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2019: Year of Connection

Near year’s end, I review all my professional experiences. This reflection includes big and small “wins” and mistakes that can be remade as lessons. And because my work world is a dynamic mix of policy and politics, there is a lot to unpack. This dynamic is about how I and our members connect around shared Continue Reading

Let’s Get Every Bottle Back in Ohio

According to the Rochester Institute of Technology, more than 22 million pounds of plastic end up in our Great Lakes. America Recycles Week is a reminder that more needs to be done to protect our planet. We know that Ohioans are frustrated when they see plastic bottles wash up on the shores of Lake Erie. Continue Reading

Complex Problem = Complex Solution

Complex problems demand complex solutions. This cliché holds when it comes to recycling. But how do decision-makers and consumers sort through the rhetoric to better understand challenges around recycling? The first step is to acknowledge that a complex challenge involves multiple actors and systems. In the case of PET plastic bottles, our industry is working Continue Reading

Beyond Earth Day

My work with Ohio’s non-alcoholic beverage industry takes me to some interesting places. I love touring our production facilities (yep, seeing soda made is as fun as it sounds) sampling new beverages, chatting with warehouse managers about their challenges and witnessing our members’ dedication to conserving vital resources. Every day is Earth Day in an Continue Reading

Taking the Time for Conversation

Is face to face conversation dead? Not according to over 100 of our OhioBev members. On March 13, our industry held its annual Legislative Day at the statehouse. We arranged individual meetings for our members with 97 percent of the Ohio General Assembly. This effort always pays dividends–conversation still beats impersonal emails, tweets and Instagram Continue Reading