AutoPack Summit 2022 Board Members
Mike Costello has been working in the automotive packaging industry for the last 12 years in various roles from Toyota Packaging Specialist to Senior Program Manager at PakFab Engineered Solutions. He has been primarily focused on returnable packaging and new model launches during his career. Although, he applies his past experiences from internships while at Michigan State University and working at The Royal Group when it is needed for expendable packaging. 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 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 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 optimisation 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 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.