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TAPPI Announces 2016 Young Professionals Division Top 20 Under 30 Winners

ATLANTA, Ga., March 25 – TAPPI is pleased to announce the selections for the second annual Young Professionals Division’s Top 20 Under 30. The contest recognizes individuals under the age of 30 who are emerging leaders in the global pulp, paper, packaging and related industries.

A group of established TAPPI members reviewed the nomination forms and collaborated on selecting the winning individuals.


The 2016 Top 20 Under 30 Young Professionals:


  • Timothy Basher, Process/Field Service Engineer, Voith Paper

  • Benjamin Baumann, Junior Technologist Virgin Fiber Processes, Smurfit Kappa

  • Brock Brandner, Technical Sales Associate, Kemira

  • Lesley Cook, Process Engineer, Domtar

  • Matias Gonzalez, Lead Field Service Engineer/Latin America Market Development Manager, EDT

  • Dennis Grimm, Account Manager, Solenis

  • Jake Hyland, Lead Field Service Engineer, EDT

  • William Jessee, District Representative, Nalco

  • Vindar Ragbir, Continuous Improvement Team Leader , Green Bay Paper Products Inc.

  • Andrew Reep, Account Manager, Solenis

  • Josh Reich, Sales and Customer Service Manager, Greif

  • Wei Ren, Research Engineer, FP Innovations

  • Taylor Resparc, Lead Field Service Engineer, EDT

  • Walter Scott, Process Engineer, Hood Container

  • Phillip E. Slesinski, Marketing Analyst - Specialty and Bristols , International Paper

  • Matthew Tunnicliffe, Scientist, FP Innovations

  • Donica White, Quality Control Manager, Georgia Pacific

  • Steven White, Assistant Superintendent, Domtar

  • Dennis Whitman, Senior Process Engineer , WestRock

  • Zhiying (Emmy) Yu, Research Scientist, Georgia Pacific

In addition to being recognized in TAPPI’s various publications and online, the winners will be invited to attend their division-specific TAPPI conference during 2016 to receive their award and are granted one full year of TAPPI membership.

TAPPI congratulates the winners and thanks all of the Young Professionals who submitted nomination forms. The Young Professionals Division is composed of TAPPI members that are college undergraduates, recent graduates and young professionals in the industry. The division provides a wide range of products, services and educational opportunities, as well as a means for experiencing different professional areas, resources for career advancement and the chance to network with peers and industry professionals. More information can be found on the Young Professionals website.

About TAPPI:

TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and converting industries and publisher of Paper360°, Tissue360° and TAPPI Journal. Through information exchange, events, trusted content and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster and more cost-effective ways of doing business. It has provided management training and networking to the industry’s leaders more than 100 years. For more information, visit TAPPI’s website.



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