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QPSI Leaders

Mike Ricketts - CEO

Mike Ricketts

Mike (Kenneth) Ricketts founded QPSI in 1992 and has grown the company to its current global position, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. As a result, QPSI is currently the largest privately owned contract packaging company in the USA.

Mike's keen eye for innovative businesses has driven his involvement in a variety of projects that span beyond the QPSI enterprise. That includes the successful startup of PEP, a project management company skilled at executing marketing promotions from award to launch.

Similarly, he has channeled his passion for leadership beyond his companies, by mentoring young athletes and aspiring business people toward achieving their personal and professional goals. Mike is the majority owner of QPSI and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for QPSI's Board of Directors.

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Derrick Ratleff - President

Derrick Ratleff

Derrick has been with QPSI since 2002 and was appointed its CFO in 2006. In 2013 he was promoted to Executive Vice-President and in this role, he oversees all financial, operational and HR functions.

In 2015 Derrick was appointed President as Mike Ricketts stepped back to focus primarily on visionary and strategic initiatives. Under Derrick’s leadership, QPSI is experiencing double-digit growth in revenue and profit (currently in excess of $300 million in revenue).

Prior to joining QPSI, Derrick was employed as an engineer at Dames & Moore, a global engineering firm. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University.

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Shawn Smith - Chief Financial Officer

Shawn Smith

Shawn’s responsibilities with the QPSI team include: directing the organization's financial planning and accounting practices as well as its relationship with lending institutions, members, and the financial community by providing both operational and programmatic support to the organization. Shawn will also oversee the Human Resources, Information Technology and Accounting departments.

Shawn is a leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes. His willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit has been proven during his 18-year career. Shawn has experience in various roles as Financial Analyst, Director of Finance and Corporate Controller. Most recently, he served as Vice President and CFO of JE Berkowitz, LP, a premier high-quality architectural glass fabricator in the United States and prior to that held several key financial and operational roles with Gerresheimer Glass Inc. in Vineland, NJ.

In addition to Shawn’s professional experience, he has also gained knowledge by earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and an MBA from Rowan University. Shawn is also a certified public accountant. His depth and knowledge will help lead QPSI’s continued growth and results driven focus as we move forward.

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Tom Belton - Chief Strategy Officer, Board Member and General Counsel

Tom Belton

Tom's primary responsibilities as Chief Strategy Officer of QPSI are creating, communicating, executing, and sustaining Mike Rickett's vision and the strategic initiatives for QPSI. This includes aligning organizational resources with the strategy and developing and implementing strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Tom also serves as General Counsel for QPSI.

Prior to joining QPSI in 2007, he was a corporate and tax partner at Drinker Biddle for 20 years. Tom's passion for developing and growing new companies goes farther than simply QPSI: he founded three sports marketing and technology companies where he created an innovative fan participation platform for live sports competitions, producing two nationally broadcasted programs on The Golf Channel and Fox Sports.

As a serial innovator, Tom is the inventor of a patented, augmented reality game application that is currently in development with two major sports networks. Tom serves on the QPSI Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

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Kelly Wall - Vice President of Quality


Kelly joined QPSI in 2013 as the Corporate Quality Director where she had oversight for quality across all facilities. In 2014 she was promoted to Vice President of Quality, where she oversees quality policy and strategy for compliance, risk management, regulatory, and customer interface.

Kelly joined QPSI with 22 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical/OTC manufacturing and packaging arena. Prior to QPSI, she was employed at Menasha Packaging and GlaxoSmithKline where she was responsible for Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance. She is a Certified Quality Auditor, holds her HAACP Certification and is a Veteran of the US Army.

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Will Hamilton - Senior Vice President of Operations

Will Hamilton

Will has spent the majority of his career in various leadership roles in the contract packaging business. Over the past 22 years, these have included positions at Packaging Coordinators Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., Catalent Pharma Solutions, and Alcan Pharmaceutical Contract Packaging. During his tenure at these organizations, he developed a reputation for driving culture changes that improved profitability.

Will is a Lean Practitioner who uses Lean and Six Sigma Techniques to drive operation excellence. As the Senior Vice President of Operations, Will leads all facets of our manufacturing engine, including all sites leadership, engineering, and supply chain management. Will serves on the QPSI Executive Committee.

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Maurice Phelan - Vice President Pharmaceutical Operations

maurice phelan

Maurice leads operations and growth for QPSI’s pharmaceutical franchise. Prior to joining the executive team at QPSI, he led a BioProcess Services business at GE Healthcare which provided consulting, process development, clinical and scientific services and expertise supporting large-scale manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals.

Previously, Mr. Phelan worked as a Principal at BioPharmaSolve, providing consulting and professional services to pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device sector. From 1993 to 2011, Mr. Phelan was Director of Global Compliance Services & Regulatory Affairs, as well as Director of BioProcess Services for Merck KGaA and Merck Millipore. He was educated at the National University of Ireland and moved to Boston in 1987 where he began his career as a chemist at The Children’s Hospital Boston.

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David Reifler - Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing

david reifler

An entrepreneurial and spirited leader, Dave brings over 20 years’ experience in the contract packaging and manufacturing sectors to the QPSI organization. Prior to joining the QPSI team, Dave was President and Owner of ProPackPlus, a unique contract packaging and manufacturing entity. In addition to Dave’s extensive professional experience, he holds a B.A. in Business Management from Manhattanville College in New York.

In his current role as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Dave is responsible for directing QPSI’s overall sales effort and corporate communications by developing strategic sales plans, leading growth initiatives, and developing and executing marketing communication strategies.

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