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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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Ropella Places Production Leader for Clearon

Posted: 10/31/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, OCTOBER 31, 2018 – Congratulations to Mike Kutz, who recently accepted an offer to become Clearon’s new Production Leader.

Mike comes to Clearon from Dow Chemical, where he spent 6 years as a Technical Leader and Production Leader.  He has his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi.  He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Clearon is a premier world-class manufacturer and distributor of water treatment chemicals used in swimming pools and spas, as well as in residential and industrial markets.  As Production Leader, Mike will be responsible for ensuring products are made efficiently, on time, within budget and to standard, as well as for providing leadership and troubleshooting abilities to all personnel.  He will serve as the operational beacon for achieving the highest standard of HSE compliance.

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Ropella Launches Key Account Manager Search for Sino Lion USA

Posted: 10/30/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Assignment

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, October 30, 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 Sino Lion USA, who is looking for a Key Account Manager to support the company through rapid growth.

Sino Lion is a global supplier for specialty cosmetics ingredients, including innovative high-performance polymers, sensory agents and natural active ingredients.  While their primary focus is on cosmetics and personal care, they also serve the health food, pharmaceutical and other related industries.

Job Requirements

The Key Account Manager will have the opportunity to contribute to a rapidly growing organization, and to be a key player in driving that growth.  They will be responsible for hunting for new business opportunities, as well as for growing business within existing customer accounts.

The Key Account Manager will need to be on-site in Florham Park approximately once a week.  In order to be successful, they must be highly entrepreneurial with strong self-management skills including time and organizational management.  A B.S. in Chemistry or a related technical discipline is required, and an M.B.A. is preferred.

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Ropella Places Mechanical Test Engineer for Infineum

Posted: 10/29/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

LINDEN, NEW JERSEY, October 29, 2018 – Congratulations to Don MacCrimmon, who recently accepted an offer to become Infineum’s new Mechanical Test Engineer.

Don comes to Infineum from Brake Parts, Inc.  During his 8-year tenure with Brake Parts, Don served as a Product Engineer and as a Test Engineer in the Research & Development facility, working with automotive friction material composites in both positions.  As Product Engineer he focused on formulations, raw materials, processing, performance testing, adhesives, coatings, chemical testing, physical testing, digital imagery, specifications and documentation; as Test Engineer, he analyzed characteristics such as effectiveness, noise, wear, fade, structural integrity and opposing surface compatibility.  Prior to his time at Brake Parts, Don was a Graduate Research Assistant at Southern Illinois University, where he earned his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, with a thesis entitled “Automotive Brake Wear Debris Analysis”.  He has his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University.

Infineum is a leading fuel and lubricant additive manufacturer focused on delivering reliable performance.  They were established in January 1999 as a joint venture between ExxonMobil and Shell.

Although Ropella’s initial objective was to find a Powertrain Test Lab Team Leader for Infineum, they located a number of highly qualified professionals that Infineum wanted to bring onto their team, including Shahzeb Sayeedi, who accepted the Powertrain Test Lab Team Leader position, and Jacob Goodale, who accepted an Engineering position.  The next step in this fruitful business partnership will be recruiting a Technical Sales Account Manager.

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Ropella Places Technical Director for Micro Powders

Posted: 10/09/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Congratulations to Ranell Santa Cruz, who recently accepted an offer to become Micro Powders’ new Technical Director.

Ranell began his professional career as an R&D Chemist / Technical Specialist for ITW-Polymer Technologies before joining Innovative Resin Systems as Director of Research & Development.  He has his B.A. in Biology from Kean University, B.Sc. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and his M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Micro Powders is a worldwide leader in micronized wax additive technology.  Their solutions enable formulators to develop and improve advanced surface coatings for applications including paints and coatings, and personal care and cosmetics.  Ranell will be an integral member of the Micro Powders leadership team with responsibility over lab management, new product development, quality and regulatory compliance.

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Ropella Launches President Search for Swan Chemical Inc.

Posted: 10/04/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Assignment

LYNDHURST, NEW JERSEY, OCTOBER 4, 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 Thomas Swan & Company Ltd., who is looking for a hands-on President to lead their Swan Chemical Inc. (SCI) organization.

Thomas Swan is an independent, family-owned chemical manufacturing company with an eye towards innovation.  Founded in 1926 in the UK, Thomas Swan began in road surfacing; they have since diversified into a wide range of businesses, with over 100 product offerings across a variety of industries.

SCI is a wholly owned, US-based subsidiary of Thomas Swan & Company Ltd.  SCI has excelled in the sale and distribution of Thomas Swan’s UK-made products for many decades, and it has experienced 4 years of strong growth under current President Chuck Van Fleet and is now approaching $15M in annual sales.  Despite SCI’s strong ties to their parent company, they are run as a stand-alone small business.  They are currently budgeted for 6 employees and maintain an emphasis on “outside the box” growth planning and implementation.

The President search is part of their succession planning, as Chuck Van Fleet is preparing to retire after 21 years of dedicated service at SCI.

Job Requirements

The President is a key executive position at SCI, reporting directly to the owner of Thomas Swan, Harry Swan.  The President will have the opportunity to lead a customer-centric, financially strong company.  They should be prepared to lead by example, working hands-on in the trenches with their team.  They need to be both an independent self-starter and a trustworthy team player.  A Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline is required, with Chemistry or Chemical Engineering being preferred.

As first-in-command at SCI, the President will have the autonomy to make decisions quickly and respond accordingly with the goals of maintaining the existing business and expanding sustainably.  They will be responsible for management of the business, including budget preparation and approval, regulatory compliance and supervising toll manufacturers.  They will have ownership of all hiring, onboarding and ongoing training within SCI.  They will manage direct sales territories, as well as overseeing all sales contracts.  The President will also introduce proposals for new investments, products or other growth, and the oversight to effectively implement these strategies.

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Craig Hrabar Joins The Ropella Group

Posted: 09/06/2018  Category: RG Company NewsRG Employee New

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, SEPTEMEBER 6, 2018 -- Ropella is excited to welcome their new Energy, Oil & Gas Client Partnership Development Leader, Craig Hrabar.  Craig is an Energy, Oil & Gas Industry Expert who has served internationally in China, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as in the U.S. for powerhouse companies like Westinghouse, Weatherford and Baker Hughes.  At the height of the oil price crash, Craig used his business acumen and networking skills to continually maintain profitability and adapt to rapidly shifting market conditions.

At Ropella, Craig is going to be at the forefront of major organizational expansion.  He will mobilize his expansive global network of industry contacts to drive major growth in Ropella’s Energy, Oil & Gas client base.  This is part of Ropella’s plan to double the size of the almost 50-person Executive Search practice within five years and open satellite offices in Houston, Chicago and New York City.

Craig’s industry experience stretches back over 30 years, with his most recent position being Vice President, China for Westinghouse Electric Company.  In this position, he held responsibility for penetrating and growing operations and services business to state-owned nuclear power plants.

Prior to his time with Westinghouse, Craig spent 9 years with Weatherford International in Australia, China and Indonesia as an Operations Manager, Group Business Manager, General Manager and ultimately as Country President in Indonesia and China.  During his tenure, Craig drove operational efficiency which in one case grew the operating profit of a $100MM+ business by 16% in less than a year during a flat market period.  He also served as a key part of a senior leadership team that delivered a profitable major integrated project covering 131 oil wells over several years.

Craig has also held positions with Baker Oil Tools (Baker Hughes), WorleyParsons, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and Kleenheat.  Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Craig’s overall success has been in large part due to his ability to quickly assess the capabilities of senior leadership and build high performing teams that deliver results. His deep relationships built over 30 years in the industry, along with his personal integrity and an intense professional resolve, bring unique insights to high level Executive Searches. He now specializes in confidentially discovering, assessing and connecting leaders for C-suite, executive and senior positions, most specifically in Operations, Engineering & Technology, Sales & Marketing and Finance disciplines.

In his spare time, Craig enjoys traveling with his family and spending time on the water.  Craig was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, while his wife was born and grew up in the Pensacola area.  The couple has two adult sons and two school-age daughters.

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Ropella Places Powertrain Test Lab Team Leader for Infineum

Posted: 08/29/2018  Category: RG Executive Search Placement

LINDEN, NEW JERSEY, August 29, 2018 – Congratulations to Shahzeb Sayeedi, who recently accepted an offer to become Infineum’s new Powertrain Test Lab Team Leader.

Shahzeb is excited to be returning to Infineum, where he actually completed his college internship as a Tribology Test Engineer Co-Op.  He has spent most of his career with MICRO where he worked his way up from Process Development Engineer Co-Op to Quality Engineer and, most recently, CNC Machining Development Engineer.  One project which helped prepare him for his new position was designing and building a Formula SAE spec racecar, during which Shahzeb was responsible for powertrain, turbocharging, intake, exhaust, engine management and overall build.  He has his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Infineum is a leading fuel and lubricant additive manufacturer focused on delivering reliable performance.  They were established in January 1999 as a joint venture between ExxonMobil and Shell.

Although Ropella’s initial objective was to find a Powertrain Test Lab Team Leader for Infineum, they located a number of highly qualified professionals that Infineum wanted to bring onto their team, including Jacob Goodale who accepted an Engineering position.  The next step in this business partnership will be recruiting a Technical Sales Account Manager.

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