Corrugated Packaging Council 2018 – 2019
Corrugated Division Chair
Director of Manufacturing Services, Packaging Corporation of America
Ell Townsend is an Operations Manager working in Manufacturing Services for Packaging Corporation of America, Lake Forest, IL.
After eleven years of active in the United States Army, Ell began his career in the corrugated industry in 1992 as a shift supervisor. Subsequently, he has held positions as Plant Operations Manager, Technical Sales Representative, Production Manager, Site Manager, and Zone Operations Manager. In his current role he is responsible for various capital and process improvement projects in the company.
Ell has an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota, and in 1998 graduated from Indiana University with an MBA in Operations. He has written several articles on leadership published in Paperboard Packaging.
A TAPPI member since 1998, Ell has held leadership roles on the HR and Safety Committee, and the Scholarship and Awards Committee. He has been involved as host or speaker at several TAPPI sessions including safety, operations management, and diversity.
Ell lives with his wife Sue in Lakeland, Florida.
Corrugated Division Vice Chair and Technical Program Chair
VP and General Manager, The Haire Group
As VP and GM of Haire Group, a corrugated box new machinery provider out of Merrillville, IN, Jeff Quinn uses his thirty plus years of in-the-trenches experience to serve customers and continues to help propel Haire Group to new heights.
Jeff joined the Haire Group team in 1983 as a summer laborer while home from college. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration from Ball State University in 1986, Jeff accepted a full-time job in sales. Since that time, he has worked his way up the ranks to his current position and continues to excel at Haire Group and in the industry.
Over the past 30 years Jeff has been active in both Tappi and Aicc. He has been a Tappi Member since 1987 and has been on the Chicago Aicc Board since 1997.
Corrugated Division Past Chair
Roger W. Mills
Retired International Paper
Roger Mills retired in 2014 from International Paper after having served 41 years in various positions. Those include Manager of Engineering, Capital Purchasing and Capital Investment, Manager of Division Manufacturing and Technical Services, Plant Manager, Division Procurement Manager, Plant, Region and Corporate Engineer.
Roger is a graduate of Clemson University and has been a TAPPI Member since 1997. He has been on the TAPPI Corrugated Packaging Council since 2004 and has served in positions of Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Corrugated Packaging Division. He and his wife Judy reside on Fowl River near Mobile AL.
President, Arvco Container Corporation
Greg Arvanigian is President of Arvco Container Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Arvco is an Independent Corrugator with operations in Michigan, Indiana, and Florida.
Greg received his BS in Political Science from Central Michigan University, in 1984. His career began in the Corrugated Industry in 1984 at, Arvco Container Corporation, the company founded by his father George, in 1971.
Greg held various positions, including Production Manager, Projects Manager, and Vice President prior to succeeding his father as President of Arvco, in 1989.
Heavily involved in the industry, Greg served 16 years on the Board of Directors of AICC, becoming the association’s Chairman in 2001. He also served on the Boards of ICPF and ICCA and has been an active member of FBA, serving on that association’s Independent Corrugator and Data Services committees.
Greg’s community involvement includes service on the Boards of, The Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement. He was honored by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kalamazoo as their “Most Valuable Person”, in 2008.
In 2008, Greg was inducted into the AICC/Paperboard Packaging Hall of Fame.
Vice-President and COO, The Royal Group
Tim Benecke is Vice President and COO of The Royal Group, a Schwarz Group Company. He has been in the corrugated industry for over 42 years, working his first 25 years at four different plants and at various management levels for Wabash Fibre Box Company (acquired by International Paper in 1998) and has been with The Royal Group for the past 17 years. Tim holds three degrees from Purdue University and has been a TAPPI member since 1988. He is a current member of Chicago TAPPI and AICC and has also served on the Executive Board of the Independent Converters Council and on the Steering Committee for Chicago TAPPI. In 2015, Tim was named to the Concordia Lutheran High School ROTC Hall of Honor for his distinguished leadership in his chosen profession.
Tim and his wife of 41 years, Diane, live in Naperville, Illinois where they enjoy their three grandchildren and Tim serves as Head Elder at his church.
Manager – Engineering and Capital Purchasing, Container The Americas, International Paper
Joe Dieffenbacher is the Container the Americas Manager, Engineering and Capital Purchasing at International Paper of Memphis, Tennessee. Joe began his career at International Paper in 1974 as a Draftsman in the Container Division Engineering group in Whippany, NJ progressing quickly to a Project Engineer. Shortly after IP relocating to Memphis, TN in 1987, Joe took the position of Regional Manufacturing Engineer in the Midwest Region. In 1994 Joe became the U.S. Container Business Manager, Engineering, a position he held through four major competitor acquisitions until moving into his present position in 2014.
Joe majored in Architectural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Rutgers, New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Memphis. He has been a member of TAPPI since 1990 and is a former member of the Chicago TAPPI local section.
Craig R. Hoyt
President, Buckeye Boxes Inc
Craig Hoyt is President & CEO of Buckeye Boxes, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. A 46-year veteran of the corrugated industry, Hoyt earned his BA in marketing from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, and took a sales post in corrugated packaging with Continental Can Company, where he stayed from 1972 through 1975.
In 1976 Hoyt joined the family business, Buckeye Boxes, which his dad had founded ten years earlier. He was named general manager in 1982. Following the 1985 acquisition of Columbus Cello-Poly Corp, Hoyt advanced to the position of President and CEO of Corrugated, Flexible and Real Estate in 1987.
A ten-year officer in the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters, Hoyt served as AICC president in 2000 and was elected to the AICC Hall of Fame in 2015. He has been a TAPPI Member since 1999 and was appointed to membership on the Corrugated Packaging Division’s Council in 2003.
VP Sales, Fosber America
Paul Hrubesky is VP Sales for Fosber America, Inc. in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His career kicked off in 1978, when he accepted a position in structural design at Green Bay Packaging. From 1983 – 1988, he served as Production Manager at GBP’s Marinette Division.
Hrubesky joined Fosber America in 1988, and has held a series of posts including Regional Sales Manager, Sales Manager, and his current position, VP Sales. He is a member at both the local and national level of AICC, and of TAPPI.
Hrubesky has served as Past Chair, Production Committee for National TAPPI, and is currently Supplier at Large within the Corrugated Packaging Division.
VP Plant Operations, CorrChoice
Chris Krumm is Vice President of Operations for CorrChoice a Division of Greif. A 36 year veteran of the Corrugated Industry. Chris spent his early career in a variety of roles with the Langston Corporation and BHS Corrugated. He has been with CorrChoice since 2002.
Chris has been a member of TAPPI since 1990 and has served on both the division council and supplier advisory council. Chris currently serves as a Board member for National Tappi. A Graduate of Rowan University Chris also earned his MBA from Loyola University and is an Executive Scholar from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Business. . Chris is also certified as a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma from Kent State University.
Manager – Sales & Service for Greif’s Containerboard Division
Josh has worked in the Pulp & Paper Industry for 8 years and currently holds the position of Manager – Sales & Service for Greif’s Containerboard Division.
He attended school at Ohio University in Athens, OH, earning his BBA in 2012 and MBA with an emphasis on Executive Leadership in 2015. Josh 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 & 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.
During these roles, Josh has been responsible for commercial growth across different business units, technical expertise on coating products, marketing and advertising, analytics and reporting, and spent valuable time in operations learning and growing. Josh 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.
Director, Converting Capital Planning & Execution Engineering, WestRock
Fred J. Rossi is the Director, Converting Capital Planning & Execution for Corporate Engineering, WestRock
Fred began his career with Willamette Industries, and for 30 years held various positions for the corrugated division. He went on to work for Mead’s container division as the Director of Manufacturing, and then to Smurfit Stone Container as VP of Manufacturing Services. In Fred’s current position with WestRock, he has the responsibility for capital planning and execution for the Container Division.
Fred has been a TAPP I member since 1987. He is a past chairman of the Production Committee, and past member of the FBA.
Glenn Rogers (Fiscotec Chairman)
Mill Division Technical Manager, Pratt Industries
I started my packaging career 36 years ago by sweeping the parking lot at Lin Pac in Atlanta, GA. I worked my way up to Corrugator Supervisor at Lin Pac in Greensboro, NC. Then, I returned to Lin Pac in Atlanta as Corrugator Supervisor. I was Corrugator Supervisor at Weyerhaeuser in Charlotte, NC, and Corrugator and Converting Supervisor at Inland Container Rock Hill, SC. I recently celebrated my 27th anniversary with Pratt Industries. Some of my assignments over the years at Pratt include: Corrugator Supervisor in Conyers, GA; Assistant Plant Manager in Statesville, NC; Plant Superintendent in Conyers; Co-authored the original ISO system used by our corrugated plants, Operations Manager for PrattPak; Quality Manager for Pratt Conyers mill; Customer Technical Services Manger for Pratt Mill Division. I designed, managed construction, and operated Pratt Industries’ Technical Center for 6 years. I am currently the Technical Manager for Pratt Industries Mill Division.
I have a wonderful bride of 35 years, three children, and 2 grand children. I am a Christian. I enjoy hunting, camping, and trying to stay ahead of Mother Nature at home.
A TAPPI Member since 1995, I am a former chairman of TAPPI Corbotec. I am currently Chairman of TAPPI Fiscotec, and a member of the Corrugated Packaging Council.
I am a member of the FBA Technical Committee. I was a member of the FBA team that created the Corrugated Chapter of the college text book “Fundamentals of Packaging” (2014), the FBA team that updated the Fibre Box Handbook (2015), and I now serve as the FBA Wax Alternative Materials Technical Advisor.
Sales and Corporate Management, Copar Corporation
Steve Schmidt earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He learned about starch cooking at his first job working at the R&D Division of Kraft Foods.
Since then, Steve has worked in Engineering, Sales and Corporate Management at Copar Corporation in Burbank, Illinois. During his TAPPI membership, he has served as Chairman of the Production, Engineering, and Corbotec Committees. He has been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to learn technical details of the corrugated industry from some of the best minds in the business.
Regional Sales Manager, MarquipWardUnited
Supplier Advisory Committee Chairman
John Semenske is currently the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for BW Papersystems Corrugated Division. John has over 30 years industry experience. He began his career with Marquip in 1985 in the electronics department while attending Wisconsin School of Electronics where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduating, he joined the Marquip Field Service Department and installed equipment in the US, Europe, Latin American and Asia. When Marquip expanded operations in the Asian market, he was promoted to Asian Field Service Manager and lived in Singapore for 2 yrs. Upon returning to the US, John started Corrugated Concepts, a drives and controls company, then merged with Chicago Electric. John spent 12 years with Chicago Electric providing drive and controls upgrades to the industry. In 2007 he rejoined Marquip (now BW Papersystems) as the Midwest Regional Sales Manager.
John became a TAPPI member in 1993 and serves as the Supplier Advisory Committee Chair and the Chicago TAPPI Publicity Chair.
Engineering Manager, Menasha Packaging
Ed Stuczynski is the Director of Engineering at Menasha Packaging Co, LLC of Neenah, Wisconsin. Ed began his career at International Paper working at the Georgetown, SC and Statesville, NC facilities in a variety of manufacturing roles including process improvement, maintenance, engineering and manufacturing management. In 2002, Ed went to work for Dufrene Machinery/RAR Electric as a project manager. He spent that time working with the various equipment suppliers and box plants managing machinery installations. Ed joined Menasha Packaging in 2006 as the corporate engineer and has worked his way up to the Director level. At Menasha Packagaing, he is responsible for capital planning and process improvement projects.
Ed is a 1992 graduate of the Ohio State University. He has been a member of TAPPI since 2006 and is also currently on the Executive Committee of the Chicago TAPPI local section.
I am a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a BSBA Industrial Management. Following graduation I was commissioned as an Armor Officer in the US Army. I served in various leadership positions as a member of 1st Battalion 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division until 1989. I left active duty entered the Michigan Army National Guard. I served there as a Tank Company Commander For C Co 1-246 Armor during the Desert Storm era. I and my soldiers were blessed that our counterparts in the active force were so effective that we were not deployed. Following three years as a company commander I served in various staff positions. At the same time I had begun a career in the corrugated industry. I spent almost ten years as a corrugator supervisor for Advance Packaging Corporation before moving into the Quality position.
I continued to develop my skills in the Quality field and at one time was responsible for quality systems management at four facilities. I have been certified as a Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence by the American Society for Quality.
I have been blessed to participate in Chicago TAPPI and TAPPI functions and mine knowledge out of my peers for the last 28 years. These learning opportunities enabled me to continue to develop my knowledge and understanding of the corrugating, box making and flexographic printing processes so I understood “why” we did certain things rather than just what to do. I’ve been able to bring that knowledge back to my organization and apply it to improving our processes.
I recently completed a six year term as an officer of the Fiberboard Shipping Container Technical Committee (FISCOTEC) working my way through the roles of Secretary, Vice Chair and ultimately a 2 year term as Chairman.
I also have been an active member of the Fibre Box Association Technical committee and the TAPPI CORBOTEC committee. As the Chair of the FISCOTEC committee, I also represented the committee on the Corrugated Packaging Council, the Awards Committee and the Quality Standards Management Committee.
VP of Sales & Corporate Services, ARC International
Steve Woodard, Vice-President of Sales and Corporate Services for ARC International, is a 35 year veteran of the anilox roller and related industries. A 1976 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, he is in his 32nd year of service with ARC International and is responsible for the development and management of national account programs with corrugated, wide web and narrow web corporations. Throughout his career, Woodard has been active with TAPPI and FTA with committee involvement and technical presentations. In 2012 he received his certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt from UNC-Charlotte.
Inside this Section
- Coating and Graphic Arts
- Corrugated Packaging
- Independent Technical Committees
- Nonwovens, Engineers and Technologists (NET)
- PIMA Management
- International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division
- Process and Product Quality
- Process Control
- Paper and Board
- Pulp Manufacture
- Young Professionals
- Women in Industry
- Tissue Division
- Local Sections