James E. Hammer is President and CEO of Hammer Packaging in West Henrietta, NY. From a modest $4 million in sales with 60 employees, Jim has grown the company to the over $100 million and 450-employee organization it is today. The company has won many awards, most notably Best Workplace in America and the prestigious Rochester Business Ethics Award, as well as being named to the Inc. 5000 and Rochester Top 100 list of fastest growing privately held companies.
Jim began his career at Hammer in sales and customer service. He was promoted to Vice President in 1975, and became President & CEO in 1983. Jim has personally received numerous distinctions including being the recipient of the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, Power of Communication Award and the Herbert Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from RIT. Jim was also inducted into the Rochester and New York Business Halls of Fame and has received the Business Person of the Year by the Rochester Small Business Council. Most recently he was honored with the Gaudete medal from St. Bonaventure University.
He currently serves on the boards of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, JP Morgan Chase Regional Advisory Board, Rochester Business Alliance, and Doyle Security. In addition to Jim’s board responsibilities, the Hammer family is actively involved in many local Rochester community programs and organizations through volunteer work and support.
Elizabeth Pecha-Poelker is CEO and owner of PrintFlex Graphics, St. Louis MO. PrintFlex specializes in package-based promotions: labels, stickers, booklets, instant redemption coupons, extended content labels and a variety of other POS and POP products for consumer packaged good. PrintFlex also offers application equipment consulting, leasing and sales. PrintFlex serves a national client base, made the INC 5000 list of fastest growing companies 6 years in a row and was named the 2011 SBA Small Business Team of the Year for Eastern Missouri. Liz has served on many community and industry boards. She is a graduate of Ripon College, Ripon Wisconsin. She lives in the city of St. Louis with her husband Chris Poelker. They have three grown sons and enjoy traveling and going to sporting events.
Patrick Potter is President of Flexo Wash, LLC in Louisville, Kentucky. Patrick is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Trinity High School. In 1993 he earned a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Xavier University. Patrick is President and coowner with his family of Flexo Wash, LLC. Flexo Wash is the leading provider of cleaning technology for the flexographic, gravure, and offset package printing industries.
Prior to joining his family with Flexo Wash, Patrick was Vice President of Sales for RH Clarkson Insurance Group, and also served as Vice President for Fifth Third Bank. He was with Fifth Third for over sixteen years. During his career at Fifth Third, Patrick led the Corporate Treasury Management sales team, and managed the Investment Advisors division, in addition to his time in Commercial Banking.
Patrick currently serves on the boards of the Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville, JB Speed Art Museum Board of Governors, The First Tee of Louisville, and the Trinity High School Board of Directors where he currently serves on the executive committee. He is a member of the Archbishop’s Finance Council and Investment Committee for the Archdiocese of Louisville. Patrick also serves as a regional representative to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Advisory Council (NAC). Patrick and his wife Heidi have three children, Lucie, Molly and Michael.