JUDGES | 2021
VP Creative Design
John is Vice President Creative Design at Altium Packaging, based out of Altanta GA. He works with a very talented team of creative industrial designers and engineers to support a national sales staff with new product designs, innovation, sustainability, IP matters and development for blow-molded packaging. John heads up Studio PKG: offering consumer insights, concept renderings, 3D prototyping, FEA, 2D and 3D CAD engineering tooling support. John received his BFA Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University and has been with Altium for over 35 years. When not inside the house working from home, he is outside on the back deck working on the grill.
Lisa McTigue Pierce
Packaging Digest, “The Voice of the Packaging Community.”
Pierce joined UBM, now Informa Markets, as Editor of Packaging Digest magazine in 2010 and was promoted to Executive Editor in 2012. She started her packaging media career in 1982 with Package Engineering magazine, a Cahners publication which subsequently changed its name to Packaging. Eleven years and seven promotions later, she resigned as Senior Editor to lead Food & Drug Packaging as its Editor when the magazine was bought by Independent Publishing in 1993. She was promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 1997 and took on the added role of Editorial Director for sister publication Flexible Packaging in 2008 (the same year that Food & Drug Packaging changed its name to Food & Beverage Packaging).
In July 2009, Pierce ventured into a new realm, helping consumer insights leader Iconoculture launch its Global Packaging Advisory Service. During her 15-month stay there, she wrote hundreds of articles that gave clients insight into how and why consumer values and macrotrends influence consumers’ packaging preferences across a variety of markets throughout the world.
Over the years, Pierce has stayed intimately involved and active in the packaging markets: • She’s a member of several packaging-related trade associations, including the Flexible Packaging Association and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) She served on the IoPP Chicago Chapter Board in various capacities from April 2000 to June 2006. She also served as Group Leader for the Cataloging Group of the IoPP Sustainable Packaging Task Force for a year. • She’s been a featured speaker at many industry events, including meetings for the Closure Manufacturer’s Association, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and the Rigid Plastics Packaging Institute. • She has judged numerous packaging competitions, including the Dow Awards (formerly DuPont Awards), AmeriStar Awards, Flexible Packaging Association Achievement Awards, IoPP’s 48 Hour Repack, the National Association of Container Distributors Packaging Awards and the Tube of the Year Awards • She has served in several capacities at the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE): first as National Treasurer in 1997/98 and then as President of the Chicago Chapter in 1998/99.
Anxious to embark on a vocation in writing and publishing (her goal since second grade), Pierce accelerated her high school education to finish in three years instead of the normal four. After earning an Associates degree in English at a local community college with honors, she received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Governors State University, a cozy senior college in a south suburb of Chicago, in August of 1982—the same month she started work at Cahners Publishing Co.
Director, Sustainability PMO at Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola North America
Christine Yeager has 12 years of experience working with and for Coca-Cola in areas of packaging, point of sale, Master Data, execution capabilities and, currently, planning. While her experience may seem broad, it is thread together by a common theme to solve problems and leave things better than she found them. In line with Coca-Cola’s company purpose to “Refresh the world, and make a difference”, she values inspiring change for the better and delivering tangible results. Her current role is Director of Annual and Long-Range Planning where she coordinates the growth narrative for Coca-Cola North America. However, most of her focus, as of late, has been to use the chaos of 2020 as an opportunity to re-focus strategies to support Coca-Cola’s commitment to a World Without Waste.
Throughout her career, she has come to advocate for a safe and welcoming work environment where peers can bring their whole self to work. This has brought her to volunteer activities that focus on empowering women: 2015-2017 Presidenct of The Coca-Cola Company’s women’s business resource group, participant in Atlanta Women’s ERG, hold leadership positions at Executive Women of Goizueta, On Board Georgia and others. She is most excited to turn her focus to supporting young women achieve their aspirations through a Junior Board appointment to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.