Authors

William R. (Bill) Carteaux
SPI President & CEO Bill Carteaux began his tenure at the association in 2005. He came to SPI from Demag Plastics Group, where he was named president and chief executive officer of the Americas and co-executive managing director of Global Business in 2002. Carteaux has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a B.S. from Purdue University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Manufacturing Associations at the National Association of Manufacturers, as well as the Apprenticeship Advisory Committee at the Department of Labor.
Jane AdamsJane Adams
Jane Adams, SPI’s senior director of state government affairs, has been with the association for more than three years and is responsible for its state advocacy portfolio. Jane’s career has taken her from working agriculture, trade and appropriations issues in the United States Senate to accepting a political appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Reagan Administration. Prior to joining SPI, Jane worked in the corporate communications department of BASF Corporation’s North American headquarters in New Jersey.
Barry EisenbergBarry Eisenberg
Barry Eisenberg, SPI’s director of communications and marketing, came to SPI in 2006 from the American Chemistry Council. He earned a B.A. in English from The College of Wooster (OH) and an M.S. degree in Communications from Boston University. Once an intern at Rolling Stone magazine and a production assistant for the TV show Family Ties, Barry has spent the last 15 years working for trade associations.
Melissa Hockstad
Melissa Hockstad serves as SPI’s Vice President, Material Suppliers Council. She earned a B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Melissa joined SPI in June 2006 from the Washington, D.C.-based Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association where she led the association’s environmental, health, safety and security program. Prior to joining SOCMA, Melissa was a Senior Engineer with Basell Polyolefins (now LyondellBasell).
Jon Kurrle
Jon Kurrle comes to SPI from the Association for Manufacturing Technology, where he has served as government relations director since 2001. Prior to that position, he was a government relations representative for Reed Smith LLP, a top-15 international law firm, where he constructed and executed lobbying programs for a wide array of service and manufacturing sector clients. From 1990 to 1994, Kurrle served as a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Dennis Hastert (R-IL), responsible for advising the Congressman and representing the office on issues related to commerce and industrial competitiveness. Kurrle earned a B.A in Government from The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.)
Gene Sanders – Vice President Trade Shows
Gene Sanders, SPI’s vice president of trade shows, has more than 26 years of experience in the management and marketing of industry expositions and conferences, including shows that have spanned such diverse industries as meat processing, mining, telecommunications and broadcasting. Sanders is responsible for SPI’s triennial NPE international plastics exposition. NPE2009 takes place June 22-26, 2009 in Chicago.