NCA’s 2012 Supplier of the Year award recipient is Lee Hartman of Printpack, Inc.
Lee began his 29-year career in the candy business in 1984 as a regional sales manager for Daniels Packaging, based in Hendersonville, North Carolina. His primary responsibilities were confectionery accounts with a concentration on cold seal applications. After only three years with the company, he was awarded Salesman of the Year.
In 1989, Printpack acquired Daniels Packaging and Lee became the company's business manager focusing on candy and overseeing the Mars line of products in particular. Along with his promotion to sales manager for the confectionery division in 1991, Lee acquired the added responsibility of snacks in 2004.
Lee attributes his success to the relationships he's made with so many people in the candy industry over the years. He has been an active NCA member since 1984, and has served on the Supplier Advisory Board since 1997.
He was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2011 and he has been a member of the Kettle Committee since 2004, serving as chairman in 2009.
When he's not busy improving our product packaging options, you can generally find Lee fly fishing, golfing, or gardening.