I have some bad news to share. For many of you, looking through this week's print issue of Plastics News may create some "imposter syndrome" issues. Sure you may be a president, but this year's group of Rising Stars also includes CEOs, and they're younger than you.
You may have some patents from your work. So do a lot of these industry professionals ranging in age from 22 to 35. You're fluent in two languages? Arnaud Amouroux, a 33-year-old key account director for Berry Global Group, speaks five languages, including Catalan.
These are the future leaders of the plastics industry, and as PN's Jordan Vitick, who wrote profiles of this year's Rising Stars, notes in this week's viewpoint column, the future is in good hands.
And there's more good news within these profiles. While some Stars were raised around the plastics industry, a lot of them first gained exposure during school visits and presentations by someone else in the industry. That means that outreach efforts are working. Currier Plastics' Jacob Fry, for instance, got his first exposure from a high school class involving plastics that also would offer him the chance to get college credits.
Even chance encounters have led to new careers. Consider the story of Lauren Sousa, who was doing some masonry work with her father at a home owned by a vice president at MTD Micro Molding. He saw that she was a hard worker and asked if she was looking for a job.
So if you want to be humbled, astounded and excited about the next generation of industry leaders, be sure and check the profiles in print or extended stories with Q&As at plasticsnews.com/topic/rising-stars.