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 always respected, with a team second to none. Many times you do not get to hear their personal stories.

Folks, I am the one who gets to be in front of you at most of our events and the one who ends up with more photo-ops than an old Polaroid Camera.   However, I’d like you to know a bit about those behind the scenes at Team TAPPI.

This association world where we reside has more moving parts that you can imagine. The TAPPI staff is one of the most dedicated groups of professionals that I have ever worked with.  They work long hours with a smile (most of the time) on their faces. They take our members’ requests very seriously.

You may, or may not, know there is an association for associations! The ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) is based in Washington, DC and their tag line is The Center for Association Leadership.  These folks are at the top of their game in training and development of personnel in the association world.

One of their development groups is known as The ASAE Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  In this committee they offer a Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP).  The process to be accepted into this program is extremely competitive with other association executives around the country. The DELP is designed to provide individuals in underrepresented segments of the association community the opportunity to enhance their careers in the profession.

I am very proud to inform you that TAPPI’s own Director of Marketing, Simona Marcellus, has been selected as a 2015-2017scholar for the DELP program. I asked her to give me a bit of the genesis of this journey.

In her own words:

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“When you think of TAPPI Staff, you probably picture a bunch of people running around at a conference, or maybe that voice on the committee call always asking ‘who just joined the call?’ You don’t always hear their personal stories but this is one of many I’d like to share with you.  For two years, Eric Fletty (our VP of Operations) had been leaving a postcard on my desk encouraging me to apply for the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program.  Like many of us, I thought I was too busy with “real work” to focus on the continuing education side of my career.  He’s pretty persistent (keep that between us) so I finally decided to apply this past March and got accepted!

This education and leadership program has helped many of its scholars expand their knowledge and become better leaders for their organizations.  We like to practice what we preach at TAPPI and we know firsthand that the best investment an association or company can make is in their people.  We have a great team of folks at TAPPI who support and encourage each other and this is just one example of that teamwork in action.” 

We are proud of this distinction for Simona and wish her the best in this new journey.

For more information on TAPPI go to;  www.tappi.org

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

Until next time……………….Larry

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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...

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.

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...

All About Axchem

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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.

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...


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.

The Great Pacific Northwest! Part 1 of 3

Travels with Larry February 2017 


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.

You Never Know

John, you will be missed...

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.

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. 


What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 2

Fall 2016 -- I have seen the Future


How Many Times Have You Heard the Term Found Money?

During a recent early morning walk around Peachtree Corners, Ga., I found what I thought was a small pile of leaves.

Seneca Steel Erectors, Inc.

Eric Fletty and I recently discovered that the town of Logan, OH is home to Men and Women of Steel.


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...

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...


Travels with Larry near the Windy City

The date of August 16th has a special meaning to me. This date happens to be the day, in different years, when the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth...

Is it the People or the Equipment?

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


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