IAPD elects Polymershapes’ Rick Gough president

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD; Overland Park, KS), a trade association composed of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacture of performance plastics, has elected Rick Gough as its president for the 2017-2018 year. He was voted in by the IAPD Board of Directors at the 61st annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo in Chicago on Oct. 18.

Rick Gough, PolymershapesGough is Regional Director for Polymershapes LLC, a distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film and associated products. In addition to leading a sales organization with 13 branches across the eastern United States, Gough manages various headquarter functions including marketing, communications and training. Prior to his current role, Gough served as chief operating officer for Sabic Polymershapes’ 70 North American operations.

Gough’s plastics career began with Cadillac Plastic, where he oversaw supply chain operations and corporate development, with responsibility for mergers and acquisitions. In 2000, Cadillac was purchased by General Electric.

“IAPD is an exciting, dynamic organization that has strong support from its members,” said Gough. “I look forward to carrying the momentum from our past leadership into the future and see what exciting things we can do as the whole association aligns with our new strategic plan.”

In another announcement, Polymershapes’ Suzette Plaisted was honored with the prestigious President’s Award on Oct. 18 at the IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo. New to the IAPD, Plaisted was honored for her outstanding contributions to designing educational programming for IAPD’s educational initiatives this year. She “selflessly served as a resource for IAPD staff during the development of the expanded IAPD University Training Center, and transformed the Introduction to Plastics book into a classroom training curriculum that will be presented next year in a series of in-person training events.

“The President’s Award is given to an individual or company who has gone above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the association,” said IAPD CEO Susan E. Avery, CAE. “Suzette is a tireless volunteer. Thanks to her outstanding efforts, IAPD is now able to offer a user-friendly online learning platform, expanded training options and the flexibility to quickly add new courses, as needed. We look forward to rolling out the in-person training curricula she has developed.”

Plaisted is the learning and development lead at Polymershapes LLC. She has been involved in the learning and development space for 30 years, leading training sessions in more than 15 countries across the globe. Prior to joining Polymershapes in 2014, Plaisted worked for the American Red Cross, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Wells Fargo Mortgage and Accenture.

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