Vice President of Sales and Aftermarket
I've been on the PMMI Board of Directors for nearly three years now, and it's been a lot of fun, and I have really, really enjoyed the experience.
How did you get your start in the packaging and processing industry?
I started working in the packaging and processing industry roughly 30 years ago with a business making engineered plastics and components used on packaging machinery. I had a great experience working for this company for about the first eight or nine years of my career. They gave me an opportunity to work with companies in the packaging industry, some of whom are still around, companies like Econocorp and some of the conveyor companies that I called on many, many years ago.
What do you like most about the industry?
I like the packaging and processing industry because every day is different, whether you're working with OEMs in the packaging industry, integrators who operate in the packaging industry or working directly with the end-users themselves. That's really where a lot of the fun takes place. You get to see many different applications that can be packaging things like pens and hardware, working on the processing end in the meat industry or working with the cheese industry. It's a very dynamic industry and marketplace.
What do you like most about being involved with the PMMI Board?
What I enjoy most is giving back and contributing at a higher level with the owners of businesses. These are leaders in companies who are working every day with our customer base. But also, much like me, they are directing their businesses to be excellent stewards of the industry and trying to contribute as much as possible to building not only the packaging and processing industry but contributing daily to building a strong economy. That's what I enjoy most about being on the board.
What were your biggest takeaways from PACK EXPO Connects?
The biggest takeaway from PACK EXPO Connects is the simple fact that trade shows are still relevant. The live events are still critical. We believe that customers will seek out live events and continue to send their people to live events. There's an essential element to keeping actual trade shows going and seeing equipment operating on the floor.
We believe that there is and will be a place for digital events as well, and that looking into the future, PACK EXPO Connects will take some different shapes and forms. But the expectation is that some version of an event like this will be out there for people who can't access the live event.
Our PACK EXPO Connects materials are available through March. We'll be following up on those leads and the leads that we received during the week of Connects. And certainly looking to transact business and create business opportunities with those who visited us during the Connects event.