Bruce N. Scholnick, who led the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) as its president and chief executive officer for 12 years, died of cancer at his home in Alexandria, Va., on July 9.
Scholnick was well known for speaking out on regulatory and legislative issues that impact the wood pallet and packaging industry, both at the national and state levels.
“His task-focused approach was at first misinterpreted as impersonal, but members soon recognized that what was driving Bruce was a passion for assuring their sustained success and that of the industry. His mission was to ‘help our members make and/or save money’ in every program and activity he pursued,” NWPCA said in a statement.
He also “regularly challenged staff to identify innovative ways to deliver member products and services and create valuable new ones. He was most demanding on himself and was constantly seeking to identify industry opportunities that were as of yet undiscovered,” the association said.
Before joining NWPCA, Scholnick was division vice president of member services and products for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. He also served as vice president of corporate planning for Thatcher Manufacturing Corp. (a division of Dart & Kraft Industries) and director of marketing and economic research for the Glass Packaging Institute.
Scholnick was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth in April 2008. He is survived by their son Matthew, sisters Nan Parker and Penny LaPorte, and their husbands and children.
NWPCA Board Chairman James Ruder has asked Sam McAdow of Buckeye Diamond Logistics in South Charleston, Ohio, to act as interim acting president to serve as a point of contact for staff and membership. McAdow will serve in an advisory capacity and report to Ruder.