Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced today that Russell Broome will step down as Managing Director. 

RB headshotRussell came to SPE in 2014 with a quarter of a century of experience in the plastics industry and as a long-term member and volunteer leader of SPE, including a term as President of the Society in 2011-2012. As Managing Director of SPE, he was instrumental in growing the student and young professional membership within SPE. “Russell’s passion is clearly about supporting and educating the next generation of plastics professionals.” states SPE CEO Patrick Farrey. “Through his role, he successfully established the Next Generation Advisory Board, a group that plans and sponsors activities which teach the next generation of plastics professionals practical life skills which allow them to be more successful both in their work and personal lives.”

Broome will continue to work with SPE until the end of August.  “I wanted to let you know that I have decided to step down as managing director of SPE.” Broome wrote to SPE’s volunteer leaders this past Tuesday. “It has truly been an honor to serve SPE for 25 years in so many different capacities. That span has enabled me to make some lifelong relationships with both staff and volunteers that feel more like family than friends. I have related my time in SPE to long treks on the Appalachian Trail. It's not as much about the destination as it is the journey and I've always tried to leave the trail in better shape than I found it. I believe this to be the case with SPE as well.”

Broome added “This decision was not taken lightly, and it is with heavy heart that I have decided to move on. I will continue to work diligently with SPE through the end of August while I pursue life's next challenge. While I don't have the next path all ironed out yet, you can rest assured I'm not leaving the plastics industry. It's an exciting time to be in the plastics industry and manufacturing space and I will take the time required to make sure I choose the right next passion while also spending much needed time with my family.”

“Russell Broome’s long-time contribution to SPE has been significant,” says SPE CEO Patrick Farrey. “I fully support his decision to leave SPE to pursue other opportunities and attend to some personal matters. His presence here will be missed.”


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