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Tom and Ted O’Connor to Receive 2017 Peyton Shaner Award

Monday, February 27, 2017  
Posted by: Stephanie Lanzarotti
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Tom O’Connor, Jr, Chairman and CEO, and Ted O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Mohawk Paper Mills have been selected as the co-recipients of the 2017 Peyton Shaner Award.  The presentation will be made at the 2017 AIPPM Annual Meeting to be held in March 1-4 in Hollywood, FL.  The Peyton Shaner Award was established to commemorate the founder of the Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants.  The recipient is recognized as someone who has shared Shaner’s passion for our industry.  Past recipients include Doug Adams and Bill Stemmerman of Appvion, Bill Frohlich of the NPTA Alliance, Jeff Kirchmer of National Envelope, Morris Dennis of Dennis Paper Co., Charlie Peth of Wausau Paper, Alain Villemure of LECTA, and Bill Koehn of Domtar.


As Chief Executive Officer, Tom O’Connor has doubled Mohawk’s business and positioned the organization for the future by leading Mohawk into new areas of growth. Through a series of strategic initiatives, he expanded global sales, operations and distribution channels; diversified Mohawk’s product portfolio to include envelopes and specialty substrates for digital printing; and upgraded IT and operational infrastructure.  Mr. O’Connor has also expanded Mohawk’s distribution base through strategic initiatives including the acquisition of several companies, including the iconic Strathmore line of fine papers, which was acquired in 2005.  In addition, he has served as chairman of the National Paper Trade Association, and on the boards of the American Forest Products Association


Ted O’Connor has been in the paper business on and off since 1980. He began his career with the Carter Rice Paper Company as a Sales Representative for their Boston and West Haven, CT divisions. In 1982 he started with Mohawk Fine Papers as a Specification Sales Representative for the New York City market. In 1985 he became the District Sales Manager for upstate New York and Canada. In 1987 Ted was promoted to National Sales Manager. In 1992 he left Mohawk to work in Bond Sales for Lehman Brothers in New York City. From 1998-2008 Ted continued his career in Bond Sales at First Albany Corporation. He returned to Mohawk in 2008 as National Sales Manager for the Eastern Region and in 2011 was promoted to Senior Vice President Sales, responsible for sales of fine paper across the United States and Canada as well as Mohawk's growing envelope business. In 2016, Ted was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mohawk Envelope and Converting. In this new role, Ted leads Mohawk’s sales and marketing efforts for envelopes, while working closely with manufacturing and supply chain teams to enhance Mohawk’s rapidly growing envelope and converting businesses.


Please join the AIPPM in congratulating Tom O’Connor, Jr. and Ted O’Connor for earning this worthy recognition that honors its founder.



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