Category Archives: Director’s Chair

2019: Year of Connection

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Dear Elected Officials: Make Actions Match Words

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Ohio is home to nearly 10,000 jobs for my members in the non-alcoholic beverage industry. Their collective power infuses Ohio with $6.4 billion in direct economic benefits. And in a state with leaders at all levels of government asking employers what they need to thrive in Ohio, the answer for our industry is surprisingly simple: Continue Reading

Anniversary Gifts You Can’t Return

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This time last year I wrote about the anniversary of Philadelphia’s regressive soda tax. And while I don’t love recycling blog topics, I can’t let the second anniversary of this unvoted tax go unnoticed. So how does city government top a 1,192-job loss and $80 million free fall in GDP? More lost sales and shuttered Continue Reading

Service and the Dignity of Work

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Two things had me digging through my father’s military scrapbook. First, we recently profiled a few military veterans working in our member companies. Secondly, I have struggled with the 20th anniversary of my father’s death. The confluence of the two got me thinking about service and the dignity of work. My father was a paratrooper Continue Reading

Show Me, Don’t Just Tell Me

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Remember “show and tell” time in elementary school? My best share was kindergarten when I brought our border collie Bootsy (quick aside: no clue how he got that name and pretty sure my parents were not fans of Parliament-Funkadelic). My friends heard about how smart my dog was, but they couldn’t fully appreciate this until Continue Reading

Legislative Leadership Tackles CDL Driver Shortages

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Our industry relies on heavy-duty vehicle operators.  These drivers hold commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL), and they are part of a shrinking pool of talent.  In Ohio, our legislative leaders are paying attention to critical driver shortages and advancing key legislation to help industries like ours. Fleet management is a critical cost center for all our Continue Reading