VJA Associates

group.jpgThe Source Alliance was founded in 2000 as a closely connected group of recruiters with common interests.

All alliance members have led a career in a segment of the packaging industry and all alliance members recruit mid-level and senior level managers with that same market arena.

The common thread in the members recruiting efforts is their focus on packaging personnel within the Packaging Converting arena as well as in Plastic Film and Resins and in the Food and Drug Manufacturing. Members are listed below.

Bill Read - ReadSource, Ltd

One of the founders of The Source Alliance, Bill has 38 years of senior management experience with companies such as Packaging Corporation of America, Reynolds Metals Company, Sonoco Products Company, International Paper Company and Pactiv Corporation.

He also co-owned Pressware International, a manufacturer of dual-ovenable trays for the processed foods and food service industries, and has extensive high-level contacts in the food, beverage, packaging, pharmaceutical and consumer durable industries.

Robert Root - RootSource Ltd.

Bob spent over 35 years with Reynolds Metals Company in their Flexible and Rigid packaging business. He held various sales / marketing positions in both the field and at corporate responsible for sales of packaging products sold direct or through distribution channels to key Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Industrial customers. Bob has developed excellent contacts within the industries he serviced over the years. He was active in the Margarine Association, Packaging Education Foundation, Aluminum Association and IOPP.

Dave Reese - ReeseSource & Associates

Dave began a 32-year career in sales, marketing management and recruiting with Procter & Gamble. His plastics background evolved through expanding roles at General Electric Plastics (resin), Shell Oil's subsidiary, Rampart Products (now Printpack co extrusion / thermoforming), Blessings Corp / Edison Plastics (co-extruded film), and OMNOVA Solutions (vinyl Decorative Laminates). He focuses his recruiting efforts on plastics as well as flexible and rigid packaging for food and beverage applications.

Larry Howard - HowardSource, LLC

Before joining The Source Alliance, Larry had over thirty years experience in the packaging industry, holding various sales/marketing and senior management positions with American Can, James River, Fort James and with Hubtamaki, where he was a Business Unit General Manager and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Consumer Packaging. His background includes folding cartons, microwave packaging, shaped paperboard, equipment systems, flexible products, injection molded and thermoformed plastic containers, and molded fiber. He has worked extensively with both the paperboard converting industries and leading consumer product organizations, and focuses his recruiting talent on the requirements of the general packaging market.

Phil Murphree - Murphree Source & Associates, LLC

Phil Murphree comes to The Source Alliance as a veteran in the packaging industry. He has over 32 years of experience, having held senior positions with PCL Packaging (President), Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering (CEO & President), QPF LLC (President), Printpack (Vice President), James River Corporation (Vice President) and Crown Zellerbach. Phil's background includes all areas of film extrusion and converting as well as the extrusion capital equipment business. He will focus his recruiting efforts on all aspects of the packaging industry.

Greg O'Brien - The O'Brien Group

Greg has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Lehigh University and over 15 years of experience in the Packaging Industry as an engineer, sales person, and recruiter. He has real-world experience working with packaging materials and machinery in household products, personal care, and food & beverage applications.

Jeff Swoyer - Your Talent Source

With more than 35 years of HR experience and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Villanova University’s MS HRD program, Jeff has been the senior HR leader in several world class organizations. Jeff has also taken on diverse business challenges including Plant Management and Continuous Improvement assignments. His packaging experience includes Alcoa Flexible Packaging, Portola Packaging and most recently as VP HR for D&W Fine Pack LLC.

Gene Giordani - LinxSource, LLC

Gene has over 35 years of comprehensive experience within multiple packaging material and technology platforms. He has held senior leadership positions in marketing, sales and operations for MeadWestvaco, Graphic Packaging Intl., as well as mid-sized entrepreneurial enterprises. He possesses experience in multiple market sectors with significant expertise in pharmaceuticals, medical device and personal care at the national and international level.

Tom Weber - WeberSource, LLC

Tom has 39 years of diverse packaging experience. He is recognized by industry peers to be knowledgeable and well informed in all sales, marketing, and production processes, various types of plastic and paperboard converting equipment, and technically proficient in Leadership Training and Six Sigma/LEAN methodologies. He managed multiple facilities in operations, managed regional business units as General Manager, and successfully directed a privately held company as its President. His career includes tenures with Tenneco, Caraustar, North America Packaging Corporation, Core Systems LLC, and CardPak.

Mark Malay - MalaySource, LLC

Mark has 35 years of leadership experience in the paperboard, industrial packaging and consumer packaging space. He has led multi plant business units and held senior positions, in both commercial and operational roles, for Caraustar, Packaging Corp of America and Jefferson Smurfit Corp. His broad experience spans coated and uncoated paperboard, tubes and cores, folding cartons and set-up boxes on a regional and national level.

Dick Sanderson - SandersonSource LLC

Dick brings 35+ years’ experience in all aspects of marketing to The Source Alliance Partnership. Dick has previously been President/CEO of 3+ firms, including a start-up CPG company. His experience includes new product development, sourcing, package design, production, testing, pricing, marketing, communications and supply chain management. He also successfully helped sell two marketing firms and the CPG company. This experience, and his contacts, complement the deep packaging experience of the other TSA partners.

Andy Jacobs - RAJSourceLLC

With an MBA in International Economics from UC Berkeley, Andy has over 40 years in the packaging industry, He is a leader in developing, commercializing and optimizing packaging systems and teams. With his in-depth packaging format expertise; glass, metal, plastic, or flexible, creating value has been a common thread of his successes. Given his diverse background, these goals have been achieved with global companies such as Continental Can, Campbell’s Soup, Church and Dwight, Combibloc, Printpack, and Tekni-Plex. Key to any winning team are the people, The Source Alliance and RAJ Source delivers.

Bill Carley - CarleySource, LLC

Rigid containers (metal and plastic), labels, flexible packaging and contract manufacturing all came in to play as Bill held a series of increasingly senior positions with companies including Continental Can, Alusuisse, CCL Label and Marietta Corporation. At various times Bill had responsibility for organizations of up to 150 salespeople and 200+ associates in operations. He has extensive experience with FMCG marketers in the food/beverage and especially in the personal care and household sectors.

Kevin Howard - Back9 Consulting & Executive Search LLC

Kevin is an accomplished senior executive with broad functional experience in the plastics, packaging and capital equipment industries. He has earned roles with escalating responsibilities as a P&L owner, sales leader, marketing executive and procurement director for companies such as Arkema Chemicals, GE Plastics, Pliant/Berry Global, Provisur Technologies, Schur Packaging, DS Smith Packaging and Polyair Packaging. His broad experience spans plastic resins, extruded plastics, printed and converted plastic packaging, protective packaging, bag-in-box packaging as well as food processing capital equipment on an international level.

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