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Neece is no stranger to Serpa, having begun his career 12 years ago with the company as an intern. From those early days, Neece steadily gained the trust of leadership, rising through the ranks to hold positions within Engineering and Operations. Throughout his career, he’s worked closely with Fernando – valuable time that has prepared him for this next role.
“I joined Serpa straight out of college. I’m all Serpa,” Neece said. “I’m very excited about our direction and looking forward to continue carrying on the Serpa legacy with the same values established by Fernando.”
“Justin is a very honest person. He’s very loyal to the people he works with. He is a good listener and keeps an open mind,” said Fernando Serpa of the reasons why he selected Neece to succeed him. “Justin has a very supportive wife and is a good family man. He is ready to go.”
Fernando Serpa founded the company in 1985. Under Serpa’s guidance, Neece has developed key traits and skills in areas of customer service, engineering and design, and communications that will help him succeed in his new role.
“Justin has an extremely strong work ethic. We are in good hands with Justin’s leadership,” Serpa said.
“This is an exciting moment for Serpa; this is the first time someone else is in charge of the company since Fernando founded it,” adds Aaron Metzler, Director of Sales and Applications, Serpa. “Justin’s mechanical background and his level of creativity make him a great fit to lead Serpa forward.”
Both Fernando Serpa and Metzler said they expect a smooth, seamless transition as Neece has been handling many of the General Manager duties throughout 2022.
“Under Justin’s leadership, customers can expect the same five-star service that they’ve come to expect from Serpa,” Metzler said. “We have always been known for new technologies and bringing the latest cutting-edge innovations to the packaging industry, and undoubtedly that will continue to be a primary focus in 2023 and beyond. We are customer-first; that will not change.”
Neece earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in 2011.