Wright Global Graphic Solutions announced it has named well regarded industry veteran Pat Flippin to the newly created position of director of international business development. In this role, Flippin will be responsible for creating new business opportunities, increasing sales overseas and strengthening Wright’s position as a leader in packaging and marketing solutions around the world – specifically in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
A seasoned industry expert, Flippin is best known for his long tenure at Kingsdown. He began at the mattress manufacturer in 1986 as a regional operations and plant manager. Six years later he was promoted to vice president of sales and is credited with growing sales, opening new territories, and assisting in new product development. Flippin took on the responsibilities of vice president of manufacturing in 1996, which included increasing manufacturing efficiencies and creating an internal customer service department to address quality control. From 2001-2010, Flippin was Kingsdown’s president and chief operating officer. In this position he played a key role in expanding domestic and international manufacturing – including the opening or expansion of four new U.S. facilities – spearheading sleep research at the Sleep to Live Institute, and developing and implementing high quality standards.
Currently, Flippin works with Global Sourcing Solutions, USA, Asia as its president of North/South America operations. There, he is responsible for all sales, corporate strategies and sourcing for American markets.
Flippin started his home furnishings career in 1980 at Symbol Mattress. During his six years with the company, he held the position of purchasing agent. He has also held prestigious positions in the mattress industry including the president of the International Sleep Products Association and served for nine years as a member of the board at Kingsdown Inc.
“We are excited to embrace Pat as part of the Wright Global Graphic Solutions family. Our international business has been growing at a steady pace over the last several years, and we recognized the need for a seasoned executive to help us implement our corporate vision in Asia and the Middle East. Pat is a well known and respected leader in the sleep products industry and has made strong connections with numerous international contractors. We know these relationships will play an integral role in our company’s strategic growth plan – especially overseas,” said Wright Senior Vice President of International Operations Ron Wright.
Flippin received his master’s business administration degree from East Tennessee State University and his bachelor’s of science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he studied finance. He currently resides in Amelia, VA.
Bill and Tom Wright founded Wright of Thomasville, now known as Wright Global Graphic Solutions, in 1961 on the idea that printing was a creative medium and the belief that “a promise made is a promise kept.” The Wright brothers focused their attention on providing exceptional printing for the home furnishing, carpet and rug industries. The Wright family continues that tradition today to include solutions for the Action Sports and Beverage Industry by providing one-stop, turnkey, creative solutions for their clients’ graphic needs. Today, the company is run by Bill’s sons Greg, Don and Ron. With 153 employees and four domestic facilities, as well as a Wright Global Graphics plant in China, the company delivers on its promise of exceptional value, and accurate delivery, regardless of the product’s final destination.
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