Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Strong Start for Future Leaders in Plastics

By Katie Masterson, SPI Program Manager, Industry Affairs, and FLiP Liaison

The Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) gained momentum this past week as a group of young leaders in plastics traveled to the SPI headquarters to  brainstorm, establish a mission for the group and further explore the benefits that SPI provides.

From left, Shreyas Naik ,Michael Stark, Brennan Georgianni, Jacob Groh, Jason Smith, Heather McKee, Gerry Benedicto, Beth Trenor, Lucas Shaffchick, Jennifer Zerda, Ricky Schultz, Shannon Stickler, Nic Nixon

Seeking representation across SPI’s membership for this brainstorm, seated members from the four Industry-sector Councils nominated a small group of young professionals under 40 years of age for this first meeting.

This group, accompanied by young leaders among SPI’s staff, kicked the meeting off on Thursday, April 24 with a tour of the Capitol and networking dinner. The next day, SPI President and CEO, William R. Carteaux highlighted the advantages of belonging to a trade association like SPI. Ted Fisher, Material Suppliers Council Chair, reinforced those benefits and provided a member perspective. Then the group launched into brainstorming and had several breakouts throughout the day where items were discussed and a plan was laid out for the direction of FLiP.

Some ideas that resulted from the brainstorm include:

  • Recognizing and bringing together young professionals at current SPI conferences and events
  • A networking reception at NPE next spring
  • Better leveraging and informing SPI benefits to  this age group
  • A mentor program

The group will be pursuing becoming an official committee of SPI’s, finalizing a mission statement and will be working with Katie Masterson and other SPI staff to draft a set of bylaws so they can begin to tackle some of these ideas and tasks that resulted from the meeting.

“We’re going to try to keep this positive forward momentum going as a result of this meeting,” said Masterson.

To be added to FLiP communication, please e-mail your contact information to: FLiP@plasticsindustry.org or contact Katie Masterson at (202) 974-5200.

(Pictured from left, Shreyas Naik, Michael Stark, Brennan Georgianni, Jacob Groh, Jason Smith, Heather McKee, Gerry Benedicto, Beth Trenor, Lucas Shaffchick, Jennifer Zerda, Ricky Schultz, Shannon Stickler, Nic Nixon and Annina Donaldson)

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