Remembering JBM’s Founder Greg Sheanshang
The JBM family late last year said goodbye to Greg Sheanshang, the trailblazing founder and longtime chief executive officer of JBM Packaging. His legacy in the packaging industry is a testament to his dedication, work ethic and to all the lives he touched.
JBM would not be where we are without Greg’s leadership.
Greg was more than a businessman. He was a leader, a visionary and a mentor to many around him. His passion for developing young professionals continued long after he officially stepped out of his role as the CEO of JBM Packaging, though you could still find him working in the office several days a week.
Jessica Black, Director of Sales, started at JBM as an intern before working as Greg’s Executive Assistant early in her career.
“You only had to meet Greg once, and you knew what he looked, sounded and dressed like,” said Black. “Everything about him was memorable. And, he made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He’s had such a huge impact on my life. He is someone I admire and treasure.”
A Glimpse Through Time with Greg Sheanshang
1985: The Birth of a Vision
Greg entered the world of envelopes after graduating from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After a brief stint at a local envelope company, Greg followed his entrepreneurial spirit and launched JBM Envelope, an envelope brokerage business, in 1985. He started with three employees and named the company after his three children: Jennifer, Bridget and Marcus.
1989: The Growth Phase
Under Greg’s leadership, JBM Packaging left the brokerage business and began manufacturing small, open-end envelopes. During these formative years, he laid the foundation for JBM’s distinctive culture of excellence.
1991: Expansion and Innovation
With the industry evolving rapidly, Greg ensured JBM Packaging was always a step ahead. This period saw diversification in the company’s product line and services, establishing it as a versatile player in the market. After entering the seed packaging market, the business quickly grew. JBM expanded its services, incorporating cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art machinery. Three years later, Greg purchased a warehouse in Lebanon, Ohio, JBM’s current headquarter location.
1997: Investing in People, Space and Technology
Finding increased demand for its products in the envelope and seed markets, JBM secured new manufacturing space and continued to add it its team. Three years later, it added new folding equipment to further diversify its product offerings.
2008: The Legacy Continues
In 2008, Greg sold to the business to his son, Marcus Sheanshang, the current CEO of JBM Packaging. Even as Greg stepped back from the business, his influence continued to resonate in every corner of the company. His core values of dedication, integrity, and innovation continue to guide JBM Packaging’s path. Greg Sheanshang was more than just the founder of JBM Packaging; he was its heart and soul. His deep-rooted belief in the power of collaboration, hard work, and continual learning transformed a budding enterprise into an industry leader.
“My father was the epitome of an entrepreneur who, in many ways, willed the success of his business,” said Marcus Sheanshang, JBM President and CEO. “Taking tremendous risk for what he believed in, Greg worked hard to achieve his goals and left his mark on the business community in Cincinnati and his many employees.”
A quote from Maya Angelou summarizes Greg’s impact well:
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Greg, you made us feel inspired, valued, and capable of greatness. Here’s to you, our guiding star. Your memory lives on, and your legacy will continue to shape JBM Packaging for generations to come.
A selection of Greg’s notable quips and regular reminders.