President & CEO
Executive Vice President
|Gene Sanders, CEM
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
President & CEO
Prior to becoming SPI President and CEO in February 2005, Bill Carteaux spent more than 20 years in the manufacturing sector. He came to SPI from Demag Plastics Group, where he was named president and chief executive officer in 2002. Carteaux previously served as the company's executive vice president. Prior to joining Demag, Carteaux spent eight years with Autojectors, a manufacturer of vertical injection molding machines, including four years as its president.
Born and raised in rural Indiana, Carteaux was instilled with a traditional blue-collar work ethic that he still possesses today. His father was an electrician at International Harvester for more than 30 years. During high school Carteaux worked the night shift as a line employee at a metal working plant, and he spent his summers during college as a material handler in a large manufacturing facility.
Carteaux has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a BS from Purdue, where he has received several awards since graduating. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Manufacturing Associations at the National Association of Manufacturers and the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. He is also Director General of CIPAD, the Council of International Plastics Association Directors. Carteaux also serves on the Board of Directors of four additional organizations: The Plastics Academy, the National Plastics Center and Museum, the Future of Plastics Foundation and SPE’s Foundation.
In 2015, Carteaux became the youngest person ever inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. The honor was bestowed upon Carteaux because of his stellar career highlighted by his success in transforming SPI into a worldwide leader among plastics associations; helping reenergize and relocate the most successful triennial plastics tradeshow—NPE: The Plastics Industry Showcase—to Orlando, Fla.; bringing a business management style to SPI, which has resulted in programs that have helped develop the plastics industry’s image and issues management response capabilities; and forming collaborative alliances with the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the Canadian Plastics Industry Association and the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico, AC (Anipac), among others.
Executuve Vice President - Advocacy
As senior vice president of government and industry affairs, Jon Kurrle leads an advocacy team that addresses the plastics industry's many public policy challenges and opportunities.
Comprised of SPI's in-house experts, outside counsel and consultants, and a network of plastics industry stakeholders and coalitions, the team brings the collective voice of America's third largest manufacturing sector to bear at all levels of government, at code- and standards-writing organizations and within the plastics industry value chain.
Additionally, Kurrle serves as treasurer of SPI-PAC, the only political action committee focused on the plastics industry's unique issues and needs. SPI-PAC advances the industry's common interests by helping to elect candidates who understand and support its priorities.
Kurrle's background encompasses 25 years in government and government relations, with a particular emphasis on manufacturing policy and programs. A native of Illinois, Kurrle is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.
Senior Vice President, Trade Shows and Conferences
Bringing 26 years of experience in the management and marketing of industry shows and conferences, Gene Sanders joined SPI in July 2007 as vice president of trade shows. Sanders oversees the work of SPI staff and specialized vendors in producing NPE, SPI’s triennial international plastics exposition, which takes place April 1-5, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.
Sanders is charged with carrying out SPI’s growth strategy for NPE, expanding the show by attracting even more international participation, showcasing new technologies and creating more programs that appeal directly to designers, processors, and OEMs in end-use industries served by plastics. Sanders came to SPI from SC&H Group, an international consulting firm, where he launched C4-Events, a specialized consultancy for trade shows, with clients such as the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.
Previously, as a vice president for the Telecommunications Industry Association, he had overall responsibility for SUPERCOMM, an exposition with 30,000 visitors and 700 exhibitors on 300,000 net sq. ft (28,000 sq,m). Sanders was also senior director of sales and services for the National Association of Broadcasters, whose annual show covers a million square feet (93,000 sq.m) of exhibit space and attracts 100,000 registrants
Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs
Patty Long is a registered lobbyist and brings over 25 years of experience in government relations, public affairs and communications having held positions in both the private sector and the association world. She currently serves at the Vice President, Industry Affairs for SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. In that capacity, she is responsible for overall issues management and leads outreach on behalf of member companies to government bodies, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders. From 2008 until 2010, she served as a member of the executive staff of the National Asphalt Pavement Association managing communications and advocacy. Prior to that, Patty was the Vice President for Policy Research and Member Communications at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest industry trade group in America.
At the NAM (1990 to 2008), she handled policy development as well as research and strategic analysis of public policy positions. Patty was also responsible for member communications, oversaw the NAM’s policy-making process and managed Washington member relations. Before joining the NAM, Patty was the Director of Public Policy for Farley Industries, a Fortune 500 Corporation (l986 to l990). During that time, she also served as a public relations consultant to President Reagan's Commission on Aviation Safety.
Patty is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies where she teaches ethics. She frequently speaks to business audiences on public policy and political involvement and is a faculty member of the Bryce Harlow Foundation. Patty received a B.S. in Business Administration from Frostburg State University.
Patty is a native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and four daughters.
Vice President, Membership Services
Mark Garrison is the Vice President of Member Services for SPI. A lifelong plastics industry professional, Mark has over 26 years of experience in the plastics industry. Upon receiving his B.S degree from Ball State University, Mark began his career at Autojectors, an injection molding machinery company, where he soon became National Sales & Marketing Manager. Mark has held positions with several plastics machinery companies over the years, including Milacron, Van Dorn, Demag, and QSI Automation, before joining SPI in 2007. He currently resides in Sarasota, FL with his wife Carrie.
Ashley Bovino joined SPI as its new Controller in October 2014. With many years of financial management experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors, Bovino is uniquely positioned to oversee SPI’s finance and business operations to ensure the association’s growth and deliver the excellent service its member companies have come to expect.
Bovino was previously the Controller at a telecommunications-engineering design and manufacturing company located in Rockville, Maryland. There she worked to improve ROI and implemented new software systems and internal controls. Prior to becoming Controller, Bovino spent seven years as an auditor specializing in the nonprofit industry in the District of Columbia. She was charged with completed financial statement, employee benefit plan and A-133 audits and prepared 990 tax returns.
Bovino is a graduate of American University’s Kogod School of Business, from which she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Accounting. Ms. Bovino is originally from Staten Island and currently resides in the District of Columbia.