Elections are underway to fill three positions on the TAPPI Corrugated Packaging Council (CPC), the governing body of TAPPI’s Corrugated Packaging Division that develops strategic plans and products.  

The current CPC includes appointed members from International Paper, Menasha Packaging, WestRock, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Pratt Industries, Arvco Container, Advance Packaging and Greif. The elected positions include members from SUN Automation Group, The Haire Group and BW Papersystems. The Chairs of the Corrugated Division Technical Committees, the YP Division Liaison to Corrugated and the Supplier Advisory Committee Chair complete the council.

Each position is for a three-year term. Election results will be announced prior to the 2021 TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo event, August 8-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. 

Current TAPPI members are asked to vote online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/elect2021 for three of the following candidates: 

Dave Burgess is Director of Sales for JB Machinery. A TAPPI member for 30 years, Burgess began his career with Pamarco Global Graphics in 1984, working in many different areas including plant management and regional sales management and was eventually appointed vice president of sales and marketing, a position he held for several years.

In 2008, Burgess joined Flexo Concepts as Vice President, Sales, focusing on global distribution chains for their doctor blade and anilox cleaning equipment lines. Burgess joined JB Machinery in 2011 as Director of North American Sales overseeing all sales activity of its IR Drying, UV Curing and KleenPlate product lines. He is now responsible for all JB markets in Mexico and Latin America. 

Mike Kohler has worked for Kohler Coating since 2009 and is currently the Vice President of Sales. He specializes in rod-metering systems associated with Kohler’s water decks, coaters, and glue units. Kohler has extensive experience on corrugators, including the world’s only 13 inch corrugating line in Canton, Ohio used for corrugator trials and testing.

Kohler has been active with the Young Professionals (YP) Division since joining TAPPI in 2016 serving in leadership positions including the Division’s Co-Director of Events in 2017-2019 and as the CPC YP Liaison for 2019-2020. Kohler received the TAPPI Young Professional of the Year award in 2018. 

Joe Slattery, Midwest Region Sales Manager, for Fosber, is a 23-year veteran of the corrugated packaging industry. He has held a wide range of positions within the industry, including field service technician, installation project manager and sales. Slattery joined TAPPI in 2012 and is active on the Chicago TAPPI Local Section Board. 

Jeff Gebauer is Production Manager for Niagara Sheets, LLC. Over the course of his 33-year career, Gebauer has held most positions on the corrugator, including machine operator, corrugator supervisor and his current role. He has worked on three different corrugators and is proficient on both the wet and dry end of the corrugating process. 

A TAPPI member for 11 years, Gebauer is active in the Corrugated Board Technical Service Committee (CORBOTEC) and has served as the committee’s chair.  

Voting for these positions closes on July 16, 2021. To begin the voting process, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/elect2021. Contact Kristi Ledbetter, TAPPI Corrugated Division Manager, at [email protected] with any questions. 

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