Chip Shew Honored with ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award

William M. "Chip" Shew (left) receives the award for leadership excellence from ASPI president Bob Gallo (President, Voith Paper North America) at ASPI's Spring 2011 Meeting.

May 5, 2011 - The Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI) has named William M. “Chip” Shew of Greif Inc. as its 2011 ASPI Excellence in Leadership recipient at the ASPI Spring 2011 meeting in Manalapan, Florida.

Shew serves as Mill Manager – Paper, Packaging and Services for Greif's Massillon, Ohio mill.

Shew was nominated for this award by ASPI members, who cited his passion for his mill and people, his sound judgment and coolness under fire, and his personal relationships with each of the startup crew and vendors during the recent successful rebuild of Paper Machine #1 at the Massillon mill.

“We have found a system that has worked, and we will keep it,” said Shew. Shew also shared his team’s guidelines on supplier commitment: excellent communication, strong process knowledge, support through the layers of a supplier’s organization, a strong history of reliability, “out of the box” thinking on new technology, and an understanding and respect for the mill’s engrained culture.

Shew began working at the Massillon mill in 1997 and over the past 30+ years has coordinated and supervised the modernization of the stock preparation process, the installation of a co-generation unit, and has been instrumental in integrating computers into nearly every aspect of the mill’s process.

ASPI is the leading association of companies that supply products and or services to the pulp, paper and board industry. Member participation consists primarily of CEOs, owners, and senior management executives. ASPI’s mission is to assist its member supplier companies in providing increased economic benefits to their customers through collective knowledge, initiatives and efforts.