Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. (VPI) Board of Directors today announced that Pat Buckley will retire as CEO on March 31, 2020. The Board of Directors has appointed Tim Riebau to be the company’s next President & CEO, effective April 1st. Riebau currently serves as the President of VPI.
Rita McComber, VPI Board Chair, said, “the Board of Directors wants to thank Pat for the many contributions he’s made to VPI during his 11 years serving in various roles including as a volunteer, paid advisor, Chief Operating Officer and President & CEO. Pat’s leadership and passionate dedication to our mission have helped the organization significantly grow, expand both our rehabilitation services programming and business services, and put in place a strong employee and leadership team. While we wish Pat a long and happy retirement, we appreciate that Pat will continue as an active Board member.”
We are pleased to have Tim Riebau succeed Pat and continue his service to VPI in his new role. Tim has proven himself as V.P. of Operations through his high energy, effort and keen focus. He will bring similar commitment and expertise to this position. Buckley states that “Tim and I have been working closely together over the past two years, and I can tell you he is ready for this opportunity to lead VPI going forward. Tim is hard working, focused, and smart; he understands the business we are in and the customers we serve; and most importantly, he is extremely committed to our mission and the programs and clients we serve. Tim and his team will do an outstanding job moving forward.”
Buckley has provided board and management level advisory services to a number of companies and non-profit organizations in the Fox Cities area, including VPI, since 2009. Buckley’s relationship with VPI became more formal and ongoing in 2013; then in January 2014, he became VPI’s Chief Operating Officer before taking over as President & CEO in June 2017. Buckley noted that “I have really enjoyed my experience with VPI, and its team of employees, clients and customers. Our mission of serving those with disabilities and disadvantages, combined with an effective model, which promotes social, vocational and economic independence is both inspiring and motivating. I’ve enjoyed my time and believe we have built a great team of employees. With the tremendous support of our customers and other community organizations, I believe the organization is positioned for continued success!”
Riebau joined VPI as the Vice President of Operations in the summer of 2018. Prior to joining VPI, Riebau held roles as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Elevate97, Green Bay, WI (2015-2018); Vice President of Sales at J.J. Keller, Neenah, WI (2009-2015); and Senior Vice President of Customer Teams at Alta Resources, Neenah, WI (1997-2007). Riebau also has +10 years of experience in the paper industry. Riebau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UW Whitewater, and an MBA in Business and Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Riebau has served on numerous non-profit boards in his career, most notably with the YMCA of the Fox Cities where he served on their Corporate Board for +10 years, including a multi-year term as Board Chairman.
Valley Packaging Industries (VPI), a private non-profit rehabilitation center, was founded in 1956, and its mission is “To promote the dignity and worth of individuals who have disabilities or are disadvantaged and to assist them in developing their optimum level of social, vocational and economic independence in the community”. VPI provides a variety of education, human services, and vocational skills training to Fox Valley residents with disabilities and/or disadvantages. To generate funds and serve as a training platform, VPI operates two production facilities that provide custom packaging and manufacturing services to regional manufacturers. Last year alone, VPI served greater than 2,700 Rehabilitation Services’ clients with disabilities and/or disadvantages and +550 organizational employees, more than 1 in 3 of who face disadvantages every day.