2022 Fall Member Business Meeting Programming

Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, November 8th

Brian Beaulieu
ITR Economics

Brian Beaulieu has served as CEO and Chief Economist of ITR Economics™ since 1987, where he researches the use of business cycle analysis and economic forecasting as tools for improving profitability. Brian has shared his highly valued research results via presentations, workshops, and seminars in numerous countries to hundreds of thousands of business owners and executives for the last 40 years.
He is coauthor of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years, as well as Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide to increasing profits through inevitable business cycle changes. Brian also coauthored But I Want It!, ITR Economics’ first children’s book.
Brian serves on the board of directors for the Ariens Company, a leading global manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, as an advisor to Ackerberg Investors Fund III, as well as the board for Bellwether Wealth, an investment management and strategic wealth planning firm based in Lincoln, NE.
Brian has shared his expertise through various media outlets, including: USA Today, Knight Ridder, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Washington Post, Kudlow and Friends, First on Fox, and numerous other outlets.

Industry Leader Panel

Tuesday, November 8th

Our meeting theme this year will be Involve, Solve, and Evolve. This unique opportunity brings together PSA professionals from across the industry to participate in open dialogue and explore issues related not only to the theme, but also the impact of the economy, regulations, labor, and future trends. Panelist will have an opportunity to share both professional and personal vision on these topics.  Brian Beaulieu, one of the most popular ITR economists, who will start our program will moderate the Key Leader Panel. Attendees will be encouraged to participate through a question-and-answer segment.

Richard Marcus
President & COO, American Biltrite, Inc.

Mr. Marcus is President & COO of American Biltrite Inc. (ABI) a diversified global supplier of pressure sensitive tapes, protective films, commercial flooring, performance sheet rubber, and fashion jewelry.
In his current role since 1983, Mr. Marcus has a wide-range of responsibility for the domestic and international operations and corporate functions of ABI including: the supervision and development of corporate staff and divisional General Managers; relationship management for board of directors, banks, accountants, and financial intermediaries; acquisition strategy formation and implementation; sales oversight for major customers
From 1981-1983, Mr. Marcus served as the Corporate Vice President of Strategic Planning and New Business Development where he created a long-term strategic plan and negotiated a complete reorganization and restructuring of the corporation. In addition, he coordinated the corporate objectives with each operating divisions.
Mr. Marcus is a past Vice Chairman and Board Member, of the Congoleum Corporation. He has served on the board of various charitable organizations and is a trustee of Hebrew Senior Life and past President of Orchard Cove Inc. He is Young Presidents Organization gold member and was honorably discharged form the United States Army reserves.

Gregory A.C. Yull
President and CEO, IPG

Gregory Yull was named President and CEO of the Company in June 2010 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2010. Prior to his current position, Mr. Yull was President of the Tapes and Films Division of the Company from October 2005, where he was responsible for the North American and European operations spanning 15 locations and providing leadership for a 1,500-person workforce. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of the Industrial Business Unit for Tapes & Films of the Company from November 2004 and prior thereto was President, Film Products of the Company from June 1999. He has also held various positions at the Company in Sales and Product Management and had extensive functional responsibilities supporting the Fibope business division. Mr. Yull has been with the Company since 1991.

Vuk Trivanovic
CEO, Shurtape Technologies, LLC

Vuk Trivanovic is CEO of Shurtape Technologies, LLC, an industry-leading, global manufacturer and marketer of adhesive tape and consumer home and office products. In this role, Mr. Trivanovic is responsible for the overall strategic direction and continued profitable growth of the Shurtape Group of Companies both domestically and globally – and despite being new to the position, was integral in leading the Company through sustained operation and continued growth in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Trivanovic leverages nearly three decades of business experience in this position, which he garnered from managing numerous aspects of an organization. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Trivanovic’s Shurtape career included stints CEO of the Company’s Industrial and Engineered Solutions Groups, COO and Sr. Vice President of Global Operations, which allowed him to become familiar with all aspects of the Company. Prior to joining Shurtape in 2015, Mr. Trivanovic built his knowledge and skillset serving in various capacities for world-renowned companies and brands, ranging from sales, operations and Lean Six Sigma to quality, supply chain and warehouse management, in addition to managing a global division that provided a wealth of international experience.

Mr. Trivanovic earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He and his wife have three children.  

Daniel Germain
President and Regional Manager, tesa tape, Inc

Daniel Germain is the President and Regional Manager for tesa tape North America, manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesive solutions serving industries including automotive, appliance, transportation, building, marine, electronics, printing and paper mfg to name a few. He is responsible for North American strategy and execution across all market segments and functions. He has been with tesa since 1986, starting off as a product manager in his hometown of Sparta, MI. In his current role, which he has held since March 2021, Germain leads tesa’s entire business across the US, Canada, and Mexico. This is Germain’s second rotation as tesa’s North American leader, having first held the role from 2004-2012. Germain has also filled other leadership roles during his 36-year tesa tenure, including as Regional Manager for both tesa Western Europe at Amsterdam for 3 years and tesa Asia Pacific out of Singapore for 5 years. He has worked for tesa all around the world in Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Japan, Singapore, and the Netherlands. He is once again based out of tesa’s North American headquarters in Charlotte, NC.

Industry Supplier Partners

Wednesday, November 9th

In this series of 30-minute presentations, PSTC supplier partners will share perspectives related to current market trends, unique challenges their companies have faced recently, successes and opportunities for growth. See how the impacts of the current economy are playing out across the industry and across the globe.

Vincent Legros
Executive Vice President, Bostik

Vincent Legros, born in 1973, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and from Ponts et Chaussées, and holds a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in production and corporate organization.
In 1998 he joined the Saint-Gobain group as production engineer at the Pont-à-Mousson plant (1998 – 2000), before becoming manager of the Toul plant (2000 – 2002), followed by deputy manager of the Pont-à-Mousson plant (2000 – 2004), and managing director of the fittings and valves business (2004 – 2006).
He was appointed managing director of operations for Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson in 2006. From 2009 to 2013 he held the post of managing director of Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson China. Since 2013 he had been managing director of Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson and manager of the group’s pipe business.

Vishal Rao
President, Industrials, Mativ Industrials Division

Vishal Rao is President of the Industrials Business Unit at Mativ, a global specialty materials leader formed in 2022 by the merger of SWM and Neenah. In this role, Vishal has global business responsibility for diversified portfolio of industrial products including tapes, industrial netting and technical paper solutions for a variety of end uses.  Mativ supplies a broad variety of saturated and kraft tape backings, as well as a broad portfolio of consumer, construction, specialty tapes and cable wrap sold under the Scapa brand name.

He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Neenah’s Industrial Solutions division beginning in 2020, after serving in commercial leadership roles since joining the organization in 2017. 

Prior to joining Neenah, Inc., Mr. Rao held multiple General Management and Strategy roles with Novelis, the world’s largest aluminum rolled products manufacturer, based in South Korea, Malaysia, Switzerland and USA. Preceding Novelis, Mr. Rao worked in various strategy and finance roles at McKinsey and Company, World Bank and KPMG. 

Mr. Rao received his Bachelors and Masters of Commerce from the University of Mumbai, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant from India in 2001. Mr. Rao also attended the Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA in General Management in 2006.

Sohrab Kazemahvazi
Vice President Tape BU, Ahlstrom Technical Materials Divison

Sohrab is Vice President of Tape unit at Ahlstrom. He has a background as Senior Vice President of Formed Fiber unit at Stora Enso and as Senior Manager at the global management consultancy Arthur D. Little. He has been focusing the majority of his career on developing and commercializing more sustainable materials for packaging, automotive, naval and other technical applications. He was also the founder of an electric car company which developed, built and commercialized the electric city car, “Smite”.

Sohrab obtained his PhD in fiber composite materials at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH where he since 2017 also is a Docent/Associate Professor. He has worked as Research Associate at University of Cambridge (UK), driving one of the US Defense Agency DARPA’s breakthrough innovation projects in composite materials.