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attman-ronmf07-2Ronald Attman

Acme Paper & Supply

As the CEO of Acme Paper & Supply, Ronald Attman understands and oversees every aspect of his family-owned business.

Like his father before him, Attman started his career at Acme, working in various roles since he was 15 years old to learn each facet of the business. He joined the company full time after graduating college in 1968, working his way up to vice president. He became CEO in 2016.

But his true knowledge and success as leader of the wholesale packaging supply company comes from his investment in employees.

“I believe that the company can only be successful if our team members are comfortable, confident, and regularly challenged by their work. Each member of our team has specific talents, and I strive to give them opportunities to refine and improve these skills,” he says.

He is a proud mentor to his three sons, who all chose to work for the family business despite having options to pursue other opportunities.

Attman is the recipient of the Allied Member of the Year award from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, the Breakthrough award from the Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance, and the Most Admired CEO award from The Daily Record. He was also a recipient of the Most Admired CEO award in 2013 and 2015.

His company’s success comes from the ability to innovate and predict trends. Technology developments are good, he says, but personal connections make a business more successful.

“I’ve found that even today with the personal touch of a phone call or a visit to a client or vendor greatly improves those relationships and my ability to conduct business. I encourage the next generation to maintain the personal side of business, one that’s already regarded as traditional,” Attman says. “You’ll be surprised at what you learn and how it develops your success as a business leader.”

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