Matt Matsuo selected as Man of the Year for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

TENAFLY, NJ – 15 Aug, 2017 – Matt M. Matsuo, COO and President of r-pac International Group, has just recently been named Man of the Year for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

While inclusion into the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in and of itself, only one individual is selected annually for this distinction based on years of experience in their field, professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, and contributions to their communities. 

Mr. Matsuo is being recognized for his 52 years of international business experience, and for his expertise in the private labeling and packaging industry – demonstrated by a lifetime of achievements & successes throughout his career as a leader, true pioneer in his field and a role model for all professionals.

He was also honored at the 2016 IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala and presented the Sapphire Diamond Crystal piece for his lifetime of achievement and success and for his selection as Top Professional of the Year in Private Labeling.

This year, Matt will be presented with the Crystal Tri Pedestal Globe.

A Brief History of His Accomplishments

During the 60’s & 70’s, Matt led the globalization of the YKK Zipper Corporation, expanding their business worldwide; helping them become the number one zipper company in America in less than 10 years.

And in the late 70’s, Matt developed the “private label” concept for the packaging industry. His model was adopted worldwide, creating a multi-billion-dollar industry. Matt is fondly referred to as the “Godfather of Private Labeling and Packaging.”  

Moving on from YKK, during the early 80’s, Matt began implementing his concept at the American Silk Label Co., the oldest and the largest label company in the world. 

He continued helping and directing globalization of several multi-national packaging companies, seeing them to success in the global private label industry.

In late 2000, Matt’s company merged with a mid-sized US packaging company, resulting in the birth of r-pac International Corp. Within 10 years, r-pac International Corp. ranked second in the world.

The company has been awarded by several major retailers for their consistency in maintaining brand integrity and become a leader in the private distribution of softline apparel labels, packaging, tags, and hardline packaging. Additionally, their involvement in the retail solutions business has helped further shape the private label industry.

With over 30 manufacturing locations worldwide, including 11 US and 7 EU sales offices, r-pac International is thriving.

Today, Matt oversees all aspects of sourcing, production, distribution and international operations at r-pac and continues to build his legacy.

His Education & Contributions

Matt received his bachelors of business in global marketing and retailing from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in 1964. 

He remains active with various YKK foundations and American private label industry organizations and is affiliated with charities bringing relief to areas of Japan affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

His Future

Mr. Matsuo is currently working on his book about the industry, his life, the people he’s met and the experiences he’s had along the way. 

On April 10, 2018, Matt & his wife, Keiko, will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the same hotel they were married in Kyoto, Japan. They plan to honor their family, friends and business colleagues who have made such a significant impact on their lives.

Matt says he expresses immense gratitude for Keiko who has supported him throughout his illustrious career and plans to spend the rest of his days living for her.

For More Information on Matt, watch his tribute video at


The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. 

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

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