Honorary Individual Member

Meet The CPA Honorary Individual Members

Honorary Individual Members

The Board may designate any individual an Honorary Individual Member. An Honorary Individual Member has a standing invitation to attend any Board or Membership meeting or any other event sponsored by CPA. An Honorary Individual Member need not apply for membership, and does not have any of the other rights or responsibilities of members or associate members. The Board may in its sole discretion determine the start and end to an individual’s service as an Honorary Individual Member.

Vicky Smitley

Formally with Hearthside Food Solutions

Vicky Smitley has over 27 years with Hearthside Food Solutions and its predecessors. Worked in the industry starting with a local contract packager that grew into a billion-dollar colossus. 2018 Vicky’s induction in the CPA Hall of Fame was predicated on her tireless energy and talent serving the Association membership for more than 15 years.

She served as a Director since 2010 and as an officer with terms as the Association Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President. She was instrumental planning, improving, and executing the CPA’s Annual Meeting year after year. Vicky is a detail oriented, results driven professional but it’s her immense passion for the CPA members that helped break new ground for the organization by pushing the CPA into areas that continue to deliver value not only for the CPA membership but the industry. Vicky’s impact will be felt long onto the future of the CPA.


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Scott Thomas

Formally with Millennium Packaging, Inc.

Recently retired from Sealed Air, Mr. Thomas has invested over 35 years in the packaging industry, representing Cryovac, Shanklin & Sealed Air and proudly the Contract Packaging Association. A career devoted to his customers, Territory Sales, Business Development, Distribution Management, National Accounts, Scott also served on Sealed Air’s Films Management Team.

During the National Account years, Mr. Thomas directed the start-up of several multi-location co-pack programs that supported the demands of the CPG marketplace. So in 1991, Sealed Air was focused on “speed to market” solutions, long before it was an industry “buzz-word.” During this period the vision for Co-Packer Connection® was formed.

In 2004, Scott finalized the creation of Co-Packer Connection®, which is a connection service between the CPG and Contract Packaging markets. This program has been recognized as a key contributor to the growth of the CPA.

Tim Koers
Tim Koers

President, Sea Changes Now, LLC 

Tim was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of The Visual Pak Companies.  

Tim's expertise in contract manufacturing, contract packaging, 3rd Party Logisitcs, and transportation services to the Contract Packaging Industry makes him an invaluable resource for our members. Tim understands what it takes to be able to support both large brick and mortar clients as well as emerging marketing only clients.

Tim has an undergraduate degree in Business from Indiana University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has a diverse background having held positions in Operations, Finance and Business Development in the consulting, technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries.

In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, participating in volunteer organizations, and whenever possible enjoying outdoor activities involving fishing and upland bird hunting.

John Mazelin

Formally with B4B Alliance

John Mazelin was the inaugural Honorary Individual Member in 2010.  He served the CPA as a Board Member and/or Officer from 1995 to 2020 including time as Executive Director.  He was elected to the CPA’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

He is the Vice President of The B4B Alliance, a Louisville, KY based consortium of companies that include Accu-tec, Inc, a contract packager, Shippers Supply Co, a supplier of packaging materials and Mercury Logistics of KY.  With over 50 years in the packaging industry, he has collaborated with major CPG’s and Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive companies.

He current serves as an Advisor to the CPA Board.