Fifteen Young Professionals Making Their Mark

PMMI’s 2020 On the Rise Awards Recognize the Next Generation of Leaders

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 PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies honored its third annual On the Rise Award winners at PMMI’s Virtual Annual Meeting. Developed by PMMI's Emerging Leaders Committee, this award recognizes 15 young professionals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and leadership potential in the packaging and processing industry. This year, the committee received nearly 100 nominations.

The winners of the 2020 On the Rise Awards are:

Chris Anguil Banding Sales Manager – Pharmaceuticals, Felins USA, Incorporated

Cristina Astahov Human Resources Generalist, BellatRx Inc.

Katie Exum Customer Success Manager, Specright

Yvette Goitia Proposals and Project Manager, Intralox, L.L.C.

Erik Grinnell Vice President of Automation, Quest Industrial

Randy Hoffman Project Manager, Zarpac Inc.

Erica Laino Business Development Manager, Cama North America

Cody Leedham Engineering Manager, Change Parts, Inc.

Elie Mechaalany Key Account Manager, Deville Technologies, LLC

Amanda Nimry Global Branding and Graphic Design Specialist, Liquibox

Vannesa Palomo Project Engineer, ZALKIN

Amit Patel Product Marketing Manager F&B, ASCO / Emerson

Chris Staruch Production Manager, Batching Systems, Inc.

Mike Wolf Manager of R&D, Triangle Package Machinery Co.

Sarah Ziegler Customer Relationship Specialist, QC Conveyors

To be considered for the award, winners had to meet the following nomination criteria: entry-level young professional employed by a PMMI member company for at least one year; displays leadership potential at the company and a desire to advance his/her career in packaging and processing.

“PMMI and the Emerging Leaders Committee are thrilled to recognize these young professionals who are going above and beyond – especially in these unprecedented times,” says Liz Normandy, senior manager, marketing & communications, PMMI. “One of our top priorities when selecting winners is their commitment to learning and growing in the packaging and processing industry. These individuals have exceeded our expectations and their efforts continue to make an impact on the future of our industry.” 

Award winners received free registration to PMMI’s Virtual Annual Meeting (Oct. 6-7). The winter issue of OEM Magazine, the official publication of PMMI, will feature profiles of the winners. For more information on the On the Rise Awards and the 2020 winners, visit

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