material suppliers, packaging designers, converters, and retailers. Dr. Malenke is an accomplished practitioner, educator, and author with extensive coast-to-coast and international experience in developing and directing professional seminars for the printing and packaging industries. He currently leads a highly successful paperboard packaging seminar series at Clemson University and has provided leadership to the Walmart Packaging Sustainability Expo for four years.

Previously, he was a Marketing Manager for MeadWestvaco, worked in the commercial and news printing industries, and served nine years on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.