Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> March 11, 2002

H.lee Thrash Iii – Caraustar Industries Inc (csar)

H. LEE THRASH III is Vice President Planning/Development and Chief Financial Officer of Caraustar Industries, effective September 1990. Mr. Thrash attended Mars Hill College, where he graduated cum laude, receiving a BS degree in Economics and Accounting. He then attended the University of Georgia, where he completed his MBA with an emphasis on Finance and graduated summa cum laude. Upon completion of his formal education he started his business career with Ethan Allen, Inc. in their Finance Department. During his career with Ethan Allen, from March 1975 to August 1982, he held various management positions in both Finance and Operations. In September 1982 Mr. Thrash joined International Interiors Ltd., Inc., as Plant Manager for their Atlanta, Georgia, manufacturing facility. Mr. Thrash was employed by Caraustar Industries in 1983 and his first assignment was Corporate Controller. In 1986 he was promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and shortly thereafter was elected to the Caraustar Board of Directors. He is a member of the Association of International Business Executives, National Association of Cash Management, American Production and Inventory Control Society, Japan Society, the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Financial Executives Institute and the Atlanta Association for Corporate Growth. Profile
TWST: Can we start out with a history and overview of Caraustar


Mr. Thrash: The history of the company goes back to its founding in

Charlotte, North Carolina in 1939. So it's got a