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Newest Directors on Addressing TAPPI’s Critical Needs

In February 2018, TAPPI welcomes three new board members to its roster. Each year, a nominating committee nominates three incoming Directors to serve three-year terms. (see sidebar). We asked these three newest directors to provide insight into the critical needs of the association, and how they hope to address that need in their leadership position on TAPPI’s Board. Their answers below provide a look into a dynamic and growing association.

Carrie Enos: “We have so much to offer students”

The TAPPI Board of Directors

TAPPI’s Board of Directors determines the policies and has general charge of the affairs of the Association. The Board consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, and nine Directors.

In March 2018, the following directors will complete their terms:

• Medwick V. Byrd, NCSU - Paper Science and Engineering

• Anitra Collins, International Paper

• Marko Hakovirta , NCSU

To fill these vacancies, a slate of three candidates was proposed by the Nominating Committee and elected by the membership:

• Carrie Enos, University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation

• Josh Reich, Greif

• Matt Szymanski, Green Bay Packaging

The following directors will continue to serve on the Board in 2018:

• Paul Durocher, Sappi North America, Chair

• Pete Augustine, Fabio Perini, Vice Chair
• Richard M. Berry, CelluForce

• Fernando Bertolucci, Fibria Celulose S.A

• James Cooper, Retired from Dow Chemical

• Donald Haag, Packaging Corp. of America

• James R. Haeffele, Essity

• Anthony V. Lyons, Imerys Technology Center

Carrie Enos is the President of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1999, where she was a Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarship Recipient. Her career began as a co-op engineer in a kraft pulp mill; after college, Enos began as a process engineer and progressed to the Finished Products Business Unit manager for a four-machine lightweight coated facility. Her employers have included International Paper, Sappi North America and Verso Corporation.

After more than 14 years in the pulp and paper industry, Carrie took the helm at the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation in January 2014. In this role she leads an extraordinary partnership between students, the University, the pulp and paper industry, and many generous donors. The UMPPF provides over US$600,000 annually in scholarships to 80-90 undergraduate engineering students, recruits high school students to the industry through a free residential summer program and site visits, and supports teaching and research in pulp and paper.

TAPPI: What do you see as TAPPI’s most critical need and how would you address it as a Board member?

Enos: One of TAPPI’s purposes is “to further the worldwide application of science, engineering and technology in the paper and related industries.” To do so, TAPPI and the industry as a whole face a significant challenge in recruiting and retaining bright young talent to bring innovation and propel us forward.

In my current role, I interact daily with high school students who are considering engineering as a field of study, current college engineering students, and current pulp and paper industry leaders who are searching for talent. Because I have walked in all of their shoes, my diversified experience allows me unique insight into both the criteria that students use to evaluate engineering careers in the paper industry as well as the needs of hiring companies. I also see the incredible demand for our engineers in the industry as both co-op students and candidates for full-time employment.

There is a critical need for us to join together and develop a platform to get our message out to young people. We have so much to offer students: technically challenging careers, great benefits, and flexibility for multiple career tracks within the same industry so that they can be agile as their lives demand. However, we need to be mindful of what many high school students are told: that this industry is mature, inflexible, and therefore unattractive. We can do better with an approach based on stakeholder input and common messaging. The TAPPI Board of Directors can take a leadership role in developing this plan and engaging the Student Chapters and Young Professionals as invaluable resources moving forward.

Josh Reich: “We need a strategy to promote YP involvement”

Josh Reich has worked in the pulp and paper industry for eight years and currently serves as manager, sales and service for Greif’s Containerboard Division. He attended school at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, earning his BBA in 2012 and MBA with an emphasis on Executive Leadership in 2015.

Reich worked for Greif in a variety of positions prior to graduating and signed-on full time after graduation in 2012 as a commercial business analyst for their Paper Packaging and Services Division. He has also held the positions of customer service representative, customer service manager, and now leads the team at Greif’s Coating Operation, GreenGuard Engineered Coatings. In these roles, Reich has been responsible for commercial growth across different business units, technical expertise on coating products, marketing and advertising, analytics and reporting, and has spent valuable time in operations learning and growing. He has been a proud member of TAPPI since 2012, serving as both the Chair of the Young Professionals Division and as a member of the Corrugated Packaging Council since 2016.

TAPPI: What do you see as TAPPI’s most critical need and how would you address it as a Board member?

Reich: One of the reasons I wanted to become Chair of our Young Professionals Division was because I knew how important our generation was to this industry. This wasn’t just my thinking, but many of my colleagues and members of TAPPI would agree that having a young professional presence within divisions, committees, at events, and involved on a higher scale is important not just to TAPPI, but to the pulp and paper industry as a whole. With that said, I believe TAPPI’s most critical need is student chapter and young professional involvement and ensuring that we are executing on a strategy that promotes our industry in such a way that students want to become young professionals and young professionals want to become stars.

As a board member, I’d like to create a strategy that promotes students and young professional involvement across all of TAPPI, increase membership on committees and within divisions as a whole, create more networking opportunities for all members, and allow students and young professionals a voice on our Board of Directors. I’ve heard many times over the past several years that “Young Professionals are the future of our industry” and I’d like to be the voice on our board that allows goals and strategies to revolve around those Young Professionals and help in executing them. I’ve enjoyed my time as Chair of the Young Professionals Division and we have made a lot of progress, but I think a lot more can be done and I’m excited for the opportunity to do it.

Matt Szymanski: “We play a vital role in enabling adaptation and growth”

Matt Szymanski is Green Bay Packaging’s vice president of Mill Operations. In this role, Szymanski has responsibility for the company’s Green Bay Mill Division, Arkansas Kraft Division, and Pinecrest Paper Slitting Division.

Szymanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Wisconsin System. Prior to being named vice president of mill operations, Szymanski had been the vice president/general manager of Arkansas Kraft Division with more than 25 years’ experience in chemical/process engineering, technical sales, operations management, and general management. Before his work at GBP’s Arkansas Kraft Division, Szymanski spent much of his career at the company’s 100 percent recycled, 100 percent closed water loop mill in Green Bay, WI, where he held the position of general manager. Szymanski is proud to be an active member of TAPPI/PIMA. He has served as PIMA Executive Council Chair and TAPPI PaperCon Steering Committee Chair. He is the proud recipient of PIMA’s 2016 Glen T. Renegar Award.

TAPPI: What do you see as TAPPI’s most critical need and how would you address it as a Board member?

Szymanski: I believe that TAPPI’s most critical need is to continue providing strong technical support to our industry, while growing the resources it offers to support our industry’s operational side. Helping members maintain a safe workplace, improving the quality of the products we make, supporting human capital development, while being a repository of technical standards and knowledge are critical roles that TAPPI serves today and must continue to build on. These are fundamental aspects of successful operations, a thriving industry, and ultimately an effective, growing association.

Using my background in operational leadership, I can provide insight and vision to help TAPPI formulate a strategy that continues its proud legacy for the next generation of paper industry professionals. As our economy and stakeholder needs change, TAPPI will play a vital role in anticipating these changes and enabling our industry’s adaptation and growth. This requires vision and execution—two things that, along with the other exceptional board members, I can contribute to TAPPI in a leadership role.

For a modest investment of $174, receive more than US$ 1000 in benefits in return.
Visit www.tappi.org/join for more details.