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Meet the Board: Kristyn Shaner

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Kristyn Shaner, Our Vice President

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: I have been on the board since 2018 and been a member since 2015.

Where do you work and what is your role there? I am the Regional Sales Representative for Wexler Packaging Products.

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? I have two favorites… First Package of the Year because it truly is a fun night full of honoring all the hard work everyone has done through out the year. Second, our Scholarship awards ceremony. Whether this is done at a NJPEC event or at a college where students are receiving the scholarship, it really is awesome to get to give back.

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? Friends and family always ask what I do… and there is no easy way to respond to that! I love that every day is different, the industries Wexler works in are new and exciting and that packaging really is a part of everything consumers buy.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? I played college soccer and coached for Lower Merion Soccer Club for 6 years. I miss it and hope to get back into it one day.

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Meet the Board: Matt Cassano

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Matt Cassano, Our Treasurer

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: I have been on the board for 3 years.

Where do you work and what is your role there? Packaging Consultant at Victory Packaging

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? My favorite event is Package of the Year because it is the Oscars of the packaging industry.

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? Brining home folding cartons and bubble wrap for my kids to play with…oh and the people of course!

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? I am a board certified behavior analyst. Before I got into packaging, I worked with adolescents with behavioral challenges in schools, correctional facilities and group homes.

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Meet the Board: Christin Cupo

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Christin Cupo, Our Secretary

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: I got involved in NJPEC actively in 2019, but have been a member since 2018. I have attended many club events throughout the years.

Where do you work and what is your role there? I am a Packaging Consultant currently working for Hunter Luxury on secondary packaging. My eventual goal is to get back on the customer side of the business.

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? My favorite event is Package of the Year. Not only is it a great year end celebration with peers and longtime friends, but I have also had the privilege of winning awards with my customers a few years. Customers and suppliers alike feel this even is like the Oscars of the Industry!

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? I love the satisfaction of seeing a product I assisted with in development, on the shelves or online for sale. I enjoy meeting new customers and helping them work through a program.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? I spent a little of a year learning the sport of curling. I did not like the sweeping part much, but did enjoy gliding the stones over the ice to the target.

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Meet the Board: Angela Hamilton

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Angela Hamilton, Our Golf Co-Chair

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: Its been so long… I don’t know 🙂

Where do you work and what is your role there? Display Development Manager, Prestige Consumer Health Care

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? Package of the Year is the BEST! Peter and Karen ensure a first class experience and it is the closest thing to the Annual Holiday Ball NJPEC use to have which was a blast.

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? Comradery. You meet people from all parts of the industry and learn so much more than just your own portion of this business.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? I have trained and shown Old English Sheepdogs for 40 years in what little spare time my job allows. Two years ago I become a foster flunky for 2 rescue mix breeds and now switched gears to just dog training. Enjoying the lack of 8 hours of grooming each week since they are what we call a “Wash and wear” breed.

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Meet the Board: Jeff Burke

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Jeff Burke, Our Golf Co-Chair and Sponsorship Co-Chair

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: Ray Feghhi working for DiMaio Packaging invited me to a Package of the year event in 1999 and I never looked back. I started becoming active soon after becoming a member in 2000.

Where do you work and what is your role there? Commercial Application Development Engineer at Primex Plastics

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? Well it’s no surprise, my favorite is Package of the Year: It allows our industry to come together to share in the successes that we have enjoyed throughout the past year. It gives us the opportunity to recognize the unique supply chains that come together to establish a successful package.

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? It’s the understanding that packaging continues to evolve and it’s the new technologies and package developments that will continue to foster creative growth in the packaging industry.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? Before getting involved in the plastics and packaging industry, I studied photography and took thousands of black & white photographs enjoying the infinite shades of gray. 

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Meet the Board: Jesse Fischbein

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Jesse Fischbein, Our President

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: 8 years: 3 years as Dinner Chair, 4 years at Treasurer and 1 year as President

Where do you work and what is your role there? VP Finance for Just Pacakging, Inc.

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? Mentoring Event – There is a wonderful discussion held between seasoned industry professionals and college students at this event.  We have a panel of mentors—all from various industries and job roles, but have a core of packaging built into their careers.  We have a host that engages those mentors with questions about their education, career choice, and what excites them about packaging in general.  And lastly are the professionals as NJPEC members sitting as guests with students from universities that are majoring in packaging related fields.  The discussion and interaction between these groups have proven to be moments of epiphany, and sometime career choice for these students—and to tie out the event, we raffle one-on-one sit downs with these mentors with the students.  As proven by previous Mentoring events, some of the sit-downs have culminated into internships, which then turned into full time job offers, as evidenced by our youngest NJPEC members and the stories they’ve shared with our NJPEC Board.

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? When I walk into a store and I peruse the aisle and spot a product that I know for certain that the hands of my employees built—it’s a sense of pride I cannot describe, aside from the fact that the product looks as immaculate as our customer described it should look like.  I often find myself taking photos in stores and sending pictures of our customers goods to them, showing them that the components your left in our hands has turned into the nicest product in the aisle.  I sleep better knowing that my team couldn’t have assembled a better product for our customers.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? I am a big fan of classic rock and play the piano. I have an ability to hear a song and teach myself to play it without sheet music

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Meet the Board: Gene Kistler

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Gene Kistler, Our Trustee and Past President 2019 & 2020

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: 10+ years

Where do you work and what is your role there? Sales Manager, Just Packaging

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? Package of the Year – largest crowd and best variety of companies and people

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? I have always liked to design things that customers need. AND being able to fulfill that need is very satisfying.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? I am an Army Veteran.

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Meet the Board: Tara Utain

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

Tara Utain, Our Membership Chair

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: 4 years

Where do you work and what is your role there? Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Wexler Packaging Products, Inc.

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? Package of the Year… I love the excitement it holds and that it is around the holidays. Great celebration of an ever-growing industry.

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? Every day is different and packaging is everywhere!

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? I got to sing at Carnegie Hall when I was in high school.

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Meet the Board: Steve Chapman

Our newest Blog series we will be focusing on our hard working NJPEC Board Members. Each of these members volunteers their time to help keep this organization going. Our hope in this series is that you’ll learn a little more about who they are!

First up: Steve Chapman, Our longtime Scholarship Chair and Historian

How long have you been active on the NJPEC Board: Member since 1997, Board member since 2004

Where do you work and what is your role there? Account General Manager at Acupac

What is your favorite NJPEC Event & Why? Scholarship, because that is what we do!

What is your favorite part of being in the packaging industry? Diversity – there are many aspects and trades that those outside the industry take for granted.

Tell us something about yourself that no one knows? No one knows…. let’s keep it that way!