Back from Abu Dhabi: New Breaking Down Boxes Episode Released

Hosts Gene Marino, President, Akers Packaging Service Group, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Huston Patterson Printers and Lewisburg Printing Co., speak with John Burgess, President, Pamarco, in Back from Abu Dhabi, the latest episode of Breaking Down Boxes

“It was great hearing John’s story. It is evident that his experience coupled with his humility are what makes him a good leader and successful operator,” said Marino.

After earning a chemistry degree, John Burgess saw a tough economy and decided to go abroad for a career. He landed in Bahrain, was told plans had changed, and was shipped off to Abu Dhabi. 

After five years of pouring concrete into oil wells, Burgess decided to find a different path. With his family now in the US, he decided that he would be home. 

Moving to a country he barely knew; Burgess joined his father and brother at Pamarco. With a brief detour from the company notwithstanding, that is where he created a career that would last him a lifetime. 

“Each episode of Breaking Down Boxes has shared a unique journey to the industry with the audience,” said AICC President Mike D’Angelo, “but I don’t believe any of them have involved the distances that John’s path has taken. Truly amazing.”

Working his way through the company and building his leadership style as he saw success Burgess eventually earned the role of President. Hear the whole story in Back from Abu Dhabi, available now on all major podcast players or at

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