PDA Leadership Team

For over a decade, the leadership team has been guiding the direction of the PDA vision.

We are a community of like-minded souls who want to bring customers value

From our corporate team and board members, down to our service techs and operations crew, our daily lives are guided by our commitment to community, sustainability, ethics, safety, and people, as well as our overall message to enable ingenuity in packaging. Our decision-making and ability to solve some of the toughest challenges is unprecedented because of the way we lead ourselves, as well as our staff.

 

Our board members work to enforce and maintain our bylaws, interpret success, financial review (development and approval), strategic direction, and employee review. We also know that success is made by the people who work in the daily operations, so we provide work environments that allow everyone to feel safe, knowledgable, and supported.

Our shared values system is the cornerstone of our operations.

A letter from our Founder

In early 2006, my dream of creating an organization that would support and sustain the independent industrial packaging community became a reality.

Also believing in and supporting that dream were six prominent distributors and with their help, PDA was born with the idea of bringing together the brightest and the best in the field, across all of North America, to act as an agent for education, sharing best practices and developing new business for all of our partners, including distributors, suppliers and our customers.

 

I am pleased to say that in these 10 years we have grown significantly in both size and scope.  PDA now covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with reach throughout Europe, partnering with a UK distributor. We are truly a global business and are still growing. PDA represents over $1.7 Billion in packaging sales to our served communities and will continue to gain business as well as recognition within the industry.

 

Something else happened along the way!  We discovered that we all had a sincere and genuine need to be stewards of strength and wellbeing to the communities we serve. We understood that our customers are also our neighbors and friends and that we needed to be good shepherds of everything they represent. We do this by making sure we practice solid environmental practices, employing citizens within our communities and through philanthropic behavior.

 

I am proud of what PDA has become and what it will continue to be, most of all I am proud of our ongoing efforts to support local charities that seldom get the exposure needed to continue to do good work.

 

I want to thank all of PDA’s partners, distributors, suppliers and customers for allowing us the privilege of being part of their success and for their support of what we stand for.

George Strobel

President, Packaging Distributors of America

Our Board of Directors

DERRICK MURDOCK

Chairman of the Board

Derrick Murdock is the Chief Operating Officer of IPS Packaging, a leading independent packaging distributor in the United States. He has over 15 years of experience… Read Full Bio

MARK LICHTENSTEIN

Chairman Emeritus

Mark Lichtenstein is CEO of Industrial Packaging Corporation, one of the largest packaging and equipment companies in the Southeastern United States. Mark is anactive member of the National Paper… Read Full Bio

KEN WONG

Board Member

With over 30 years experience in the packaging industry, Ken Wong is the Vice President of Crownhill Packaging, the largest packaging distributor in Canada and only independent packaging… Read Full Bio

NEAL MAGAZINER

Board Member

Neal Magaziner is the Executive Vice President and Co-Owner of Hughes Enterprises, one of the largest independent packaging distributors servicing the New Jersey and Philadelphia… Read Full Bio

CHIP REAVLEY

Board Member

Chip Reavley is the Director of Packaging Automation Group at Shorr Packaging in Chicago IL., and has been in the packaging industry for 24 years both on the distribution and manufacturing side of the… Read Full Bio

DAVID VARSANO

Board Member

David Varsano is the CEO of Pacific Packaging Products, a leading independent packaging distributor and converter in New England with multiple locations in North America. Prior to joining Pacific… Read Full Bio

Mike Pasley

Board Member

Mike Pasley is the President and Owner of Central Packaging based in Kansas City. Prior to Central Packaging, Mike held various positions in sales, sales management, area manager and director… Read Full Bio

ROBIN GOHEEN

Board Member

Robin Goheen is the Sales Director for Rusco Packaging Inc., one of the largest packaging and equipment companies in the South Central United States. Robin has over 32 years of experience… Read Full Bio

Michael Mathias

Board Member

Michael Mathias is V.P. of Business Development at New-Tech Packaging. Serving Tennessee and Mississippi, New-Tech is a manufacturer, converter and contract packager. With over… Read Full Bio

Allen Backscheider

Board Member

In 1979, Allen Backscheider joined his father in the packaging industry and became a Sales Representative and part owner of BGR. Allen has been with BGR for over 35 yearsa nd in 2013 became… Read Full Bio

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