Al Hoodwin, president of Michigan City Paper Box, Michigan City, Ind., was named a vice chairman of AICC by the Association’s board of directors at its recent winter board of directors meeting. As a vice chairman, Hoodwin is a member of the AICC executive committee and is in line to become the association’s chairman in the 2018-2019 membership year.
Hoodwin replaces Jim Nelson, president of Great Lakes Packaging Corp., Germantown, Wis., who stepped down as a vice chairman following his company’s acquisition in December by Green Bay Packaging. Nelson remains an active member of AICC’s board of directors, serving as chairman of the AICC membership committee and packaging design competition committee.
Al Hoodwin started his career at Michigan City Paper Box, a 111-year-old family company, while he was in high school, sweeping floors, working on production lines and making deliveries in the Chicago area. After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he joined Apple in Cupertino, Calif., as senior manager of executive briefings and sales incentive programs. In 1993 he purchased Michigan City Paper Box from his father and since then has served as president and owner of the company.
He served on the board of directors of the National Paperbox Association (NPA), working with fellow rigid boxmaker Peter T. Freund to merge the NPA with the Canadian Paperbox Association. He was chairman of the newly formed entity, the North American Paperbox Association (NAPA), from 2007-2009. He joined the board of directors of AICC in 2011 and has served as a director at large and most recently became Chairman of AICC’s marketing committee.