Schneider served on the IoPP National Board as President and Chair in
2004 and 2005 respectively. He is a member of the IoPP College of
Fellows and is also an Honorary Life Member of the Institute.
Since 2004, Schneider has been an active member of WPO and served as one
of its Vice Presidents for the last 2 years. Schneider worked closely
with WPO's current president, Keith Pearson, to help grow WPO's
membership. He has spoken at several international conferences,
including one in Beijing and, most recently, in Mumbai.
In 2009, he became Vice President, Sustainability, of the newly-formed
Executive Committee for WPO. Schneider also wrote two key white papers:
"Packaging as a Sustainability Tool" and "The Case for Packaging."
His involvement in WPO has provided an opportunity to share his insight
into the worldwide packaging community with IoPP, its board, and
"The opportunity to develop relationships with packaging leaders from
almost 50 other countries is a special experience for me," said
Schneider. "These relationships that I have developed, with IoPP's
support, provide every member of the Institute with a potential link to
the latest technologies, materials, and package designs in every corner
of the globe."
According to Patrick Farrey, Executive Director, IoPP, the Institute has
been well-represented at WPO meetings by Schneider since 2004.
"Through his participation in WPO, we have expanded the global network
of IoPP in a variety of ways," said Farrey. "Tom was integral in
executing IoPP projects such as the translation and distribution of IoPP
books in Spain and Mexico, the launch of a student chapter in Beirut,
Lebanon and cooperative efforts in producing a sustainable packaging
conference in Hangzhou, China. We are proud of Tom's leadership and look
forward to supporting him during his term as WPO President."
For the last 15 years Schneider has been President of Houston-based
Industrial & Shippers Supply, a 57-year old value-added distributor
of packaging and labeling systems and supplies. He also recently
completed 9 years directing a package testing laboratory, also based