2021 Soaring Stars: Shana Jackson

Shana Jackson, 34

Logistics Manager, Osterman & Co.

Shana Jackson started out operating at Cheshire, Conn.-based mostly resin distributor Osterman & Co. in June 2014 as a shopper service consultant, where by she stated she learned the “essentials of plastics as effectively as the integral areas of the working day to day of the company as a entire.”

“I immediately realized that logistics was in which I preferred to be and was able to obtain a position inside Osterman in June of 2015,” Jackson explained. In November 2016, she was promoted to logistics supervisor and she is overseeing all domestics logistics for the firm.

Jackson has a bachelor’s diploma in organization administration, which she finished though doing the job total time and calls her 2nd finest accomplishment. Her young children are her first.

“After higher school I was persuaded that higher education was not for me, nevertheless, soon after commencing to get my feet damp in the authentic entire world and getting some working experience under my belt, I started to take pleasure in finding out a lot more about issues that really fascinated me,” she explained. “I resolved to go back again to school and was capable to complete my bachelor’s degree.”

Prior to working for Osterman, she worked in logistics as a healthcare transportation organization.

“Doing the job at Osterman is my to start with plastics career. I was not at first searching for out a posture in the plastics sector, nevertheless, upon my initial interview for my place I was intrigued with the total of purposes that plastics plays a component in and how quite a few various sorts of plastics there are,” she said. “Studying the parts of various plastics and how they all function in another way is fascinating.”

To advance her occupation, Jackson attends schooling packages by Osterman to discover different product or service types and departments. “I make confident that I go to all of them to get much better information of all of the functioning items of the puzzle,” Jackson reported.

She also will take LinkedIn Mastering programs and American Management Association seminars, and she participates in Osterman’s lifestyle committee.

Jackson and her spouse, Michael, have two daughters (Khloe, 3, and Kendra, 1) as nicely as a stepdaughter (Leilani, 13). To relax and relieve tension, Jackson exercise routines with tunes. “The improved I sense, the a lot easier it is for me to get via the days,” she reported. “The songs tends to make my mind end contemplating about every thing and just enjoy the second.”

Q: What about the plastics industry surprises you?

Jackson: What surprises me about the plastics sector is that seemingly every thing has plastic in it! For some cause I believe the most shocking software to me is rugs. I in no way understood how quite a few programs plastic is certainly in until finally I commenced performing in the industry. The distinct functionalities of each individual plastic along with various features in them are really exciting as very well.

Q: What rising engineering or market most interests you?

Jackson: With additional emphasis these days on sustainable plastics as of lately, it is surely fascinating observing how the marketplace for plastics grocery bags and other things of that mother nature are not as needed, having said that, new approaches to provide equivalent merchandise with a lot less harming results are staying developed. Several corporations are becoming extra in demand from customers for inexperienced products and solutions for their consumers so the business will be required to be absolutely sure to retain up and appears to be undertaking so.

Q: What is your philosophy similar to plastics and sustainability? What techniques have you taken to enhance plastics’ sustainability, either in function, your local community or personal everyday living?

Jackson: Plastics are a portion of our daily existence and possible will be for the foreseeable potential. But I do believe that there are approaches to use plastics in a much more protected fashion for the atmosphere than is at the moment getting completed now. The very simple methods that are staying pushed today like reusable grocery bags, straws, cups and other supplies are all a move in the appropriate route that I personally have switched to myself. I have a reusable cup with a washable plastic straw that will come with me in all places I go. I glance more now than ever to be positive I am recycling items that really should be and make certain I have my reusable shopping luggage at each shop I go to.

Q: What is the ideal suggestions you have ever obtained?

Jackson: The ideal information I at any time obtained is that soreness in a circumstance is not a poor point it is an chance for advancement. Each and every time I am in an unpleasant circumstance, I try to reflect on it afterwards to see what I can do improved the following time and understand from the expertise.

Q: What suggestions would you give to a person thinking about a career in the plastics sector?

Jackson: I would convey to them that it is a good business to operate in. The market is usually evolving and you will without end be studying a thing new. Appear in with an open up thoughts and be prepared to discover.