The Unflappable Mr. Bird: Breaking Down Boxes- Episode Two- John Bird

Gene Marino, Executive Vice President, Akers Packaging Service Group and AICC Board Chair, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Huston Patterson Printers and AICC Associate Board Chair interview John Bird, CEO & Chairman, JB Machinery, Inc. in The Unflappable Mr. Bird, the latest episode of AICC’s podcast, Breaking Down Boxes.

“John has an immeasurable amount of inner drive, a tremendous amount of belief in self, and is just singularly focused on being successful. We were honored to have such a fascinating guest,” said Marino.   

John Bird started on his professional path at the age of 15. It all began on a shop floor in 1960, installing collars for ink rollers. He quickly moved up to be a development chemist,but this was not enough for Bird. He worked at various ink companies while attending the London College of Printing. After founding several other companies, he began JB Machinery, Inc. in 1998, which has won several AICC/ /Board Converting News/Corrugated Today Innovator of the Year Awards.  

Morelli said, “he never thought twice about just getting off the floor and starting again, and his ability to be resilient is incredible.”

Though his beginnings were inauspicious, John Bird has grown to exceptional heights in the industry through his work ethic, innovative ideas, and his unfailing belief that failure was not an option.  

“This is an incredible story of grit, resiliency, and perseverance that goes to the heart and character of the man, the family, and their company. You will be moved and inspired. I certainly was.” said Michael M. D’Angelo, AICC President. 

New episodes drop the first Monday of every month. The episode trailer is available now, and The Unflappable Mr. Bird will be released Monday, April 4. 

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