DAYTON, OHIO — J. Michael Sesher, vice president of Boston Matthews Inc.'s injection molding and extrusion operations, died Jan. 10 at his Dayton home of a massive heart attack. He was 49.
Sesher's career in the plastics industry spanned nearly two decades. He served as sales manager and marketing director for Eurotherm NA, contributing to the company's entry into the extrusion industry in the early 1980s.
In 1992 he founded a consulting firm, JM Sesher and Associates of Reston, Va., specializing in technology transfer from commercially based businesses to military contractors. He also served as an adjunct professor in marketing at George Washington University.
In 1994, Sesher handled the sale of Advanz Precision Measurement and Control, a plastics technology firm, to Systems Research Laboratories. He later became vice president and general manager of Advanz/SRL. In 1998, he was named vice president of Boston Matthews of Norwood, N.J.
``I have sold for him, sold to him, argued with him, and we still became good friends,'' said Larry Holliday, currently regional sales manager for Barber-Colman Co. and a former employee of Advanz/SRL. ``His humor, creativity and zest for life brought out the best in everyone.''
Sesher was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and served on committees for both SPE and the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.