At NPE2012 this week you can shake the hand of Vince Witherup the politician--not the auxiliary machinery executive. Witherup retired from Conair Group Inc. in 2007, after a long career. He was Conair's vice president of development. His first day as Venango County Commissioner was Dec. 10, 2010, when he was appointed to fill an unexpired one-year term through 2011. "'I realized pretty quickly that there's so damn much to learn on this job that if I did get appointed, I'd run for re-election to a full term," he recently told Plastics News senior reporter Bill Bregar. Witherup, a Republican, won election to a full term in November of 2011. His term runs from 2012 through 2016. Witherup is attending NPE2012. He has served on the NPE executive committee since 1976. Don't be surprised if Witherup pitches Franklin as a place for your next new factory. He was born in the western Pennsylvania town. He has always been interested in local issues, but had no time with all the travel for Conair. Witherup and the two other county commissioners oversee a $50 million budget and 400 employees. Venango County has a population of about 55,000. "The job is really administering that budget and running the county as you run a business, actually, with a whole bunch of handcuffs," he said. Witherup saw a newspaper article about the unexpired term, which opened up when one of the commissioners died. "I missed the mental part of the job," he said. "I'm learning stuff now that I never knew it really existed. I really did it to give back to the community." Witherup said he still does some consulting for Conair. (Thanks to Bill Bregar for contributing this item)
Catching up with Vince Witherup at NPE2012
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