Corrugated Division Chair
Ed Stucynski, Director of Engineering, 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 Packaging, 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.
John Semenske Division Vice Chair
Regional Sales Manager, MarquipWardUnited
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 currently serves as the Vice Chair of CORBOTEC, Corrugated Packaging Council member, Chairman of Chicago TAPPI, TAPPI technical program committee, and past Supplier Advisory Committee Chair.
Corrugated Division Past Chair
Jeff Quinn, VP and General Manager,
The Haire Group
Jeff is a corrugated industry veteran with a career that spans 30+ years. He is passionate about cultivating a team that consistently provides cutting-edge products and tier-one customer service and support.
As VP and GM of Haire Group, Jeff is a key member of the leadership team and oversees day-to-day operations. During his tenure on the leadership team, Haire Group has enjoyed ten consecutive years of record sales numbers. Additionally, Haire has expanded its facility to include a state-of-the-art New Machinery Showroom & Training Center, a key component to the sales process.
Jeff joined the Haire Group team in 1983 while in college as summer help. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration from Ball State University, Jeff joined the Haire Group sales team and then climbed the ranks inside the Haire Group family.
Jeff continues to be very active with TAPPI and is the current Vice Chairman of the Corrugated Packaging Council. He is also active in AICC.
When he isn’t working, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Joy, and their five children.
Corrugated Division Past Chair
Senior Director Process Technology, Packaging Corporation of America
Ell Townsend is Director of 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.
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 CentralMichiganUniversity, 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.
Manager Engineering & Capital Purchasing, International Paper
Bert Hurler is Manager, Engineering & Capital Purchasing for International Paper, Memphis, TN.
Bert began his career in the corrugated industry in 1992 at International Paper’s Bay Minette, AL box plant. Prior to joining the corrugated industry, Bert served five years of active duty service in the United States Navy, with certification as a nuclear propulsion plant operator.
During his career with International Paper, Bert has held positions as Process Improvement Manager, Maintenance Manager, Quality Manager, Plant and Corporate Project Engineer, and Corporate Engineering management. In his current role, he is responsible for all capital purchasing and engineering services for International Paper’s North American Container business.
Bert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Memphis, Fogelman Center. He became a TAPPI member in 1996 and was appointed to the Corrugating Packaging Council in 2018.
Michael D. Martin
VP Engineering Services, WestRock
Michael began his career in the corrugated industry in 1995 as an Assistant Plant Engineer at Temple-Inland’s Louisville, Kentucky box plant while pursuing an Engineering degree.
In 1998, he was hired at Temple-Inland as Plant Engineer for the Middletown, Ohio box plant. During his 14 year career at Temple-Inland, he successfully held the following positions: Plant Engineer and District Engineer in the Ohio River Valley; Corporate Engineer, Senior Corporate Engineer, and Engineering Manager in Austin, Texas; Plant manager of a 3 billion square foot Box Plant in Lexington, South Carolina.
With International Paper’s acquisition of Temple-Inland in 2012, Michael held the Manufacturing Manager position at the Lexington facility before relocating to the Metro Atlanta area in 2013 for an opportunity with WestRock (RockTenn at that time).
At WestRock, he has held the position of Manager, Capital Planning and Execution, and is currently serving as Vice President, Engineering Services for the Corrugated Container Division.
Michael has a passion for developing leaders, improving safety behavior, better machine design, process improvement, and equipment reliability.
Michael is a 1998 graduate of Purdue University. He was first introduced to TAPPI in 2000 at the SuperCorrExpo in Atlanta, Georgia, where he now resides with his wife and daughter.
Senior Vice President of SMC Packaging
Mark is the Senior Vice President of SMC Packaging-based in Springfield, MO (full-line corrugated box plant), with additional locations in Kansas City, Missouri (sheet plant); Conway, Arkansas (sheet plant); and Tulsa, Oklahoma (sales & distribution). SMC serves the corrugated and packaging supply needs of several end-user markets including Food and Beverage, Chemical and Pharma, Shipping and Distribution, Point of Purchase Displays, Retail Ready Packaging, and E-Commerce. SMC is one of the largest independent Independents in the Central United States. SMC is celebrating its 50th year in business this year, and Mark has been at SMC for 44 of those years.
SMC Packaging is committed to Springfield and its communities they serve through their support of various charitable, social, civic, and professional organizations that promote economic vitality, quality of life, and youth services. Mark is a serial volunteer – having served and chaired boards of United Way, Ozarks Regional YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Board of Public Utilities, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and Central Bank of the Ozarks,
Mark is married to Jennifer – a physician at Missouri State University. They have two children -- Son Riley (recently receiving Masters’ degree in Computer Science from University of Tulsa) has just accepted a cyber-security position with the Navy in Virginia. Daughter Anna is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Tulsa.
Mark has been a member of TAPPI since 1988
Mark is a geologist by education and has enjoyed long-distance bicycle touring, water and snow-skiing, golf, and Cardinals baseball.
Sales & Customer Service Manager
Josh has worked in the Pulp & Paper Industry for 8 years and currently holds the position of Regional Sales & Marketing Manager for Greif’s CorrChoice facilities. 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, lead Greif’s Coating Division, and now works with different specialty product lines for the CorrChoice business units. 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.
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.
Vice President Sales, Kohler Coating, Inc.
Mike Kohler has worked for Kohler Coating since 2009 and is the current Vice President of Sales. Mike has extensive experience on corrugators as well as the world's only 13 inch corrugating line used for corrugator trials and testing located in Canton, Ohio.
He specializes in rod-metering systems associated with Kohler's WaterDecks, Coaters, and Glue Units. Mike has served as the Co-Director of Events for TAPPI's Young Professionals Division from 2017-2019. He was named TAPPI’s Young Professional of the Year in 2018. His most recent position held with TAPPI was on the Corrugated Packaging Council as the Liaison for TAPPI’s Young Professional Division from 2019-2020.
Production Manager, Niagara Sheets, LLC
Jeff Gebauer is currently he production manager of Niagara Sheets LCC. He has dedicated 33 years to this industry. During this time he has worked on three different corrugators and is proficient on both the wet end and the dry end of the corrugated process.
Jeff has held most of the positions on the corrugator. Which includes machine operator, corrugator supervisor, and production manager
Jeff has been active within the TAPPI organization for the past 10 years He is now currently on the CORBOTEC committee. He is also a former chair of the CORBOTECCommittee.
Sales Director, JB Machinery
Dave began his career with Pamarco Global Graphics in 1984, working in many different areas including Plant Management, Regional Sales Management and eventually being appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing – a position he held for several years.
In 2008 Dave joined Flexo Concepts as Vice President Sales , focusing on the global distribution chains for their Doctor Blade and anilox cleaning equipment lines.
Dave is very active with TAPPI, AICC and FTA having authored and presented many technical papers over the last 20 years.
In 2011 Dave joined JB Machinery as Director of North American Sales overseeing all sales activity in North America of its IR Drying , UV Curing and KleenPlate product lines. Dave will now be assuming responsibility for all JB markets in Mexico and Latin America.
Sales Representative, Packaging Corporation of America
Young Professionals Liaison
Lena began her career with Packaging Corporation of America, after earning her MBA from Monmouth University in 2018. In accepting a position with PCA, she was able to move back to her home state of Maryland, while working out of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania location. Through PCA’s GIFT Program, Lena spent several weeks rotating through various departments to gain a strong understanding of PCA and the corrugate industry as a whole, before moving to her current role as a Sales Representative. Lena’s passion for interacting with people and for learning, which initially drew her to sales, also led her to join the TAPPI Young Professionals Division, where she now serves as the Director of Events. Outside of work Lena volunteers as a mentor for the Student Enrichment & engagement thru Mentoring Activities (SEEMA) program through her alma mater and as an Advocacy Coordinator for Days for Girls International.
Midwest Region Sales Manager
Joe Slattery is the Midwest Sales Manager and Corporate Accounts manager for Fosber America and works with the inside and regional sales managers to find the best solutions for Fosber’s integrated customers. Joe does this while working personally with the Midwest region integrated and independent customers. He works with his team to find solutions and opportunities for how Fosber machinery will provide the best ROI for the customer. Prior to being a sales manager, for the past 12 years, Joe did field service and installations for Fosber, and has worked with many current industry leaders managing over a 100 installs of dryend, wet end and full Fosber corrugators. Between field service, Installations and sales, Joe has been to a majority of the corrugated plants in the USA along with many in Canada, and Europe. This variety of positions within Fosber gives him valuable insight as to was has made our industry strong and where our industry can progress to.
Director of National Accounts New Machinery Product Manager, The Haire Group
Supplier Advisory Committee Chair
Tim serves as the Director of National Accounts and New Machinery Product Manager for The Haire Group. He began his career in the Corrugated Industry in late 2015 after 13 successful years in Automotive Aftermarket Sales. He is a strong sales professional with an Associate of Science (A.S.) focused in Business Administration and Management from Ivy Tech Community College. Current responsibilities include growing New Corrugated Converting Equipment Sales within Integrated and Independent Box Makers, all while fostering long-term business relationships. He is active in TAPPI and AICC, serving as Chair of the Supplier Advisory Board and a member of the Corrugated Packaging Council for TAPPI.