Thu January 25, 2018

Annina Donaldson of Maxi-Blast and Shannon Stickler of Printpack to lead the Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) young professionals group which aims to grow, retain and bring new talent into the plastics industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a part of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) built to cater to plastics professionals under the age of 40, announced today that two long-time FLiP members would take the groups’ helm in 2018 - 2019: Annina Donaldson of Maxi-Blast, who formerly served as vice chair, will chair the group in 2018, and Shannon Stickler of Printpack will serve as vice chair.

Both Donaldson and Stickler were founding FLiP members and have played pivotal roles throughout the group’s history. As chair, Donaldson takes over for Michael Stark of Arburg, who was FLiP’s first-ever chair.

“FLiP has been successful in ways we never could’ve predicted since the group formed three years ago,” said PLASTICS Associate Director of Industry Affairs and FLiP Liaison Katie Hanczaryk. “Both Annina and Shannon have been a key part of that expansion and we look forward to seeing how they continue to reach the next generation of plastics workers.”

Donaldson has been involved in the plastics industry her entire life—her father opened Maxi-Blast’s Florida location in 1980. In 2003, she earned a BSBA with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Boston University then went on to obtain her Masters of Marketing from London Metropolitan University in 2004. After working in the financial marketing sector for a few years, Donaldson was brought in as Maxi-Blast’s VP of Florida operations before eventually ascending to President. In addition to serving as FLiP’s new chair, Donaldson is also a voting member on the PLASTICS Equipment Council.

Stickler is responsible for Printpack’s business and market development for specialty high-barrier rigid plastic containers with a focus on shelf stable food packaging applications. For Printpack Rigid, she develops growth strategies, organizes marketing activities, and supports cross divisional sales opportunities. Stickler earned her BBA in Marketing from James Madison University. She started out in a sales role and moved into business development. She has been with Printpack’s Rigid division since 2003.

FLiP provides young professionals in the plastics industry the exposure, education and resources they need to build a lifelong career in plastics, with the broader goal of ensuring the continued growth in size and sophistication of plastics manufacturing and its workforce. To learn more about FLiP, or to get involved, click here.