Dr. Koukoulas is President and CEO of Herty. Joining Herty in November 2012, he is responsible for its day-to-day business operations and for positioning Herty for future growth. He has over 25 years’ experience in R&D and technology management, business development and new product development. His expertise is in chemical sciences and engineering, pulp and paper and bioenergy. He has 14 US patents in diverse areas including a process for the in situ precipitation of calcium carbonate on natural fibers. He is a successful entrepreneur having started several technology companies including his own consulting firm, ANL Consultants LLC, which focused on delivering alternative energy and energy efficiency solutions to a diverse group of industrial clients such as Flambeau River Biofuels (FRB) and Chevron Technology Ventures. He also chaired the Technology Advisory Board of FRB, an advanced bio-based fuels company developing Fischer-Tropsch liquids from woody biomass. He has held senior management position at Albany International and International Paper Company (IPC). In his last corporate role, he managed over 125 employees in six countries with an annual budget of $32 million, responsible for managing all aspects of new product development and corporate engineering, and intellectual property management. While at IPC, he spearheaded the creation of an open innovation program and a number of new-to-the-world process technologies, including the development of renewable consumer packaging products and the commercialization of the first fully-compostable paper-based hot cup. He is an expert consultant to the European Commission’s Energy Directorate and the National Engineering & Science Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. He has taught at McGill University and holds adjunct professorships at Georgia Southern University and NC State University.
Mr. Erdmier joined Herty in 2008. He oversees all equipment and operations involving computers, networks and voice communications.He has previously held IT positions with Coca-Cola Savannah and Kern-Coleman & Company.
Eugene “Chip” Ayers
Mr. Ayers joined the Herty team in 1994 as an operator in the R&D department. During his 21 years at Herty he has been involved in all aspects of paper making processes, including forming and calendaring, as well as non-woven product development. He has worked in supervisory capacities from Team Leader to his current position of Program Director in Advanced Materials Development. He also recently assumed the position of Safety Coordinator for the facility.
Mr. Bragg joined Herty in 1987 and has spent 28 years helping customers with their pilot plant projects. Project areas include nonwovens, traditional paper making, as well as stock preparation. Danny is responsible for pre-project planning, project implementation and post project analysis and reporting.
Mr. Darnell Wilson joined the Herty team in 1992 as an operator in the R & D Department. For 23 years he has worked as the project manager in various areas. Some of his projects have included paper making and biomass research. Darnell is also responsible for Plant Operations and Project Management.
Dr. Linoj Kumar, Research Manager of Herty has established expertise in chemical processing of natural fibers and fractionation chemistry of lignocellulose to produce novel biochemical formulations and advanced materials (nanocarbon, nanocellulose etc.). He has also worked extensively on process analysis and engineering of both thermochemical and biochemical processing platforms for forest and agricultural biomass. Dr. Kumar has completed his PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada and subsequently did his post-doctoral work in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at UBC. He has more than ten years’ experience in developing and commercializing technologies for the processing biomass to fuels, materials and chemicals, led many scientific projects in this area, authored many technical reports and peer reviewed publications and invited to present in many international conferences.
Ms. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Savannah State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. Ms. Simmons joined Herty in 1981 as a pulp and paper chemist. During her 30 years at Herty, she has held positions as Chemist, Project Manager, Analytical & Chemical Testing Manager and Assistant Laboratory Manager. Prior to joining Herty, Ms. Simmons held research and method development positions with Hercules at the Wilmington, NC facility and the Research Center in Wilmington, DE. She also worked in Quality Control and Method Development at Hercules’ Brunswick, GA and Savannah, GA plants. She has been a member of TAPPI since 1981.
Dr. Ali joined Herty in November 2007 following a successful career as a researcher and technology developer in the forest products industry. Dr. Ali is a research and technology professional with a proven track record in technology development, new product and process development and research and technology management. He has over 25 years experience in R&D and technology development. His expertise is in chemical engineering, pulp and paper and bioenergy. Dr. Ali received his B.Eng., M.Eng., and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has worked at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada, Union Camp Corporation, International Paper and Rayonier prior to joining Herty in 2007. Dr. Ali is a long-time member of TAPPI.
Mr. Robbins joined Herty in 1978 in wet and dry laboratory testing. During his 35-year tenure, Mr. Robbins held positions as Team Leader, Program Director and Pilot Plant Manager. Throughout this time, he gained experience in all areas of bleaching, pulping, refining and papermaking. Currently, Mr. Robbins oversees plant operations and serves as the management representative for Herty’s ISO 9001:2008 program.
Mr. Cox joined Herty in 2006 and brings 35 years of financial management experience to his position as Controller. In the senior accounting role at Herty, Tom is responsible for all accounting, forecasting, financial reporting and the overall financial management. Prior to joining Herty, Mr. Cox held senior financial positions with AT&T Wireless, CVS Drugs and Tribune Broadcasting. He holds a degree in Accounting and Business Management from the Purdue University, Krannert School of Business.
Dr. Chappas has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland. He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland’s Department of Materials and Nuclear Engineering and was Director of the University’s Laboratory for Radiation and Polymer Science and Radiation Engineering Facilities. A noted serial entrepreneur, Dr. Chappas has formed several companies focusing on materials processing and the production of novel polymer-based products. He has been the guest editor for three technical journals, has published chapters in three books, holds six patents, and has published 39 technical papers in the fields of radiation processing, chemistry, and quality control.