Minneapolis, MINN — April 13, 2015 — Diversified Plastics, Inc. participated in th-e North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy on March 27 by hosting an on-site educational session for business and community leaders who want to advance their careers and expand their business knowledge.
The Leadership Academy is a 13-week course that was created by the Chamber of Commerce to help participants learn leadership skills, business management and community service. “This series of courses provide a wealth of information from our community business experts, advanced learning institutions and government experts,” says Annette Lund, vice president at Diversified Plastics. “We support this program because of its community focus and its purpose to develop future leaders. It’s a great way for attendees to broaden their understanding of business and benefit from the practical experience of current business leaders.”
The role of mentorship in producing future business leaders was a focus at the Diversified Plastics session. “As one of the speakers I was pleased to share my story on becoming a leader and the importance of having mentors that help you work through the issues of the day and help you grow,” added Lund. Roger Vang, chief financial officer at Diversified Plastics, chamber board member, and session speaker was happy to share his background and personal leadership growth with the upcoming business leaders. “I addressed how Diversified Plastics became employee owned through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP),” says Vang. “The attendees were quite interested in the ESOP process and how ownership allocations were made.” Vang also pointed out the chamber’s concept of using guest speakers with broad experiences is an effective way to help companies cultivate future leaders.
About Diversified Plastics, Inc.
Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a custom injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small-to medium-sized injection molded components for medical device, filtration, aerospace and a variety of other industrial markets. The 37-year-old company is a full-service contract manufacturer, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and clean room assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified, FDA registered, ITAR certified, and UL registered.