Emerging Leaders Network

Recognize Your Rising Leaders

Do you have a young professional in your company displaying extraordinary leadership qualities?
Recognize this individual’s achievements by nominating them for PMMI’s On the Rise Awards, produced by the Emerging Leaders Network. Winners will be honored at the 2019 Annual Meeting, November 4-6, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH. Winners will also receive complimentary airfare, registration and hotel stay.

2019 nominations are now closed.

2018 Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of PMMI's inaugural On the Rise Awards, developed by the Emerging Leaders Committee. These rising starts in packaging and processing were honored during PMMI's Annual Meeting for displaying leadership potential and initiative in their daily work.

Aurelio Delgado
Aurelio Delgado

Account Manager

Aurelio Delgado got his start in industrial automation as an intern for Omron while at Bradley University. He graduated in 2016 with a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship and joined Omron to pursue a role in sales, with a focus on the packaging industry. In his first year, Aurelio received the Omron Sales Excellence Award for 200% achievement for target accounts: 117% of key accounts; 106% growth of territory. Recently, Aurelio has taken additional responsibilities in the field surrounding training. He stepped up to become a trainer for Omron’s Engineering Trainee Program and serves as the trainer for the Southern California region, overseeing sales and product training, monitoring productivity and establishing benchmarks for Omron Distributors and Systems Integrators.

Aurelio works with both small- and large-sized companies in the packaging industry solving applications from verifying labels on fruit, picking and packing ice cream bars into secondary packaging, verifying barcode integrity for pharmaceuticals as well as detecting absence/presence for clear bottles. Aurelio is from Venezuela, but currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Connor Koplien
Connor Koplien

Mechanical Drafter/Laser Operator
CLE Can Lines Engineering

Connor Koplien started his career with CLE at a mere 17 years old as a shop helper. Learning to sweep floors and take out the trash, there was no task too small that did not receive his maximum effort. His thirst to learn and develop was quickly recognized by his fabricating peers on the shop floor, and soon Connor was turning wrenches, cutting metal and welding steel. He earned the respect of some of the most talented – and toughest to please – Millwrights around within months.

Connor’s intuitive questions and eye for detail have only compounded his array of skills applicable to a CLE leader. He quickly picks up complicated and involved tasks such as designing in AutoCad and laying out fabrication drawings.

Daniel Harmann
Daniel Harmann

Project Manager
Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.

Daniel Harmann currently serves as project manager for Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc. He schedules, coordinates and implements the company’s timelines as projects progress through the manufacturing process. In this role, Daniel also develops and implements changes in the QRM (Quick Response Manufacturing) process in order to reduce lead times.

Daniel started at Spee-Dee Packaging in 2005 as general labor, then began programming and operating CNC machining centers the following year. After graduating from UW-Parkside with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, Daniel started his role as a machine shop supervisor where he worked with various departments to improve efficiency.

Gina Barrieau
Gina Barrieau

Account Representative
SMC Corporation of America

Gina Barrieau joined SMC Corporation of America’s Atlanta branch in 2016 where she had the opportunity to transition into the Global Accounts Group and support the Coca-Cola account for North America. She is also the Food & Packaging point of contact for the Atlanta branch to help support and grow these important accounts.

Gina learned about SMC Corporation of America through their new Sales Academy Training Program. The program allowed her to receive technical product training and sales training. In addition, she gained an understanding of the processes and operations from working in each department while building relationships within headquarters for nine months.

Gina graduated from Butler University in 2015 with a double major in Marketing and International Business, a minor in Spanish and was in the Honors Program. She is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jackie Irvine
Jackie Irvine

Marketing Manager
Plexpack Corp.

Jackie Irvine grew up in Toronto, Canada, and attended the University of Toronto where she graduated with distinction earning an Honours Degree in English Literature. While completing her degree, Jackie began her career in London, England as a marketing intern at the Heart of England Forest, a subsidiary of the Dennis Group, the second largest publishing group in the UK. It was in England that Jackie also began working as a freelance copywriter, writing copy for the film, fitness and manufacturing industries.

With the strength of Jackie’s copywriting portfolio, she was eventually hired on at Plexpack Corp. upon her return to Toronto. While working at Plexpack Corp., Jackie showed exceptional adaptability, authoring and designing many of Plexpack’s advertisements while also piloting a new Inside Sales program and launching a new subsidiary brand for Plexpack, Vacpack.

After assisting with the induction of the Inside Sales program and Vacpack launch, Jackie consulted on, programmed and implemented both a new CRM (Salesforce) and an automated marketing program for Plexpack. Jackie looks forward to the future of manufacturing and hopes to establish a major manufacturing advisory board in product development for companies such as Salesforce and SAP.

Jenelle Gaskins
Jenelle Gaskins

Client Development Associate
QC Conveyors

Jenelle Gaskins is the client development associate for QC Conveyors, a role that puts her front and center in the development of QC Conveyors' newest channel partners. She provides the resources and training new distributors need to grow their sales in their first few years with QC Conveyors.

Jenelle works tirelessly in this role, facilitating solutions to the individual needs of QC Conveyors’ customers. She often interacts with many different groups within the organization to achieve these solutions, from production to upper management. She has a knack for determining the team needed for a particular solution and works to quickly facilitate their activities to help distributors solve even the most difficult problems. Her leadership skills helped propel QC Conveyors to 25% growth in core product sales in 2017 and to more than 30% growth year to date in 2018.

Jenelle grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati and joined the QC Conveyors team immediately after graduation. Jenelle lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky with her husband Alex.

Kristian R. Andersen-Lentine
Kristian R. Andersen-Lentine

Lead Technician & Trainer
BPI Equipment

Kristian Andersen-Lentine started his career with BPI Equipment as a shop helper and quickly demonstrated his ability to learn. He was then offered an intern position within the company.

Kristian received an associate degree in Applied Science (Mechatronics Automated & Integrated Technology) from South Western Michigan College. While in school, Kristian obtained certifications for Fanuc Robotics in Industrial Robotics & Industrial Robotic Vision. He also received his PMMI Certified Trainer certification at the 2017 PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Since graduating, Kristian was promoted to lead technician due to his ability to work independently and provide proven results.

Lisa Barrieau
Lisa Barrieau

Banding Sales Manager

As the banding sales manager for the Food Industry at Felins, Lisa Barrieau is charged with developing sustainable alternatives for bundling and labeling that are both good for the bottom line and good for the environment.  In this role she is managing all aspects of business development, marketing, application solution and sales. Through self-education of the rules and regulations as well as consumer trends and industry pain points, Lisa has invested in the success of her food customers as well as Felins. She works to help the fast-paced industry increase their throughput, decrease packaging waste, reduce labor costs and increase sustainability while building sustainable relationships.

Prior to joining Felins, Lisa was fortunate to have a successful, seven-year professional career as a ballet dancer. Performing with Milwaukee Ballet, Minnesota Ballet and Atlanta Ballet Company, she had the opportunity to work with world-renown artists and choreographers. After retiring from ballet, Lisa transitioned into the fine dining industry, serving in five-star, four-diamond, James Beard Award Winning Chef restaurants where she discovered her passion for customer service and customer satisfaction.

After joining the Felins team in 2015 as a customer service and inside sales representative, she discovered a new and growing interest in the world of business. Driven to learn more about the inner workings of the business world, Lisa made the decision to go to school for business at Cardinal Stritch University, applying her new knowledge to build her career.

Stephen Huvane
Stephen Huvane

Marketing Coordinator & Quality Manager
Precision Automation Company

Stephen Huvane has been with Precision Automation Company, Inc. for over three years, serving as a sales support specialist, marketing coordinator, and recently, corporate Quality Manager. He began his employment at Precision in July 2015, after serving four and a half years as an U.S. Army logistics officer. Stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, he was an integral leader in a support company attached to an artillery unit, and deployed to Jordan and Kuwait on a year-long training mission. After deciding to depart active duty to transition his leadership and operational skills to a new industry, Stephen joined Precision Automation as a supply chain specialist and project manager for the Integrated Conveyor Solutions division. He was eager to learn about conveyor capabilities, and assisted with parts orders while also picking up AutoCAD drawing skills through a local college course in the evenings.

Stephen then transitioned to a marketing position within the company. As marketing coordinator, he led the charge of rebranding Precision Automation with a brand-new website, updated logo and corresponding promotional materials. Stephen was recently promoted to the role of quality manager and successfully led Precision Automation through the recertification process to ensure the company’s ISO 9001:2015 compliance. Stephen recently completed the PMMI Leadership Development Program, continuing to advance his leadership skills. He noted that the professional networking aspect of the program made for a fantastic experience on top of many lessons learned.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham

Controls Engineer
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc.

Tim Graham graduated from Clarkson University in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining Schneider in 2016, Tim was an automation engineer for JMA Wireless. In his first year at Schneider, Tim quickly progressed from a supporting engineer, to a controls team lead to a project lead. Tim specializes in robotic palletizers.

In his short time as project lead at Schneider, Tim has led over a dozen projects. His determination, decisiveness and ability to encourage and empower his team help drive results and keep projects on track. Tim’s positivity, enthusiasm and drive are relentless and infectious. These qualities inspire his team to persevere through the challenges faced in our industry. He demonstrates a commitment to Schneider and to the packaging and processing industry.