Our Team

Each member of the HumusPak Team has a unique story, but one thing we have in common is our passion for bringing change to the protective packaging industry

Ken Willingham | President, Co-CEO, and Founding Partner

Growing up, my family camped often. I’m sure part of it had to do with the fact that we had little to spare on vacations, but most of it was because we just loved being outdoors, camping, hiking, and water skiing. As a kid, there was nothing better than the freedom of exploring and the adventures we shared together as a family.

At the end of each trip, my dad would have everyone scan and clean the campsite for trash – whether we were responsible for it or not. At the time, this was my least favorite part of the journey next to actually getting in the car to leave, but we always did it without complaint because dad told us it was the right thing to do.

I have held on to those early lessons dad taught me about preserving our environment. From young adulthood, when hiking with friends – packing out everything we hiked in with +1 extra – to today, where I have the opportunity with the HumusPak team to “clean” the environment of plastic pollutants. Dad’s words still resonate. “Leave this place better than you found it.”

As the first home-compostable nature-based packaging material, HumusPak is making the commitment not only to protect the multitudes of items being shipped daily but also to reduce the impact it has on the earth after use. It is a story each one of us can be a part of and a new, exciting adventure in conservation we can share together. Future generations will thank us.

Shihfong Wang | Co-CEO and Founding Partner

Words can’t describe the joy after observing the fascinating world of marine life, but this goofy photo of me coming up from a dive is probably the best representation.

My passion for bringing Humuspak to reality is so that future generations will be able to experience the joy and wonders of nature, while being pragmatic and balancing the conveniences that we’ve all become accustomed to. There IS a better way, a solution to one of the contributors to plastic pollution – by making packaging from sustainable and compostable materials. We at Humuspak are committed to bringing that solution to life and continuing to seek innovations.

Jeff Baird | Founding Partner

Growing up in Kentucky with rolling hills of forest as my backyard and playground instilled a deep respect and love for nature and all the creatures that call it home. I was also drawn to technology. I’ve dedicated my life’s work to innovating technology, designing robots and automation that work side-by-side with humans to improve life, and researching alternative materials that are safe for our environment and perform as well or better than their counterparts.

At HumusPak, we’ve discovered that a fantastic, home compostable alternative to planet-destroying single-use plastics can be used to make the air cushions and packaging materials that we encounter daily, every time we receive a package or envelope. Billions of plastic packaging materials can be replaced with a certified high-performing alternative to fully decompose even in your home compost! At HumusPak, we are dedicated to stopping the plastic pollution of our oceans and natural habitats and hope you will join us in our mission to save the planet!

Joe Nezwek | Founding Partner

My wife and I have always enjoyed constantly getting out in nature and hiking in the great outdoors! Our favorite spots have been our spectacular national park system or practically anyplace along the Northern California coast where we live. Besides enjoying the exercise, breathing in the fresh air, and always admiring the vistas, we sometimes get the added bonus of spotting whales and dolphins off the coast, hawks and falcons soaring above, or spotting a beautiful California Golden Bear (from a distance)! Once you experience the incredible wildlife, you never want anything man-made to harm all these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat! Home compostable nature-based protective packaging from HumusPak is a step in the right direction especially given the exponentially expanding world of e-commerce shipments. You can make a difference; we all can!

Ben Westdorp | VP Marketing

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains has given me endless amounts of adventure and perspective on some of the best things our planet has to offer. I never want to take the beauty and serenity of nature for granted and feel it’s our responsibility for subsequent generations to experience the same. We have a choice to do something different, and HumusPak can make a dent in the waste of single-use plastic. This plastic pandemic is something we must all come face-to-face with, and using home-composable shipping materials will make a difference now and for years to come.