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 Committee wanted to share the general timeline of the event to assist attendees with travel arrangements. Please note, this is subject to change. 

Wednesday, October 2nd

11:00 AM       Pre-Con Programming Begins

1:00 PM         Sponsors/Exhibitors Move-In

5:30 PM          Registration

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5:30 PM           Industry Welcome Reception

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Thursday, October 3rd

7:00 AM            Registration Opens

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7:00 AM            Breakfast  With Omelette Station

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8:00 AM            The Power of Self-Doubt Troy NixExecutive Director

Have you ever doubted yourself? Have you ever questioned your ability to accomplish a specific goal or task? Have you ever failed and said, “I knew I couldn’t do it?” If so, you share a common bond with about 99% of humanity. What many don’t realize, however, is that confidence and an individual’s belief system have a direct correlation to end results, which in turn directly influence behavior and actions. During this opening address, Troy Nix will reveal how the pain of failure during a recent life event allowed him to experience the powerful impact of the mind’s focus.

8:30 AM            Keynote: 4 Disciplines of Execution Chris McChesney, Franklin Covey

Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities? By the time it finally disappeared, it’s likely no one even noticed.

Known for his high-energy, engaging message, Chris McChesney will guide attendees on how to implement the 4 Disciplines of Execution to power major initiatives so that they thrive rather than fail. Using his vast experience gained by working alongside major corporations such as Marriott International, Kroger, Coca Cola, Comcast, Lockheed Martin and others, McChesney will demonstrate how the 4 disciplines can be used to manage the “whirlwind” of urgent, day-to-day activities without devouring the time needed today to successfully execute tomorrow’s major initiatives.

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10:15 AM          Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

This session is back by popular demand! Growing peer-to-peer networks is a primary component of the Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference. Attendees will have the chance to interact with peer groups during this session on topics that are unique to their job functions in their specific groups. Driven by past attendee feedback, these focused sessions have been highly requested and are expected to be one of the biggest hits of this year’s conference. They are a perfect way for professionals to find new ideas, expand their professional networks and explore new methods of improvement. Areas covered will be operations, owners/presidents/CEOs, sales and marketing, human resources and finance/ERP/IT.

10:20 AM          2019 BC LAB Session One – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The BC LABS are comprised of a series of parallel presentation sessions or learning tracks suggested for each functional area below. Each BC LAB is designed to equip attendees with indispensable insights, advice, and tools to achieve the mission-critical priorities of today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow.

Below are the learning tracks for the 2019 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference LABS:

• Executive Stakeholders/Owners

• Leadership

• Senior Leaders (Presidents/VPs)

• Human Resources/Safety

• Sales & Marketing

• Operations/Engineering

• CFOs/Finance/IT

Since the theory is different than practical implementation, this year the BC LABS will be presented by the processors. Attendees will learn from their peers.

12:20pm            Networking Lunch Lakeside Pavilion


Lunch and Learn with Chris McChesney (Ticketed event)

Join Keynote Chris McChesney for a lunchtime deep dive on the 4 Disciplines of Execution, engaging participants in discussions surrounding their own challenges and ideas to drive successful outcomes. This is a ticket-only event.

Lunch Sponsored by 

1:00 pm             2019 BC LAB Session Two – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

2:45 pm            

2:45 pm        Customer Conversations that Win! Applying Decision Science to Winning, Keeping and Growing more Customers, Tim Riesterer, Corporate Visions

When your prospects and customers see you as more or less the same as all of your competitors, how do you win more business? And, how do you keep it from being poached by someone else? The answer is: You need to tell a better story. In fact, your customer conversations are fast becoming the last bastion of competitive differentiation. How confident are you that your Marketing and Sales teams are creating and delivering messages that win? Or are you at risk of falling into the commodity trap?

Join Tim Riesterer, leading researcher, author and consultant to some of the best B2B brands for a fresh, energetic keynote based on original concepts in decision-making science.  Riesterer will show you how to disrupt and differentiate your solutions to win more than your fair share of competitive business, while also helping you defend and reinforce your incumbent advantage when looking to renew and expand existing customers. This presentation will include tested, proven frameworks for developing and delivering more powerful messaging. Learn how to make sure you and your company articulate value in a way that gets prospects to choose you, and customers to stick with you

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3:45pm             Why Culture Building Beats Team Building  Kirk Weisler, Team Dynamics

Culture building beats team building every time. Team building is going to the gym once a year. Culture building is going to the gym every day for a 5 – 10-minute intense workout that focuses on building relationships, trust, clarity of vision and purpose. Through personal life stories and years of experience with executive coaching the best and brightest teams from around the world, Kirk Weisler leads his audience on a journey of building a more engaged and positive culture.

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4:30 PM            Member Meeting

5:00 PM             Members’ Choice Reception

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                           Bourbon Tasting sponsored by


                                                                                                                                    Friday, October 4th

7:00 AM            Breakfast

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8:00 AM            2019 BC LAB Session Three – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

10:50 AM          “The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World”          Ross Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance hall of fame business speaker who's keynoted conferences for Fortune 500 companies on all seven continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. Bernstein's program is all about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. It’s based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research, he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports were also common among peak performers in business. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others don't... and Bernstein explains why.

11:50 AM          What’s Next?        

Troy Nix, Executive Director

Don’t miss this incredible review of lessons learned from the Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference 2019. Nix will share several take-aways that attendees gained from the conference. The success of the conference is not in the number of attendees or the quality of the speakers, but in the action plan that is created by attendees when they gain takeaways to improve their operations

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!


Kina Hart
Kina Hart survived a horrific workplace accident that left her fighting for her life. Hart is now a safety speaker, inspiring and motivating audiences all over with her presentation "Safety Beyond PPE". Harts’s message addresses the importance of training, safety procedures, and a great attitude can keep you and the people around you safe. She started speaking in hopes that her work place injury could help others take safety more seriously, making a negative a positive by reaching as many people as possible in the area of safety. Not just at work, but in life.


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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