Expert in Paper Manufacturing, Coating, and Recycling
Expert consults regularly with both North American and overseas clients on paper manufacturing concerns. This includes issues of equipment and processes for new paper grades, quality improvement, cost improvement, and troubleshooting. He also teaches short courses and conducts seminars in paper manufacturing. He is an expert on paper processing machinery. He has studied methods of extending the useful life of older machinery by modifying it to produce value added paper products. He has investigated the machinery required for surface sizing.
Expert has developed a coating technology and process for paper used in facsimile machines and recording devices which can be imaged with a thermal print head. He worked with new producers of this paper in Asia, Australia, Latin America, and Africa.
Expert works regularly with clients on coating formulation, coating process, and paper quality improvement. He also teaches short courses and seminars in this area.
Expert is one of very few people knowledgeable in carbonless paper technology but not bound by a secrecy/employee/former employee agreement with one of the major producers. He has qualified a new carbonless solvent with the EPA, served as an expert witness on carbonless, and developed carbonless paper processes and facilities for new producers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has been qualified and testified in Federal court as an expert in papermaking, carbonless paper production and PCB-pollution from carbonless paper production in the 1954-1971 period.
He is skilled in the use of recycled fiber in traditional virgin fiber grades. He designed the process for the first mill in North America to convert office waste into a deinked pulp which was suitable for making into business papers. He has also consulted with major North American paper producers on process and equipment changes necessary for using recycled fiber in the production of high quality coated papers.
He has served as project engineer/consultant on paper machine and coater installations and rebuilds. He has served as an expert witness in litigation involving paper mill equipment contracts and qualified as an expert on paper engineering in both state and Federal court.
Containerboard - repurposing of paper machines making newsprint and printing & writing papers to make containerboard.
Consults with paper mills and specializes in coating. He has helped mills to reduce quality complaints by over 40% and also to increase production by more than 10%.He performs due diligence reviews of paper industry project financing and merger/acquisition analysis.Has guided the development of several new value-added grades of paper, including film coated offset and coated linerboard.Evaluated a new pigment for coated ink jet papers and filed a patent application on behalf of the client. He coordinated the client's commercialization of this new product.Has assisted both chemical and equipment suppliers in introducing new products and technology to the paper industry.
Expert is recognized as an expert in development of coated and other value-added papers, processing and use of recycled and non-wood fibers, application of innovative technology to the paper industry and commercialization of new technology and product developments. He has guided several startup companies to exit through acquisition and/or IPO.
He graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in pulp and paper technology and received a master of business administration in marketing management from Pace University.
Expert' six decades of paper industry experience include technical and operating positions with Hamilton Paper, Oxford Paper, Union Camp, and Westvaco; editorial experience with Paper Trade Journal; sales/marketing management positions with Merck Chemical, Lockport Felt, Asten Group, and Inventing/BTG Coating Systems.
In 1986 he became a consultant to the paper industry specializing in development of value-added and coated paper grades, recycled fibers processing and applications, paper and board made from non-wood fibers and marketing of innovative products and technology to the paper industry.
Expert serves Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University. He is a Fellow of TAPPI, the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry and has served on the association's Board of Directors and received the TAPPI Distinguished Service Award. Expert has also been honored with the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal – the paper industry’s highest award for commercializing technical and engineering developments on a global basis. In 2016 he was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.
He has numerous publications on paper technology and marketing management. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Paper 360° and Tappi Journal.
He serves on the Board of the Western Michigan University Paper Technology Foundation and has been elected to the PTF Hall of Fame and the Western Michigan University Academy of Engineering Excellence.
Western Michigan University: BA in Mathematics with minors in Pulp & Paper Technology and Chemistry, 1962.
Pace University: MBA in Marketing Management, 1968 - Thesis: Impact of the Marketing Concept on Management of the Paper Industry; doctoral level course work in strategic planning, finance, organization development, and international business.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tampa, Florida - Saint Petersburg, Florida - Orlando, Florida - Clearwater, Florida - Cape Coral, Florida - Lakeland, Florida - Largo, Florida - Sarasota, Florida
|Year: 1968||Degree: M.B.A.||Subject: Marketing Management||Institution: Pace University|
|Year: 1962||Degree: B.S.||Subject: Pulp and Paper Science Engineering||Institution: Western Michigan University|
|Years: 1986 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: President||Department:||Responsibilities: Provides consulting to the paper and allied industries on implementation of new technology.
Consultant to the pulp and paper industry and affiliated companies: coating and paper-making technology, strategic planning, feasibility studies, value-added grade development, recycled fiber usage, deinking processes, due diligence on acquisitions and mergers, expert testimony and assistance in regulatory approvals.
|Years: 1982 to 1986||Employer: BTG Coating Systems, Dallas, TX/Inventing of America Ltd., King of Prussia, PA||Title: Vice President||Department:||Responsibilities: He was responsible for costing equipment suppliers and general management of vendors.
Founded and developed North American sales/service subsidiary of Swedish paper coater manufacturer; turned around sales decline; managed acquisition of Dahlgren LAS business and consolidation into fully integrated manufacturer of coating equipment.
|Years: 1975 to 1981||Employer: Asten Group Inc.||Title: Corporate Marketing Director/Director of International Sales||Department:||Responsibilities: Conducted marketing of paper machine clothing--forming fabrics, press, and dryer felts.
Managed marketing function of supplier of paper machine clothing; coordinated acquisition of French felt manufacturer; developed worldwide sales/service organization.
|Years: 1975 to 1981||Employer: Lockport Felt Division of Carborundum Co.||Title: Marketing Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: He marketed specialty chemicals to pulp and paper mills.
Managed marketing function of supplier of paper machine clothing including wet press felts and dryer fabrics.
|Years: 1969 to 1975||Employer: Merck Paper Chemicals||Title: Sales Representative/Product Manager/Marketing Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: Progressed from field sales into marketing management for maker of wet end and coating specialty chemicals; achieved rapid growth in sales and net income; managed commercialization of two new product lines.|
|Years: 1964 to 1968||Employer: Paper Trade Journal||Title: Associate Editor||Department:||Responsibilities: Wrote and edited articles about pulp and paper technology.
Edited weekly paper industry trade and technical magazine.
|Years: 1963 to 1964||Employer: Westvaco Corp.||Title: Operating Engineer||Department: Luke Mill||Responsibilities: Responsible for two paper machines with on-machine coaters.|
|Years: 1962 to 1963||Employer: Union Camp Corp.||Title: Process Engineer||Department: Savannah Mill||Responsibilities: Projects focused on kraft pulping and paper machine optimization.|
|Years: 1960 to 1961||Employer: Oxford Miami Paper Co.||Title: Laboratory Technician||Department:||Responsibilities: Projects focused on deinking plant and testing of mill effluents|
|Years: 1958 to 1962||Employer: Hamilton Paper Co.||Title: Chemist||Department: Plainwell Mill||Responsibilities: He was responsible for process supervision and testing of pulp and paper. This was a full-time night shift job in a paper mill while attending WMU full time days.
Worked night shift as deinking/bleach plant chemist to finance education.
|Years: 1957 to 1958||Employer: Western Michigan University||Title: Laboratory and pilot plant technician||Department: Department of Pulp and Paper Technology||Responsibilities:|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1998 to Present||Country / Region: Brazil||Summary: Consulted with Suzano and other large Brazilian paper companies, on product development, process and quality improvement, and capital projects. He travels to Brazil several times yearly.|
|Years: 2002 to Present||Country / Region: Argentina||Summary: He worked with an Argentine paper company on entering the coated paper business, including financial modeling, process definition, equiment selection, and training of personnel.|
|Years: 1978 to 1981||Country / Region: Asia||Summary: Was International Business Manager for Asten Group and traveled to Asian countries on a regular basis to sell and service papermachine clothing products.|
|Years: 1987 to 2002||Country / Region: China and Korea||Summary: He provided start up assistance, troubleshooting, and technical service to mills in China and Korea making coated printing paper, coated linerboard, carbonless paper, and thermal papers.|
|Years: 2005 to 2006||Country / Region: South Africa||Summary: He worked with a South African paper producer on development of new barrier coated grades of paper and selection and installation of new coating equipment to make the new grades.|
|Associations / Societies|
| Expert is a member of several Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) committees.
TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PULP & PAPER INDUSTRY (TAPPI): Lifetime Member - Served on Board of Directors; former chairman of Paper and Board Manufacture Division and Management Services Division; currently on Coating Process Committee, Papermakers Committee, Basestock Committee, and Publications Committee; chairman and chief instructor of Coating Process Short Course and Marketing Short Course; instructor for Coated Paperboard Course; co-chair and instructor Paper Machine Optimization and Containerboard Manufacture Courses.
|Western Michigan University: Adjunct Professor of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging 1999-Present
Paper Technology Foundation Inc., Western Michigan University – Trustee.
Pacific Nano Products, Inc. – Member of the Board of Directors
|Awards / Recognition|
|Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.
TAPPI Paper and Board Manufacturing Division Award.
Harris O. Ware Prize for contributions to paper and paperboard manufacture.
TAPPI Distinguished Service Award.
TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division Leadership and Service Award
TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award
Paper Technology Foundation Inc., Western Michigan University- Fellow, Hall of Fame Award
Western Michigan University Academy of Engineering Excellence
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|He has over 100 technical publications on paper technology and is coauthor of several textbooks on paper manufacture and paper coating. He has seven patents on paper novel paper chemicals.
Numerous publications in technical journals and trade magazines on pulp and paper manufacturing technology, marketing management, technology forecasting, business planning, and human resource development; co-author of paper technology textbooks; frequent speaker and panelist at paper industry technical and business conferences.
Seven issued patents on papermaking and coating chemicals plus two pending patents.
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Has testified as an expert witness in litigation involving papermaking including patent and trademark cases, personal injury liability including asbestos exposure, product liability, ITC proceedings, and EPA qualification of a new carbonless solvent (TOSCA).|
|Training / Seminars|
|He teaches continuing education courses on papermaking and coating for Wesern Michigan University and TAPPI. He develops and presents seminars and training specifically focused for the needs of individual paper and supplier companies.|
|Has experience locating vendors of paper and paperboard products, equipment, chemicals, and supplies for the manufacturing of pulp, paper, and coated paper products, and engineering firms for paper industry projects. He also has access to industry directories, product catalogs, technical literature, a database, and extensive personal contacts.|
|He wrote the textbook for, developed, and teaches an annual short course involving effective techniques in the paper industry. He has performed market research to define the paper industry as a market for new products, developed marketing plans, and performed audits of sales and marketing organizations and operations for suppliers to the paper industry.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Expert is Adjunct Professor of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging Science at Western Michigan University.|
|French||Has reasonable fluency in speaking and reading both Quebec and Parisian French.|
|Portuguese||He has reasonable fluency in speaking and reading Portuguese.|
|Spanish||Has reasonable fluency in speaking and reading Castillian Spanish.|