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Finding Tomorrow’s Leaders - Hiring and Training for a World Class Organization. Session Chairs: Kelly Ferrara, Eric Seiler . Finding Tomorrow ΄ s Leaders – Hiring and Training for a World Class Organization. Moderator: Eric Seiler Presenter: Alex Elezaj - Whitlam Label Company
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Session Chairs: Kelly Ferrara, Eric Seiler
Alex Elezaj, Chief Operating Officer
Alex is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Whitlam Label Company, responsible for the overall performance of the business. Prior to taking on the COO role in 2011, Alex was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Whitlam, where he helped develop and implement a successful turnaround plan when he entered into the business in 2008. Alex holds a BA degree from Walsh College, an MBA from Michigan State University, and has completed executive development at the Harvard Business School. Alex currently serves on the TLMI board of directors, and is the Chairman of the TLMI Young Leader Development Organization. Alex and his wife Gina have 4 children, and reside in Bruce Twp. Michigan.
Brian Gale, President
Brian D. Gale is President and majority owner of I.D. Images, LLC, a leading label converter located in Brunswick, OH. He joined I.D. Images in 2003 and completed a successful management buyout in 2007. Under his leadership, I.D. Images has more than tripled its revenue. Prior to joining I.D. Images, Brian worked as a strategy consultant, investment analyst, and investment banker.
He holds an MBA from University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Mr. Gale resides in Strongsville, OH, with his wife and young son.
Tara Halpin, President
Tara is the current president and fourth generation owner of Steinhauser, a certified women owned business located in Newport, KY. After many years of learning the business she assumed her current role as President in 2005. With her brother, Trevor, as Vice President they made the decision to transition from a commercial printer to a dedicated label converter in 2008. This strategic move has allowed Steinhauser to thrive and grow in the past five years.
Tara resides in Fort Thomas, KY with her husband, Scott, and two children.
Tracy Tenpenny, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Tracy Tenpenny is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Tailored Label Products (TLP), a producer of custom engineered specialty labels. Tracy has over twenty years of experience in the industrial label industry, which includes roles in sales and business leadership, strategy development, and company acquisitions.
Tracy joined TLP in 2004 and is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, and communication initiative for the organization.
In addition to Tracy’s commitment to the printing and label industry, Tracy also has a strong passion for his community and is a proud supporter of the
Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way
of America, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Chief Operating Officer
Whitlam Label Company
Harvard Business Review studied 25,453 Companies
over 44 Years to Find:
The 3 RULES for making a company truly great!
What is the difference between
your label company and mine?
Whitlam Label believes it is important that new team members gain an initial understanding of the products and manufacturing process prior to getting into the details of their new role. We believe the time spent helping a new employee understand our total business results in a greater knowledge and appreciation for the value we provide our customers.
This process enables each new employee to:
Escape: insist on proper training and screening.
Escape: manage family entry and scale for growth
Escape: appoint nonfamily mentors