Contract Packaging Association 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:
Gerry V. Donley
Toll Packaging Services
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. Toll Packaging Services was a contract packaging company that has specialized in Food and related product packaging and has experienced growth similar to the “Pet Treat growth explosion of the 2000’s”. Toll Packaging has helped introduced many of the top selling brands that are leading the market today. In addition, Gerry has been contributor to the growth of the Contract Packaging Association and served on the board in the past.
Stan E. Zelesnik
Retired, Contract Packaging Association
Mr. Zelesnik, was inducted into the Contract Packaging Association’s Hall of Fame February 25, 2011 at the organization’s annual meeting in Tucson, AZ. Zelesnik culminated a 45-year career in packaging by serving as the association’s executive director for the past five years before retiring in late 2010.
Thomas M. Bacon
Aaron Thomas Company, Inc.
Mr. Bacon was given this honor because of his tireless efforts in the contract packaging community as well as his dedication to the Contract Packaging Association. Mr. Bacon founded Aaron Thomas Company in 1973. Over the years, his company has grown from a one-man operation into a company that employs over 450 people and has expanded into two other states.