Board Converting News, March 15, 2021

Michael D. Brunton (CONT’D FROM PAGE 26)

“Mike personified everything in the industry he covered for so many years - professional, hard working, fun loving, dynamic, innovative, and reliable. He will be missed by so

at my wedding in 1988. You can pick them out of the 300+ people the in photos because they were the ONLY ones so properly attired. We watched their children grow up as we were having our own. And today we are more family than friends. Jeneane continued, “The new generations have made it their own mission to carry on. T.J. and his wife Cara have visited the Bruntons in England and our Tyler chose to study abroad at Westminster University. Too many funny memories to include, but a nude beach and rubber bands in Nice, France does come to mind! Only Tom and Mike get to have the last laugh on that one together. Until I get to lift a glass and wear an appropriately garish hat...I am forever yours. God Bless!” “AICC and its membership will treasure our memories of Mike Brunton,” said AICC President Mike D’Angelo.

many. We’re fortunate to continue to work with his wonderful family and colleagues. They are Mike’s legacy and carry forward with all those same qualities.” Added AICC Am- bassador Steve Young, “Mike was such a vision- ary in our industry, rec- ognizing the need for an international voice

for corrugated and paperboard packaging manufactur- ers as he founded International Paperboard Industry and

Corrugated Today . He was a force for the es- tablishment of the Corrugated shows held in Paris, 1994-2002, and fixture at many AICC meetings in the 90s, serving as a judge for our packaging design competitions as well as a frequent speaker on our programs. He was particularly instrumental in leading our industry’s push into high graphics and its role in the point of purchase and retail en- vironment. The industry’s current success in printing, merchandising and retail ready is his lasting legacy. I will remember him fondly. “Working for Mike over the last 16 years was truly a privilege,” said Jackie Schultz, Ed- itor-in-Chief of Corrugated Today . “He was a mentor who inspired excellence and was always available to provide guidance and share his vast knowledge of the board con- verting industry. He played a major role in the success of Corrugated Today . The industry has lost a true legend and leader.” Robyn Smith, NV Publications President and publisher, said, “I did not work as closely with Mike as he was primarily involved in the editorial side of the business but the mark of his genius is, of course, evident in all the Brunton Publications and Corrugated Today . Mike was forward thinking in establishing several businesses in addition to publishing. As he put it one evening, “win or lose, I love the game.” “As the creator and leader of multiple industry publications serving paper-based packaging Michael Brunton was for over 50 years a gigantic and driving force,” said Nick Griffin of Griffin Communications. “Mike was behind what we learned and what we know about ourselves globally as well as locally.



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