I would like to take this opportunity to echo the sentiments of Mike Cappelletti ("Yocum´s retirement is well-deserved," Feb. 5, Page 6) and other industry leaders in congratulating Ron Yocum on his successful tenure as head of the American Plastics Council, as well as wishing him the best in his coming retirement.
As a recent past president of the Society of Plastics Engineers, as well as a member of the boards of the National Plastics Center and Museum, Plastics Academy and the Plastics Institute of America, I have had the opportunity to work with both Ron and his staff over the past years in developing programs and alliances that resulted in direct benefits to our industry. Ron has been a dynamic presence in his tireless endeavor to promote our industry, upgrade its image and foster cooperation between the organizations that work in similar ways to accomplish these goals. The APC has led by example, and the public perception of plastics has certainly undergone a significant paradigm shift in a positive direction.
The industry need for a united voice is an obvious conclusion. Both Ron and (Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. President) Donald Duncan have a united agenda for accomplishing a working relationship, if not a strategic alliance between their two groups. The completion of this work will no doubt pass to Ron´s successor. If we as an industry, including its media, are to play a role in unity, we must do so in a supporting manner. We must not view the opportunity in light of past failure, rather in the anticipated successes of the future. Ron´s tenure as head of the APC has encompassed many successful and measurable programs and goals. To dwell on work in progress in a negative manner is not befitting our industry, much less being helpful to the goals and objectives of the APC and SPI organizations.
Thanks, Ron, for all you have contributed to our industry as both a business leader and association president.
Jay L. Gardiner
Port Jefferson, N.Y.