Audra Kimbel, Human Resources Manager
PolyFlex Products Inc.
How did you become involved in the plastics industry?
August 30, 2004, I accepted a position with PolyFlex and have been on the extraordinary journey since. Had no idea the industry
existed and not a day goes by that I don't learn something new.
What is your favorite part about your current role?
My favorite part about my current role is the freedom to speak with everyone, read everything, attend training sessions, webinars, and
be encouraged to do so.
What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?
Representing our company at the 2019 EHS summit during August was extremely high on my ladder. I feel attending the 2018 MAPP
conference followed by the Mayor of our city, governor perform a ribbon cutting ceremony on our 15 years in business in June 2018
tops it off.
At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?
"HR" aka hat rack takes on new meaning. In all honesty, the frogs. My office decor is frog stuffed animals, paintings, ceramic figures,
etc., driven by my first interview of a temporary staffing agency in 2004.
How do you define success?
Listening, learning, reading people, patience of my superiors and their help to support me when I am not at my best. We have a family
atmosphere here at PolyFlex and we understand that you cannot leave your personal life at the door and remain solely focused on the
job at hand. The understanding that we are all people, dealing with each other openly and honestly helps to continue forming our
culture. Our company values mean everything to us.
What book are you currently reading?
Insight by Tasha Eurich..Labeled as the surprising truth about how others see us, how we see ourselves and why the answers matter
more than we think.
What other groups or organizations are you active in?
I volunteer with St. Aloysius church, which became possible through our CEO, Mark Kirchmer. I help facilitate donations between
residents of surrounding cities for those who have disabilities or no vehicle. I participate with the Chamber of Commerce through our
What is one thing about you that others would be surprised to learn?
I applied to be an extra in a Tom Hardy movie in April. Interviewed, got called back, signed by the agency and now I have a coach,
classes I attend, sound and film associations, receive scripts, read for parts, model and when I read for a Sun Chips commercial, I was
invited to Myrtle Beach later this year for their version of a summit.
If you weren't in the plastics industry, what would you be doing?
If you listen to my coworkers, they would say either an attorney or a police officer :)
What is your favorite thing or story about the MAPP organization?
Other than meeting the "gang" in July 2017, being introduced to the webinars and meeting Troy Nix at the conference in 2018, I would
have to say Ashley Turrell visiting our plants in Michigan.
How have you received value from the MAPP organization? What are the greatest benefits you currently
This is an endless answer. Website information, webinar topics and open discussions, associations that are/have been developed with
others in the industry who deal with the same issues or have learned to overcome them, having a member either with MAPP or an
association of MAPP, to reach out to....my greatest resource!