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President & CEO
Mr. Meccia is President & CEO and is also Chairman of the Board of Directors. Previously, John was Global Vice President of Paper Converting and Graphic Arts for Henkel Corporation, one of the world’s largest chemical companies (~50,000 employees in approximately 120 countries). Mr. Meccia has over 30 years of domestic and international experience leading sales, marketing, manufacturing and technical teams. Prior to Henkel, he was with National Starch and Chemical, where he directed the North American Paper Packaging business and created a start-up service consulting business. Mr. Meccia has also served as a Senior Executive for Research and Development and Field Technical Solutions and has extensive overseas manufacturing management experience. Mr. Meccia has served as a board member for the Adhesives and Sealants Council. He earned a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Budd is the Chief Financial Officer. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from St. Peter’s University, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the AICPA and the New Jersey Society of CPAs. Joe has over 30 years of domestic and international finance experience with large and small chemical manufacturers. The large majority of his career was with National Starch & Chemical Company, where he spent 21 years. During that time, Joe held a wide variety of leadership positions at both the corporate and business levels. In the corporate roles, Joe led the finance and accounting for National’s B2B international businesses. He then transitioned to the operational side where he supported business units ranging in size from $100M to $750M. As CFO of these divisions, Joe partnered with the leadership teams to drive sales growth through innovation, margin improvement, cost optimization and improved cash flow. He has also executed a good number of acquisitions. Most recently, Joe was the VP Finance for Elementis Specialties, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange, and the Chief Financial Officer of Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc., a sizable family-owned business.
Senior VP of Research, Development & Innovation
Ms. Cole is the Senior Vice President of Research, Development and Innovation. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. Ingrid has over 24 years of R&D, technical service and innovation management experience in the specialty chemical industry. She was previously the Vice President and Global Innovation Portfolio Manager for Henkel’s Consumer Packaging and Construction business. In this role, she managed a +200M€ innovation portfolio and implemented a new product development and project management process to improve execution and speed to market. Prior to her role in Innovation she was the Vice President of Technical Customer Service for North America at Henkel and National Starch and Chemical Company. Ingrid also has a background in R&D, developing adhesives across multiple technologies and applications. She holds seven patents for novel adhesives utilized in the food and consumer packaging business.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Dautreuil is the Chief Technology Officer. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has served the poultry industry for the past ten years and holds five industry-related patents. The CMS D3S [Link to Delivery System], his latest patent, provides a new approach to enhanced food safety & worker safety while reducing total cost ownership for poultry processors. Francis spent fifteen years in engineering and operations management in specialty chemicals prior to his current role at Prevenio.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Dietrich is the Chief Operating Officer. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Penn State University. He has specialty chemical experience in technical, sales and marketing roles for the past seventeen years at National Starch & Chemical and Henkel Corporation. He previously was named national sales executive of the year for National Starch & Chemical and ran the largest business segment within the North American Paper Converting business of Henkel.
VP of Engineering and Technical Services
Mr. Kroitsch is the VP of Engineering and Technical Services. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Minor in Information Management & Technology. He has twenty years of mechanical design, product development, technical sales and management roles at Tyco Telecommunications, Tech Products Inc. and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Doug is a co-inventor on three patents in the medical and food packaging industry. Doug has also received multiple recognition awards from Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne during his tenure with them. Doug is also proud to have attained the highest rank in Boy Scouts: Eagle Scout.
Business Unit Manager / Produce
Mr. Grunbeck is the Business Unit Manager for produce. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He has specialty chemical experience in sales, sales management, marketing, key account management and business development roles for the past thirty-three years at National Starch & Chemical and Henkel Corporation. He has been recognized by Henkel for his Excellence in driving growth, developing people, customer focus and delivering outstanding financial results. He ran the fastest growing segment within the North American Paper Converting business of Henkel.
Director of Technical Services
Mr. Bramlett is the Director of Technical Services. He earned a B.S. in poultry science from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Appalachian State University. Mark has held many diverse poultry roles equaling to almost 20 years in the industry. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician in avian medicine. He returned to NCSU after graduation as a poultry research technician to assist professors with advancements in the industry. Mark strengthened his knowledge in poultry processing and live production during his tenure at Sanderson Farms and Case Farms. His greatest contribution to the industry was having an influential role in the transition from conventional methods to raising antibiotic free poultry.
Board and Key Advisors
Mr. DiMuzio is a member of the CMS Board of Directors. He served previously as Corporate Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain for Henkel Corporation, one of the world’s largest chemical companies (~50,000 employees in approximately 120 countries). He was responsible for over 200 manufacturing sites worldwide with responsibilities that included long term strategic planning, network optimization, capital budget planning and management, and organizational development. Prior to Henkel, Mr. DiMuzio served a variety of operational executive positions with National Starch and Chemical on both a regional and global basis. He also served as co-chairman of the Operations Executive of parent company Imperial Chemicals Industries (ICI) while at National Starch. Mr. DiMuzio graduated with an engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He currently sponsors and consults for Autism advocacy groups in South Carolina.
Ms. Kristan is the Director of Investor Relations & Business Development at Papyrus Capital, a long short equity fund, where she handles investor relations and communication, ensuring transparency and an open investor dialogue. Connie has expertise in start-up operations, financial services, strategic planning, product development and market implementation. Prior to Papyrus, Connie was Chief Administrative Office at Centurion Holdings, a private equity firm owned by Joseph Grano (former Chairman & CEO of UBS Financial Services) and his partner, James Orphanides (former CEO & Executive Chairman for First American Title Insurance Company of New York). Connie previously served as a Vice President in the Office of the Chairman at the UBS Financial Services Inc. and managed personal private equity investments for the Chairman & CEO. Before UBS, she led a strategic business unit as a profit center for a physician and hospital owned start-up managed care organization. Connie also served as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch marketing equities, bonds, annuities, life insurance and other financial products. She has an undergraduate degree from New York University with a concentration in psychology and international business and an MBA in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Mr. Oberholtzer has over 30 years of broad investment advisory experience with a focus on alternative asset management and financial product structuring for institutional clients. Prior to joining WP Global, he was a Director of WestAM where he was responsible for their small and middle market buyouts, special situations and co-investments and was a member of the Private Equity Executive Committee and Investment Committee. Prior to WestAM, Mr. Oberholtzer previously served as the Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of FLI’s Global Derivatives Group and was a Senior Vice President of Products and Strategies. Prior to FLI, Mr. Oberholtzer was a Director of Jefferies Analytical Trading Group at Jefferies Group, where he was involved in product structure and fund management in equities and listed derivatives. Mr. Oberholtzer has served as the president of two private financial services companies and was active in a successful family business for several years. He has a B.B.A. from George Washington University.
Mr. Wolken is the owner of Boom Enterprises, LLC, a franchisee of Sonic Drive Ins in the Chicago area. Mr. Wolken was previously Vice President Strategic Vendor Relations for R3 Redistribution, a division of Bunzl PLC, after having sold his company, A W Mendenhall Co, to Bunzl in 2005. Hal served for 17 years as the President of A W Mendenhall Co, Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Il., one of the largest independent redistributors of paper and plastic products in 18 states of the Midwestern US. Mr. Wolken’s career at A W Mendenhall spanned over 34 years, working there in various capacities. He helped to pioneer the paper and plastic and chemical redistribution channel, and served as Chairman of Redistributors of America and Advantage Marketing Associates for three years each, both specialized industry organizations exclusive to redistribution.
Mr. Wolken is President of Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, IL as well as a valued committee member of Little City Foundation where he was honoree and received the Morrie Kellman Humanitarian Award in 2008. He has been an active member in World Presidents Organization (WPO) since 1995. He has served on other public and private company boards, including a winery, a graphic arts manufacturer/distributor, and his Temple board of directors in the late 90’s. He also served as a member of the Georgia Pacific Tissue Distributor Advisory Council as well as that of the SCA Tissue Distributor Advisory Council and the National Paper Trade Association’s Disposable/Jan San committee. Mr. Wolken received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Finance, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. He also served in the United States Army reserves from 1969-1975
Chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC
Joseph J. Grano, Jr.
Mr. Grano is Chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly UBS PaineWebber). Mr. Grano was instrumental in helping to bring about the merger of PaineWebber with UBS in 2000. Prior to joining PaineWebber he was with Merrill Lynch for 16 years, holding various senior management positions including Director of National Sales.
Mr. Grano is the former Chairman of the Board of Governors of NASD and a member of the NASD’s Executive Committee. Mr. Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He served in this capacity until August 2005. In 1987 he was named the industry’s best retail marketing executive in a survey conducted by Investment Dealers’ Digest.
Mr. Grano holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Pepperdine University and Babson College as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Queens College. In addition to being one of the financial service industry’s leading executives, Mr. Grano is involved in a wide range of educational and philanthropic endeavors. Mr. Grano also served in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets). Mr. Grano is the author of the book “You Can’t Predict A Hero” which was on BusinessWeek’s best seller list in 2009.
Partner and President of Centurion Holdings LLC
James M. Orphanides
Mr. Orphanides is a Partner and the President of Centurion Holdings LLC, and also the former President and Co- Chief Executive Officer of CMS Technology, Inc. Mr. Orphanides was formerly the CEO & Executive Chairman for First American Title Insurance Company of New York. Prior to joining First American, Mr. Orphanides was the Principal and President of Preferred Land Title Services, Inc. and before that, Vice President and head of the National Sales department in New York for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. Since 2005, Mr. Orphanides has served as an independent trustee to the board of Chambers Street Properties, a NYSE company.
Mr. Orphanides sits on the Boards of the following non-profit organizations: the Foundation for Medical Evaluation and Early Detection and Citizen Budget Commission. He is also a member for the Hellenic American Bankers Association (HABA) and the Economic Club of New York; TPC Gold Club at Jasna Polana in Princeton, New Jersey; the Nassau Club in Princeton, New Jersey and the Union League Club in New York City. Mr. Orphanides received a B.A. Degree from Heidelberg College and an M.A. Degree from Queens College of New York.