News Update: 2ic Software, CWPCA Meeting, Patrick Atagi Joins NWPCA

2ic Software Sales Director Brenton Sneath Addresses Pallet Management Opportunities at 2014 NatRoad Conference

Brenton Sneath of 2ic Software with Max Walker, MC

Brenton Sneath of 2ic Software with Max Walker, MC

The 2014 NatRoad Conference was held in Adelaide from the 14th – 16th of August at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The annual event run by Australia’s largest road and transport industry association is an informative and interactive affair, held this year at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia. The theme of the 2014 event was This Is The New Beginning.

The program included a line-up of expert speakers on key industry topics along with the popular delegate forums. One featured speaker was Brenton Sneath, Sales Director of 2ic Software.

As a member of the pallet panel Brenton presented to delegates on the basics of pallet control, the pitfalls of not managing your account properly and on technologies available to assist companies in the transport industry with their supply chain solutions. For more information on how 2ic Software can help improve your pallet management challenges, visit

CWPCA Western Focus Meeting

CWPCA will be holding its Western Focus Meeting September 7th/8th at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

This is not only a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from a lineup of accomplished speakers, including Chaille Brindley of Industrial Reporting Inc., but also a great chance to network and meet many of the CWPCA Directors, including the newly elected Calgary Director, Sean Meston of Calgary Pallet and the new Vancouver Director, Sukhi Brar of Advance Pallet & Crate. The meeting kicks off Sunday, September 7th at 7:00 pm with an informal “Meet & Greet” at the Grey Eagle Resort Monday, September 8th will begin with a hot buffet breakfast at 8:00 am, and speakers begin at 9:00 am.

Patrick Atagi Joins NWPCA Staff

The  National Wooden Pallet & Container Association has appointed Patrick S.Atagi as Vice President of Advocacy and External Affairs.

Atagi joins NWPCA from NorthStar Policy Navigation, where he most recently served as managing partner of the firm. He started with NWPCA on August 4, 2014.

Atagi possesses a distinguished career in advocacy that spans more than twenty years in Washington, DC. He brings a unique personal perspective and passion to the position, as he once built wooden packaging containers for use on his family’s 400-acre eastern-Oregon farm.

Atagi noted, “While president of our family farm, I developed a very personal connection to the wood packaging industry and clear understanding for the critical role they play for our nation’s economy.”

Atagi’s background includes working for Senator Mark O. Hatfield, (OR) Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, serving as a registered lobbyist for multiple organizations, including the United Fresh Produce Association and as Senior Director, Policy of the American Chemistry Council. He also served internationally as co-chair of advocacy for the World Chlorine Council.

Atagi has an inside-perspective on state and federal agency program development through his time representing the State Departments of Agriculture and serving as a Presidential Appointee working for USDA Secretaries Johannes and Veneman, working directly in the Office of the Secretary. During his time at USDA, he chaired the White House Native American Working Group, “Task Force on Natural Resources and the Environment”, and was project manager during an extensive six-month review of an APHIS program.

“Patrick will be a tremendous asset to the association through his extensive experience, contacts, and knowledge in managing significant agricultural and environmental issues,” McClendon said.

“As vice president of advocacy and external affairs, ” Atagi will be responsible for developing and delivering association messaging, raising and maintaining a high profile for NWPCA, and cultivating new programs and services to further strengthen the industry.”

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