The governance of AICC includes the Associate Board. Five Associates serve on this board, offering ideas, support, and counsel to the AICC Board of Directors and staff. This past year, Ed Gargiulo, executive vice president of Equipment Finance Corp., served as Associate Board chair. Under his leadership, the Associate Board and other Associate members have become more active in recruiting AICC members and have encouraged AICC to grow participation at summits by reorganizing the planning and scheduling process, and he has helped AICC outline new benefits for Associate members. Ed will continue on the Associate Board for another year as the immediate past Chair.
Every year during the fall meeting, a new director is voted onto the board by a majority vote of AICC Associate members. The current Associate Board is:
Dave Burgess, JB Machinery, Associate Board Chair
Dave began his career with Pamarco Global Graphics in 1984. In 2008, he joined Flexo Concepts as vice president of sales, focusing on the global distribution chains for their Doctor Blade and anilox leaning equipment lines. Dave is very active with TAPPI, AICC, and FTA, having authored and presented many technical papers over the last 20 years. In 2011, Dave joined JB Machinery and now serves as the North and Central American sales director. He was elected to the Associate Board in 2015.
Pat Szany, American Corrugated Machine Corp., Associate Board Vice Chair
For more than 30 years, I have been a member of AICC, participating on both a regional and an international level. I serve on the Memberships & Marketing Committee and, since its inception, on the AICC Independents Cup Committee. In 1985, I started American Corrugated Machine Corp. (ACM), located in Indian Trail, N.C. ACM is a national broker of used and new equipment to the corrugated box industry. I was elected to the Associate Board in 2016.
Joe Morelli, Huston Patterson Printers, Associate Board Secretary
Joe joined Huston Patterson, North America’s longest-standing privately owned package printer, in 2010, as a client services manager responsible for managing Huston Patterson’s book of business in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
In 2013, Joe was appointed vice president of sales and marketing at Huston Patterson, overseeing sales, project management, customer service, and all aspects of Huston Patterson’s brand management. A member of AICC’s inaugural Emerging Leader class, Joe has been an active member of AICC since joining the industry. Joe was elected to the Associate Board in 2017.
Greg Jones, SUN Automation Group, Associate Board Director
Greg has spent nearly two decades in the manufacturing and packaging sector, and he currently serves as the vice president of global sales and aftermarket for SUN Automation Group.
He oversees SUN’s international sales teams as well as operations of its Guangzhou, China, and Bristol, U.K., locations. With a pulse on corrugated market demands, Greg also sits on the board for SUN Automation Group, is a member of the AICC Marketing & Membership Committee, and has been an active and enthusiastic member of AICC since 2012, when Greg joined SUN Automation Group as the North America sales manager. Within three years, he was promoted to director of sales and marketing before rising to his current position in early 2018.
Ed Gargiulo, Equipment Finance Corp., Associate Board Immediate Past Chair
After managing the Heidelberg Press portfolio at CIT Corp., Ed held several senior management positions in credit, operations, and direct sales at Phoenixcor Inc., from 1980 to 1993.
In 1993, Ed helped form Equipment Finance Corp., a full-service lending operation providing machinery financing to the corrugated, folding carton, and printing industries. Ed is the executive vice president and manages all sales, marketing, and product development functions at Equipment Finance Corp. Ed was elected to the AICC Associate Board in 2014 and serves on the Membership & Marketing Committee.
The Associate Board is to be the voice of Associate members with the AICC Board of Directors. If you have thoughts, concerns, or ideas about AICC and how the Association can best serve you, I encourage you to reach out to one of us so your voice can be heard.
Pat Szanyis president of American Corrugated Machine Corp. and vice Chair of AICC’s Associate Board.