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NPTA Names New 2019 Board of Directors

Tuesday, February 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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NPTA Names New Board of Directors


CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2019 – The National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Board of Directors. The officers and directors were voted into office during NPTA’s annual Paper Distribution Conference (PDC) in January 2019. The Board will continue to focus on the following strategic initiatives:

  • Build lasting relationships between merchant, mills and suppliers to strengthen the paper community
  • Expand understanding of younger generations from both consumer and employee perspectives
  • Partner with companies at different levels of the distribution chain to provide NPTA members with valuable benefits, opportunities and information
  • Maintain an alliance with the printer community in order to solidify the connection between paper and print

NPTA thanks outgoing Board members Tom Wernoch, Director of Sales and Publishing Papers of Pixelle Specialty Solutions and Ted O’Connor, Executive Vice President of Mohawk for their service to and betterment of the association. Congratulations to Jan Gottesman, NPTA Second Vice Chair and President of Kelly/Spicers Paper on her move to the Executive Committee. Additionally, please welcome three new members to the Board of Directors:

  • Dave Brown, NPTA Director, Vice President of Global Commercial Print and Premium Packaging of Neenah Inc.
  • John Hargrove, NPTA Director, Vice President of Commercial Print of WestRock Company
  • John Milazo, NPTA Director, Senior Sales Director of Domtar Paper Company, LLC

In addition to these new members, the Board is comprised of:

  • Bill Garvey, NPTA Chairman, President of Athens Paper Company
  • Bob Forsberg, NPTA First Vice Chair, Vice President of Sales & Business Development of Sappi Fine Paper
  • Jan Gottesman, NPTA Second Vice Chair, President of Kelly/Spicers Paper
  • Matthew Bruno, NPTA Executive Vice President
  • Brooke Lee, NPTA Treasurer, CEO of Anchor Paper
  • Bill Meany, NPTA Immediate Past President, President of Lindenmeyr Munroe
  • Greg Gibson, NPTA Director, Vice President & General Manager of International Paper
  • Tom Groves, NPTA Director, President of WCP Solutions
  • Scott Hider, NPTA Director, Vice President of Sales of Clampitt Paper
  • Jeff Harris, NPTA Director, Vice President of Mac Papers

Chairman Garvey is optimistic about the coming year. “2018 was a period of change and adaptation, and our work in 2019 will continue our mission of paper education and advocacy. Our plan is to move forward with a strengthened paper community and find solutions to industry-wide challenges such as value-chain issues, greenwashing language, synergy between generations and economic impacts.”

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About NPTA

The National Paper Trade Association, founded in 1903, is the association for the $50-plus billion paper distribution industry. The mission of NPTA is to actively support the success of member firms through the delivery of networking, education, advocacy and industry trends focused on the health of the paper distribution channel.

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