Future Leaders in Plastic (FLiP) Announce First Official Group Chair and Vice Chair

The Future Leaders in Plastic (FLiP) group, a segment of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association tailored to professionals in the plastics industry under the age of 40, voted to elect Michael Stark, divisional manager, material handling and auxiliaries at Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. as the group’s first official chairman. The group also elected Annina Donaldson, vice president of operations at Maxi-Blast, Inc. as its first vice chair.

The vote was held in early May and the results were announced at a FLiP meeting hosted just before the SPI Spring National Board Meeting, which took place in May at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Michael and Annina are two founding members of SPI’s FLiP group that not only have great careers ahead of them, but also a deep passion and understanding of what makes the plastics industry so fascinating to be a part of, and what makes it such a great place for young people to work,” said SPI President and CEO William Carteaux. “SPI started FLiP to begin grooming the next generation of leaders who will lead the plastics industry into continued growth for the next several decades. In Michael and Annina’s capable hands, FLiP will continue to make an impact on the plastics industry workforce and show more young people all of the creative, exciting and innovative things that a career in the plastics industry makes possible.”

Stark has been in his position as a divisional manager with Wittmann Battenfeld for more than five years. He has accumulated a list of credits for writing articles that have appeared in publications such as Plastics Today, Plastics News and on In the Hopper, the SPI industry blog. He first received an associate’s in applied science degree in mechanical engineering technology from the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville, before earning a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s of business administration with a concentration in leadership from Post University.

Donaldson has been involved in the plastics industry her entire life. Growing up she worked part time in her father’s manufacturing plant doing various tasks but has been in her current role with Maxi-Blast for more than nine years. She spends much of her spare time doing local volunteer work with three different nonprofit groups: Hammers & Heels of Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Strays of Pinellas County and the Island Chapel of Tierra Verde, where she serves as chair of the church’s administrative committee. Donaldson earned a bachelor’s degree with dual concentration of marketing and entrepreneurship from Boston University and a master’s degree in marketing from London Metropolitan University.

For more information, visit: www.plasticsindustry.org/FLiP

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