Meet Some of Our Experts:

Bob Vargo

President and CEO of Resin Technology Inc.

Bob Vargo is an accomplished business leader with 30 years of expertise in global business development, management consulting, sales & business development, and project management.  He has experience leading businesses in the USA and Canada and has delivered client solutions throughout Asia and Australia. He joined RTi after running his own startup private equity firm for 13 years as the Chief Operating Officer, raising over $365 million from high-net-worth investors.

Dan Maheu

Sr VP Paper Practice

Dan has over 40 years of experience in the paper industry. He spent 25 years in Senior Operations Management with Great Northern Nekoosa, Union Camp, Champion International and Scott Paper. He was also in executive leadership for 10 years with Smart Papers.

Lesly Hodo

VP of Technical Services – Film

Lesly has over 20 years of experience in plastic manufacturing. Her manufacturing expertise is in a wide range of resins and film types including compostable/biopolymers. Her industry experience includes industrial and consumer markets, such as medical, food and beverage.

Tom Coffman

Sr VP Technical Services

Tom has over 30 years of experience in plastic packaging manufacturing operations. He spent over ten years with Cryovac in various executive positions, including head of engineering for the laminates division, operations manager for the largest global plant, and international roles in Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia. Tom has further international and executive experience with Alcan, Winpak, Handgards and Inteplast, having lead overseas development teams, and multi-plant manufacturing operations. Tom is a veteran of the US Navy, with over a decade serving onboard submarines as a nuclear engineer and strategic weapons officer.

Mark Kallman

VP Engineering Resins/PVC/PET

Mark has over 40+ years of experience in the plastics industry including applications development, technical sales, marketing & management for resins and compounds. He developed and maintained cost modeling for a wide variety of resins & feedstocks including PVC, PET, ABS, PC, nylons, acetal and others to firmly establish the real impact of feedstock volatility along with global supply & demand on resin cost to optimize supply chain strategy.

Robin Chesshier, CPM, CPIM

VP of PE/Nylon/PS Markets

Robin has over 20 years of experience in global sourcing, purchasing, material management and logistics. She has established a Global network which allows her to analyze the resin market on a global network basis for price moves, price trends, trade flows and product rationalization. Key client activities include conducting a thorough analyzation of all resins to identify client savings opportunities, establish targeted baseline reset prices, then develop strategic supplier negotiation strategies in order to capture the identified cost savings opportunities.  She will also create risk assessment initiatives to ensure long term basis of supply that generates competitive pricing leverage.

Lowell Huovinen

Sr VP Business Development

Lowell has over 45 years of experience in the plastics industry. He is our resident expert on Polypropylene resin in feedstock markets. Lowell leads our venture with Pure Cycle Technologies (PCT).

Paul Pavlov

VP of Polypropylene

Paul brings over ten years of broad hydrocarbon industry expertise including resin trading, sales and marketing, international business development, risk management, hedging programs, fundamental and quantitative analysis across the entire plastics supply chain. He is driven to achieve profitable results through market research, customer focus, development of sustainable key customers and supplier relationships. His early career started in project management, planning, procurement, and operations management. 

Dale Holden

Senior VP NA Sales

Dale’s focus with RTI is on sales, strategic partnerships and client relationship management. He has over 40 years of experience in food, packaging and equipment sourcing and procurement, 24 years in Senior level leadership roles with Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions the exclusive supply chain for Yum! Brands and its franchisees, experience in all aspects of end-to-end supply chain and category management, and expertise in complex sourcing and procurement challenges in both restaurant and retail applications.

Tim Mueller

Vice President Client Engagement - PacIq

Tim has over 35 years of experience in procurement, project management and R&D with leading companies in the Consumer Package Goods and Restaurant industries.  Among his strengths and capabilities, are development of sourcing strategies and category planning, supplier integration and relationship management, financial planning, forecasting and reporting along with execution of corporate social responsibility initiatives.  

Caton Morris

SR VP Business Development

Caton Morris is Senior Vice President of Business Development and has been with RTi since 2009.  He brings over 25 years of experience in Supply Chain Management and Enterprise Supply Chain software prior to joining RTi.  He began his career with Emerson Electric and spent 10 years managing major distribution and customer service operations.  From there he moved into Enterprise Supply Chain software business development working for several major best of breed software organizations including Manhattan Associates and EXE Technologies.  He joined RTi with a focus on developing the PacIQ advisory practice leveraging the company’s previous experience working within the resin marketplace with the ResinSmart practice.

Bob Perrier

Director of Technical Services - Rigid

Bob has 40 years of manufacturing experience. 34 of which were in Plastics Engineering, Product and Mold Design, Production, Plant, and Operations Management. His areas of technical expertise include injection molding, heavy/thin gauge thermoforming, blow molding, steam chest molding (EPS), and mold and tooling design.

Steve Sprague

Director of Client Engagement

Steve has over 39 years of purchasing experience, of which 18 were in food packaging contract negotiation and sourcing strategy development. His areas of expertise include a focus on cups (paper and plastic), lids, straws, sandwich wraps, containers (paper, EPS foam, plastic, molded fiber), folding cartons, foil sheet, bags (paper and plastic), paper towel and tissue, and gloves.

Henry Stephens

Economic Analyst

Henry has 36 years of manufacturing experience in plastics engineering, product, mold, and die design, equipment manufacturing, equipment installation, plant set-ups, plant start-ups, maintenance management, and project management.  Henry’s long-term industry experience and technical expertise is a key factor in the RTi process and brings extreme value to our rigid packaging customers.

Brian Balboa

Senior Market Analyst

Brian Balboa is the Senior Market Analyst for the resin group at RTI. Based in the global energy hub of Houston, Texas, Brian has worked within the petrochemical and resin industry for nearly 20 years as a market and research analyst. In addition to his work as an analyst, Brian’s expertise includes market engagement, product development, sales & marketing, and contract negotiation. He has covered resin markets for companies such as S&P Global, ICIS and IHS. Prior to joining RTI in 2022, Brian served as the Director of Market Intelligence for The Plastics Exchange.

Alex Higbee

Technical Analyst

Alex Higbee is a technical analyst for RTi and had been with the company since 2021. He started his career doing CRM management for the Galveston County Foodbank and now manages the HubSpot CRM for RTi, editing and send out for the client mailouts through Mailchimp, website updates, and the data pulls and formatting for the Resin side of the business. 

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