James A. Alongi
Jim has been involved in the plastics industry for the past 24 years, dealing with both thermoforming and extrusion in both thin and thick gauge materials. Jim has extensive experience in both plastics and sales. Prior to joining Hagans in 2013, Jim was with KYDEX LLC. as the Central Region Sales Manager for five and a half years. Jim was the Western Regional Sales Manager with Primex Plastics for three years and before that he was with Reynolds Packaging (previously known as Ivex Packaging Corporation) for 15 years in many different roles, including sales management, export, and national accounts.
Jim is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS degree in Industrial Distribution. A retired U.S. Army Officer, Jim, his wife Sherry of 26 years, and his family reside in Flower Mound, Texas.
McConnell Co. • P.O. Box 450633, Atlanta, GA 31145
Tel: 770-939-4497 • Fax: 770-938-0393
Currently, a Partner with the McConnell Co. Inc., one of the premier thermoforming consulting firms, Robert has also had his own design consulting firm, Isosceles, Inc., since 1984. With degrees in Business Management and Industrial Design, he has successfully worked with companies such as John Deere, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, NASA, Disney, NCR, American Standard, Yamaha, and BMW, to define problems, develop alternatives, and implement solutions. At the present, he is an active member of the Industrial Design Society of America and is a Senior Member of the Society of Plastic Engineers.
As a third-generation entrepreneur, Evan will continue our focus on world class manufacturing processes, safety, and quality to exceed our valued customers’ requirements in achieving our vision of being the solution provider of choice in the Thermoforming Industry.
“Productive Companies (Productive Plastics, Inc. and Productive Industrial Finishing, Inc.) are highly regarded for their expertise in product development, design/engineering, and manufacturing excellence. We have set the foundation in efficiency, process control, and a strong management team to continue Productive Companies as a legacy manufacturing facility. Our goals moving forward include strong core values, advances in process technology, lean disciplines, and unprecedented financial success,” said Evan J. Gilham.
Her active involvement with the SPE Thermoforming Division started in 2008 at the Minneapolis Thermoforming Conference. There Kal Plastics was honored as a Gold Medal winner in the annual parts competition. Since then she has regularly attended the Thermoforming Division Board meetings and in 2010 she became a Director. Her Board assignment is recognition and the annual Thermoformer of the Year award.
She brings with her the collective experiences of having served on several boards and non-profits throughout her career, in various leadership roles, including the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Vernon Chamber of Commerce, and The Vernon Community Fund. Currently she serves on the Executive Board for the Vernon Chamber of Commerce and as Chair for the Vernon Community Fund.
Brian has served as a Technical Sales/Service Engineer, Manufacturing Manager for a custom thermoforming company, Project Manager, Director of Customer Satisfaction and Senior Account Executive for a machinery OEM as well as a Product Manager for an OEM in the pharmaceutical industry. Brian has been directly responsible for introducing new thermoforming technology in North America, creating and presenting OEM sponsored training programs performed on-site at customers or OEM’s facilities as well as predictive maintenance programs used to assess the current operating condition and value of production equipment.
SemcorpWhite is a leading US machinery manufacturer of capital equipment globally serving the packaging, medical, pharmaceutical, food and electronics industries.
As a partner with PCM, he is involved in all daily aspects of the company, from sales, order placement, to steering and directing of work flow, purchasing of equipment and building expansions.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with an emphasis in Plastic Technology. Ken has been an active member in the Society of Plastics Thermoforming Division since 2000. He served as chairman for the Thermoforming Division from 2009-2011. To date, he sits on the executive committee as past chairman. He also is part of the machinery committee within the Division.
In 2007, Ken was the SPE Thermoforming Division conference chairman in Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he was responsible for organizing a four-day technical event that had attendance of 948. During this same period, Ken also received recognition as Outstanding Board Member for the Thermoforming Division.
Previously he led the procurement and logistics for 11 years at Uniroyal Technology Corporation, which produced Royalite brand extruded sheet products, Naugahyde brand vinyl coated fabrics and PVC-Nitrile foam products.
Prior to Uniroyal, he was responsible for a network of bulk plastics warehouses and rail to truck plastics transfer facilities.
He is currently Managing Director of Mathelin Bay Associates LLC, a consultancy with offices in the United States and Germany that provides expert procurement and technical assistance to plastics processors worldwide and operational due diligence services to investors considering purchasing plastics processing companies.
He earned his Master’s degree at Harvard University and his Bachelor’s at the State University of New York. He is a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellow, has taught Game Theory and Decision-Making, and has also worked with the Department of Commerce and the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee.
Plastics Unlimited, Inc. • 303 1st St. N.W., Preston, Iowa 52069
Travis attended Iowa State College and is grateful for the scholarship he received from the SPE Thermoforming Division in 2008 and strongly believes it is a program that should continue to help other students reach their potential and continue the path forward in the plastics industry. After graduating from Iowa State University in 2012 with an Industrial Engineering Degree, Travis started working in the R & D Department and helped improve the production system. During this time, Plastics Unlimited was invited to speak at the 2012 SPE Thermoforming Conference on their patented Toolless Engineered Composite process. Travis represented the company as one of the speakers for this presentation. Since then, he has been promoted to the COO position and manages the day-to-day operations of the company as well as being involved with the R & D department. He continues to use his training from Iowa State to help improve production speed and capabilities within Plastics Unlimited.
Prior to his purchasing Profile in 1986, he acquired his Plastics background working for the Plastics Department of Exxon Chemical Co. and from his father who was a “plastic pioneer,” working 38 years for the Plastics Division of the DuPont Co.
LyondellBasell • 7674 Park Meadow Lane, West Bloomfield, MI 48324
Matthew’s career in plastics began in 1987 with Dexter plastics (now LyondellBasell) where he held various positions in Sales/Sales Management and Marketing of TPO materials to multiple segments.
Matthew enjoys golf, hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Deborah, have three children.
Brian Winton is the Sales Director for Lyle Industries, Inc. Brian has 27 years experience in Domestic and International Capital Equipment Sales and Project Management. He began his career in Thermoforming, joining SPE in 1985, and continued into Extrusion and Recycling before returning to Thermoforming over 12 years ago.
Throughout his career, Brian has adapted to a very diverse customer base; from major Fortune 500 companies to privately owned small and mid-sized companies. Brian works closely with his customers to clearly understand their current and future needs. He also works closely with suppliers and engineering to technically consult and promote the latest innovations available in the industry.
Locally, Brian promotes the SPE Thermoforming Division through involvement with local schools and colleges. He is an active member of a local Michigan Plastics Sector Alliance created to understand the educational needs of individuals looking to join the plastics industry and to secure grants needed to provide those educational opportunities.
He is highly involved in the SPE Thermoforming Division serving on the Board of Directors since 2002. He is on the Machinery Committee, AARC Committee, responsible for The Student Activities Committee, and is The ANTEC Liaison for the Thermoforming Division.