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Lacks Enterprises names non-family member president

December 11, 2014
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Lacks Enterprises names non-family member president
Nick Hrnyak. Courtesy Lacks Enterprises

After more than 40 years, Lacks Enterprises is announcing its first non-family member president.

The Grand Rapids-based auto supplier said today that it has promoted Nick Hrnyak to the role.

Effective Jan. 1, Hrnyak will lead daily operations of the company with direct oversight of its three main business divisions: Plastic Plate, Trim Systems and Wheel Trim Systems.

Richard Lacks, Jr., who has served as the company’s president and CEO for the past 16 years, will continue in his role as CEO.

Hrnyak will report directly to Lacks.

The company has operated with a Lacks family member in the role of chairman of the board, CEO and president since the mid 1970s.

“Although Nick’s last name is not Lacks, he is as close to an extension of the Lacks family in his core beliefs as anyone I have come across in my forty years with this company,” Lacks said.

Lacks said Hrnyak’s promotion also had to do with his “ability to embrace the corporate culture, his overall character and his high integrity.”

“I’m honored to continue the tradition of vision, leadership and growth that has been modeled by the Lacks family for generations,” Hrnyak said. “I am committed to carrying on the legacy of Lacks Enterprises, Inc. and its commitment to produce world-class products as a model corporate citizen in West Michigan.”


Hrnyak has 28 years of professional experience in the plastics and composites industry.

He first joined Lacks Enterprises in 2002.

He initially served as director of sales in the Plastic Plate division. He was promoted to general manager of the division and then promoted again to vice president and general manager. He went on to lead Plastic Plate to unprecedented success.

In a company publication Lacks said of Hrnyak’s success, “In ten years, Nick took Plastic Plate from a poor stepchild within Lacks Enterprises to a separate, extremely successful business unit within the Lacks corporate structure.”

Hrnyak has lived in West Michigan for the past 13 years with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children. He was born and raised in the Chicago area.

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