CPA Hall of Fame

The Contract Packaging Association Hall of Fame honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Contract Packaging Association and the contract packaging industry.

Hall of Fame criteria is as follows:

  • A minimum of 20 years in the industry
  • A career that has significantly impacted the growth of the Association/Industry
  • Substantial and distinctive contribution to the Association/Industry
  • A pioneer or legend within the Association/Industry

CPA Hall of Fame Inductees:

2012 - Gerry V. Donley

Mr. Donley was majority owner and President of Toll Packaging Services for 15 years. In 2009 Gerry sold the company and a year later retired in December of 2010. He has over 35 years in the food and packaging industry working with the Top 100 Food Companies and extensively with the major Pet Food Companies.

Gerry V. Donley
Toll Packaging Services


2011 - Stanley E. Zelesnik

Zelesnik culminated a 45-year career in packaging by serving as the association’s executive director for the five years before retiring in late 2010. Zelesnik began his career as a packaging trade press journalist, eventually leading to position in senior management with a number of packaging publications. He also served as director of education for the Institute of Packaging Professionals before joining the Contract Packaging Association as executive director.

Stanley E. Zelesnik
Contract Packaging Association


2006 - Thomas M. Bacon

Mr. Bacon founded Aaron Thomas in 1973. Over the years, his company has grown from a one-man operation into a company that employs over 450 people and had expanded into two other states. Thomas Bacon, president and founder of Aaron Thomas Company, is the first inductee into the Contract Packaging Association’s “Hall of Fame”.

Thomas M. Bacon
Aaron Thomas Company, Inc.