Ed Fabiszak Champion Profile

Ed Fabiszak, VP Sales & Manufacturing

Sussex IM

Alma Mater: University of Washington

How did you become involved in the plastics industry?

Career transition from high-tech industry to high-touch industry with migration from “bleeding edge technology sell” to” cutting edge speed-to-market” sell. Strategic selling skills are transferable into a stable highly competitive market.

What is your favorite part about your current role?

It is never dull! Enjoy the camaraderie of our SussexIM team and the honorable, competitive spirit of our industry.

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?

After SussexIM emerged from a leveraged buyout from a large 72 plant multinational, the focus was on immediately expanding sales. Our organization was already lean, now the focus was growth into new markets. I led our team into a diversification strategy that leveraged our core capabilities. This led to new customers in new markets that led to doubling our size within 3 years.

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

Positive attitude and perseverance. My patience and focus on goals and the ability to see the big picture.

How do you define success?

Shared winning!

What book are you currently reading?

I’m a history buff and recently read The British Isles: A History of Four Nations, and now wading through Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow, and popularized by Lin-Manuel Miranda on Broadway. History does repeat itself!

What other groups or organizations are you active in?

Institute of Packaging Professionals, IoPP Medical Device Technical Committee, Society of Plastics Engineers, IMDA, Sussex & Waukesha Chamber of Commerce, and Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance

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

Love to cook! Aspire to becoming a gourmet chef. Plastics is like cooking/baking, follow the recipe, along with tribal knowledge!

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

I’d still be in manufacturing. The ultimate team sport, where the rubber hits the road.

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

My introduction to MAPP was via Teresa Schell at a Women in Manufacturing event sponsored by SussexIM. While I was ware of MAPP, Teresa advised me of the benefits, and invited me to the benchmarking conference. I attended the conference and am a believer!

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

We have received great value from participation in MAPP. Personally, the MAPP networking and peer to peer contact have been invaluable.