THE TERRY DeLAPA FILE
POSITION: 2015 Chair of ACS Rubber Division.
YEARS IN THE RUBBER INDUSTRY: 26.
PROFESSIONAL JOB: Sales manager, Eastern region, Alpha Technologies Inc.
EDUCATION: Education degree from the University of Akron.
FAMILY: Single. Has two children: Son Jonathan, a student at the University of Akron; Daughter, Jennifer Kowalczyk (husband Jeremy); Grandchildren, Ella, 5, Evan, 3.
MENTORS: Jeff Buda, retired president, Harwick Standard Distribution Corp; Jim Caslow, director, Americas sales, Alpha Technologies; Ed Miller, executive director, Rubber Division.
STRENGTHS: “I don't like to say no. … I say why not? I guess there's that determination that if I think an idea is the right thing, I'll keep working on it to make it happen.”
BEST CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENT: “I don't know if I've done it yet. Anytime you win a deal, it's a great feeling. I never doubted that that customer made the right decision for the right reasons. It's easier to sell when you believe in your own stock.”