Unless you've been living under rock, you are a well aware
that the U.S. is in election season!
Tired of hearing about it? Let’s
talk about a different kind of election – the one we recently held for our
Board of Directors.
What is the Board of Directors, and what is its function you
ask? Our Board consists of approximately
12 members, and is a mix of converters and suppliers (raw material and
machinery); material and product types; and varying company sizes to best
represent the industry. Board members
perform the following functions for FPI:
- Establish future priorities for the association, based on FPI's strategic plan;
- Provide feedback on FPI activities and projects;
- Help with member recruitment and retention (at FPI conferences and as appropriate outside of FPI events); and
- Assist in developing FPIs budget, dues structure and policies.
Do we really hold elections every year?!
Yes, we hold elections every year (each year has expiring
terms,) but thankfully our process is a little easier than it is for
presidential elections. How does our
process work? No primaries, no debates, no
campaigning (well, maybe a little,) no electoral college – just a majority vote
from our membership, with each member company receiving one vote.
About two months prior to our fall conference, we send out
notices to our membership that we are beginning the nomination process. Members can submit their own name, or someone
else's to be considered for the Board.
Once we get all the names, we send out an electronic vote to the
membership. Then we simply tally up the
votes and the candidates with the highest number of votes for the available
number of board positions win! So easy,
Congratulations to our newly-elected Board members! They
- Jon Ernst, International Paper
- Rob Kittredge, Fabri-Kal
- Frank Liesman, Dart Container
- James Naughton, Thermoforming Systems
- Bob Waddell, GOEX
- Jeff Wolff, Anchor Packaging
- Eric Wulf, Pactiv
These fine gentlemen join others on FPI’s current Board,
- Cliff Albert, Seda North America
- Brian Glasbrenner, NatureWorks LLC
- Mike Kazmierski, Paper Machinery Corp.
- John Mulcahy, Georgia-Pacific LLC (FPI’s Chair)
- Wylie Royce, Royce Colors
- John Ulowetz, Berry Plastics (FPI’s Vice Chair)
If only our national elections were this easy!
We are excited about the coming year and all we hope to
accomplish with our Board. Their time
devoted to FPI business is greatly appreciated.
Are you an FPI member interested in serving on the board? Think about throwing your hat in the ring
As for what happens nationally here in the U.S., hang on –
the bumpy ride is almost over!