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AMERIPEN Member Spotlight
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Scott HammerAMERIPEN Member Highlight – Charter NEX Films

Scott Hammer

Corporate Sustainability Leader for Charter NEX Films


Felton: Tell me a little bit about you and your family and where you live.

Hammer: My wife, Penny, and I have been married for 35 years, but we have known each other since the 6th grade. We were blessed with a healthy set of twins 29 years ago – our son Zachary, now a Pediatric Hospitalist in the Chicago area; and our daughter, Brittany, a Data Strategist in the financial industry as well as being the Varsity Head Softball Coach for a local Wisconsin high school team. Penny and I moved back to the Madison, Wisconsin area four years ago where we now live with our “kids”…three rescue Bichon Frises named Rosie, Polly, and Molly.

Felton: Did you grow up in the Midwest and is that how you ending up attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison? What did you major in there?

Hammer: I was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in a year that is classified, and pretty much grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin. Being an avid Badger fan since I could hold a pencil and keep score, especially for hockey, it was always my dream to go to college at UW-Madison. While I experimented with three different majors my first three semesters (Accounting, Math and Chemistry), I finally made the commitment to Chemical Engineering for which I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree. Along the way, I also managed to achieve a minor in German – “Grün sein ist cool!”

Felton: What was your first job out of college and how long did you stay there?

Hammer: My first job out of college was as a Process Engineer for American Can in Neenah, Wisconsin. I stayed with American Can for five years, where I learned a tremendous amount about the various film making and converting processes – cast, blown film and sheet extrusion, rotogravure and flexographic printing, as well as extrusion and adhesive laminations. It was a great training ground for a fresh engineer out of school and prepared me well for what would be my future positions.

Felton: How and when did you gravitate towards sustainability issues?

Hammer: To be honest, I have been recycling since I was a youngster – frequently heading out to find discarded soda or beer cans that I could turn in to the local grocery store while also cleaning up our neighborhood. That hard earned cash, though, also helped pay for a pack of baseball cards!  But my initial professional passion for sustainability came while I was the Sustainability & Technical Director at C-P Flexible Packaging, and was able to create and develop a sustainability program from the ground floor.

Felton: Tell me about your current role and work at Charter NEX Films?

Hammer: My current role with Charter NEX Films is as the Corporate Sustainability Leader. In this position, I am the company representative to several industry associations. I am responsible for the implementation of our corporate sustainability initiatives, which includes achieving Zero Waste to Landfill status at each of our plant locations. Finally, I am a key team member for the continuing development of our GreenArrow™ family of films and have the honor of sharing our sustainability solutions with our customers.

Felton: What gets you excited about the work you are doing?

Hammer: There are many things that gets my adrenaline pumping about the work I do. Helping a customer not only identify a sustainable opportunity, but then being able to work with our second-to-none R&D and Technical teams to develop a solution, especially for a challenging application, is certainly a rush. And, finding an outlet for a waste stream or a hard-to-recycle material – allowing one of our plants to move closer to Zero Waste to Landfill status – is always a fist pumping moment.

Felton: Why did Charter NEX Films join AMERIPEN and how do you hope we will add value to your company?

Hammer: Charter NEX Films joined AMERIPEN as we wanted to collaborate with like-minded companies to help drive industry innovation and success with respect to sustainability. The value AMERIPEN brings is certainly from the legislative front. As a key voice of the industry to government, AMERIPEN keeps us all well informed regarding various state bills/situations, while also advising what action might be needed from us to address these specific issues.

Felton: Let’s get personal again. Any hobbies we should know about?

Hammer: My hobbies include sports, sports, and sports. I am a die-hard sports fan and will watch or participate in anything competitive, with my favorites being golf and softball. But when looking to relax, I truly enjoy landscaping – turning a blank yard canvas into a masterpiece.

Felton: Finally, something for other AMERIPEN members to investigate with you on their own. Tell me two truths and one lie about you.

Hammer: I have hit a hole-in-one in golf. Upon graduating from high school, I attended a pro baseball try-out. I currently coach a varsity high school girls softball team.

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