Hot Topics Breakfasts

October 27 - 30, 2019 | St. Louis, Missouri

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Hot Topics Breakfasts

Tuesday, October 29, 2019  •  6:45am – 8:30am
Wednesday, October 30, 2019  •  6:45am – 8:30am

These highly popular sessions begin with a complimentary buffet breakfast followed by peer discussions on the industry’s latest technical/production developments and operating problems.  Open to all conference attendees, these breakfast gatherings provide an opportunity for people with similar interests to get together and discuss topics. 

Please note:

There is limited seating and tables are filling up fast. If you are interested in attending this event, sign-up as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot at the table with the topic that most interests you.

These events are open to all registered attendees but pre-registration is required due to space limitations.

To register for a Hot Topic Breakfast, TAPPI's Member Connection at 1.800.332.8686 or [email protected]


Tuesday Topics:


        Moderator: Mark Lewis, Sustainable Fiber Technologies

•  Effects of Fiber Quality and Availability on Pulp Production and Quality
        Moderator: Peter W. Hart, WestRock

Future of Lime Kiln Burners
        Moderator: Peter Gorog, Houghton Cascade Holdings, LLC

•  Pulp Bleaching Operational Issues
        Moderator: Ashok Ghosh, WestRock

•  Capturing Engineering Talent in the Paper Industry
        Moderator: Meg Murphy, Felker Brothers

•  High Value Lignin (Biorefinery)
        Moderator: Sabrina Burkhardt, Sustainable Fiber Solutions, LLC

•  Retaining Institutional Memory in Mills with Lean Staffing and Significant Turnover
        Moderator: TBD


Wednesday Topics:


•  Recycle
        Moderator: Kevin Nobling, Graphic Packaging International

•  Digester Operation and Control
        Moderator: Mona Henderson, Valmet

•  Brownstock Washing Optimization
        Moderator: Mike Brown, WestRock

•  Hard Scale Formation in Recaust Plants
        Moderator: Alisha Giglio, Hatch

•  How to Optimize Equipment Inspections When Maintenance Budgets are Tight
and How to Avoid Overreaction with Fitness for Service Evaluations
        Moderator: Sandy Sharp, SharpConsultants

•  High Value Cellulose (Biorefinery)
        Moderator: Sudhagar Mani, University of Georgia

Client Sustainable Solution Needs
        Moderator: Heather Jennings, Probiotic Solutions










•  Environmental
        Moderator: Heather Jennings, Probiotic Solution