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Specialty Papers US 2019 Expert Speakers

Meet the 2019 Specialty Papers US speakers, whose expertise lead beneficial discussion and brought innovation to the forefront of the industry. 

  • Michele Bartolini

    Senior Marketing Director, Canada and U.S. Sustana

    Michele Bartolini serves as Senior Marketing Director for Sustana Group, the leader in sustainable, recycled fibers and paper products. She has more than two decades of experience in global organizations, including Citrix and Novell, with a breadth of Canadian and international experience in driving innovative marketing programs and strategies across Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. Michele holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and attended Harvard’s Coaching and Mentoring program.

  • Mark Bond

    Recycled Fibers Sales Manager Sustana

    Mark Bond is the Recycled Fibers Sales Manager at Sustana, a leading producer of FSC® certified, premium post-consumer recycled fiber which takes its role as a steward of the environment seriously. Sustana uses highly-automated proprietary processes to turn post-consumer wastepaper into the highest quality fiber for use in the production of printing and writing papers, tissue paper, and FDA-compliant paper products and packaging. Mark graduated from the The Pennsylvania State University and has held sales and marketing roles in the paper industry. Mark joined Sustana in early 2017 and has achieved a consistent growth in sales for North America.

  • Clay Enos

    Senior Consultant Fisher International

    With 15 years in pulp and paper, distinguished by experience from both the supplier and producer perspectives, Clay Enos brings deep industry understanding to his consulting role at Fisher International. In addition to technical expertise which includes converting machines, his business and analytical work has focused on cost reduction and performance benchmarking, providing strategic insights across the management decision chain for Fisher’s diverse client base.

    Mr. Enos holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering with a background in sales, paper production engineering, paper line area production, pulp mill strategic planning, and mill repurposing projects. Before joining Fisher, he was Manufacturing Excellence Manager at Verso Paper.

  • Jim Fogg

    Business Development Manager, Barrier Coatings Solenis

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  • Scott Gearen

    Chemical Security Inspector Department of Homeland Security

    Scott began working for the Department of Homeland Security in 2015. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Scott served 22 years in the USAF as Pararescueman. During his Air Force career, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Training from the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale. After retirement from the Air Force, Scott spent several years in security contracting at the US Embassy in Iraq, and later worked at a Goldmine in Indonesia as an advisor to a security team. Scott is currently working as a Chemical Security Inspector for the state of Minnesota as part of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program. He is an outreach coordinator for Minnesota and is available upon request to bring CFATS information and a presentation to interested parties. Scott currently resides in Minnesota.

  • Mika Hotti

    Business Director & Global Key Account Management Paper - Business Line Silica Evonik

    Mika Hotti has a long experience in the Paper Industry. He has been involved in the Paper Industry for more than 30 years with the assignments in manufacturing of coated and uncoated fine papers.  The majority of his experience has been focused on the promotion of the Special Pigments such as Precipitated Silicate and Silica materials in various paper and board grades and applications.

    In his current role with Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH /Business Line Silica Mika has a role of the Business Director & Global Key Account Management for Paper Industry. Evonik Resource Efficiency is the Global leader of Silica based solutions for the Paper Industry with the widest Product Portfolio of Silica, Silicates, Fumed Silica and Silica-based Dispersions used in the paper coating and wet-end applications for adding value for end customers.

    Before the Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH assignment, Mika has held positions at J. M. Huber Corporation and Wacker Chemie GmbH in various roles from Technical Sales & Support to Regional and Global Sales assignments.

  • Jeff Stacy

    Market Segment Manager Cascades-Sonoco

    Jeff is responsible for leading Marketing and Business Development as well as the Strategic Growth Platforms for Cascades Sonoco. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in Sales and Marketing with Sonoco and Cascades Sonoco.  Jeff led the business transformation efforts beginning back in 2010 which helped Cascades Sonoco evolve from a Roll Packaging company into a leading coating and lamination innovations company.  Jeff holds and Economics degree from Muskingum University.

  • Heli Kuorikoski

    technology Centre Director Metsä Board

    Heli Kuorikoski is currently the Technology Centre Director for Metsä Board, and has been working in the paper and packaging industry for almost 20 years. Heli has held a number of positions within Metsä Board, focusing on quality and product management, product safety, technical marketing, and customer relationship management. Prior to her time in R&D, Heli was the Technical Service Director for Metsä Board Americas based in Norwalk, CT. Heli graduated from Tampere University of Technology in Finland with a M.Sc. in Materials Science focused in Paper Converting.

  • Jeff Leitinger

    Global Technical Service and Development Manager Paper Coatings The Dow Chemical Company

    Paper Coatings Global TS&D Manger with Dow Chemical for over 7 years, located at Northeast Technology Center in Collegeville, PA focused on new products for barrier coatings and materials to enhance coating performance.  Prior to joining Dow, working for over 20 years in Paper Manufacturing and Technical roles with several large coated paperboard companies.  Additional experience with coated paper and chemical manufacturing companies.  BS in Paper and Chemical Engineering at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. MBA from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.  Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • Markku Hämäläinen

    CEO Kotkamills Oy, Finland

    Markku Hämäläinen is the CEO of Kotkamills Oy, a Finnish paper industry company located in south east Finland. Prior to this current position he has been working as the Managing Director of Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH in Germany. Earlier has been employed for example by Storaenso in various production and R&D positions in Finland between 1986 and 2006. He has also been running his private consulting firm since 2008. Markku Hämäläinen is 56 years of age and he has a Dr. Degree in Paper Technology from the University of Lappeenranta in Finland.

  • Jack Miller

    Founder and Principal Consultant Biobased Markets, USA

    Jack Miller is Founder and Principal Consultant, Biobased Markets. He is also an Associate Consultant with RISI and a member of the Advisory Board of Sweetwater Energy, a biorefinery company. Jack served as Business Development Consultant for nanocellulose with CelluForce from 2011-13, and was Consulting Manager, Global Nanocellulose Sales, American Process in 2014 and 2015.

    Jack is the author of Nanocellulose in Packaging, published by RISI in 2019 and Nanocellulose Challenges and Opportunities: End User Perspectives, published by TAPPI in 2018. He is also the author of

     Nanocellulose: Technology, Applications and Markets, published by RISI in 2014, Lignin: Technology, Applications, and Markets published by RISI in 2017, and Nanocellulose Producers, Products and Applications, A Guide for End Users, published by TAPPI, 2017. He has presented on cellulose nanomaterials at webinars and conferences in Brussels and Grenoble as well as in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Japan.

    Previously Jack was Senior Consultant, North America with Pira International and held management positions in sales and marketing with Domtar, Continental Forest Industries, and Stone Container.



  • Yvon Mongrain

    Technical Director Cascades-Sonoco

    Yvon is an Innovation Manager with over 19 years product development experience in Paper Coatings, Latex Rubber Adhesives, Corrugating, Folding Carton and Resin Extrusion.  Yvon has an established an impressive track record as a problem solver and holds numerous patents.  Yvon uses his strong analytical and organizational skills to work with customers in determining new and innovative technologies.  He also spends a great deal of time helping companies streamline and reduce costs of their current products and processes. Yvon hold an Analytical Chemistry degree from Shawinigan University in Quebec, Canada.

  • Dr. Graham Moore

    Strategic Consultant Smithers

    Graham Moore has over thirty years experience of the paper and board industry, encompassing process and product knowledge, product performance, recycling, deinking, wet end chemistry, and strategic futures related research. He has assisted paper companies around the world to successfully develop and exploit new speciality products and markets.

    Dr Moore developed and initiated the Paper Perspectives research programme which assesses the impact of a range of issues and trends on the future demand of a range of paper products. Products have included office paper, magazines, thermal paper, promotional print products and commercial inkjet.

    He has authored many papers and publications, including a number of books, e.g. Wet End Chemistry Strategies, Non Wood Fibres and Pulp and Paper Five-Year Technology Forecast. Moore has also contributed to other publications including the EC COST publication, 'Paper Recycling' and TAPPI's Paper 360o journal.

    A member and Fellow of TAPPI (USA), member and non-executive director of PITA (UK) and a member of PRIMA, Graham has represented the UK on the European COST programme for Forests and Forest Products and has acted as an evaluator for the EC and the Finnish Academy of Science. Has also acted as an external examiner for Manchester and Reading Universities in the UK and been an invited lecturer at the pulp and paper schools of Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and Seoul University in South Korea.

  • Lynn Morgan

    Manager of Public Affairs Waste Management

    As Manager of Public Affairs for Waste Management, Lynn helps shape public policy through her participation in state, regional, and national dialogues. She serves on Wisconsin’s Waste and Materials Management Study Group and the Brownfields Study Group, both state-appointed bodies advising the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. A Wisconsin native, Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-Madison.

  • Jonathan Phipps

    Principal Scientist FiberLean

    Jonathan Phipps is a chemistry graduate from the University of Oxford with a PhD in colloid science from the University of Bristol.  After graduating he joined English China Clays (now Imerys) in Cornwall, UK, working mostly on the application of minerals in paper. In 2001 he switched industries and moved to Schlumberger in Cambridge, working with oilfield cementing and drilling fluid technology. After a short spell in technology consulting he returned to Imerys in 2008. In addition to paper and oilfield fluids, he has worked in a wide range of industries and applications including paints and coatings, personal care, polymers and consumer products.  He began working with microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) in 2012, transferring to FiberLean Technologies Ltd in May 2016, where he is Principal Scientist, responsible for all technical aspects of the use of FiberLean MFC in its many applications.

  • Gary Robinson

    CEO/Principal Consultant SYNAPTIC Packaging

    Gary Robinson is the founder of Synaptic Packaging and an advisor to global brands, micro-innovators, converters, material producers, and venture capitalists. He specializes in helping companies develop meaningful business and technical strategies to advance Sustainability. Synaptic Packaging sees Sustainabilty through the lens of innovation and opportunity. We seek to position our clients so they are both relevant and competitive in response to emerging business challenges.

    Gary holds a packaging degree from Michigan State University and over 25 years in global business leadership. His experience includes major consumer brands such as The Home Depot, Kraft Foods, Newell Rubbermaid, and Amway. Throughout his career Gary has held leadership positions in R&D, Global Supply Chain, Engineering, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Marketing, and Business Development. This diverse professional background is the key to success to drive innovation. Synaptic Connections are made when we identify relevant adjacencies, anticipate forward trajectories, then accelerate towards convergence. For more information please visit us at

  • Kim “Will” Robinson, Ph.D.

    Founder and Chief Solutions Officer Process Solutions Group

    Arming the pulp and paper industry with innovative approaches to achieve a sustainable and profitable future is Will Robinson’s passion. As Founder and Chief Solutions Officer of the Process Solutions Group, the company specializes in solving chronic operational issues that undermine efficiency, process stability and product quality.

    Will helps mills realize their full potential.  He identifies improvements for operational efficiency and, when appropriate, eliminates “waste” through statistical process control.  He provides clients easy-to-implement solutions for the long term.  This includes bringing full teams together, from the executive suite to the plant line, to build focus and enthusiasm for the processes of investigation, operational improvement and problem-solving.  He believes the greatest outcomes are generated when everyone is engaged in finding and sustaining the solution.

    For over 30 years, Will led the charge in process diagnostics and advancements in the paper industry with companies such as International Paper, James River, Graphic Packaging and Caraustar making a considerable impact to the bottom line. He implemented new technologies as an applications engineer and as Director of Technology at James River, Graphic Packaging and Caraustar, he patented processes that provided innovative approaches in solving production issues.  Later, as Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Caraustar, he provided focus on “what really matters” and revamped company structure, helping turn around a struggling company.

    After achieving a Paper Engineering degree from SUNY/ Syracuse University, he received an MS and Ph.D. from the Institute of Paper Chemistry.  Halfway through his career, he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in both finance and business strategy.

    Will and his wife, Carol, are blessed to spend time with their two amazing daughters and three grandchildren.  They also serve the elderly and single parents in their community through various organizations.  On the weekends, you just might find Will wading in a trout stream, skiing the slopes, or preparing for his next marathon.

  • Susan Thoman

    Principal and Managing Director Compost Manufacturing Alliance

    Susan Thoman has over 25 years’ management experience within the solid waste and sustainability fields. Susan served on the Cedar Grove Composting senior management team for 12 years , where she pioneered the development of working  models to create collaboration between solid waste systems and the food service value chain. In January 2017, she and several partners formed a private industry group, the Compost Manufacturing Alliance, to broaden the vision and scope of compostable products testing across North America. Susan served on the US Composting Council board from 2015-2018, and currently serves on the Recycling Foundation Board in Washington State. 

  • Adrianne Tipton

    Sr. Vice President, Innovation Novolex

    20+ years in Innovation and R&D in high tech, CPG, and paper/poly manufacturing industries.

    Previously VP of New Product Development, Cenveo; VP- Consumer Vertical – ORC International Market Research firm,  Group Manager, R&D, Clorox.

    Joined Novolex in 2014.

    Postdoctoral fellowship:  Bio-Inorganic and Synthetic Organic Chemistry- Univ. of Minnesota

    PhD- Synthetic Organic Chemistry-Univ of Nevada, Reno

    Bachelor of Science, Chemistry (ACS certified)- Northern Arizona University

  • Emily Williams

    Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy Michelman

    Emily is Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy in the Printing and Packaging group at Michelman. Emily is an active member of the ASTM committee for compostable plastics, the Food Service Packaging Institute with the Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group, and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Her expertise is on the subject of compostable coatings for packaging applications, and she has presented at several conferences on the subject, including the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and PaperCon. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in the same from the University of Cincinnati.

  • Jeffrey P. Youngblood, Ph.D.

    Professor of Materials Engineering Purdue University

    Professor Jeffrey P. Youngblood began his collegiate studies at Louisiana State University majoring in Chemistry and Physics.  Working in the laboratory of Professor William Daly, Professor Youngblood spent three years working on compatibilization, ageing, and thermomechanical investigation of asphalt/polymer blends and the synthesis of liquid crystalline nonlinear optical polymers.  In 1996, Professor Youngblood started Ph.D. studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering.  Under the direction of Professor Thomas McCarthy, Youngblood investigated the Superhydrophobic Effect, developed general methods for chemical surface modification of polymers, and synthesized pendant siloxane block copolymers.  Moving on to postdoctoral work at Cornell’s Materials Science and Engineering Department under direction of Professor Christopher Ober, he developed synthetic strategies for the development of coatings that prevent marine biofouling.  In 2003, Professor Youngblood accepted a position in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University.  Promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2015, he uses his polymer expertise to investigate nanotechnology, surface science, advanced processing and biomaterials.  Of late, he has been specifically interested in ceramic processing using polymeric methods, advanced composites and fabrication, renewable resins and cellulose nanocomposites, the latter of which has been a particular area of interest over the past 10 years.