Harry Voss, Industry Pioneer, Former Owner of Diamond Packaging, Dies at 78
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – March 7, 2016 – Karla Fichter, current owner of Diamond Packaging, is deeply saddened to announce that Harry Voss, former CEO, president and owner of the company, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, after beating cancer for over a decade.
Harry earned a BBA in Industrial Management from Clarkson College of Technology. After college he joined the Marine Corps, and as a rifle company commander, he achieved the rank of Captain.
Harry joined Diamond in 1965 and was a powerful force in the packaging industry for over 40 years.
In 1973, he bought controlling interest of Diamond and led its transformation from a company with 13 employees and $750,000 in sales to a global industry leader providing packaging products and services to Fortune 500 companies worldwide.
In 1997 he co-founded the North Atlantic Packaging Alliance (NAPA), which later expanded to the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA).
He contributed his wisdom and knowledge to various trade, educational and community organizations, serving as chairman of the National Paperbox Association (NPA), and as a member of the board of directors for the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC).
In 2012 he was recognized by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harry’s fundamental business values: “Give the customer what he wants, when he wants it, made of the highest quality necessary, and charge what it is worth – nothing more and nothing less. That way he will be back tomorrow and you will be there to service him again.”
His presence will be missed yet always remembered.
To share a memory of Harry or send a condolence to the family please visit www.anthonychapels.com.