Management Team

Bob Doochin

Chairman and CEO

Bob was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned a B.S. in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1962. As the second generation to operate American Paper & Twine, Bob grew up working at the company under the leadership of his father, Nathan Doochin, who founded the business in 1926. After graduating from college, Bob came to work at American Paper in a full-time capacity, eventually becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 1982. His daughter, Karen Doochin Vingelen, became President and COO in 2020, while Bob continues to serve as Chairman and CEO.

Karen Doochin Vingelen

President and COO

Karen assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of American Paper & Twine in August 2020. Although she grew up working summers in the business with her father, current CEO Bob Doochin, and grandfather, she did not officially join the APT team until 1998 after a brief career in social work. During her time at American Paper & Twine, Karen has been a driving force in modernizing business practices, particularly on the operational side of the business. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992 with a degree in Psychology and then obtained her Master's of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 1994. 

David Morris

Executive Vice President and CFO

Originally from Oakdale, Tennessee, David graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1972. Prior to working at American Paper & Twine, David was employed with Kraft CPAs as a Certified Public Accountant and served as Director of Finance for the cities of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Marietta, Georgia. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Paper & Twine since 1987.

Mark Wright

Executive Vice President

Mark was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1986, he graduated from Belmont University in Nashville and that same year came to work at American Paper & Twine as a Sales Representative. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and oversees and manages the entire sales department. He is also heavily involved in operations, merchandising, vendor management and purchasing.

Brad Walker

Vice President - Western Region

Brad was born in Jackson, Tennessee, later going on to graduate from State Technical Institute and the University of Memphis in 1993.  After earning his degree, he took a position with Corporate Express where he stayed for over 21 years as an Executive Manager. In 2009, he joined the American Paper & Twine team as the General Manager in Memphis. In 2017, Brad was promoted to Vice President - Western Region with oversight for our Memphis and Little Rock distribution facilities. In September 2020 he also became responsible for the sales operation in our Muscle Shoals branch.

Brian Leitch

Vice President - Eastern Region

Brian was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After earning an undergraduate business degree from Miami University, he began his professional career at Lucent Technologies as part of their Financial Leadership Development Program (FLDP). While employed at Lucent, he earned a graduate degree in accounting and entrepreneurship from Babson College near Boston, Massachusetts. Shortly after attaining his graduate degree, Brian joined American Paper and Twine in 2011 as the General Manager of our Knoxville facility. In 2017, Brian was promoted to the Regional Director - Eastern Division with oversight for the Knoxville and Chattanooga distribution facilities. In 2020 he became Vice President-Eastern Region.

Steve Mazzie

Vice President – Central Region

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Steve later made the move to Tampa, Florida, where he went on to graduate from The University of South Florida with a degree in Speech Communications. He spent 12 years with Rubbermaid Commercial Products, serving as National Account Manager before being promoted to Director of Field Sales. Afterward, he worked as Senior Vice President-Sales for SC Johnson Professional. Steve joined the American Paper & Twine team in September 2020 as Vice President – Central Region, overseeing sales in our Nashville and Atlanta branches.

Amie Potter

Vice President – Employee & Customer Success

Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Amie planted roots in Nashville at a young age after relocating for her father’s job which was, interestingly enough, at American Paper & Twine. She attended Vanderbilt University and graduated in 1998. Following graduation, she managed multiple retail operations throughout the southeast before joining the AP&T team in 2006 as a Customer Service Representative. She subsequently held roles as a Customer Service Manager, Director of Customer Service, and Director of Training & Development. As of 2021, she serves as Vice President of Employee & Customer Success, overseeing the Account Support and Human Resources teams.

Patrick Kieffaber

Vice President – Warehouse Operations & Logistics

Patrick was born in Kansas City, Missouri but grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1991, he began his professional career in operational leadership with companies such as Hallmark Cards, Bic Graphic USA, and Avery Dennison. After earning his MBA, Patrick worked as Director of Operations for Avery’s Specialty Materials division. He later accepted a position at Grace Construction Products in the Nashville area. His significant experience in warehouse and manufacturing operations led to his joining American Paper & Twine in 2016. He was promoted to Vice President of Warehouse Operations & Logistics in February 2021.