For those of you who may not already know me, I’ve been in the free paper industry my entire life.
I started at my grandmother’s paper in 1981 and have had the pleasure (and frustration) of working for independent, publicly owned and employee-owned companies ever since.
Through my various roles and my involvement with state, regional and national organizations, I’ve had the opportunity to learn, grow, and advance. Along the way I met hundreds of talented people and am proud to say that many remain as lifelong friends.
Without a doubt, my industry involvement was key to helping me hit goals, motivate staff and come up with new ideas. (Actually, there are no new ideas – just ones that have been borrowed and improved!)
Early this year I tendered my resignation with my current company. I felt it was time to move on and wanted to look for a new challenge. Unable to get the ink out of my blood, I had toyed with the idea of offering my services as an industry consultant. I set my official retirement date as August 3rd.
Well, it turns out that I will be retired approximately 15 hours. After that I will be hard at work for all of you – leading MFCP as the executive director.
You can expect to hear from me over the course of the next few weeks. I want to know more about you, your publication, your challenges and your successes. And, I want to know your thoughts as to how we can improve MFCP.
The current challenges we are facing are not only unique but overwhelming when trying to tackle them alone. But together we are stronger. I look forward to meeting this challenge with you.