Fri March 24, 2017

Ashley Stoney
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PLASTICS Taps Industry Veteran

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2017 – Bringing over 40 years of plastics industry experience and insight, Stephen (Steve) Petrakis will join the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) as vice president of its Equipment Council. Currently, Petrakis is the vice president of sales and marketing at Thermal Care, Inc.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to lead the Equipment Council,” said Stan Glover, PLASTICS Equipment Council Chair. “Steve brings decades of corporate experience working with both equipment and processor companies, and will provide exceptional leadership.”

“The Equipment Council is at the core of the plastics industry,” said PLASTICS President and CEO Bill Carteaux. “This invaluable council works hard to ensure the safety of our industry’s 954,000 employees and will be well led by an expert like Steve Petrakis.”

Petrakis is a multi-generational plastics professional, first stepping foot in a plastics plant at five years old, and following in the footsteps of his father who earned one of the first plastic engineering degrees in Chicago and worked in the industry for his entire career. Following suit, Petrakis’ daughter also works in the plastics industry.

“I am a true believer in giving back. Plastics has been good to my family, and this opportunity to join PLASTICS allows me to serve the entire industry and do what I can to make it better,” said Petrakis. “My goal is to take the Equipment Council to the next level and to better not only the plastics industry, but also our world.”

Petrakis will join PLASTICS on April 17. Prior to his current position at Thermal Care, Inc., Petrakis was Conair Group’s vice president of Sales and Marketing U.S. and Canada. He also served as president of Frigel North America, vice president of sales and marketing at Sterling Corp., and sales at EMI. Petrakis previously completed an 18-month position with PLASTICS, serving as director of the Midwest/Northeast region. Petrakis holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Distribution and Business Management from Western Michigan University. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from California Coast University.


About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.