Mark has a career spanning over 35 years in the plastics and chemical distribution industry. As President Emeritus, Mark is the retired President and CEO of North American Plastics, a privately-owned group of companies that collectively is the largest independent distributor of semi-finished plastic sheet, rod and tube shapes in North America.
Mark joined Laird Plastics, the largest member of the current North American Plastics Group, as its President in September 2002, and over a 15-year tenure oversaw the doubling of the company and achieved eight-fold growth in operating income. Laird Plastics followed a 20-year career in chemical distribution that spanned senior executive positions with his family’s business, Kramer Chemicals, its acquirer, Ellis & Everard (“E&E”), and E&E acquirer, Vopak.
During his tenure in both plastics and chemical distribution, Mark was active in the National Association of Wholesale Distributors and the National Association of Chemical Distributors, at both of which he did tours as Chairman.
Prior to entering chemical distribution, Mark spent seven years serving on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. During that time, he transitioned from infantry to attend law school and became a Judge Advocate and prosecuted or defended more than 150 criminal trials. Mark served 30 years in the Marine Reserves, ultimately retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel on March 1, 2005. Mark graduated with a B.A. from Bucknell University and received his J.D. from Washington University, St. Louis, Law School.
William (Bill) Fidler
Bill has 45 years of experience in the chemical distribution industry. In his long career at Brenntag AG, the world’s largest chemical distributor, Bill served in various roles including as President and CEO of Brenntag North America from January 2006 to October 2013 and as a member of the Board of Management of Brenntag AG, from 2011 to 2015. Bill was voted as the NACD Distributor of the Year in 2013 and was a co-professor of Global Distribution for the Master of Industrial Distribution class of 2017 at Texas A and M University.
Bill has been the Managing Partner at All In Advisors, LLC since July 2015 and the Chairman of the Board of RGA Enterprises, Inc. in Charlotte, NC since December 2016.
Bill is President of the Board of Directors of Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center in Henderson, KY, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting those with special needs including our military vets in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses.
Bill is also Chairman of the Advisory board of the Henderson, KY boys and girls club, and is on the Board of Directors of Hubbard Hall Inc. In Waterbury, Connecticut, Bill is a member of the Advisory Board of Batory Foods, current member of the Board of Visitors of High Point University and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Chemical Educational Foundation and the Board of Henderson Community College. Bill graduated from High Point University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Chemistry.
Jason Jacobus has spent the last 12 years in chemical distribution where he served as Executive Vice President for Buckley Oil Company, a family-owned solvent and lubricant distributor based in Texas. In addition to leading Buckley’s sales and operations teams, Jason was appointed to the organization’s Executive Committee and was charged to lead initiatives involving expansion, legal, personnel, and community involvement. Throughout Jason’s career at Buckley, he has successfully navigated the competitive demands for growth and innovation while protecting Buckley’s invaluable century-old legacy.
Prior to joining Buckley, Jason worked in consulting where he helped develop and deliver global training initiatives focused on sales, sales management, and selection-development-retention. Jason is an active member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors where he served as President of NACD’s Southern Region and is currently serving as a Director at Large on the association’s national board. In addition to his passion for business, Jason has displayed a life-long commitment to community service. Jason sits on several non-profit and municipal boards, including the Methodist Midlothian Hospital Advisory Board and as the Co-Chair for The MILE, a local high school campus dedicated to providing students with non-traditional educational pathways such as entrepreneurship, engineering, and cyber security. Jason received his B.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University and his M.B.A from Southern Methodist University.
Daniel is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Birch Run Capital Advisors, LP, an investment adviser. Since 2006, Birch Run Capital has advised a number of private investment partnerships and managed accounts. The firm looks for value-based opportunities in public or private equity or debt securities and further looks to partner with management teams and boards to drive long-term shareholder wealth creation. The firm prides itself on its disciplined investment process, extremely thorough research and its long term mentality. Daniel has devoted the vast majority of his career to developing expertise in capital allocation and the assessment of corporate management, boards and models. Today, under Daniel’s direction, Birch Run manages assets for high net worth families. He oversees the investment portfolio, including formulating investment strategy and generating new investment ideas. Daniel previously served on the boards of Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) and Ditech Holding Corporation.
Mr. Beltzman’s past roles include positions in Mergers and Acquisitions and Equity Research departments of Deutsche Bank Securities and Bank of America Securities. Mr. Beltzman holds a B.B.A. and M.Acc. from the University of Michigan.
Caren is the Managing Director for a New York City based family office. She has dedicated her career to providing compliance, legal and operational support to various sectors. She started her career as an associate at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, representing insurers and reinsurers in complex civil litigation. Caren developed expertise in creating and administering compliance programs as well as counseling clients on regulations governing financial products, during a combined seven years as in house counsel at American International Group and MetLife. She then spent five years at Bloomberg, LP as a product manager and business strategy lead for various products marketed to the legal industry. Prior to her current role, she spent ten years as the Chief Operating & Compliance Officer for Birch Run Capital Advisors, an investment adviser. Caren previously served as a Trustee on the Board of The Lang School, a private not for profit K-12 school in New York City serving gifted and special needs children. Caren received her B.A. from Lafayette College and her J.D. from Pace University School of Law.
Ann is the current President of People Ink, a human resource consulting firm she founded that provides strategic direction for creating values-centric cultures for her clients. Ann brings over 25 years of experience creating corporate cultures based on values, customer service excellence and employee engagement at some of the best known brands in the world. She previously served as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of People for JetBlue Airways, and Chief People Officer of Southwest Airlines and Promus Hotel Company (Doubletree Hotel, Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites, and Hampton Inn brands).
Rhoades is a popular speaker on the subject of customer service and how to build a strong service culture. She has great passion for certain industries such as healthcare, where she is making a great contribution to revitalizing the workforce and culture of our nation’s hospitals.
Ann currently serves on the boards of Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS), NexPhase Capital and Safer New Mexico, where she serves as Chairman. Her prior board service includes serving as director on the boards of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU), Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH), and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (NASDAQ: PFCB). Ann graduated with a M.B.A in Management from the University of New Mexico.
Pedro Henrique Fonseca is the Chief Operating Officer for Rempac, a 60-year-old foam products manufacturer. This family-owned business is the world largest producer of sanding sponges for Fortune 500 companies. Over there he is applying a values-driven management methodology. Pedro started his career working 5 years on HSBC Brazil, where he joined their Executive Leadership Program for the Corporate Banking group. He had worked as a Product Manager for Latin America’s biggest Investment Bank, ItauBBA and served for 3 years as the Finance Program Manager of the Rio2016 Olympic Games Organizing Committee, where he created a framework for the International Olympic Committee to use for tax purposes in future games. He also served on Fred’s (NYSE:FREDQ) Corporate Development’s team.
Pedro brings over 15 years of international work experience implementing data-driven operational programs.
Pedro graduated with a M.B.A. in Management from Emory University and holds a Law degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, plus a B.A. in International Relations from Estacio University.