David Potter

Plastic Packaging Technologies


Vice President, Corporate Development

Dave served numerous executive level roles over his 15 years at Plastic Packaging
Technologies (PPT), a vertically-integrated manufacturer of value-added flexible
packaging materials with operating facilities in Kansas City, Kansas and Columbus,
Ohio. PPT is a rapidly-growing, emerging leader in the flexible packaging industry,
specializing in high-end retail shelf-presence packaging, delivering powerful printing and
barrier films for roll stock, innovative pouches and bag configurations.

Most recently Dave is the VP of Corporate Development at PPT, providing
leadership in the technical support of sales and business development, while also leading
the development of new product innovations and technologies, and specifically leading
the corporate efforts and direction on Sustainability. Active in the Flexible Packaging
Association, Dave has been very active in the development of sustainable solutions for
flexible film products.

Prior to joining PPT, Dave worked in 3 divisions of Hallmark Cards over 12
years, including extensive travel to Asia and an expat assignment in Taiwan. Building on
his desire for high growth opportunities, Dave joined American Italian Pasta Company,
an entrepreneurial start-up that rose to industry leadership during his 10 years at the
senior executive level of management.

Dave holds undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Psychology from
Avila University, and an MBA from Rockhurst University.
Dave and his wife Sheri have two children, and recently became Grandparents,
his best job yet! He enjoys time with family and friends, golfing, and considers himself a
soccer enthusiast.

Why do you want to serve on the SPC Executive Committee?

As a younger person I traveled around the world extensively on business. When you fly
for 10-12 hours in a jet over the ocean it’s understandable how your worldview might
leave you with an impression of infinite resources and an earth environment that is vast,
robust and resilient to the damaging impacts of humans.

But the seasoning of my life’s experiences combined with new science and continued
learnings has sharply changed my worldview to one of finite resources strained by
continued population growth, further imperiled by the increasing damage humans are
doing to the fragile balance of nature. Meaningful and timely action is required.

Considering most of the damage to the earth has occurred over the last 300 years at an
exponentially accelerating rate, I feel a strong moral and personal responsibility for our
generation to provide a solid direction of sustainability for future generations.

By skill and experience, I am a project-oriented person. I frame up problems, develop
solutions, and help lead the changes. There are many meaningful challenges ahead, and
while we are actively developing and offering “Thrive” branded Sustainable packaging
solutions for our markets at PPT, I would like to help with the broader needs of
infrastructure development, consumer education, and end use market development to
make a difference at a broader level.

I believe my active participation with the Flexible Packaging Association will also
support my value to the SPC Executive Committee.