PN underestimates Yocum's presidency
In a recent opinion column, Plastics News failed to accurately characterize the accomplishments of Ron Yocum during his tenure as president of the American Plastics Council ("APC chief selection could unify industry," Jan. 22, Page 6). As the incoming chairman of APC, I'd like to set the record straight. Under Ron's presidency, APC has grown into a strong and thriving organization that reflects the mission set out by the resin industry's leadership.
During the past three years of his leadership, Ron has accomplished so much on behalf of the plastics industry. New members have been brought into the association. APC has become an effective, full-service trade association that not only helps manage issues for all types of plastics but also provides a cooperative umbrella for nine different resin-specific business units and trade association members and their customers.
An integral element of that change is greater cooperation among the related industry trade groups. Never before has there been greater coordination and cooperation among the trade groups involving organizations ranging from the suppliers to the end users of plastics.
The plastics industry trade associations are much stronger today than ever before, and the roles of each are more clearly defined. For our industry and our customers, the changes are very positive and will help our industry continue to grow globally in a free-market environment.
Ron is leaving the American Plastics Council strongly positioned for the future, and we thank him for that. We would have liked for Ron to stay longer, but we wish him the best in his retirement.
James P. Harris
ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
APC chief praised for his contributions
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 & 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.