PMMI’s 2020 On the Rise Awards Recognize the Next Generation of Leaders

Awards Honor 15 Young Professionals Making Their Mark

Herndon, Va.; Oct. 8, 2020 - PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies honored its third annual On the Rise Award winners at PMMI's Virtual Annual Meeting. Developed by PMMI's Emerging Leaders Committee, this award recognizes 15 young professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and leadership potential in the packaging and processing industry. This year, the committee received nearly 100 nominations.

The winners of the 2020 On the Rise Awards are:

Chris Anguil
Banding Sales Manager - Pharmaceuticals
Felins USA, Incorporated

Cristina Astahov
Human Resources Generalist
BellatRx Inc.

Katie Exum
Customer Success Manager

Yvette Goitia
Proposals and Project Manager
Intralox, L.L.C.

Erik Grinnell
Vice President of Automation
Quest Industrial

Randy Hoffman
Project Manager
Zarpac Inc.

Erica Laino
Business Development Manager
Cama North America

Cody Leedham
Engineering Manager
Change Parts, Inc.

Elie Mechaalany
Key Account Manager
Deville Technologies, LLC

Amanda Nimry
Global Branding and Graphic Design Specialist

Vannesa Palomo
Project Engineer

Amit Patel
Product Marketing Manager F&B
ASCO / Emerson

Chris Staruch
Production Manager
Batching Systems, Inc.

Mike Wolf
Manager of R&D
Triangle Package Machinery Co.

Sarah Ziegler
Customer Relationship Specialist
QC Conveyors

To be considered for the award, winners had to meet the following nomination criteria: entry-level young professional employed by a PMMI member company for at least one year; displays leadership potential at the company and a desire to advance his/her career in packaging and processing.

"PMMI and the Emerging Leaders Committee are thrilled to recognize these young professionals who are going above and beyond - especially in these unprecedented times," says Liz Normandy, senior manager, marketing & communications, PMMI. "One of our top priorities when selecting winners is their commitment to learning and growing in the packaging and processing industry. These individuals have exceeded our expectations and their efforts continue to make an impact on the future of our industry."

Award winners received free registration to PMMI's Virtual Annual Meeting (Oct. 6-7). The winter issue of OEM Magazine, the official publication of PMMI, will feature profiles of the winners. For more information on the On the Rise Awards and the 2020 winners, visit

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 900 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World, Mundo PMMI and OEM. In 2020, PMMI Media Group will produce PACK EXPO Connects, a digital event connecting CPGs and top packaging suppliers. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

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