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A Sneak Peek Behind the Curtain

We spend so much time writing in this blog about all the work FPI does for the industry, what we have accomplished and our plans for the future, but it strikes me that we haven’t shared who’s doing all this work. This is a bit like Dorothy pulling back the curtain in “The Wizard of Oz.” She was surprised by what she found, and perhaps you will be, too.

Natha Dempsey is coming up on her four year anniversary at FPI. Natha brings great intelligence, insights and an incredible memory to FPI. She manages the recovery work of the PRA, PRG and FRC; conducts and reports on our State of the Industry and Trends surveys; publishes Executive Briefs, Economic Indicators Report and Packaging Innovations and Insights; oversees our communications activities; supports our technical work; and administers our packaging and sanitation awards programs. She is a whirling dervish who brings energy into any room. Little known fact about Natha? She swears like a sailor. Her language would put Norm Patterson to shame (and for those of you who knew Norm Patterson, who retired from Dolco a couple of years ago, you can appreciate that!).

Jennifer Goldman will be celebrating her four year anniversary at FPI next month. She is our rock – strong, reliable and steady. Jennifer was hired to manage our meetings, oversee our bookkeeping, handle HR responsibilities and keep our office humming but it turned out that was just the tip of the iceberg. She redesigned our website, helped us launch our social media platforms and manages them as well as, if not better than, any millennial. Little known fact about Jennifer? Her husband, Chris, is her (and our) secret weapon. Chris, who’s a trainer by profession, helped Jennifer finish her first 5k last month. Congratulations to her! He also takes care of her on the inside, packing her lunch for her every day (oh, how sweet!). And lucky for us, he enjoys traveling with Jennifer to FPI meetings and helping her out. Next time you check in at the registration desk and think FPI’s got a new member of the team, think again. It’s Chris to the rescue.

Then that leaves me, Lynn Dyer. In February, I’ll celebrate 17 years at FPI. It seems like I’ve done it all over the years, but my current responsibilities include general oversight of and strategic planning for FPI; recruiting and retaining members; advocating for the industry’s interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas; outreach to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders; and helping Natha and Jennifer as needed (perhaps a little too much, since I am a self-proclaimed micromanager and control freak). My little known fact? I love to dance, and boy, did I cut a rug when we were at Natha’s wedding a couple of years ago. I heard the whispers from Natha’s family and friends of “she’s Natha’s BOSS!” Guess I was not quite what they expected. I guess I’m often not what people expect, and I’m OK with that.

Natha’s husband commented one time that FPI doesn’t have a staff – that we have a sorority. You know what? That might be true. One source defined “sorority” as “a group of girls or women associated for a common purpose.” Well, that’s true. Our common purpose is serving FPI and the foodservice packaging industry. And, at the same time, we support and encourage each other, both personally and professionally. It’s a rewarding – and yes, fun! – environment to work in and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Natha's wedding, where we still touted foodservice packaging!

Moving day 2011: Great minds think AND dress alike (dressing alike was unplanned by the way!)




Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 12/3/2014 10:07:23 AM