In the spirit of my post last week on my daughter working at NPE2009, Christy (Petrakis) Domanoski sent me another great picture related to family and NPE.
This is a photo of Christy, her father (Steve Petrakis) and her grandfather (Myron Petrakis) at the show last week. All three have spent their entire careers in plastics (Christy notes, "OK, so maybe mine hasn't been as long yet...").
The Petrakis clan is pretty well known in plastics circles, but here's some resume information for those of you who aren't already familiar:
Myron got his degree after serving in the navy in WWII from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He got one of the first plastics engineering degrees.
In 1951 he started on the shop floor with molder General American.
In the late 50s/early 60s he went to a company called Federal Tool in Skokie, Ill., and worked his way up to molding supervisor.
In the mid 1960s he left there and became one of the first direct salesmen for AEC Inc.
In the late 1960s he started his own manufacturers rep organization in Chicago called BP Plastics and retired from there in the early 1990s.
He currently serves as the police commissioner of Norridge, Ill., a post he has held for 50 years.
Steve got his degree from Western Michigan in food distribution and soon thereafter went into plastics as a sales rep for his father's agency, BP Plastics in 1976.
He then was at EMI Corp. (Jackson Center, Ohio) from 1978-1989, working his way up to national sales manager.
In 1989 he started his own rep agency, Innovative Plastics Systems, which he had until 1991.
From 1991-2005 Steve held various positions at ACS Group involving sales and marketing, concluding his time there as VP of sales & marketing for Sterling, steam control division, ACS automation, ACS recycling division and industrial markets.
He then solidified his career long support of the SPI by joining them from 2005-2006 as their director of the Midwest and Northeast.
Currently he serves as President of Frigel North America and serves on many SPI committees, including the NPE Marketing Committee.
Christy (Petrakis) Domanoski
Christy got her start in plastics one summer when she was a Parts & Service intern at AEC.
Upon graduation from UW-Whitewater (and later masters from Roosevelt University, Chicago) she worked in the marketing department for ACS Group from 2002-2006.
Currently she is with a Milwaukee-based marketing communications firm, Scheibel Halaska, where she works with plastics companies such as Frigel, among others.
Thanks for sharing that photo, Christy. I encourage other blog readers to send their photos from the show ... perhaps we can put together a photo gallery.|