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Ropella Places Vice President of Procurement for Vitaquest

Posted: 01/30/2019  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

WEST CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY, JANUARY 30, 2019 – Congratulations to Catherine Roth, who recently accepted an offer to become Vitaquest’s Vice President of Procurement.

Catherine comes to Vitaquest from Revlon, where she spent 20 years working her way up to her most recent position of Director, Global Master Data. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Human Ecology from Rutgers University.

Vitaquest has been providing quality vitamin and supplement manufacturing to their clients for more than 40 years, with a focus on nutraceuticals. They handle every aspect of GMP manufacturing for their products and pride themselves on their dedication to offering clients the highest level of customer care, quality, experience, innovation, sustainability and social responsibility.

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Ropella Places VP of Production for AgBiome

Posted: 01/23/2019  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, January 23, 2019 – Congratulations to Kenneth Laderman, who recently accepted an offer to become AgBiome’s new Vice President of Production.

Kenneth has 20 plus years of industry experience, broad management skills and supervisorial experience ranging from 2 to 20 direct reports. Kenneth comes to AgBiome from Bausch & Lomb (formerly ISTA Pharmaceutical), where he spent 12 years as Director of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing. While at Bausch & Lomb he was responsible for all aspects of biologics production including qualification of a new facility, process validation, production planning, licensure, raw material acquisition, API production and document review.  He received his Ph.D. in Biology from John Hopkins University and his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and History from Pomona College.

AgBiome is a biotechnology company located in Research Triangle Park, Durham, North Carolina. They have partnerships with leading agricultural companies that accelerate their discovery process and allow them to deliver solutions for global markets. AgBiome develops innovative, cutting-edge solutions using new knowledge of the plant-associated microbiome to create novel products. As a self-managed, non-hierarchal company, they continually challenge themselves to maximize happiness, innovation and productivity.

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Ropella Christmas Party

Posted: 12/17/2018  Category: RG Company NewsMiscellaneou

Last weekend the Ropella Group gathered for their annual Christmas party in Destin, Florida.  We began our event-filled weekend on Friday afternoon, meeting at Uncle Buck’s bowling alley just outside the beautiful Destin Commons.  Here we were able to partake in snacks and a fun but competitive game of bowling.  After walking around the Commons with spending cash in our pockets, it was on to dinner at Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi. After dinner, we then made our way to Baytowne Wharf to check in at Lasata and prepare for our company gift exchange. There were gifts of all shapes and sizes such as tool boxes, gift cards, fuzzy blankets, Echo dots, and even a machete! If you know the Ropella Group, you know that the fun did not stop there.  Oh no, we ended the first night of the Ropella gathering in CEO Patrick Ropella’s room for a lively game of Catch Phrase and some karaoke.

The next morning, Another Broken Egg was where we all met for a wonderful breakfast and a much-needed cup of coffee.  Afterwards, the group parted ways and headed to one of three pre-planned activities of their choice, Laser-tag, mini-golf or wine tasting.  Earlier in the afternoon, everyone had been prompted to be back in their rooms at Lasata for the most important event of the weekend, The Gingerbread House Contest.  The Ropella Group had been challenged several weeks earlier to come up with a creative, Dr. Seuss-themed display.  

Even though we all have competitive spirits and enjoy games and contests, the most important takeaway from the weekend of togetherness was to form a closer bond with our Ropella family.  I believe that we achieved this goal as evidenced in the picture compilation below.

Thank you, Pat and Robbie, for the great weekend. 

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Ropella Launches Research & Development and Product Development Searches for Coats - North America

Posted: 12/12/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Assignment

MARION, NORTH CAROLINA, DECEMBER 12, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched two new searches on behalf of Coats – North America, who is looking for a Research & Development Engineer and a Product Development Research Scientist to support the company in the growth and development of high-performance products to solve customers’ needs.

Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textiles and craft market. Coats products are part of the fabric of everyday life: from clothing, accessories and furniture to fiber optics. The company aims to deliver innovation, digital solutions and sustainable value to all stakeholders.

In October 2018, Coats opened its first Innovation Hub in Marion, North Carolina. This hub will serve as one of three centers around the world used for collaboration with a range of partners including customers, suppliers, universities and start-ups. The Innovation Hubs will develop pioneering new products and processes in apparel, footwear and performance materials, which encompasses hi-tech products for end uses in automotive, oil and gas, protective wear and telecom.


Job Requirements

The Research & Development Engineer and the Product Development Research Scientist will be responsible for the development of new products and associated processes with a primary focus on technologies that are new to Coats.

Research & Development Engineer – This role will be working in the Coats Innovation Hub – America and reporting to the Innovation Director. The R&D Engineer will be an integral team member in the growth and innovation efforts of the North American Cluster. They will be responsible for the development of new products and associated processes or modification of existing products in the Performance Materials and Apparel & Footwear portfolio to meet market and specific customer needs. They will also be responsible for analyzing samples and determining construction and yarn content and translating information into product specifications.

Coats is looking for qualified individuals with 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience, as well a Master’s degree in Material Science or a related field. They will need to demonstrate familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies in textile engineering and manufacturing, yarns and common post-production techniques, such as dyeing and finishing. The R&D Engineer must be able to inform and drive prototype creation on lab-scale / pilot machines in the Innovation Hub, as well as being a highly motivated, self-driven and open-minded individual who is capable of accomplishing tasks and projects in a limited supervision environment.

Product Development Research Scientist – This role will be working in the Coats Innovation Hub – Americas and reporting to the Innovation Director. The Product Development Research Scientist will be an integral team member in the growth and innovation efforts of the North American Cluster. They will be responsible for assisting the Sales team with the review and development of new products including solutions to previously untapped areas, as well as liaising with Manufacturing and Sales/Marketing personnel to ensure that product and process developments progress to successful commercial practice.

Coats is looking for qualified individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science, Material Science, Textile Chemistry or a related field. They will need to demonstrate direct, hands-on experience developing innovative solutions for industry applications using polymer chemistry and surface science. The Product Development Research Scientist must also have experience leading new product development projects of engineered yarns and fabrics, using textile fibers and coatings.

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The Ropella Group Sponsors Local Youth Soccer Team

Posted: 11/30/2018  Category: RG Company NewsMiscellaneousRG Public Relation

As a Christian-based company, the Ropella Team is always looking for opportunities to give back to the community. Patrick Ropella, CEO of the Ropella Group, decided to be generally charitable by sponsoring the U12 Knights soccer team through the Gospel Projects Youth Athletic Club (YAC) here in Milton.  The Gospel Projects YAC is a Christian organization that receives no local, state, or government financial aid and relies on sponsorships from local businesses.

Throughout the 20-game season, the U12 Knights displayed good sportsmanship and discipline and fought hard to win the title. Mr. Ropella was not the only member of the Ropella Team that decided that they wanted to be apart of the Knights soccer season; James Raffield stepped in as the team’s Head Coach and Scott Schmieder stepped in as one of the two Assistant Coaches.  Mr. Ropella and the boys and girls of the U12 Knights excitedly look forward to the next time they are able to work together as a team. 

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Ropella Launches Business Development Manager Search for Trenchless Crossings, Inc.

Posted: 11/26/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Assignment

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, November 26, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of Trenchless Crossings, Inc., who is looking for a Business Development Manager who will boost operational capabilities to support growth.

Trenchless Crossings, Inc., a subsidiary of Conor Pacific, provides utility related, guided boring services for Communications, Power and Water/Sewer/Wastewater applications. Trenchless Crossings ensures achievement of objectives through a commitment to on-going education and training and the use of systems designed to produce uniform and superior results.

Job Requirements

The Business Development Manager is a key leadership position which will be integral in expanding Trenchless Crossings’ market position by establishing, directing and coordinating both operational and commercial growth activities. They will focus on hunting for new customers to expand the company’s market share, pursuing new underground technologies to expand the application portfolio, boosting operational capabilities to support significant marketplace growth and identifying acquisition opportunities.

Trenchless Crossings is looking for someone who possesses strong technical acumen within the underground infrastructure industry, supported by an understanding of construction and underground risk, operations, and an array of relevant underground technology. The Business Development Manager must have leadership experience and have the ability to dictate their own day-to-day responsibilities in pursuit of broader organizational goals.

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Ropella Launches Account Manager Search for Lincoln Fine Ingredients

Posted: 11/19/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Assignment

LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND, November 19, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of Lincoln Fine Ingredients, who is looking for an Account Manager to grow the company’s personal care division in the Southeast territory.

Lincoln Fine Ingredients is a manufacturer and a distributor of specialty ingredients with a focus on the personal, cosmetic, biotech/pharmaceutical, food & beverage industries. Lincoln is a technology-driven, innovative leader and remains committed to sustainability, superior customer service and differentiating themselves from competitors in ways that deliver value. They are a member of the Maroon Group, a world class specialty chemical distributor comprised of several regional operating companies and ingredient manufactures.

Job Requirements

The Account Manager will have the opportunity to contribute to a well-established, family-run organization and maintain/increase sales of products within the Southeast territory. They will also be responsible for developing solid business relationships with key decision-makers.

The Account Manager must have proven business acumen, negotiation skills, results orientation and persistence. In order to be successful, they must have 5 years of experience in cosmetics/personal care sales and at least a Bachelors’ degree.

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Ropella Launches Sales & Marketing Manager Search for CarCandy

Posted: 11/15/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Assignment

LAKELAND, FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of CarCandy, who is looking for a Sales & Marketing Manager with a strong record of growth to bring innovation in business development and penetrating new markets.

CarCandy, a division of Ultra-Look Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of everything businesses and consumers need to keep their vehicles looking and smelling like new.  They are the most high-profile member of a family-run group of companies which also includes Interstate Chemical Inc. and Southeastern Chemical Industries.

Job Requirements

The Sales & Marketing Manager will be a highly visible role, with primary responsibilities in the areas of: providing market insights, sales account planning, current and potential customer management, budgeting, team development, and management of the opportunity pipeline.  They will apply the global organizational strategy on a regional level, including planning, directing and coordinating the development and implementation of relevant growth programs.

CarCandy is looking for qualified individuals with at least 10 years of commercial experience in the automotive industry and/or industrial chemicals industry, as well as at least 5 years of leadership experience.  They will need to have a demonstrated ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment, supported by organizational, time management and analytical skills.  The Sales & Marketing Manager must be self-motivated, independent and results-oriented with strong business and financial acumen.

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Ropella Places Business Development Manager for Aakash Chemicals

Posted: 11/14/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

 GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 – Congratulations to Frank Magdits, who recently accepted an offer to become Aakash Chemical’s new Business Development Manager.

Frank comes to Aakash Chemical from Pan Technology, where he spent 7 years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has his Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Ramapo College of New Jersey, as well as his MBA in Marketing from Seton Hall University. In his spare time, Frank is an Executive Board member of the Metropolitan New York Coatings Association, an Advisory Board member at Saint Ann's Church, Parsippany, NJ, and an Alumni Advisory Board member for Theoretical & Applied Science, Ramapo College.

Aakash Chemicals has more than 40 years of expertise in pigments and dyes and is diversified into 6 specific product lines. They export to more than 50 countries globally. With products manufactured in the US, India and China, along with integrated coatings, plastics, inks, agriculture and textile laboratories, Aakash Chemicals is a vertically integrated manufacturer of specialty chemicals for colorants, slip additives, and specialty resins. As Business Development Manager, Frank will be responsible for selling Chemicals/Heritage Color water-based organic pigment dispersions to the ink, coatings, agriculture/turf, paper and special applications markets. Frank is responsible for achieving the revenue, volume and margin targets within his territory while focusing on acquiring, penetrating, managing and retaining customers for Aakash Chemical.

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Ropella Places Technical Director for Valtech Corporation

Posted: 11/13/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

POTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, NOVEMBER 13, 2018 – Congratulations to Haixin Yang, who recently accepted an offer to become Valtech’s new Technical Director.

Haixin is an innovative industrial polymeric materials scientist experienced in overseeing the entire product life-cycle, from research through manufacturing and technical support.  Over the course of career, he has been awarded 18 U.S. and 30 international patents, and has authored of 25 scientific publications.  Haixin comes to Valtech from Heraeus Precious Metals, where he spent 2 years as an R&D Scientist and Project Manager.  While with Heraeus, he developed polymer formulations to enable new silver paste product development, as well as new silver conductive thick film paste products.  He has also worked as a Principal Investigator for DuPont and a Scientist for Polaroid.  He earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Queen’s University.

Valtech Corporation is a global manufacturer of high-performance specialty chemical products used in silicon and photovoltaic wafer manufacturing, high-performance cleaning and as components for wire saw pulleys and roller machining.  As the Technical Director, Haixin will be a key member of the Adhesives & Polymer business unit, responsible for product development, technical support and strategic leadership.

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