RIPA 82nd Annual Conference and Exposition, Hershson Award Honorees

RIPA will hold its 82nd Annual Conference October 25 – 27, 2023 at the luxe Four Seasons Hotel located in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri.  Not only will you be staying at a world-class hotel (with a participating spa), you’ll have a great opportunity to visit with old friends and colleagues, enjoy great food, and get up-to-date on a number of pressing issues facing the industry today.      

Better yet, we have on tap a gala dinner event and a ceremony to honor not one, but two, recent winners of the prestigious Morris Hershson Award of Merit.  This year’s winner is Kay Robinson, VP Health, Safety and Environmental Quality at Centurion Containers,  LLC, based in South Holland, IL.  Joining Kay in the proceedings is Spencer Walker who was bestowed the honor in 2021 but, due to certain public emergencies and natural events, has been unable to receive the award in person — until now.   So, you don’t want to miss this unique and exciting event !    

But there is much more.  We are putting together an incredible line-up of topical speakers.  Also, we are co-locating again with IPANA’s Annual Conference so that both groups can share in certain social events and program sessions.  And both groups will be able to share in the Suppliers Exposition which has grown over the years to include as many as 22 exhibitors.   You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Finally, we are pleased to offer attendees an opportunity to visit Responsible Container, LLC who, together with Supplier Member NLB Corp., will host a demonstration of NLB’s container cleaning equipment.  The demonstration will take place at noon on Friday, October 27 and should take about an hour.  Further details will be released soon. (Unfortunately, time constraints will requireBoard members to miss the field trip so that they can conduct the Board’s regular meeting.) 


Hotel information and room reservations (rate $245) are   HERE
Conference registration is   HERE
For the hotel spa and its reservations, go  HERE.   
  (Spa number is: 314-881-5800. 15% discount for the week of Oct. 23rd)

Golfers – We have booked one of the best public courses in the state for Wednesday’s round – Missouri Bluffs Golf Club, see  HERE.   Designed by Tom Fazio, it is always in perfect shape, and when it opened was rated one of the top new public courses in the country.   Registration for the Golf Outing is inside the overall Conference Registration process.  

   For Accompanying Individuals (non-employees), we are offering on Thursday the “Beautiful Blooms and Basilica Tour” which includes a tour of the Cathedral Basilica and the Missouri Botanical Garden.    

For Exhibitors, the Invitation to Exhibit with details on logistics has been sent to potential exhibitors.  We already have several display tables reserved by members of both RIPA and IPANA.    Contact C.L. Pettit with any questions or concerns: 301-577-3786.      

Work on an Attendees List will commence soon and will be made available to all RIPA members.

  If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our RIPA Meeting Planner Bonnie at 203-524-0674.

See you there!!

Tim O’Bryan, RIPA Chair

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