John F. Bergin currently serves as an adviser and investor in Winona Building Products.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University (WMU) with majors in paper science and chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Bergen holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin in marketing and human resources.

During his career, Bergin held a series of positions at Consolidated Papers and Stora Enso including production engineering, technical management, production management, division manager, corporate research director, vice president and senior vice president of the Global Specialty Papers group. Throughout his career, he gained substantial experience in papermaking, safety leadership, coating, adhesives, polymers, product development, manufacturing operations, general management, and international business.

Since retiring from Stora Enso, Bergin serves as a consultant for the paper and allied Industry. He also managed the Paper Technology Foundation at WMU, while also advising and marketing the capabilities of the university’s paper and board pilot plant.

A TAPPI member since 1967, Bergin served on the International Research Management Committee from 1993-2000, including terms as secretary, vice president and president. He played an active role in the planning of the Foundation Industry Needs Workshop in 1996 and served on the Research Committee’s Board of Directors in 1998-99. Bergin was the TAPPI/American Forest and Paper Association liaison with the Forest Products Lab from 1993-95.

Bergin also volunteers in his community as a Rotary International Youth Exchange Officer, facilitating youth international exchanges for the past 14 years. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and has contributed to the Rotary's worldwide polio elimination project. During his tenure as a Rotarian, he has led two international projects to enhance sanitary conditions and citizen self-sufficiency for a village  in Jakarta, Indonesia, in cooperation with Jakarta Metropolitan Rotary. Bergin also worked with Incourage Community Foundation of Wisconsin, where he served as a facilitator for local businesses creating a forum to exchange best practices and to create critical mass for leadership training for new and advancing supervision at Midstate Technical College.

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