Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals that are active in SPI’s Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40. For our second entry, we spoke to FLiP member Shannon Sticker of Printpack.
Where do you work and what’s your title?
Printpack, Market Development Manager
Tell us a little about what your company does.
Printpack is a major converter of flexible and specialty rigid packaging with a history of innovating for more than fifty years with manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Mexico and China.
How did you find yourself working in the plastics industry?
When I graduated from college I came across a job posting at Printpack. The sales position was located in a plant near where I am from. At the time I didn’t know much about the plastics industry. I started out in a training role and before I knew it a decade had passed.
Has anyone in the industry mentored you?
I’ve been fortunate to have a couple of great mentors throughout the years. Being right out of college, it was very helpful to have someone who provided a sounding board as I established myself in the workforce. As my roles have evolved over the years, my mentors’ insights have continued to help me become a stronger leader.
Describe in one sentence what you do on an average day.
On an average day, I plan and organize our marketing and branding activities, help drive cross-divisional opportunities and collaboration, and communicate our initiatives and strategy internally.
What do you like most about working in the plastics industry?
The best part about working in plastics is being a part of an industry that is truly changing the world.
What’s one thing about your personal life that you feel has been changed by having a career in plastics?
I have a better appreciation for what it takes to produce the everyday things that we take for granted – cars, phones, packaged food.
Why do you think someone from your generation should consider a career in plastics?
The plastics industry is full of opportunity. There is always something to learn and you can be a part of an industry that is developing products for the future.
What’s one plastic product you couldn’t live without?
My iPhone. Although surely I could sustain life without it, I would prefer not to test it out.