In the future, Tony Radoszewski, the Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS’) new president and chief executive officer as of Sept. 16, will be authoring this column. We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Tony and tell you a bit more about this plastics industry veteran.
As Wylie H. Royce, PLASTICS’ board chairman, says, “Tony is a skilled, experienced executive leader with the demonstrated ability to build critical relationships with key stakeholders, drive member benefits, positively enhance the profile of the industry and advance critical initiatives that will challenge us going forward. We are delighted to have Tony in place to lead PLASTICS into the future, building on the legacy created by Bill Carteaux, who led the association for nearly 15 years, ending with his untimely passing in late 2018.”
Tony holds a degree in chemistry from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and began his career as a polyolefins sales representative at Phillips Chemical Co. in 1980. In 1986, he joined the Phillips’ managerial team, holding positions in pricing and supply and market development and also serving as market manager for film and rotational molding.
In 1992, Tony was named oil and gas sales manager for Phillips Driscopipe (now Performance Pipe), where he was later promoted to director of business development for a new strategic division created to enhance and expand the corporate portfolio.
Following that role, he became sales director for Phillips Sumika Polypropylene Co., a joint venture between Phillips Chemical Co. and Sumitomo Chemical.
In 1995, Tony joined Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic drainage pipe, as director of marketing and business development, a position he held for seven years. He then went on to serve as president of Wentworth Group International, a business-to-business firm specializing in market development for industrial clients.
In 2006, Tony was recruited to become the president of the Irving, Texas-based Plastics Pipe Institute. During his 13-year tenure with that association, he led efforts that increased membership, enhanced member services and improved cash flow and profitability for the association while also strengthening relationships with key stakeholders, including government.
Tony says, “I am grateful for this opportunity to lead such an important and respected organization. While I have decades of experience in the plastics industry, I know as I step in to lead the great PLASTICS organization that I have much to learn, and I am dedicated to listening to members as a top priority and understanding the opportunities and challenges we have. I have great respect for what has been done to build this association, and I am truly honored to be able to lead PLASTICS and, along with our team, take the association to the next level.”