John Powers, a 1986 accounting graduate from Providence College, began his career in Boston as a tax accountant. In 1988 he joined AEP in sales, covering the Dallas region for the film extruder. He was promoted two year later to sales manager of the firm's Design Poly Converted Film Division, which printed eight-color flexographic mono- and coextruded films and bags.
In 1992 AEP entered the can-liner and food-bag market, and Powers became manager of its Institutional Products Division. Two years later he was promoted to vice president of the Industrial Custom Films Division, AEP's largest unit, with sales exceeding 240,000,000 pounds a year. That division products included custom bags, liners, sheeting, tubing and shrink bundle film.
In 1996 the South Hackensack, N.J.-based AEP promoted Powers to executive vice president of sales and marketing for all of North and South America. This encompasses all production made in nine extrusion plants in North America and a portfolio that includes PVC, LDPE and LLDPE custom, five-layer coextrusion, stretch, agricultural, uPVC twist film, institutional liners, food bags and PVC cutterbox food film.
AEP employs 2,500, operates 140 film lines, and reported sales in North America of more than $430 million in the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 1998.
Powers resides in New Jersey with his wife and four children.