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.
Tokai Carbon CB
Roshan Ali is a Chemical Engineer with over 27 years’ experience in the Carbon Black Industry. Started as a Process Engineer in 2003 at the Plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He left the Plant 10 years later, having moved up to the position of Production Manager. Roshan then moved to Sid Richardson Carbon Co. (now Tokai Carbon) in Fort Worth Texas. He progressively worked as a Corporate Process Engineer, Process Engineering Manager and now the Engineering Director where he is responsible for both Process and Project Engineering Activities within Tokai Carbon. In his spare time, Roshan is an avid Fly Fisherman.
Director of SNOX Businessat
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Haldor Topsoe is a world leader in catalysis and surface science, committed to helping our customers achieve optimal performance. We enable companies to get the most out of their processes and products, using the least possible energy and resources, in the most responsible way. We are headquartered in Denmark and do project development, R&D, engineering, production, and sales & service across the globe.
Kim is holding a degree both in business administration from St. Gallen, Switzerland and in electrical engineering from Copenhagen University, Denmark, and received financial training from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He develops sustainable air quality control projects all over the world.
Director, Contract and Permanent Staffingat
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Business Development Managerat
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS)
Since 1997 Victor has been an integral part in process design and developmental downstream solutions for hydrocarbon recovery. Working in support of key players in the industry his current position allows for new development of filtration and separation systems for hydrocarbon refining. He is principally involved in the technical development and training with EPC or FCC/RFCC Licensors worldwide. Experience includes program development for commercial applications, scoping studies and commissioning. He holds a MA Degree from San Diego State University and has worked for more than 20 years in the design and implementation of hydrocarbon filtration systems for refineries and the carbon black industry.
Control Performance Consultantat
Tiffany Tang is a control performance consultant at Emerson with expertise in the areas of advanced process control (APC), control strategy design and implementation, process optimization, and AI/machine learning. She holds a BS in Process Automation from Beijing University of Chemical Technology. She also earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University, with a concentration on APC, process optimization and artificial intelligence. She initially worked as an equipment remote control R&D engineer at Baker Hughes, where she developed a patented world-class automatic pump control system for the Oil & Gas hydraulic fracturing industry. She is now a consultant in the Advanced Control Team with Emerson providing APC consulting services to cross-industries, including Refining and Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Food and Beverage.
C.P. Natarajan, with graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras & University of Pittsburgh, joined American Schack Company (later ALSTOM Power Energy Recovery, ARVOS) in1974 and developed High Temperature Air Preheaters & Energy Recovery Systems.
He organized Schack Carbon Black Conferences in USA (1996, 1998, and 2000).
He retired as President of ALSTOM Power Energy Recovery, USA in 2001 and started GANPADS, providing consulting services on Industrial Energy Recovery & Emissions Abatement (Carbon Black production & Petroleum Coke Calcination). He developed steam cooled Soot blower for High temperature Carbon Black Air-preheaters
From the first Carbon Black world conference in 1993 till the recent China CB conference in 2020, Natarajan made presentations at Carbon Black World, Carbon Black Asia Pacific and Carbon Black China conferences.
Carbon Black Asia Pacific presented him with LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in 2003 and STAR AWARD IN ENERGY RECOVERY RESEARCH in 2017.
In 2017, he was awarded US Patent 9540518, “APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR AIR PREHEATER WITHOUT QUENCH IN CARBON BLACK PRODUCTION”
President and Chief Executive Officerat
Ryan was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of TSD Logistics, Inc. in January 2018. As CEO he is responsible for the overall management of TSD’s operations, including the accounting, human resources, business development, and safety departments. TSD’s risk management responsibility and oversight of all banking relationships are also under his leadership. Ryan currently serves as a Director on TSD’s Board, and is a stockholder in the company.
During his twelve years at TSD, Ryan has also served as the Chief Operating Officer and VP of Business Development.
When not at the office, Ryan enjoys his time with his three young children; Will, Hattie Wren and Rhodes. He is also actively serving on the Board of Directors for Texas A&M- Texarkana where he recently participated in developing a Transportation Logistics Degree Plan for the university.
Dr. Jayant Khambekar
Jenike & Johanson
Dr. Jayant Khambekar is a Senior Consultant at Jenike & Johanson’s Houston office. Jayant is heavily involved in consulting on various powder and bulk solids handling issues such as erratic flow behavior, flow stoppages, fluidization, purging, segregation and pneumatic conveying. He has worked on more than 250 projects spanning across various industries including food, biomass, chemicals, plastics and mining. He has published several papers and also lectures on the storage and flow of bulk solids. Jayant holds a Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
Amy Hickman is currently a Sustainability Manager for Birla Carbon. She is based at the Company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Hickman is responsible for developing, implementing and supporting programs, policies and processes within the various functions, as well as regional, and local business units, which will deliver Birla Carbon’s sustainability commitments. She is one of the founding members of the Sustainability Steering Committee at Birla Carbon and has been instrumental in developing the measurement and reporting aspects of their Sustainability Program. Additionally, she supports Birla Carbon’s Global Health, Safety and Environmental Program, as well, by leading environmental audits, providing compliance expertise, and creating global environmental standards.
Prior to joining Birla Carbon, Amy worked as a consultant for seven years where she developed client solutions and managed projects in the areas of environmental compliance, remediation, and sustainability data and program implementation.
Amy is currently a member of the Sustainability Leadership Forum (Atlanta), and has shared her knowledge and experience at the Georgia Environmental Conference, Aditya Birla Group Global Sustainability Conference, and 4C Environmental Conference in recent years.
Dr. Wesley Wampler
Vice President of R&D at
Tokai Carbon CB
Dr. Wesley Wampler is the current President of the International Carbon Black Association of which he has been a member since 1995. He is also a Vice President with Tokai Carbon CB and was previously a Vice President with Sid Richardson Carbon Co. for over 30 years. He is a member of the American Chemical Society Rubber Division where he has presented numerous papers and chaired several symposiums. He is also a member of the American Society of Testing and Materials Committee D24 on Carbon Black where he has chaired several subcommittees. Dr. Wampler has also coauthored two chapters on Carbon Black in books dealing with its use in the rubber industry.
Wesley Wampler received a B.S degree in Chemistry and Biology from Tarleton State University in 1981, an M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995.
Christopher K. Cornille is the chief commercial & supply chain officer at Monolith, where he leads commercial development, expansion of the customer-centric supply chain and all company go-to-market strategies. Mr. Cornille also helps guide Monolith’s innovation development, representing the voice of the customer.
Mr. Cornille brings more than 33 years of experience from the specialty chemicals industry, most recently serving as the senior vice president, supply chain services for SI Group. Mr. Cornille joined SI Group as director, sales – North America, where he quickly took on an additional commercial excellence role. He then moved into the role of executive director – new business development where he acted as director for the Integration Management Office and had the responsibility of identifying, evaluating, and leading opportunities for acquisitions or other forms of corporate partnerships.
Before joining SI Group, Mr. Cornille garnered over 20 years of experience at Cabot Corporation where he held several executive positions – notably, global commercial director – Rubber Products, managing director – Indonesia, and North America sales director – Specialty Products. Chris also was a board member of the Cabot Corporation Foundation.
In 2013, Mr. Cornille was appointed as an advisory board member for Monolith Materials. He continued to serve in that role until being named the chief commercial and supply chain officer in 2019.
Global Segment Manager for Tireat
Jeff Silveria is the Global Segment Manager for Tire at Cabot Corporation. In this role, his primary responsibility is translating the needs of customers and end users into an actionable product roadmap. He has 17 years of transportation and materials industry experience in a variety of engineering, management, and strategic marketing roles. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officerat
GATX - Rail North America
Paul Titterton is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for GATX’s North American railcar leasing business. In this role, he is responsible for GATX’s network of repair facilities across North America, as well as fleet portfolio management, engineering, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, environment, health, and safety (“EHS”), continuous improvement, and maintenance management. Mr. Titterton served as GATX’s North American Chief Commercial Officer from 2013 to 2018, and prior to that served in a variety of increasingly responsible roles at GATX in the areas of business development, strategy, structured finance, investment analysis, government affairs, and portfolio management. Mr. Titterton joined GATX in 1997.
Mr. Titterton is a CFA charterholder, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Harvard College in American History. He lives in Wilmette, Illinois and is married with three children.
James F Geisler P.E.
Senior Product Managerat
• Employed by SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK (formerly ALSTOM / American Schack Co.) since 1980, and currently Project & Sales Manager
• 40+ year veteran in the design and supply of customized solutions for various waste heat recovery systems
• Design of water heat boilers for wastewater and sludge incineration plants
• Deep knowledge and high experiences in design and manufacturing of high temperature gas-gas apparatus such as dedicated carbon black air preheater
• Design of heat exchangers for fluid bed, reheat and multiple hearth furnaces, as well as thermal oil for industrial applications.
• Author of numerous papers on industrial heat recovery for Carbon Black and WEF.
• Experienced with ASME.
• Author of various technical papers, some in the field of combustion of low Btu gases and presented them at conferences.
• Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.
• BSME from Point Park University.
Vincent J. Guercio
Vincent J. Guercio is president of CTC International, a petrochemical consulting company formed in 1971. Carbon black oil (CBO) is a specialty and since 1988, CMI International and CTC have published the “CBO Monitor”, a monthly newsletter about carbon black feedstock. Mr. Guercio received a degree in chemical engineering from Catholic University of America and did graduate studies in chemistry at Princeton University. His corporate experience includes Mobil Oil, Lummus and Foster Wheeler.
Technical & Commercial Expert in the Global Carbon Black Feedstock Markets | Founderat
Alpen Group LLC
Shane Perl is a technical and commercial industry-recognized expert in the global Carbon Black Feedstock Markets and the founder of Alpen Group – a management consulting firm focused on the impact feedstocks have on the Carbon Black value chain. The focus on the carbon black feedstocks incudes the markets of decant oil, ethylene bottoms, distilled coal tar products, crude coal tar and other aromatic specialty chemicals that enter the Carbon Black value chain.
Prior to founding Alpen Group in 2013, Shane spent his career with Cabot and BASF, the world’s largest carbon black producer and the world’s largest chemical company, respectively. Shane had a leadership role in Cabot’s Global Feedstock department (2009 – 2013), and spent 14 years with BASF in various functional and geographic areas (1996 – 2009). Shane holds a Bachelor in Science in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Detroit.