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Kelly Goodsel Champion Profile

Kelly Goodsel, President/CEO

Vikings Plastics

Alma Mater: Ferris State

How did you become involved in the plastics industry?

I transferred to Ferris State who is known for their plastics program. My father told me plastics was a good industry, so I decided to major in plastics.

What is your favorite part about your current role?

First, I get to work with a lot of great people. Second, there is a lot of variety in my role. One hour I might be working on operations, then marketing, strategic planning, mergers and acquisition activity, etc. There is never a dull moment!

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?

Seeing the length of tenure of the Viking employees. For example, most of the staff members have been here 9+ years. This is the case for many employees. I’m proud of watching the development of the team over the years. We grew from a small plant to a large, multi-location company.

At work, what are you most known for among your colleagues?

Being outspoken. I’m NOT known for being shy!

How do you define success?

Getting better every day.

What other groups or organizations are you active in?

MAPP, OESA, other groups in Erie County and the Corry community.

What is one thing about you that others would be surprised to learn?

That I was a college football player. I also coach high school girls volleyball and we won a state title.

If you weren't in the plastics industry, what would you be doing?

I would be in the auto industry somewhere.

What is your favorite thing or story about the MAPP organization?

1. One of the first board meetings I went to at Plastic components Inc., I got yelled at by Tom Duffy. 2. Uncovering the financial status of our cash management systems early in the organization.

How have you received value from the MAPP organization? What are the greatest benefits you currently receive?

Yes, I get value from MAPP every day. Financial value (programs, savings, improving efficiency), and intrinsic value (personal relationships, support systems, friends you can bounce ideas off of).