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June 5, 2023

In this episode, we talk with Charlie Hodges, President and Chief Operating Officer for Hood Container Corporation. Hodges has nearly 50 years in the industry and has held roles at many major companies, but he found his home at Hood Container. Inspired by a high school teacher’s passion for chemistry, Hodges went to Georgia Tech to become a chemical engineer. After graduation, he followed in his father’s footsteps and began working at Union Camp Corp., where he was given his first real taste of the pulp and paper industry. In this episode, he shares his concerns about workforce development, how leadership expectations have changed, and what it means to truly build a company culture and hold everyone accountable to it.

About Charles E. Hodges

President and Chief Operating Officer Hood Container Corporation After earning his degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Charlie went on to hold titles such as President & CEO of Port Townsend Family of Companies (Port Townsend, WA) and Senior Vice President for Georgia Pacific Corporation (Atlanta, GA) before joining Hood Container when the company was formed in 2012. Charlie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fibre Box Association and American Forest and Paper Association. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industries (TAPPI) as well as being elected a TAPPI Fellow in 2008. In April 2022, Charlie was presented with The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s Circle of Distinguished Leaders award.




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