Thomas Nagler Champion Profile

Thomas Nagler, Chief Executive Officer

Natech Plastics

Alma Mater: Columbia University

How did you become involved in the plastics industry?

I run a second generation engineering, mold-making, and injection molding company that my father, Gerd Nagler, a master mold-maker started in 1998.

What is your favorite part about your current role?

Providing the space for the Natech community to grow.

What has been your proudest moment at your current organization?

It's hard to nail down a single moment out of so many. More than any equipment purchase, project completion, or client acquisition, of which there have been many, there have been some relationship shifts that symbolize everything I'm working toward as a human being. From separation and scarcity to connection and abundance.

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


How do you define success?

The four legs of my personal purpose are; Creativity, Community, Growth, and Self-care. If I'm in one or more of those legs, I'm succeeding in the moment.

What book are you currently reading?

"The moon is a harsh mistress." Robert Heinlein.

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

I feel as if I'm an open book both physically, with how I spend my time, and emotionally, with the nature of my internal dialogue, with the people who are close to me.

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

I'm doing exactly what the universe intends me to do. That's a cheeky response, so instead I'll answer again with my personal purpose; Creativity, Community, Growth, Self-Care. I am living in those legs, so I'm already doing what I would be doing.

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

I have a ton of tactical stories where we've won through MAPP so I'll give the most recent. Crescent Industries, located less than 300 miles from our HQ, recently helped speed our learning curve for installing our first cleanroom. They did this by sharing whatever they knew and selling us their first portable cleanroom, which they were no longer using, for a nominal cost. Why would they help us? You'd have to ask them, but the facts are; Eric Paules and I served on the MAPP board together and had a strong working relationship, Natech recently hosted the quarterly MAPP tour and Kevin Allison liked what we had to say about management, we openly shared more about our philosophy post the tour with Kevin at his request. Relationships are one off experiments that are impossible to re-run so it's impossible, and I would say unimportant to tease out exactly why. The message is connection and sharing works for both sides. MAPP speeds connection and sharing.

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

MAPP's spirit of community and connection are in direct alignment with what we're building at Natech. Everything else follows from there.