Our Executive Management Team is comprised of a diverse group of people who each bring different strengths, background and experience to TransPak. Collectively, our hundreds of years of experience in packaging, crating and logistics and our commitment to our clients empower us to go far beyond customer expectations.
TransPak Executive Management Team
Arlene Inch - Chair of the Board
Coupled with her consistent focus on meeting her team's needs, Arlene's innate ability to identify strategic options is a critical factor in TransPak growth. Since the Inch family acquired the business in 1969, Arlene has taken on any role necessary in order to make the business the success it is today. Arlene's personal philosophy of keeping positive no matter what the challenge has served the business since the acquisition of our first major customer, Farinon Electric, a microwave radio equipment manufacturer. In addition to her responsibilities at TransPak, Arlene works to have a positive impact on the community. She is on the Board of Bay Area Tumor Institute as well as the Northern California Arthritis Foundation. Arlene is also a current member of Astra Women's Business Alliance and Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Arlene earned her B.A. from San Diego State University.
Bert Inch - Chief Executive Officer
CEO of TransPak since 2007, Bert Inch originally joined the firm in 1985 after receiving his Bachelor's degree in Political Economics from UC Berkeley. In his 30 years at TransPak, Bert has worked on all aspects of operations, from sales and customer service to production and quality control. Since 1996, when Bert became President, TransPak has focused on creating exceptional service that surpasses customer expectations. Bert has developed an experienced leadership team that has helped build the operation in many ways. He values constructing strong relationships, and this is evident in the way the TransPak team works closely and efficiently both within the organization and outside of it, with clients and the community. Since Bert joined the TransPak management team, the company has expanded to do business worldwide in a wide range of services including packaging, crating and transportation. At the same time, Bert's energy, creativity and dedication to customer service have made him a leader in the industry.
Bob Lally - President
Bob joined TransPak in 2007 as President and plays a crucial role in ensuring that the TransPak infrastructure has the flexibility and scalability to meet customer needs globally. Bob's prior experience includes working as a consultant to high-growth companies including TransPak, NextSport (sporting goods), Brand New Brands (functional foods) and The World of Good (importer of Fair Trade products from around the developing world); this leadership experience helps take TransPak to the next level. Bob co-founded LeapFrog Enterprises where he served as the company's CFO from 1995 to 1999, and then as the founding President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, its K-12 division. Prior to LeapFrog, Bob was the CFO of the Republic of Tea (1992-1995) and a CPA and consultant at Price Waterhouse (1983-1991). Bob has a BA in Accounting from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Wharton in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.
Keith Wolf - Senior Vice President - Global Satellite Operations
Keith began his career with TransPak in 1993, as Night Shift Packaging Foreman, and moved into our sales and engineering department in 1994. A consistent top performer and always willing to take on more responsibility, Keith developed a deep understanding of this unique business and became an integral part of the Executive Management team. In early 2002, he opened TransPak's first satellite operation in Oregon. Since then, he has managed the opening of six more satellite facilities, four of which are in Asia. Keith leverages his knowledge of our business protocol and strategy to continually look for ways that TransPak can expand and remain a premier supplier to the global high-tech Industry. Keith earned his BS in Industrial Design at Western Washington University in 1986.
Leilani Arendell - Vice President, Logistics
A seasoned supply chain expert, Leilani's broad experience in domestic and international transportation augments her in-depth understanding of industry trends, government regulations and process efficiency. Leilani launched TransPak's logistics operation in 1998 and since then has driven double-digit revenue growth each year. In addition, Leilani manages TransPak's warehousing operation. By earning a CCSF certification, she enabled multiple unique solutions for TransPak's importers and exporters for their freight, general pick and pack operations as well as warehouse fulfillment. Leilani is certified as a Specialist in Customs Export and Import Procedures. She's also a specialist in TSA Air Cargo Screening and Training for Physical, X-ray Technology ETD systems.
Bill Dinsmore - Vice President, Packaging Materials
A member of the TransPak team since early 2008, Bill Dinsmore heads up the Packaging Materials Division for TransPak. Bill continually increases the depth and breadth of TransPak's packaging products and services to ensure every customer need can be met. When Bill joined TransPak, he brought an extensive background in both manufacturing and distribution where he developed a broad knowledge of all types of packaging and packaging solutions with direct experience solving customer challenges and managing a sales force. Bill graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Political Science.
Rene Corona, CPP - Managing Director - Singapore
Rene brought robust background and international expertise when he joined the TransPak team in 2004. With over 28 years in the Packaging and Crating industry, Rene's experience spans from hands-on production to engineering and design all the way to sales, where his performance drove record-breaking levels. Rene played a pivotal role guiding international operations and has managed facilities in Mexico and Taiwan. Rene opened TransPak's Singapore facility and manages the operation. Rene holds a Packaging Technology certification from San Jose State University in San Jose, California, as well as one in Packaging Engineering from Lansmont Engineering in Monterey, California. He is a proud member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals and is certified as a Packaging Professional and also in Hazardous Material Packaging.
Tony Ku - Managing Director, Korea
Tony joined TransPak in 2009 to specifically manage offices and facilities in Korea. He brought a wealth of expertise in high-tech crating and packaging to ensure smooth operations and customer satisfaction. Prior to TransPak, Tony worked at a global freight forwarding company for 10 years, and was a key player in the logistics industry in Korea. Tony honed his experience by providing valuable logistics services such as ocean/air forwarding, warehousing (3PL) and heavy/oversize bulk traffic to globally recognized brands doing business in sales. Tony graduated from Hanyang University and majored in Transportation Engineering. This technical and principle knowledge provides a base for expertise at the practical level and helps Tony develop customized solutions for his customers.
Kim Smith - Vice President, Human Resources
Kim Smith leads TransPak's Human Resource team and our HR strategy and effectiveness. With over 20 years global HR experience in industries as diverse as technology, manufacturing, law, and banking, Kim knows people are TransPak's most valuable asset. Kim holds a Master's in Human Resources from New York University and is SHRM-SCP and HRCI-SPHR certified. With a passion for results and customer service, she sustains the culture, careers, and internal collaboration that drives the TransPak engine. In managing our human resources with excellence, Kim ensures TransPak is best equipped to deliver extraordinary results for our customers.
Kate Stock - Vice President, Finance
Kate leads TransPak’s global accounting and finance teams with an eye to enabling better business operations through data analytics and successfully leveraging financial capital to support TransPak’s ongoing growth and investment. Kate joined TransPak in 2016 with a diverse background ranging from SEC reporting and technical accounting to operational and managerial financial analysis and reporting. Prior to TransPak, Kate built her career leading teams for global manufacturing and logistics companies. Kate graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Accounting, and is a CPA, a Certified Management Accountant, and a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Institute of Management Accountants.
Mark Sauer - Director of IT
Mark Sauer joined TransPak as our Director of IT to manage the strategy of vital technology systems for our growing, international company. Mark began his career as a Naval Officer. He has a Masters of Science in Technology Management from the Naval Post Graduate School along with distinguished military citations and awards over his tenure. Following this, he led Technology teams in the business sector at large, global companies including Merix Corporation and the M Financial Group. He is an expert at all aspects of technology management and enterprise systems. His career bridges the complexity of IT adoptions and the demands of running an efficient business, against the backdrop of customers and locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Mark is our trusted leader maintaining the critical technology components of TransPak's business.
Liz Hawkins Tahawi - Director of Marketing
Liz is TransPak's marketing leader. She focuses her time on communications, strategic planning, business development, and creative problem-solving. Prior to TransPak, at her own marketing firm and at agencies and in-house, she managed clients' marketing and sales needs from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, from $100 to $100M campaigns. She has a degree in Government/International Relations from Georgetown University and is happy to be a part of TransPak’s global footprint. Liz believes TransPak's brand and stories--almost 7 decades of growth driven by strong customer focus and innovative thinking--is a key part of its success and is passionate about sharing this message.
Paco Cuevas - Director of Sales & Engineering
Paco joined TransPak in 1997. He started out on the shop-floor and gained hands-on experience by starting cutting raw materials for crate assembly, doing packing on site and dispatching, and worked his way up. Paco proved to have an intuitive understanding of the business, and within four years, he moved into management. He joined our Sales team as a design engineer and helped secure and manage TransPak's key strategic customers. As TransPak grew, Paco's responsibilities did as well and in 2008, Paco took over as Director of Sales. He currently leads a team of experienced packaging experts to service the Silicon Valley. Consistently going beyond expectations, Paco directed the creation and implementation of unique crating solutions that have proven his success in the industry.
Rob Cook - Manager, Global Design Center
Rob joined TransPak in 2014 to launch the Global Design Center and to bring an additional dimension to the company's offerings: high-end retail packaging design and state-of-the-art prototyping services. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1996, and has had a rich and diverse experience in the packaging field. He's provided design and consultation services to companies including Zenith Electronics, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, LeapFrog, CamelBak, Monster Cable, World Wise Pet Products, and Logitech. He also was co-founder of Hook Packaging where he provided consultation to many other clients. Rob's philosophy is simple: Create amazing packaging that not only differentiates your product on the shelf, but also creates an enjoyable introduction to your product.
Mark Wordekemper - Vice President of Southwest Operations
Mark has been in the Packaging and Crating business since 1986. Like many of our TransPak leaders, he started out on the warehouse floor and over the years, he worked his way up through the ranks. He launched and ran his own Advanced Packaging Engineering business which operated successfully for 7 years before being acquired. He joined TransPak in 2011 and runs divisions in two major markets (Houston and Austin) with specialties in crating, rigging, packaging and breakbulk.