Fiberight has assembled a management team with extensive experience in the following areas that will ensure implementation as planned of the proven technology process and deployment from the demonstration plant to full commercialization scale:
- Waste management & recycling;
- Design & implementation of mechanical and chemical processes including ethanol, water treatment and cellulosic product manufacture;
- Operations of waste & biofuels plants;
- Real estate development, location, permitting, financing; and
- Management systems integration such as safety, environmental, accounting and change.
Craig Stuart-Paul | CEO
Craig Stuart-Paul has been involved in the science, operations and management of brewing and recycling businesses for almost two decades. Mr. Stuart-Paul launched the Oxford Brewing Company, Maryland’s first micro-brewery. He segued from brewing into the recycling business with the formation of Resource Recovery of Maryland in 1994. This business focused on processing recycled glass into furnace-ready material for the glass container industry. Mr. Stuart-Paul was an industry pioneer in the use of optical sorting technologies for contaminant removal. In 1996, he formed Fairfax Recycling, Inc, a company that recycled residential materials collected in central Maryland and Northern Virginia. He built Fairfax into a large regional recycling center, processing over 150,000 tons of recycled materials annually before he sold the business to a Fortune 50 company in 2004. Mr. Stuart-Paul then formed Atlantic Recycling Technologies, LLC and Fiberight LLC to develop advanced fiber recovery and alternative fuel technologies. With his expertise in the operations, location, and structure of the businesses, he has also been advising design-and-build teams for several large recycling plants in the United States and Europe, that collectively processes over 350,000 tons per year of wastes. Mr. Stuart-Paul holds an HND Business Studies degree from the University of Brighton, Great Britain.
Steve Gerber | VP Operations
For the past 30 years, Steve Gerber has been an executive with five different businesses in the recycled products industry. Mr. Gerber was a co-founder and Executive Vice President of GreenStone Industries, initially formed through an IPO in 1994, and one of the pioneering companies in the recycled industry. He continued as Vice President of Operations with its successor company, GreenFiber, a consolidation and joint venture with Louisiana-Pacific and Cassella. As V.P. of Operations for GreenFiber, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing 13 manufacturing facilities that produced revenues of over $100 MM. GreenFiber had over 400 employees converting over 300,000 tons of waste paper and delivering over 20,000 truckloads of product annually. He was also responsible for engineering, transportation, procurement, safety, quality control and R&D, as well as overseeing the construction of two new manufacturing facilities. Mr. Gerber has been instrumental in the process development of the pulping technology with Atlantic Recycling Technologies, as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Gerber holds a B.A. Degree in Business Management from St. Francis College.
Nick Thompson | VP Engineering
Nick Thompson, a Chemical Engineer, has worked in a variety of manufacturing sectors including food, chemicals and building materials for over 20 years. During this time, he has progressed from direct line management through general manufacturing management to full profit and loss accountability. As a result of these experiences, Mr. Thompson has had direct responsibility for all operational aspects including health and safety, procurement, capital investment, maintenance, quality assurance, product development and human resources. Mr. Thompson has had direct project management responsibility at a number of plant startups, which has included business process re-engineering activities that has been based around capital investment programs. He has had direct project management responsibility for all aspects including engineering design, equipment procurement and installation. He has always delivered added-value through improved productivity, and product quality using modern manufacturing systems. A creative engineer, Mr. Thompson has developed innovative new products which positioned his companies for significant market advantage. Mr. Thompson has worked on a number of initiatives involving the introduction of recycled materials in established manufacturing processes. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Bath, UK.
Steve Ragiel | Board Advisor
Steve Ragiel has been an executive in the commodity manufacturing and recycling processing industry for over 20 years. Prior to his strategic role with Fiberight, Mr. Ragiel was CEO and founder of Greenstar North America, which was a $200 million/year, 20 facility, multi-material commodity processor and manufacturer in the US, with backing from the Greenstar Ireland and Greenstar UK parent. Mr. Ragiel will provide important strategic advice, technical assistance and industry connections within the waste management and recycling business sector to facilitate Fiberight’s control over long-term MSW feedstock sources. Mr. Ragiel has a long-standing record of building teams, integration acquisitions, tailoring solutions for customers, hedging commodity risk and reducing unit costs to generate increased shareholder value. Mr. Ragiel holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.