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Meet the YP Executive Committee

ADAM WACHTER - COMMITTEE CHAIR

CFO, Engineered Profiles LLC

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
What I am most proud in is the transformation I have seen in the operations and financial performance of our Company since I started here a little over 4 years ago. I think we have made a tremendous effort putting the right people and systems in place that have allowed us to grow profitably.

What three traits best describe you?
Thoughtful, attention to detail, and aware

How do you define success?
I think success is continually learning and growing as a person and being able to look back at life and feel like your accomplishments have helped you and those close to you lead a better, happier, healthier life.

What book are you currently reading?
The most recent book I read was Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Joseph Grenny and Kerry Patterson.

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
The advice that I would give to young people in any career, not just the plastics industry, is to really put your full heart and effort into learning about your job, company and industry. It is very easy to go about your job and just focus on completing tasks, however I believe that those who try and see the big picture and try and understand the why behind what they are doing will end up being the most successful.


HEATHER TATON, COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

Human Resources Manager, Wescon Plastics

What drew you to the plastics industry?
I fell into it with a payroll position many years ago, quickly learned that polymers on my resume made me a rock star! 

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues? 
I received an award for “The Dog Whisperer, for the ability to keep everyone in line!” HR is my title and my job, however my personality is real and I live in the real world, when you come to me and I say, “I get it” everyone believes that I truly get it. I am also known to NOT babysit, I will not do your job, I will provide every tool possible and guide you.

What three traits best describe you?
Empathy, Logic, and Stubborn

How do you define success?
Going to grocery store with no budget....grin :) Professionally I feel successful when I hear, “go ask Heather she will know!” This goes along with my logical thinking, I am always seeking out answers and knowledge is power and power is success, no one can take that power away from you.

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
Not just in plastics, but in general never say, “that’s not my job” DO IT, learn the skills and put it on your resume.  Be a go getter, don’t wait around for someone to ask you to do something. 


MITCHELL GECHT - COMMITTEE COUNSEL

Corporate Associate Attorney, Benesch LLP

What is your favorite part about your current role?
As a corporate attorney working mostly on M&A transactions and day-to-day business matters, I get to learn about different businesses and industries every day, which is exciting.  I also get to develop relationships with individuals as I work to help solve problems, which I enjoy.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
I think I am most known for being a team player.  Attorneys work on teams to help our clients, and I enjoy being a part of a team in solving problems.

What three traits best describe you?
Curious, driven (hard working) and friendly

How do you define success?
I think success is defined in a number of ways.  Professionally, as a service provide, my definition of success mirror’s that of the client I am working with, and also personally when I improve my skills as an attorney.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy when you’re not at work?
Golf, Cleveland professional sports, University of Michigan sports, and time with family.


SCOTT ADAMS

Engineering Manager, Metro Plastics Technologies

What is your favorite part about your current role?
I’m able to be involved in every aspect of the business from customer meetings, quoting, and project management to customer quality issues in the field.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
Knowing what any given part is used for in the real world and knowing what direction to take if an issue may arise.

What three traits best describe you?
Multi-tasker, wearing many hats, making work fun

What’s on thing you can’t live without?
Laughter. No one likes a strict work environment. You have to enjoy going to work everyday. 

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
Be aggressive about your career.  Target smaller size plastic companies with the goal of working directly under the owner.  My saying:  “If you don’t encounter resistance, you’re not trying hard enough!”


CHUCK BEAVERS

IT Projects & Logistics Manager, Par 4 Plastics

What is your favorite part about your current role?
With my current role, I get to be involved in several avenues with manufacturing.  I manage our Warehouse, Packaging, and IT departments as well as involved in Production Control, so I get to be engaged in a lot of pieces to our puzzle.

What book are you currently reading?
Paul Akers “2 Second Lean”, and followed that up with “Monster At The End Of This Book” by Grover :) 

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I love to spend time with my wife and son (3 years old) and all that life brings with them.  I enjoy sports, as well as hunting.  I try to run/exercise 3-5 times a week but not so sure how much I enjoy that!

How do you define success?
Definition of success is a very hard thing to describe, but yet easy in the same token.  If you can live your life being happy with where you are, your lifestyle, your family, etc. then to me that is being successful.  Some will say that being successful is having a big job, or big house, or lots of money.  While others enjoy contentment of life being exactly where they are with who they are with.  With that being said, success can be a journey.  With each success in life, can come another expedition.  To me, being able to provide for my family, living life with joy, being able to see past all of the negativity, and becoming the best “self” in every day walk of life defines success.


ZACHARY BLOODWORTH

Director of Quality & Program Management

What drew you to the plastics industry?
I was new to the industry when I came onboard at Par 4 over five years ago.  The leadership team in place at Par 4 is what drew me to this company.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
Being personable, knowledgeable, and very detailed.  Also, for always having the longest presentation in our quarterly status of business meetings.

What three traits best describe you?
Responsible, persevering and driven

What book are you currently reading?
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
Truly learn the skills of working hard and attention to detail.  These two skills can set you apart from your peers.


ROBERT CLOTHIER

Human Resources Manager, Team 1 Plastics

What is your favorite part about your current role?
I handle all functions of HR and get to work with everybody at the company.  I like that my days tend to be different from one to the next and also have a lot of freedom in my role.  The most rewarding part for me is when we get to help people develop their skills through ongoing education or on-the-job training and watch as they advance their career.

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization? 
We were named “Best Places to Work in the Plastics Industry” three years in a row.  It really says a lot about the culture and people we have working for us.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
A lot of people know that I used to play guitar in a country band for 4 years.  We opened for Craig Morgan, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Dustin Lynch, Jerrod Niemann, and probably many more that I have forgotten.  I also met my wife at Comerica Park when she was watching us play a show there.  It’s a pretty cool story.

What three traits best describe you?
Logical, meticulous and considerate

What other groups or organization are you active in?
For the last two years I have volunteered with Junior Achievement to teach two 3rd grade classes at a local elementary school about cities, money, and businesses.  I think I’ve been able to take just as much away as the students, and it’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing. 


JORDAN DUHE

Design Engineer, Noble Plastics

What drew you to the plastics industry?
The opportunity to work in design, to use new technology to create something that didn’t previously exist.

What is your favorite part about your current role?
Simulation and validation of simulations. Whether that is molding simulation- predicting effects of process parameters on part warp and then running parts to confirm, or part structural analysis- predicting physical performance of parts and validating with physical testing.

What three traits best describe you?
Curious, analytical and sensible

What has been your proudest moment at work?
Moderated and presented at the ASME-hosted FutureME Mini-Talks session at IMECE (International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition) 2015. Presentation title “Project Success: Defining the Problem.”

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
The plastics industry is still relatively new. There are many opportunities to be the first team to try something (if not, the first to formally document and publish it), which can be both exciting and anxiety-inducing. 


RYAN GILLON

Process Engineer/Supervisor, Polymer Conversions

What drew you to the plastics industry?
The excellent Plastics Engineering Technology program that Penn State Behrend offers.  I was at Behrend for Architectural Engineering when I found out about it.

What is your favorite part about your current role?
As supervisor, I enjoy working with and managing people in order to complete what needs done throughout the day. As Process Engineer, I enjoy getting my hands dirty and solving my way through technical problems in order to produce the best products for our customers.

What three traits best describe you?
Mild mannered, determined and hard working

How do you define success?
Doing what makes you happy and still being able to live the lifestyle that you would like to live.

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
Don’t be afraid to move around.  I was once told that within the plastics industry you will always have a job, it’s just a matter of where it may be located.


DAVID GRANADOS

Master Scheduler, Cosmetic Specialties International

What drew you to the plastics industry?
What drew me the most to the plastics industry is the wide range of applications that it is used for.  Plastics are used to make utensils, packaging, medical supplies, and car components.

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization? 
My proudest moment would have to be when I applied new software to the schedule and it significantly cut down on the time it takes to analyze large amounts of data.

What three traits best describe you?
Patient, analytical and even-tempered

How do you define success?
I define success as moving forward.  From a personal perspective, this means improving at the things that you like to do.  Whether its improving your guitar skills, running a faster lap, viewing a favorite show, or traveling.  From a professional perspective, this means learning new skills, sharing your ideas, helping others improve, mentoring, or simply being supportive of your organizations goals.

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
There is such a wide variety of applications that taking the time to understand the use of plastics in your current position will allow you to better understand different processes.


GRANT GUNDRUM

New Project Automation Engineer, Microplastics Inc.

What drew you to the plastics industry?
I was drawn to the plastics industry by the opportunity to design and build custom automation machines.

What is your favorite part about your current role?
My favorite part about my current role is that I get to participate in all aspects of the new project cycle. This includes quoting new projects, designing the automation, fabricating and procuring components, building the machine, and integrating into production.

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
My proudest moment is the successful launch of a large automation cell that won 2nd Place in the 2017 MAPP Innovation Award Competition.

What three traits best describe you?
Dedicated, easy-going and fair

How do you define success?
I believe success is knowing you tried your hardest to achieve a goal and learning from the result.


DAVID HASTILLO

Technical Engineering Manager, Dymotek

What drew you to the plastics industry?
I started as an outside contractor for an automation company installing equipment in an injection molding facility. Dymotek has a great culture and is always looking for new technology and is willing to invest resources in taking advantage of that technology. Being exposed to that technology in an environment that embraced it was very attractive.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
Being the robot guy... It’s hard to shake that reputation. I get to play in a lot of different fields here but I was originally the only automation support at Dymotek and it has been part of my DNA since joining.

What three traits best describe you?
Good problem solver, cooperative, organized

How do you define success?
Success is the creation of balance between work and home and being able to enjoy the time at both. People will have different things they find enjoyable, but the fact that this balance must exist is the same. For me, work is not just the way of making money so that I can support my home life. I need to feel valued at work. It is important to feel like I have accomplished things. I need to have personal relationships at work and like the people I work with. I don’t need to change the world with what I do, but I need most of the days to be enjoyable. At home I need to be able to provide my family with not only necessities, but resources and experiences to have an enjoyable life. I need to make sure I raise my children to be good citizens and human beings. I need to take time to enjoy time with people important to me and not to spend all the time trying to fix and improve things. I think that if I can create the balance and maintain these things on a fairly regular basis, I am successful.


ERIN HLAVIN

Human Capital Manager, Thogus Products Company

What is your favorite part about your current role?
Helping people and making work fun!

What three traits best describe you?
Good listening, patient and caring

How do you define success?
Accomplishment of goals, exceeding expectations

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
It is an exciting industry with so much opportunity.


JOSH JAWORSKI

Quality Control Manager, Indiana Plastics, Inc

What drew you to the plastics industry?
The constant evolution of plastics technology

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
Reducing our scrap rate in half over the course of the year. 

What three traits best describe you?
Honest, humorous and integrity

What book are you currently reading?
Quality Control for Dummies

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
Don’t feel like experience in plastics is a necessary requirement. The industry is full of people who are willing to teach you new things!


JENNIFER PEREZ

Marketing Communications Associate, Plastic Molding Technology Inc.

What drew you to the plastics industry?
Being part of a family business, I grew up around PMT. When I earned my first position working in public relations for the company, I was drawn to the stories our industry has to tell. Plastics are everywhere--and so are sustainability efforts, innovative technologies and people working to engineer the future.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
Reliably and accurately getting things done. And possibly as a contender for messiest desk.

What three traits best describe you?
Imaginative, always learning and driven

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
Being recognized as one of the industry’s Rising Stars by Plastics News this year.

How do you define success?
I define success in terms of happiness, which to me means doing meaningful work, enjoying life with my family and making a positive impact wherever I can.


MELISSA SHEARER

Marketing Manager, VIVE, LLC

What drew you to the plastics industry?
I’ve come from a family that has had careers in manufacturing, so it came naturally. What keeps me is being part of something bigger.

What is your favorite part about your current role?
I enjoy learning about an organizations goals and objective and finding ways to strategically align marketing to support them.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
Asking a lot of questions and attention to detail.

What three traits best describe you?
attention to details, strong project management and creative

What advice do you have for young people looking to join the plastics industry?
Just do it and stop thinking about it. There is great opportunity and its satisfying knowing your work (regardless of level) is contributing to something bigger.


BRANT WILLIAMS

Plant Manager, Indiana Plastics

What is your favorite part about your current role?
Helping people troubleshoot issues that arise.

What has been your proudest moment at your organization?
Probably the fact that I have been with the company for almost 20 years and learned different roles from the bottom and working towards the top.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy when you’re not at work?
I enjoy spending time with family, home remodeling projects and biking or jogging