Advisory Board


Advisory Board Members

The 2017 Digital Packaging Summit will feature a range of industry experts discussing the trends and topics attendees need to help them make difficult decisions and deploy solutions.  The program will feature Conference Co-Chairs Jennifer Dochstader and David Walsh of IT LPC, Inc., as well as Kevin Karstedt, CEO of Karstedt Partners, and several other industry thought leaders and experts.

Jennifer Dochstader, Owner, LPC, Inc. (Conference Co-Chair)

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Growing up in the printing and packaging industry, Jennifer Dochstader, founding partner of LPC, Inc., has spent her life associated with industry suppliers, converters and brand owners. Jennifer has been a professional in the printing and packaging industries for more than 20 years and is recognized for her knowledge and expertise throughout the printing and packaging supply chain. She has spoken at industry conferences around the globe and her work has been featured in a wide range of publications including Packaging Digest, FLEXO; packagePrinting; Labels & Labeling; Converting; Paper, Film & Foil, Label & Narrow Web, Boxboard Container, Wine Business Monthly and FORBES. Jennifer's packaging career includes two years spent living and working in Latin America and she holds a BA degree from Bowdoin College.

David Walsh, Owner, LPC, Inc.  (Conference Co-Chair)

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Co-founded LPC, Inc. in 1998 and ever since have been working with printers, suppliers, industry organizations and brand owners to help them better understand and profit from their products, their customers' perceptions, and their place in the market. Day to day efforts at LPC focus on further developing research techniques and innovative marketing initiatives for existing and new clients. LPC, Inc. is a technical PR, market research and communications firm serving the printing and packaging industries, working with equipment and consumables suppliers, printers and converters. Founded in 1997, LPC's expertise extends throughout the labeling, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated industries. To date, LPC has published more than 100 privately commissioned market research reports for clients across the globe.

Kevin Karstedt, CEO, Karstedt Partners, LLC

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Company founder and CEO, Kevin Karstedt has been a sought after speaker on digital workflows and Digital Printing for many years. Kevin has been asked to speak on four continents and has presented to 1000s of people at venues large and small. He has been in 100s of plants, spoken to 1000s of innovators, and signed and initiated 100s of Non Disclosure Agreements. It has been said about Karstedt Partners that they know more about "what's 'cookin' in the kitchen" at technology developers than the patent office.

Building on a corporate reputation of being both visionary and pragmatic, Karstedt Partners, LLC offers insightful and actionable guidance to companies looking to; use existing technologies in innovative ways, build new processes or solutions and bring them to market, validate business and technology prospects. Since 1996 Karstedt Partners has been a trusted source for insights, innovations, and consulting services to constituents in all sectors of the consumer products and packaging supply chain. Brand Owners, Graphic Service Providers, Package Printers, and OEMs have counted on Karstedt Partners counsel and guidance with developing efficient and effective workflows and tools aimed at improving time-to-market and product quality.

Marco Boer, Vice President, IT Strategies

Marco Boer

Marco Boer is recognized as a trusted consultant to the digital printing industry.   He has a reputation for being able to put complex information and concepts into a context that is easily understood by his audience.  With more than 22 years of experience in advising and guiding senior executives of Fortune 1000 and smaller innovative companies to successful business solutions in emerging digital printing markets, Mr. Boer has developed an extensive network of industry contacts in both the printing and investor community.

Mr. Boer is Vice President at I.T. Strategies where he focuses on product planning for graphics, transaction, and publishing printers and emerging industrial digital printing applications such as label printing, packaging printing, other non-document applications.  During his tenure in the industry he has concentrated on researching applications and sizing markets for ink jet and laser printing technology, and has been a proponent for the use of digital color printing in business and industrial applications.  Mr. Boer is an alumnus of the University of Maryland located in College Park, Maryland.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and international business.  Mr. Boer has lived and traveled extensively through Europe, and has spend more than 500 days in Japan during his career in the digital printing industry.

Bob Leahey, Director, InfoTrends

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Bob Leahey has many years of experience in consulting to the peripherals and supplies industries. At InfoTrends, where he has worked since 1996, he regularly conducts custom research projects, most often on laser, ink jet, thermal print technologies used for and industrial applications. In 2009, he started a subscription consulting service that focuses on the use of production level color digital presses for printing packaging and labels. Bob's clients include many printer and supplies manufacturers in all regions. He has also been author or co-author of many syndicated research reports, on topics such as color digital packaging and label presses, ink jet coders, and point of sale receipt printers. He is working now on a report about the current and prospective markets for digitally printed packaging in China.

David Luttenberger, CPP, Global Packaging Director, Mintel Group Ltd.

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David Luttenberger is the Global Packaging Director at Mintel Group, Ltd., the leading market intelligence firm serving the global CPG and packaging converter markets. In this role David leads a team seasoned packaging analysts and helps guide the packaging-related research efforts at Mintel. He regularly presents to retailers, CPGs, packaging converters and package design and branding firms on packaging trends and innovations, design, sustainability, smart/active packaging, and mobile marketing for packaging. David has nearly 25 years' packaging industry experience, and he has earned "Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional" status.

Brian Ludwick VP, Publisher/Brand Director packagePRINTING

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Brian has been Publisher of packagePRINTING, the leading industry trade magazine and marketing services resource for the packaging printing and converting industries, for over 28 years. packagePRINTING serves the tag & label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated markets. His extensive industry knowledge and contacts has led Brian to serve on many panels and boards across the U.S. He continues to work closely with trade shows, associations, converters and suppliers to help promote not only their individual interests, but the entire industries as a whole.