Future Leaders

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      A Veteran Professional in the Making

      For a younger guy in the business, Zach Adams displays the maturity of a veteran. A graduate of North Carolina State University, he’s enjoying a career with a company that gives its people opportunities.
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      Glad She Signed Up for Plastics

      It seems that plastic is always on Mollie Hoffman’s mind, in one way or another. “At my last job, we primarily made drink cups,” she recalled. “So, whenever we would go out, we’d always check to see if the restaurant was using our cups! It’s become a habit now to analyze the plastic packaging I’m buying to determine how it was made and what company made it.”
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      While Planning for the Future, Plastics Became the Plan

      Justin Houck "stumbled" into the plastics industry and hasn't looked back. He recommends plastics to anyone exploring career options. “While perhaps not being on your radar industry-wise,” he said, “there are plenty of opportunities in plastics, an industry that offers great stability even in challenging times."
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      Searching for a Change, He Discovered a Passion for Plastics

      Lucas Shaffchick was a guy with a Computer Science degree, working in retail as a personnel and inventory manager. He wanted a change but wasn’t sure what that change would be. At the suggestion of his father-in-law, Lucas gave the PVC (vinyl) industry a try and found a career he loves.
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      Challenging Young Professionals to Keep Learning and Developing

      The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has a lot of industry-improving, career-enhancing activity going on. Our supply-chain councils and their committees are filled with members who believe in the association’s goal of a better industry and a better world. Each of those member-driven initiatives is overseen by a PLASTICS staff liaison who makes sure everything runs smoothly and facilitates access to association resources. For Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a program dedicated to the development of plastics professionals under the age of 40, that person is Leslie Jutte.
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      Continuing Education Opportunities for Young Plastics Professionals

      As chair for the Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Continuing Education Task Force, Kylee Carbone of Westminster Tool is looking forward to expanding FLiP's offerings and increasing membership.
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      Enhancing Your Plastics Industry Career Through FLiP

      PLASTICS and the Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee are devoted to supporting and encouraging the next generation of plastics leaders who will play a crucial role in the innovation, technology and the future of the plastics industry. FLiP’s mission is to provide young professionals in the plastics industry the exposure, education, and resources they need to build a lifelong career in plastics. Want to join? Email flip@plasticsindustry.org.
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      A Message From Jon Smalling: FLiP’s Incoming Vice Chair

      PLASTICS and the Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee are devoted to supporting and encouraging the next generation of plastics leaders who will play a crucial role in the innovation, technology and the future of the plastics industry. FLiP’s mission is to provide young professionals in the plastics industry the exposure, education, and resources they need to build a lifelong career in plastics. Want to join? Email flip@plasticsindustry.org.
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      With These Leaders, The Future Of The Plastics Industry Looks Bright

      The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals who are active in PLASTICS' Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40. For this FLiP File, we spoke with Samantha Kortas, Marketing Communications Manager for Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc., about her experience working in the plastics industry.