Vice President of Sustainability and Technology
Dan Collins has over 30 years of hands-on experience in the packaging industry with a forte of providing technical and business solutions to customers and organizations. During his career, he has been involved with multiple positions of increasing responsibility in sales, technical, engineering, operations, product management, and supply chain. Dan has worked in many facets of the packaging business including development of new business, products, films, labels, rigid & semi-rigid containers, printing, ink, laminations, smart packaging, sustainability and converting. Dan possesses in depth experience working knowledge of a variety of printing techniques including digital, offset, flexographic, and gravure printing that have led to numerous innovations in high-speed printing, expansion of graphic capabilities, and process optimization.
Dan began his packaging career running paper coating machines during his college years. He has won numerous packaging award and routinely provides industry presentations. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry/Business from the University of Pittsburgh.
Why do you want to serve on the Executive Committee?
My background in plastics, flexible packaging and sustainable solutions for the market is the driving force to serve on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition Executive Committee. I have been part of the development of sustainable product concepts from inception to finished commercialized products. This includes compostable, green and recyclable products. Sustainable packaging is a professional passion as well as responsibility to customers and the industry. My background, learnings, failures and accomplishments in sustainable products could be a positive addition to the Executive Committee.
What do you think you would contribute as an Executive Committee representative?
One of the greatest keys and aspects of the success of advancements in sustainable packaging is education. Education of what it means as well as the impact to the product, customer, consumer, and environment. I have worked diligently within my career to present and educate internal and external customers and industry resources on the various sustainable concepts and options. One of my greatest potential contributions is leadership of facilitating or furthering of educational topics and committees through papers and presentations for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.