Reusable Packaging Association Announces New Board Leadership for 2019

Reusable Packaging Association Announces New Board Leadership for 2019

Friday, February 8th, 2019

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has welcomed new leaders to its Board of Directors. Current Chairman of the Board Norman Kukuk has passed the torch to 2018 Vice Chairman Rick Sasse, TriEnda Holdings’ Director of Customer Transport Packaging. Chief Operations Officer of Tosca, Michael Wasson, will take Sasse’s place as Vice Chairman.

Rick Sasse, Chairman of the Board, Reusable Packaging Association“RPA and its members are grateful for Norm Kukuk’s leadership and service to the industry,” said Sasse. “Today the word ‘reuse’ is being used regularly around the world to identify better packaging solutions for waste prevention and environmental sustainability. Thanks to industry leaders like Norm and our member companies, RPA is in a great position to promote reuse and the advantages of a reusable system when it comes to transport packaging and distribution of products across the supply chain.”

Sasse has been Chairman of the Board since the RPA’s Annual Board meeting in early January. Paxxal’s Chief Executive Officer Ben Stoller also was appointed to a new position at the meeting: Secretary-Treasurer.

“Adding the depth of talent and experience from Mike and Ben to the executive positions will keep a strong management team in place and no doubt contribute to even greater impact by the RPA, both on the industry and on behalf of association members,” Sasse added.

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) welcomed new leaders to its Board of Directors

According to a press release, this year’s RPA election also resulted in the addition of seven Board members starting a two-year term from 2019-2020. The newly-elected Directors include the following:

  • Patrick Garin, President, CABKA North America
  • Michael Chiado, President Americas, Georg Utz Inc.
  • Tammy Wortham, Director of Retail, IFCO Systems
  • Scott Starbuck, Packaging Sales Manager, Inteplast Group
  • Samantha Goetz, Marketing Communications Manager, ORBIS Corporation
  • Andy Schumacher, Vice President Packaging Group, Schaefer Systems
  • Bob Albright, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Schoeller Allibert

2019 will also see the following industry leaders complete their second term:

  • Travis Blumhorst, Logistics Specialist, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Morten Bielefeldt, Senior Vice President Sales & Service, Brüel Systems
  • Brandon D’Emidio, Director Marketing & Product Management, CHEP
  • John McCurdy, Vice President Commercial Development, DS Smith
  • Paul Pederson, Senior Vice President Food Safety, Marketing & Business Development, Polymer Logistics
  • Holly Maher, Director Emerging Markets, Rehrig Pacific Company
  • Kevin Mazula, Chief Executive Officer, RM2

Tim Debus, President & CEO, Reusable Packaging Association“The reusable packaging industry is fortunate to have this high-caliber, well-diversified Board to lead its trade association in representing the broad interests and common objectives of member companies across the whole cycle of reuse,” President & CEO Tim Debus said. “RPA is set to expand our advocacy for reuse in 2019 thanks to the leadership of our Board and participation from our members.”

Congratulations to all those joining the Reusable Packaging Association! And for more news like this, Deli Market News will continue to bring you the latest.

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