Davidson, NC—3A Composites USA announced that W. Jay Wynne, senior advisor, retired from the company following a 45-year career, including the past two-plus decades in graphic display board sales and marketing management.
Wynne may be most known for his development of the high-performance foam board category with the introduction of the Gator graphic display board line.
The company also announced that Brad Walsh was named vice president, composite sales, Americas
“Jay Wynne is recognized in the graphic display industry not only as the creator of the high-performance foam board category but as its authority in the development and sale of rigid substrates,” said Brendan Cooper, chief executive officer, 3A Composites Americas.
“Jay has distinguished himself as a clear, consistent and sincere businessman. As such, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as a pillar of the graphic display industry and has gained the respect of its members,” added Cooper. “Jay has set the standard for the graphic display board business segment, serving as the source of comparison for its product lines and business approach.
“We at 3A Composites take great pride in Jay’s accomplishments, including the high integrity with which he has conducted business that has solidified our company’s reputation for providing the highest-quality products backed by outstanding customer service. We wish Jay a well-deserved happy retirement.”
Wynne began his career with the business (previously owned by International Paper Co.) in 1971 as a Uniwood Division laboratory technician in the Statesville, North Carolina, manufacturing facility. Among his subsequent positions, he served as product development associate, technical supervisor and manager of technical process and product development.
He played an instrumental role in the development and 1976 introduction of Gatorfoam graphic display board as the first high-performance foam board designed with high structural strength, durability and outdoor applicability.
Wynne assumed sales leadership at the Statesville facility in 1989 when he was named sales/technical manager. Following this, he headed sales for three International Paper Decorative Products’ board businesses out of the company’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office.
He returned to the foam board business in Statesville as manager of sales and marketing in 1993 when International Paper acquired the Fome-Cor Board Business from Monsanto Co.
In 1999, he was named general sales manager with responsibility for both the company’s heavy-duty Gator and paper-faced Fome-Cor board product lines.
In 2004 Wynne was named vice president of sales/marketing for the graphic display board business (then part of Alcan Composites USA, Inc.). He was appointed senior vice president of sales/marketing in 2009 by 3A Composites USA, Inc.
New Vice President, 3A Composites
Brad Walsh, appointed vice president, composite sales, Americas, will be responsible for sales of the company’s lines of graphic display boards in North America, Central America and South America.
Walsh brings more than 15 years’ experience in sales, sales management and business operations to this role. He most recently served as vice president of sales and customer service – Americas at TitusPlus. 3acompsites.com