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NWPCA Names New President/CEO
National Wooden Pallet and Container Association names veteran of glass packaging industry and association management as its new president and CEO.
By Staff Writer
Date Posted: 5/1/2000
The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) named Bruce N. Scholnick to be its president and chief executive officer. He has a background in glass packaging, consulting for packaging companies, and executive positions in association management.
"I believe that Bruce’s knowledge of our industry’s challenges and his innovative vision for the future of our association will give our organization a fresh perspective that can help us accomplish our goals," said Lee Sherman, president of Timber Industries and recently elected chairman of the NWCPA’s board of directors. "This is an important time in the pallet and container industry, and I’m looking forward to working with him to achieve our objectives."
Bruce’s most recent position was with the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents; he served for seven years as division vice president of member services and products. He also previously worked as vice president for corporate planning for Thatcher Manufacturing Corporation, a division of Dart & Kraft Industries, and as director of marketing and economic research for the Glass Packaging Institute.
"I’m very much looking forward to working with Lee and other leaders of NWPCA to expand upon existing programs that help members identify and deal with those issues that will impact their future growth," said Bruce, who becomes the fourth person to hold the association’s top staff position.
"I also want to make certain that NWPCA is seen as a critical knowledge clearinghouse and that the products and services we provide have real value to sustain business growth."
The NWPCA retained a search firm, Consensus Management Group, to help it recruit a new president. The Virginia firm previously performed consulting work for the NWPCA as the association went through a strategic planning process in recent years.
The NWPCA also appointed a search committee to oversee the recruitment process and to establish a job description and criteria for the position; the committee was headed by Hal Looney.
"We’re looking for a strong leader, someone with a lot of vision and a strong interest in working in our industry," Hal said earlier.
The search firm screened and interviewed candidates and then gave the committee a list of several finalists. The panel then selected some of the finalists for its own interviews and made a recommendation to the NWPCA’s board of directors.
Before moving forward, committee members conferred with a number of other different people in the pallet industry, including NWPCA members, association leaders and staff. "We have tried to be very, very sensitive to what people think we need to move forward," Hal said earlier. "I think that’s going to pay a lot of dividends."
The committee also worked closely with Jan Potter, who was named interim president.
Former NWPCA president John Healy resigned last fall to accept a position with PalEx.