John earned the honor because of the many innovations he has brought to the industry, his support of AICC, and his generosity with the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) and the Foundation for Packaging Education. His sharing of his time, leadership, knowledge, and his enthusiasm for the industry. John is the patriarch of a wonderful family, with Sandra, the matriarch, at his side. Two more generations of Birds are fully involved in JB Machinery, the family business. Individually and collectively, they prove the adage of the fruit not falling far from the tree. They have emulated and enhanced the examples that John and Sandra have set.