TAPPI’s longtime employee and Corrugated Division Manager Kristi Ledbetter was presented with the Association’s Leadership and Service Award during TAPPI/AICC’s Corrugated Week on September 20 in San Antonio, Texas.
Ledbetter retired recently after taking on TAPPI’s Corrugated Division responsibilities as the Technical Program Manager before moving into the Division Manager role in 2004, where she helped lead joint efforts with AICC on the inaugural SuperCorrExpo. In 2014, she played an integral role in creating the first Corrugated Week. She also managed TAPPI’s Corrugated Committees and the Chicago TAPPI Local Section.
“I’m so humbled and so grateful, I’ve loved working with this division. I think you guys are just amazing,” Ledbetter said. “I’m always so impressed that you have this dedication in the industry, you have the friendships, it’s like a giant family and I don’t know any other division at TAPPI that has this relationship.”
TAPPI President and CEO Larry Montague presented the award after praising Ledbetter’s trusted leadership and the great example she has set for all to follow.
Ledbetter gave thanks to the Corrugated Division, the Corrugated Packaging Council, TAPPI staff and especially Montague.
Longtime TAPPI employee Lisa (Stephens) Rushin is replacing Ledbetter as Corrugated Division Manager. Rushin has been with TAPPI for 32 years and has worked in every department.
“You guys are going to be in great hands with Lisa, she’s amazing,” Ledbetter said.
Reflecting on the end of her career, Ledbetter said she was fortunate to have been paid for doing a job she loved to do and couldn’t think of a better way to end her career than to receive the recognition. “I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” she said.