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The Whole Package, by Premier Packaging

  • Episode 44, “Andy Hennessey: Positive about the Future”

    20 JUN. 2024 · Numbers like batting averages and free throw percentages always came easy to Andy Hennessey as a kid. Today, as our Chief Financial Officer, he makes sure the numbers always work for Premier. During his 13 years with our company, he has seen—and helped—us experience tremendous growth, such as doubling our manufacturing and distribution facilities. Here he offers his insights into where we’ve been and where we’re going.
    Escuchado 23m 21s
  • Episode 43, “Wali Shaheed: Growing In The Company”

    6 JUN. 2024 · "We will do whatever we have to do, to get our customers what they need.” That’s the motto of Wali Shaheed, Manufacturing Site Manager for Premier’s Rancho Cucamonga facility. A 30+-year veteran of the corrugated industry, Wali oversees a growing manufacturing facility of about 50 people, average age 22. He talks about what’s important for our customers and our employees.
    Escuchado 18m 3s
  • Episode 42, “Lauren Bright: Problem Solving”

    23 MAY. 2024 · What does it take to be a successful Account Manager for Premier? For Lauren Bright, who works in Southern California, it’s all about problem solving, being accessible, and helping customers how they want to be helped. She and host Billy Watkins discuss how Premier solved one customer’s challenge, the Premier “difference”—our people, and why you shouldn’t fear “Box Trolls.”
    Escuchado 19m 44s
  • Episode 41, “Luke Smith: Ambassador for Our Brand”

    9 MAY. 2024 · Supply Chain Specialist Luke Smith enjoys building “really cool relationships” with Premier’s customers instead of just trying to sell products. The Premier way, he explains, is getting to know and understand you and your operations so we can find opportunities to help your bottom line. Luke also talks about how much he likes living in his native Utah, with its many outdoors activities like skiing: “If you don’t like the outdoors, you should move.
    Escuchado 14m 1s
  • Episode 40, “Kevin Fritze: Discovering Something Better”

    25 ABR. 2024 · As a child, Kevin Fritze saw the impact of logging on the Maine woods, and decided he wanted to help protect the environment. As Premier’s Sustainability Manager, he analyzes the way we operate and looks for ways for us to become more sustainable. Here he explains how the more sustainable packaging choice is not always the obvious one, as well as easy, inexpensive ways to build sustainability into your daily life.
    Escuchado 22m 28s
  • Episode 39, “Alex Garrett: It Ain’t Over Til the Tall Guy Sings”

    11 ABR. 2024 · Alex Garrett started college intending to become an opera singer and ended it determined to help people by coming up with packaging solutions. Opera’s loss is Premier’s gain. With us seven years now, Supply Chain Specialist Alex talks about how Premier’s target assessment process has helped businesses save hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. Based in Southern California, he’s had several brushes with celebrities—including almost hitting actress Jennifer Garner with his car.
    Escuchado 16m 25s
  • Episode 38, "The Hat Girls: Dressed for Success"

    28 MAR. 2024 · Kate Smith and Rachel Carroll, the Hat Girls, had a problem: How to protect their fragile, custom-designed, high-end hats that can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars during shipping. Enter Premier Packaging, which created a box that offers excellent protection and is luxurious too, adding to the customer’s unboxing experience. Learn more about Kate and Rachel’s head-y business and our partnership with them in this fascinating episode.
    Escuchado 24m 11s
  • Episode 37, “Premier Stands Out”

    14 MAR. 2024 · As Premier Packaging celebrates its 30th birthday, we look back at what our employees interviewed on the podcast like about our company, including their opportunity for advancement, our culture, and our commitment to customer service. And how did they get here? The answers range from a golf course meet-up to university MBA contacts to a Craigslist ad.
    Escuchado 12m 48s
  • Episode 36, "Chris Winfield: Premier Makes That"

    29 FEB. 2024 · Premier offers many packaging options for our customers. Chris Winfield, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, explains the advantages of poly mailers, padded paper mailers, cold chain packaging, and corrugated boxes, from durability and recyclability to our capabilities such as dual inside/outside printing. Also: How pizza is like fine jewelry.
    Escuchado 26m 14s
  • Episode 35, “Manufacturing: The Human Element”

    15 FEB. 2024 · Premier’s manufacturing facility in Louisville, Ky, features state-of-the-art machinery, but what really sets it apart are our employees. Host Billy Watkins talks to Shipping Manager Cindy Spurlock, CAD operator Tiffany Reed, forklift driver Willie Jeffrey, and Manufacturing General Manager Jason Stinnett about their day-to-day jobs. When asked why they love working here, they all say the same thing: The people.
    Escuchado 26m 48s
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