Reusable Packaging Assn. announces 2012 board members that will serve two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2012; board includes representatives from Kroger, Polymer Logistics, Orbis

ARLINGTON, Virginia , December 21, 2011 (press release) – The mem­ber­ship of the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (RPA) has approved its Board of Direc­tors for 2012. The eight Board mem­bers will con­tribute their exper­tise and expe­ri­ence to help the Asso­ci­a­tion fur­ther its mis­sion of pro­mot­ing the value and expan­sion of reusable pack­ag­ing sys­tems. The can­di­dates will serve two-year terms begin­ning Jan. 1, 2012 and end­ing Dec. 31, 2014.

New mem­bers of the board are:

• Hillary Femal, Direc­tor of Strate­gic Mar­ket Devel­op­ment, IFCO
• Al Far­rell, Vice Pres­i­dent of Asset Man­age­ment, iGPS
• Dan Lafond, Sales Man­ager, Rehrig Pacific
• Phil Davis, Senior Per­ish­able Sup­ply Chain Man­ager, The Kroger Com­pany
• Carl Glick, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of Oper­a­tions, Poly­mer Logis­tics
• Dave Har­vey, Direc­tor Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, IPL, Inc.
• Norm Kukuk, Vice Pres­i­dent, Prod­uct Man­age­ment, ORBIS Cor­po­ra­tion
• Lane Pence, Direc­tor Growth Strat­egy, CHEP

Hillary Femal also will serve as the Chair­per­son of the RPA Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mit­tee, and Lane Pence will con­tinue in his role as Chair­man of the RPA Indus­try Rela­tions Committee.

About the Board Members

Phil Davis, Senior Per­ish­ables Sup­ply Chain Man­ager, The Kroger Company

Mr. Davis’ career with The Kroger Com­pany has spanned more than 37 years. He began as a stock clerk and advanced through var­i­ous posi­tions in Pro­duce Pro­cure­ment and Mer­chan­dis­ing, Flo­ral Dis­tri­b­u­tion, Per­ish­able Freight Man­age­ment, and Per­ish­able Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment. Mr. Davis spear­headed the inter­nal project con­ver­sion by Kroger to adapt a reusable pack­ag­ing sys­tem for many of their com­modi­ties. He has been a key advi­sor to the RPA’s RPC Label Stan­dard­iza­tion: Guide­lines & Best Prac­tices Task Force, and also served as an advi­sor to the RPA Asset Recov­ery Committee.

Carl Glick, Vice Pres­i­dent of Oper­a­tions, Poly­mer Logistics

Carl Glick is cur­rently VP of Sales with Poly­mer Logis­tics. Carl has had mul­ti­ple posi­tions in the return­able pack­ag­ing indus­try over the last 13 years. Pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence includes VP of Oper­a­tions, asset man­age­ment direc­tor, to cur­rent posi­tion of VP of Sales with Poly­mer Logis­tics. Prior to work­ing in the RPC indus­try Carl has sev­eral years of expe­ri­ence in the poul­try pro­cess­ing indutry. Carl has worked with both start-up com­pa­nies and estab­lished larger com­pa­nies. He holds a BS in Busi­ness Man­age­ment from Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Chico.

Al Far­rell, Vice Pres­i­dent of Asset Man­age­ment, iGPS

Mr. Far­rell has had a suc­cess­ful career as an invest­ment banker, finance and trea­sury exec­u­tive, and entre­pre­neur. At JP Mor­gan Secu­ri­ties and Bank of Amer­ica Secu­ri­ties, he advised on M&A trans­ac­tions, invested pri­vate equity and has raised over $6 bil­lion of debt and equity cap­i­tal work­ing with com­pa­nies in diverse indus­tries includ­ing con­sumer pack­aged goods, retail, man­u­fac­tur­ing, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, and tech­nol­ogy. Mr. Far­rell also has a broad range of man­age­ment and entre­pre­neur­ial expe­ri­ence and has served as the chief finan­cial offi­cer of sev­eral high growth com­pa­nies. He holds an MBA with hon­ors from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Grad­u­ate School of Business.

Hillary Femal, Direc­tor of Strate­gic Mar­ket Devel­op­ment, IFCO SYSTEMS N.A., Inc.

Ms. Femal has been with IFCO for more than seven years. She has held var­i­ous mar­ket­ing posi­tions with the com­pany, most recently as Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor respon­si­ble for both the Pal­let Man­age­ment and RPC Man­age­ment Ser­vices divi­sions. In her cur­rent posi­tion, Ms. Femal is the Direc­tor of Strate­gic Mar­ket Devel­op­ment for IFCO’s North Amer­i­can RPC busi­ness, encom­pass­ing mar­ket­ing, busi­ness devel­op­ment, and indus­try rela­tions. Prior to IFCO, she worked for Enter­prise Rent-a-Car in Tampa, Florida.

Ms. Femal is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Virginia’s McIn­tire School of Busi­ness and holds an MBA from the Uni­ver­sity of Florida.

Norm Kukuk, Vice Pres­i­dent Prod­uct Man­age­ment, ORBIS Corporation

With more than a decade of expe­ri­ence in the reusable pack­ag­ing indus­try, Mr. Kukuk has devel­oped and shared reusable pack­ag­ing exper­tise with lead­ing indus­trial, con­sumer goods, food and bev­er­age com­pa­nies. He cur­rently pro­vides lead­er­ship for ORBIS’s mar­ket­ing and prod­uct devel­op­ment efforts, includ­ing the plan­ning, devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of strate­gic mar­ket­ing plans and goals. He dri­ves ini­tia­tives and pric­ing strate­gies that result in improved mar­ket share, increased rev­enue and enhanced profit mar­gins. Dur­ing his time with ORBIS, he has led efforts to develop inno­v­a­tive new pack­ag­ing prod­ucts, expand into inter­na­tional mar­kets and drive oper­a­tional efficiency.

Mr. Kukuk works closely with the sales orga­ni­za­tion to develop account man­age­ment strate­gies and iden­tify new oppor­tu­ni­ties. As a vet­eran of the reusable pack­ag­ing indus­try, he has strong rela­tion­ships with trade asso­ci­a­tions, indus­try lead­ers and key cus­tomers. His under­grad­u­ate degree is from Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity and he holds an M.B.A. from the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Dan Lafond, Sales Man­ager, Sup­ply Chain Solu­tions Group, Rehrig Pacific Com­pany

Dan Lafond has been with the Rehrig Pacific Com­pany for over seven years. Dur­ing his tenure at Rehrig, Mr. Lafond has held a vari­ety of sales posi­tions within the Food & Bev­er­age, Mate­r­ial Han­dling and, most recently, Sup­ply Chain Solu­tions group. He started at Rehrig Pacific as a Sales Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and has devel­oped National Account man­age­ment expe­ri­ence in the bev­er­age indus­try and at large retail accounts. Within the Sup­ply Chain Solu­tions Group, he cur­rently man­ages the South Region of the United States. This region con­sists of a team that man­ages regional and national accounts, devel­ops new prod­ucts, and imple­ments sup­ply chain ser­vice and asset man­age­ment pro­grams among retail­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers. Mr. Lafond resides in Dal­las, TX. He is a grad­u­ate of Stone­hill Col­lege in Massachusetts.

Lane Pence, Direc­tor Growth Strat­egy, CHEP Americas

CHEP is the global leader in pal­let and con­tainer pool­ing ser­vices, serv­ing many of the world’s largest com­pa­nies. Mr. Pence joined CHEP in 1998 and has held roles in oper­a­tions, global sourc­ing, sales, con­sult­ing and strat­egy. He leads a team that has exe­cuted platform-based sup­ply chain con­sult­ing engage­ments around the world, with expe­ri­ence in new coun­try entry, new prod­uct appli­ca­tions, new cus­tomer devel­op­ment and new chan­nel entry. Mr. Pence was involved in pio­neer­ing RFID devel­op­ment, includ­ing the first suc­cess­ful test of RFID tags in pal­lets in 2002. He has worked with many reusable assets includ­ing pal­lets, con­tain­ers, reusable plas­tic con­tain­ers, inter­me­di­ate bulk con­tain­ers and display-ready plat­forms. He has worked with small gro­cery man­u­fac­tur­ers to some of the world’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and retail­ers. Mr. Pence has held pre­vi­ous roles in mar­ket­ing, busi­ness devel­op­ment and asset dis­po­si­tion with Enter­prise Leas­ing. He is a Six Sigma green¬belt and holds a B.S. in Busi­ness from Miami University.

Dave Har­vey, Direc­tor Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, IPL, Inc.
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About the RPA
The Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort between man­u­fac­tur­ers, pool­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, retail­ers and edu­ca­tors to pro­mote the envi­ron­men­tal, safety, and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of reusable pack­ag­ing. The RPA serves as the col­lec­tive voice of the indus­try and uses its knowl­edge of the mem­bers’ prod­ucts and ser­vices to advance the adop­tion of reusable pack­ag­ing and sys­tems through­out the sup­ply chain. The RPA is focused on pro­mot­ing the expan­sion of reusables as the pre­ferred pack­ag­ing solu­tion across sup­ply chains in all indus­tries. For more infor­ma­tion, visit or call (703) 224 8284.

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