The Missing Link

The dates of February 28-March 1, 2012 will go down in history as the kick off dates of the one event that has been on the minds of many within the ranks of PIMA & TAPPI for years.

For nearly a century, TAPPI has been the go-to place for technical training in the Pulp, Paper and Packaging industries. The missing link with our training program has been in Management and Leadership Training.

The inaugural Foundations of Leadership Excellence Course, sponsored jointly by TAPPI, The University of Memphis Professional and Continuing Education Department and Genesis Performance Partners, took place recently on the campus of The University of Memphis.

Our course instructors included three industry veterans, Ron Bridges and Steve Farmer, both partners of Genesis Performance Partners, LLC and Fred Ellrich Ed. D., MBA with The University of Memphis.

My compliments go out to these gentlemen as well as Maryanne MacDonald of the university and Mary Beth Cornell of TAPPI, who put in countless hours of preparation to bring this course together.

I was joined by 16 students from 11 companies, from 10 states, who participated in one of my bucket list items since I have been with TAPPI. I was extremely pleased with how the course was conducted and the interaction with the students. I have attended many of these type courses over the years and this one ranks right at the top. The instructor's teaching styles were all different yet they complimented each other's throughout the course. They came prepared with decades of real life management skills. The debrief session revealed that all attendee's course expectations were met.

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Stay tuned to hear more about this course that TAPPI plans to add to our list in the very near future.

More information on this or other TAPPI courses please see our website at tappi.org or contact Mary Beth Cornell at mcornell@tappi.org

There are two types of people in our industry, TAPPI members and those who should be.

Until next time......

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The Year of the Dragon - Part 1

Back in 1991, during my days with Republic Paperboard in Hutchinson, Kan., USA, a gentleman set up an appointment with me to discuss a "revolutionary idea...

To find something Special sometimes you have to look under every Rock

On June 22, 2016 I had the pleasure to visit a location of a 75 Year TAPPI Sustaining Member Company. That company is WestRock and that location was the Aurora, IL Paperboard Facility.

Familiar Names, a New location and a New Attitude

April 19 20, 2017 (right before PaperCon2017) Kristi Ledbetter, TAPPI’s Converting Division Manager, and I had the privilege to revisit a company that I had the pleasure of writing about several years ago.

If you Mess it Up, Un-Mess It!

If you have been around any time at all in our industry, you know that things will get messed up in the areas of finished goods...

There's No Place Like Home

When visiting Thompson Industrial Services, LLC, Eric Fletty and I had the pleasure to visit a town that neither of us had been before.

Is it the People or the Equipment?

Finally an answer to that age old argument—is it the people or the equipment?


Paper Shows up in the Strangest Places

I have adopted nine cities in my career in this industry, but my hometown was and remains to be Memphis, Tenn., USA.

You Never Know

John, you will be missed...

The Great Pacific Northwest! Part 1 of 3

Travels with Larry February 2017 


A Passion for TAPPI Local Sections

How many times do you get to actually meet with two of the legends of TAPPI's Local Section community...

A Small World

On June 25, 2012, Scott Springmier, Eric Fletty, and I accepted a previous invitation from long-time TAPPI member and a young, Mike Ditka look-alike, Jim Niemiec...

What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 2

Fall 2016 -- I have seen the Future


Dreams Do Come True

Dreams do come true...in so many ways. Our industry has been called many things during the past 2,000 years...


What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 1

Fall 2016 -- Keynote Speaker at Pulp and Paper Industry Reliability and Maintenance Conference. 

An Accent on Innovation

On May 13, 2014, Eric Fletty and I had the opportunity to visit with one of TAPPI’s Sustaining Member companies, Kadant Inc., at its Kadant Johnson facility in Three Rivers, Mich., USA. 


When It Rains, It Poors Or Does it?

When it rains, it pours… or does it? During TAPPI’s recent, very successful, PEERS and IBBC conferences in Tacoma, WA, we had over 400 people registered. There were representatives from 14 countries who attended these meetings. Three of

The Sometimes Unsung Leaders of TAPPI

I have to be one of the most blessed people on the face of the earth. I get to go to work each day in an industry where I always wanted to work, at an association that I have

The Year of the Dragon: Part 2

This past May 31, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with personnel from APRIL's pulp mill in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China.


A Very Special Visit

Turning Pulp into Possibilities; Making Big Ideas Fly; All Custom Specifications; To Protect our Customer’s Products; We Design to Our Customer’s Specification; Bigger, Brighter, and Stronger Together.