Mark manages Facility Development and Capital for Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC. As such he is responsible for managing Expera’s capital investments and long range asset planning for all Expera pulp and paper locations, including IT.
Expera engineers every level of fiber-based performance, from natural paper products to extreme solutions that withstand the most rigorous processing and conversion, and produces the most tailored specialty paper products for the most technical applications.
- Food processing papers.
- Precision release platforms.
- Industrial interleave.
- Fluorochemical-free grease resistance.
Since coming out of the construction industry over 38 years ago, Mark has moved through progressive engineering, maintenance, operations and project management roles within the pulp and paper industry.
Following his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UW Madison in 1980, he undertook post-graduate studies in pulping and bleaching technology at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton and also received his MBA from UW Oshkosh. He is a champion of continuous improvement processes and is certified as a Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt. He is also registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.
In 2009, Mark assisted the Thilmany Mill in becoming one of the first pulp and paper mills in the nation to make the “Save Energy Now” commitment to reduce their energy footprint by 25% within 10 years. Thilmany achieved that milestone in slightly less than four years. Today, investments in energy saving technologies are continuing to drive business results across all Expera locations.
Mark is an entrepreneur. Outside of Expera, he shares that talent as a Board member and Investment Committee Chair for a local credit union and also volunteers as the Chairman for the Salvation Army of the Fox Cities Advisory Board. He is a long standing member of TAPPI and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
When describing to continuous improvement, especially as it relates to saving energy, Mark’s motto is: “The farther you travel on the path to excellence, the more you realize that you have a long way to go to get there.”