Paul Ita runs Notch Consulting, a Massachusetts-based research company dedicated to the market research needs of the global specialty chemicals industry. Mr. Ita focuses on raw materials for the global tire and rubber industries, with a particular focus on carbon black, silica, and rubber chemicals. Through Notch, he publishes the Carbon Black World Data Book and the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter.
Dustin Jenkins, Ph.D
Supervisor, Materials Chemistryat
Dustin has over 10 years of experience in organic and inorganic chemistry in academia and research with technical expertise in GC-MS, FT-IR, polarimetry, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, and electrochemistry and NMR spectroscopy.
As Senior Analytical Chemist, Dustin’s key roles include expanding existing analytical instrument capabilities at Smithers' Akron laboratories and developing and validating new methodologies for an array of analytical instruments. His duties center on material benchmarking and characterization capabilities involving various chromatography and spectrometry techniques serving rubber and polymer product manufacturers.
Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with Mathematics from Western Kentucky University, as well as a Master of Arts and Doctorate in Chemistry from Princeton University.
Tony Wibbeler leads Bolder Industries with not only a great passion for protecting our environment but also the commitment of a successful entrepreneur who is equally dedicated to solving real-world challenges for positive-planet impact. Bolder Industries creates innovative products to bring sustainability to the rubber and plastics industry. As a certified B-Corp, Tony cultivates a company culture that enhances the lives of his employees, community, and the planet.
Leveraging his past experiences in the field of medical devices and the recycling industry, Mr. Wibbeler founded Bolder Industries in 2011 to develop innovative, closed-loop solutions to reduce and recycle various waste streams starting with waste tires. He has led Bolder Industries to numerous business and innovation awards, including Environmental Leader’s “Top Product of the Year,” “Breakout Company of the Year,” from the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, and “Energy Manufacturer of the Year” from the Colorado Manufacturing Awards.
Mr. Wibbeler graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Industrial Manufacturing Technology. He is on the Board of Colorado CleanTech Association, and BVSD’s charter school program. Outside the office, Tony loves to ski in the beautiful Colorado mountains, mountain bike, and cheer for the Denver Broncos with his wife and two sons.
Director of Rubber Carbon Black, Technical Service and Quality Assuranceat
Birla Carbon (Columbian Chemicals)
Ricky Magee is the Director of Rubber Carbon Black Technical Service and Quality Systems for rubber carbon black at Birla Carbon (Columbian Chemicals). In this role, he is responsible for interfacing with rubber carbon black customers to develop technical solutions to enhance product performance and to work with manufacturing sites to ensure world-class quality products.
Magee’s career has focused on the management of analytical and material science laboratories. After completed his M.S. in chemistry at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La., where he also earned a B.S. in chemistry, Magee became a chemist at Columbian Chemicals Co. in the firm’s research and development center where he continued to spend more than 25 years in the global technology laboratory.