MEET THE TEAM

ABOUT PTIS

PTIS, LLC is a leading business and technology management consultancy focused on Creating Value Through Packaging© and helping clients throughout the packaging value chain develop long-term packaging strategies and programs. PTIS, recognized for foresight and thought leadership, and the success of their 20+ year Future of Packaging program, helps clients achieve and incorporate these elements into their research, innovation programs, e-commerce, holistic productivity, sustainability, holistic design, and consumer/ retail insights related to packaging.

THE PTIS TEAM

TIM BROWN

Tim has over 20 years of experience with both packaging equipment and materials. His background includes packaging engineering, packaging R&D and consulting with PTIS, Connection Packaging LLC (founder), HAVI, Olympic Packaging Solutions LLC (founder), Starbucks, M&M/Mars and Nestlé. At Starbucks, he led a team of packaging engineers that was accountable for more than $40 million in annual packaging material spend and $10 million in annual packaging equipment spend. While at M&M/Mars, he was responsible for developing and implementing packaging for six new product launches and implemented their first zipper reclosable package. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in packaging from Michigan State University.

TODD BUKOWSKI

Todd has over 20 years of experience in food and pharmaceutical packaging, in both R&D and operations capacities. As part of PTIS, Todd has led projects and programs on package development process workflow improvements and packaging development strategy, and sustainability initiatives, including food waste. He also monitors and tracks consumer, retail channel, sustainability, legislation and technology trends that pertain to packaging. Todd is the program lead for PTIS’s sustainability initiatives and is also a lead presenter and program leader at the PTIS Future of Packaging programs. Todd holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management and a packaging degree from Michigan State University.

DR. MICHAEL RICHMOND

Mike is a strategic business and technical leader more than 30 years of experience across PTIS (co-founder), HAVI, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, and Michigan State University, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Packaging. Mike has numerous achievement awards and commendations, and is past head of the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Center for Advanced Food Technology (CAFT) at Rutgers University. Mike was recently inducted into the PMMI Packaging Hall of Fame and the MSU School of Packaging Hall of Fame. In 2013, Mike published “Creating Value Through Packaging: Unlocking a New Business and Management Strategy”. Mike lectures at both Michigan State University and Western Michigan University in their packaging, food marketing and MBA programs.

BRIAN WAGNER

Brian’s 30-year professional career as an entrepreneurial business and technical leader spans PTIS (co-founder), HAVI, Kellogg’s, Sara Lee, Multiform Desiccants, Carton-Craft Corp., Burger King and General Foods. In 2008, he was inducted into the Michigan State University School of Packaging Hall of Fame and was recognized as Western Michigan Business Review – Thought Leaders. In 2016, Brian received the Riester-Davis-Brody Lifetime Achievement in Food Packaging from the Institute of Food Technologists, and the R. David LeButt Packaging Education award. He has contributed to numerous industry journals and publications, including the Fundamentals of Packaging Technology 5th Edition, and 2012 book, Creating Value Through Packaging. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging from Michigan State University.