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NPTA Presents Tom O'Connor, Jr. with 2018 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award

Tom O'Connor Jr. Tom O'Connor Jr., Chairman and CEO of Mohawk Fine Paper, Inc.

Nov. 30, 2017 - The National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) is pleased to present the 2018 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award to Tom O'Connor, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. With more than 30 years in the industry, Mr. O'Connor's tremendous amount of institutional knowledge, creative approach and leadership make him deserving of NPTA's highest honor.

Mr. O'Connor began his career with Mohawk Fine Papers in 1986 after graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2004, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and since then, Mr. O'Connor has morphed Mohawk Fine Papers into the largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes. Additionally, he has lead the company into new areas of growth through strategic business initiatives.

Mr. O'Connor is a former NPTA chairman and has served on the boards of American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), St. Gregory's School and the Advisory Board of M&T Bank. O'Connor is also a former member of The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC).

“Tom's contributions to the paper industry certainly deserve recognition at the highest level the industry bestows. His stewardship of Mohawk Paper and their continuing leadership in the text and cover segment of the paper industry speak volumes to his dedication to our industry.” — David Butler, President, Butler-Dearden.

“Tom's commitment, passion and integrity to the fine paper industry and his community has been next to none.” — Morris Dennis, CEO, Dennis Paper Company

“Tom is an admired leader within our industry and has led Mohawk Paper with distinction. He has been innovative in his approach to markets, products and customers. He has continued to grow the Mohawk business and has expanded into a variety of ancillary businesses to maintain his organizations position in the industry. His vision, creativity and approach continue to position Mohawk as one of the most admired companies in our business.” — William C. Meany, President, Lindenmeyr Munroe

Mr. O'Connor will accept the 2018 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award at Paper2018, which will be held at the Lotte New York Palace in New York City, March 11-13. Mr. O'Connor will be presented with the award at Paper2018's Luncheon on Tuesday, March 13. Donations to honor Mr. O'Connor can be made to the Paper and Plastics Education Research (PAPER) Foundation 2018 Scholarship Program.

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SOURCE: NPTA (The National Paper Trade Association)