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There was a time—not long ago--when bottles had to be pounded to release ketchup. Hand lotion clogged the dispenser, long before the tube was empty. And toothpaste caps rolled down drains. A Moravian alum, Eric S. Ruskoski ’69, president of Aptar Closures, played a major role in rescuing us from these everyday annoyances.
Ruskoski leads a business that is the global leader in the design, development, and production of dispensing closure systems. The flip-top cap, upside-down closure, and other indispensible dispensers are the innovations of Seaquist Closures, a global business that Ruskoski helped build from the ground up. Today Seaquist Closures employs more than 3,000 people and operates factories in thirteen countries. Its parent company, AptarGroup, recorded sales of more than $2 billion in 2008 and is listed by Forbes magazine as among the “400 best big companies.” Innovation and an ability to adapt to the changing needs of customers and suppliers have allowed Aptar to thrive even during the most economically challenging times.
Ruskoski says adaptability—being open to new opportunities and to continue learning—has been the key to his personal success, too. “I never dreamed I had the ability to become a businessman—certainly not a business leader,” says the former Greyhound football running back and English lit major, who, as a freshman, “had not demonstrated much promise as a scholar.
“But one of the great things about Moravian is the personal interest demonstrated by its teachers. Moravian educators and coaches gave me confidence and modeled the way for learning beyond the classroom.”
Eric Ruskoski received the 2009 Comenius Award from Moravian College.
"Moravian educators and coaches gave me confidence—they modeled the way for learning beyond the classroom."