Youthful Recognition

SAMANTHA GEIER                                      


 It’s not unusual to hear praise for the achievements of veteran workers; often, these workers are provided with prestigious awards and their accomplishments are noted in respected places and publications. Of course, such 


successes have typically taken many years to attain and the recognition is well deserved. Yet identifying and appreciating the undertakings and activities of the younger generation is a less commonplace occurrence—though they, too, may merit attention.

For this reason, the TAPPI Young Professionals Division created an award specifically intended to acknowledge the diligence, resourcefulness, and contributions of our industry’s younger workforce. The Top Outstanding Young Professionals Award recognizes emerging leaders in the paper, packaging, and related industries. The Top Outstanding Young Professionals for 2017 are:

Jessica Carette

Innovation Manager, Cascade Tissue Group

Sarah Garchinsky

Scientist I, Solenis

Qiang Han

Sr. Research Associate, International Paper

Josh Haywood

Recovery/Recaust Superintendent, Domtar

Ana Meneses

Product Dev Innovation Lead, WestRock

Linea Olsson

Innovations Project Engineer, Greif

Kimberly Phillips

Front Line Leader – Paper, International Paper

Brantley West

Fiberline Process Engineer, Domtar

Tobias Wolfinger

Technical Director WFTE, Weidman

TAPPI congratulates these promising young professionals and looks forward to watching as their careers continue to develop. More information on the award nomination process can be found at

The TAPPI Young Professionals Division is an unparalleled resource for recent graduates and professionals under the age of 35 with up to 10 years of industry experience looking to enhance their careers in the global pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, converting, and related forest products industries. For more information, contact [email protected].

On the Bookshelf

Extrusion Coating Manual
5th Edition

Completely revised and updated by more than 50 industry experts, this hands-on training manual conveys sufficient knowledge to engineers, technicians, operators, and managers to understand the aspects of the extrusion coating process.

Advances in computer design and machining, as well as resin technology and coextrusion technology, have resulted in competition between rigid materials and extrusion coating and laminating. This Fifth Edition of the Extrusion Coating Manual reviews practical aspects of the extrusion coating process, materials, equipment, and products to provide a concise reference guide.

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