TAPPI Selects Young Professionals of the Year for 2019

Emerging leaders represent WestRock, Domtar, Packaging Corporation of America, FPInnovations, Procter & Gamble & Sonoco.

TAPPI is pleased to announce the selections for this year’s Young Professionals of the Year awards.  The contest recognizes aspiring young leaders in the paper, packaging, tissue and related industries. Eligible nominees can be up to age 35 with no more than 10 years of industry experience.

The six winners of the Young Professionals of the Year awards for 2019 are:



     Taylor Bryant, WestRock





     David Mead, Packaging Corporation of America






     Victor E. Padilla, FPInnovations






     Rachael Simmons, Procter & Gamble





     John A. Sly, Sonoco





     Michael J. Subilia, II, Domtar






The award recognizes Young Professionals in the industry who have made significant contributions in these areas:

  • Leadership
  • Community Service
  • Problem Solving Contributions to Scientific or Engineering Projects

In addition to being recognized in TAPPI’s various publications and online, the winners are invited to attend their division-specific TAPPI conference during 2019 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. 


About TAPPI Young Professionals Division:
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.

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. 

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