media release

Date: September 23, 2015
Contact: Liz Novak, Director of Marketing and Communications, +913.345.1005


Piedmont Plastics Chief Sales Officer Bill Barth Receives 2015 IAPD Pacesetter Award

Overland Park, KS — The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) announced that the 2015 Pacesetter Award recipient is Bill Barth during the opening general session of the 59th Annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Showcase on September 23 in San Diego, CA, USA. The Pacesetter Award is presented in recognition of an IAPD volunteer leader who set the pace for the association. Barth was given the honor due to his dedication to the IAPD Distributors Council, which he has helped form and give direction to.

“Bill had a vision for the IAPD Distributors Council. He volunteered to lead the group when it was in its infancy and struggling to find its identity. Bill successfully recruited additional volunteers for the council and then motivated a subgroup to prepare a code of conduct document for all IAPD distributors. Bill has diligently and constructively collaborated with the subgroup from the Manufacturers Council and, thanks to his efforts, they have developed a code of conduct for all IAPD members. These guidelines articulate the benefits of IAPD membership, and will be used to develop stronger relationships between distributors and manufacturers as well as providing a platform for deeper engagement within the Councils. Through Bill’s hard work, IAPD membership is going to be a competitive advantage in the performance plastics industry, because the councils are transforming IAPD member status into a symbol of responsible, ethical and upstanding behavior,” said IAPD CEO Susan E. Avery, CAE. ​

Barth is the chief sales officer and regional director for Piedmont Plastics in Charlotte, NC, USA. He has been with the company since 2002. He started in plastics distribution in 1988 with Almac Plastics in Rochester, NY, USA and has spent the past 27 years in the industry. He has a Business Administration degree from Monroe College as well as an Executive Management certificate from UCLA. ​

Click here to watch Bill Barth's acceptance video.

About IAPD  The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together distributors, manufacturers, manufacturers' representatives, fabricators, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry. What makes IAPD unique is a commitment to educating customers and other key end-users about plastics. In other words, IAPD works with members to build the demand for plastics. Central to this effort is the reinforcement of the value of distribution.

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