For more than 20 years, PLMA’s annual Washington Conference has been the meeting place of private label companies who want more than a trade show for their dues. These companies want to understand the challenges they face from government policies. They want to make contact with their counterparts in manufacturing and retailing and find common solutions to industry problems. This year, the need for this kind of collaboration has never been greater as a new administration takes over in Washington with plans to deregulate and change tax laws.

The 2017 Washington Conference will be held October 2-3, 2017. PLMA manufacturers, retailers, brokers and suppliers will be on hand for briefings about FDA regulations and deadlines as well as legislative and regulatory updates.

Monday, October 2
2:00 pm Food Industry Task Force Meeting
3:00 pm Home and Health Industry Task Force Meeting
7:00 pm Dinner and Opening Session Speaker: Frank Luntz, political analyst, Fox News
Tuesday, October 3
8:00 am Breakfast Session
Speaker: David Ignatius, Foreign affairs columnist, Washington Post
10:00 am Capitol Hill Briefing
Moderator: Erik Winborn
12:00 pm Lunch Session
2:00 pm Spouse Program
National Museum of African American History
4:00 pm Retailer-Manufacturer Roundtable
Moderator: Dr. Richard George, Professor Emeritus,
St. Joseph’s University
Wednesday, October 4
8:00 am Board of Directors


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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.