In this episode we talk with Kevin Ausburn, Chairman & CEO, and Matt Ausburn, CFO, of SMC Packaging Group.
While SMC faced a tough start, like all box plants, Kevin Ausburn’s father and his business partner, Chuck Bachus, worked through it. After becoming a CPA, Kevin worked in Kansas City for several years before feeling the pull of a family business. His son Matt followed a similar path, earning a CPA and gaining experience outside of the SMC before the prospect of new projects also pulled him in.
About Kevin Ausburn
Chairman & CEO
Kevin started as a janitor in the Summers at Southern Missouri Container, founded by his father and Chuck Bachus, as he was working through school. After earning his MBA in Accounting, he worked as a public accountant for several years before joining the family business in 1982 as the comptroller. Since then, through organic growth and acquisition he has helped SMC become a sizeable multi-plant company while maintaining a family-focused company culture.
Kevin is actively involved with his community and as an AICC member.
About Matt Aubsurn
Summers in high school and college were spent in the pre-press department for Matt. WAfter graduating college in 2008, he moved to Kansas City and worked as an auditor, and soon thereafter received my CPA certification. He never felt pressured to join the family business, but in 2011 he came back to work in operations in SMC’s Kansas City sheet plant. He jumped into implementing new plant scheduling software and he hasn’t looked back. In mid-2013, he and his family moved to Springfield to support the continued growth of SMC, as part of the accounting team.