AutoPack Summit 2022 Board Members

Tina Bolden

Account Manager, IPS Packaging & Automation
Tina Bolden is an Account Manager for IPS Packaging & Automation, based out of their Fountain Inn, SC Corporate office. Tina has been with IPS for over 16 years in various positions, including Customer Service and Sales.  Although she works with many appliance & general industry-related customers, her account base has a strong concentration in the automotive sector, including OEM’s & Tier 1 Suppliers.  She handles direct and indirect business related to automotive manufacturing and SKD packaging, as well as after-market packaging.  Tina received her Bachelor of Science in Business from Presbyterian College, with a concentration in Business Management.

Mike Costello

Senior Product Manager Metal Solutions, ORBIS Corporation

Mike Costello is a Senior Product Manager at ORBIS Corporation, based out of Troy, Michigan with 12 years experience in the automotive packaging industry. In his current role, he is responsible for monitoring all aspects of metal packaging’s lifecycle. He has held previous positions in program management and sales at an OEM and rack fabricator. As a graduate of Michigan State University in 2010, he enjoys traveling to manufacturing facilities across the USA, Mexico and Canada to see first hand the different packaging and manufacturing methods used across a wide range of automotive suppliers and using these experiences to improve future packaging development. Mike has completed the Automotive Packaging Certificate during its first year. He also contributes to the ongoing learning within the packaging industry through various, mentorships, training and information sharing with packaging students and industry professionals.

J.K. McKenzie

Head of Packaging Americas Volvo Car Corporation

J.K. McKenzie is a 2011 Graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Packaging Science. Starting his career at Bosch, J.K has created supply chain tools and implemented the packaging for several Bosch programs. He then moved to the OEM side working for Nissan North America developing the packaging for new models before embracing a packaging engineering role at BMW Group.  At BMW, J.K. led and coordinated strategies to implement, improve and maintain BMWs packaging standards for the operations for inbound and outbound. In his current role as the Packaging Engineering Manager at Volvo Cars, J.K. is leading global activities implementing Volvos global packaging standards and processes. J.K. is an alumni AutoPack Summit participant has been awarded with the AutoPack 2018 best speaker award.

David Lester

Packaging Lead, Yamaha Motor Company

David Lester has an extensive background in Automotive Packaging. He has worked a decade at Yazaki Corporation where he engineered the packaging for global automotive parts such a wire harnesses, instruments and connector parts. He then transitioned into the lead packaging role at Magna Decostar where he developed packaging concepts and strategies for high end OEM Class A body panels such as bumpers. In this role, he designed expendable as well as returnable packaging concept, developed packaging optimization strategies for of shaped parts and racking designs. With his new role at Yamaha Motor, David is leading the packaging strategies, developments and designs for Road and Off road- , Dirt -, Water- Vehicles as well as Golf and Snow Carts. In addition, David has been activity involved in the development of the Automotive Packaging Certificate as well as AutoPackSummit.

Darrin Lucas

Director, Aftersales Supply Chain Operations, Nissan Group of America

Darrin Lucas serves as the General Manager of Part Distribution Operations at Nissan North America, Inc. As a 20- year veteran, Darrin plays a key role in ensuring on time delivery of automotive service parts throughout Nissan’s North American network. He utilizes his experience to create synergies between Nissan’s Packaging, Quality, and Logistics departments by improving resources that facilitate increased velocity in NNA’s supply chain cycle. With a unique outlook on supply chain, he looks to maximize efficiency of NNA’s supply chain to get the right part, undamaged and on time to NNA’s customers. Darrin received his B.S. in Packaging Science from Clemson University and M.S in Management from Middle Tennessee State University.

Werner Els

Bodyshop Logistics Planning Project Lead, BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC.
Werner started at BMW in 2013 developing production business intelligence reports for senior management. Soon thereafter he took over the SKD section leader role responsible for long-term business development, customer relations with the BMW plant in Chennai India and to lead the team to ensure quality, on-time delivery and cost competitiveness measures. Since Aug 2016 Werner has been responsible for establishing and leading the local cross functional project team and global process partners for various X-models, in both South-Africa and the USA, to ensure the realization of logistic concepts.

Drew Cockman

Section Manager: Corporate Internal Audit, Engineering, Procurement, Production, BMW Manufacturing Company
Drew Cockman became Section Manager for Logistics Planning- Packaging in 2015.  In his current role he is responsible for the concept development and procurement of packaging for new Vehicle Launches at BMW Spartanburg.  He started his career with BMW Manufacturing in 2000 as an Assembly Quality Planner for the Z3 Roadster.  In 2002 moving into the Procurement department in Supplier Development and as a Component Buyer for Power-Electronics he supported the launch of the X6 Plug in Hybrid.  In 2010, moving into Logistics Planning supporting the development of the Overseas Supply from Emerging Markets, launch of the X4, refresh of the X3, X5 and X6. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management, at Wake Forest University – with concentration in Supply Chain Management.

Jason Skrobot

Senior Packaging Engineer, Toyota Manufacturing Kentucky
Jason’s group designs, develops, trials, and gains approval on new model packaging designs. He works directly with Manufacturing, Quality, Internal Logistics, Pilot, and Production Engineering groups. They also confirm the correct quantity of returnable containers are in the supply chain loop to ensure Suppliers are not forced to ship in alternate/cardboard packaging. He strives to find innovative and cost-effective packaging solutions that improve cubic efficiency for their suppliers and manufacturing plant. Jason graduated from Michigan State University and currently lives in the Lexington area. He enjoys attending the horse races at the infamous Keeneland racetrack, watching sports, and staying active outside the workplace.