McClarin Board of Directors Bios:
Charles Bennett (Chairman)
Education: BS / Finance / Ferris State University
Experience: Chuck Bennett was the CEO of Dixie Chemical Company a Houston Texas based manufacturer of specialty chemicals with over 200 employees from 2009 through June, 2015.
Mr. Bennett is currently Vice Chairman of the Dixie Chemical Board of Directors; Board of Governor’s and Executive Committee of SOCMA (Society of Chemical Manufactures & Associates) and ACA (American Coatings Association). and Immediate Past Chairman, Board and Executive Committee member of the West Michigan YMCA.
From 1998 to 2008, Chuck was the CEO of Cook Composites & Polymers in Kansas City, MO.
CCP is a manufacturer and distributor of composites and coatings resins and related products with 1,300 employees, 15 manufacturing sites, and 44 distribution centers. From 1996 to 1999 Chuck founded and sold off Polymer Products, Inc. a coatings and resins manufacturer based in Grand Rapids, MI. From 1979 to 1996 he served as the CEO/President of Guardsman Products, Inc. with 10 operations in North America and Europe. Guardsman Products was a manufacturer of industrial paints and consumer cleaning products. Chuck also held various positions including Corp. Controller, V.P. Regional Operations, V.P. Manufacturing, CFO, COO, & CEO. The company was sold to Lilly Industries in 1996. From 1972 to 1979 he was the Audit Manager for PWC. Additionally, from 1970 through 1972 he served as a Lieutenant in the US Army.”
Education: BS / Business, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Experience: Mr. Kennedy purchased McClarin Plastics in 1983 and has over 30 years of industry experience in composite technologies. Under his leadership, the company has become a leading thermoplastics and composites manufacturer winning and receiving a number of awards including 2005 Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturer’s Association of South Central Pennsylvania and the 2007 Governor’s Workforce Development Award; and was named one of 2008’s top 50 Fastest Growing Companies by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal. Prior to acquiring McClarin he was employed by National Gypsum in Dallas, Texas as manager of the North Texas region.
Education: BA / Western Michigan University
Experience: Mr. Miller is currently a partner in Crystal Associates LLC. an investment company holding securities, real estate, and other manufacturing company assets. He specializes in turnaround work with an expertise in operations. Prior to his present position he was Chairman & CEO of Kent Design & Manufacturing which he owned since 1998, served as President of American Seating, a manufacture of transportation, stadium and office furniture seating and has held numerous senior management positions with the General Electric, General Motors, Donaldson, and Knapp & Vogt since. Mr. Miller has served on numerous boards including American Seating, Optional Energy Partners, CMS Microsystems, Custom Profile, BSI Security Systems, Bos Foods, Goodwill Industries, St Johns Home, The Right Place Inc. Manufacturers Council and the Western Michigan University Grand Rapids Haworth Graduate School of Business.
Stephen P. Bellone
Education: BBA Accounting / MS Finance / Loyola University; CPA Maryland
Experience: Founder/President of Persimmon Ventures, LLC. An investment firm focused on the seniors housings industry from 2005 – Present. From 2000 – 2005, Mr. Bellone was the CFO of Ultrabridge. A service firm to the seniors housing industry. From 1993 – 2000, Mr. Bellone held various executive management positions in the areas of Corporate Finance, Acquisitions and Divisional Operations for Integrated Health Services. At the time, Integrated was a publicly traded post acute care service provider with over $4 billion in Revenue. From 1986 – 1993, Mr. Bellone worked in the business assurance group at KPMG.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering / General Motors Institute
Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management / General Motors Institute
Experience: John Buchan is the Chief Operations Officer/Vice President of Operations for Autocam Precision Components Group of NN Inc (formerly Autocam Corporation). He has been with Autocam for 15 years and is responsible for over 20 customer accounts, 14 manufacturing sites and 2500 associates in North America, South America, Europe and Asia generating over $375 Million in revenue. Prior to Autocam, John worked 12 years at Benteler Automotive in various technical leadership roles culminating as Executive Vice President of the Exhaust Products Group. John started his career with General Motors Central Foundry and Rochester Products Divisions.
Mr. Buchan has spent his entire career in Operations related roles. He has held a variety of technical leadership positions and has led international organizations to best in class performance. These recognitions include; Automotive News’s Pace Award and Utah State University’s prestigious Shingo Prize. In addition, John has considerable global experience with greenfield startups, acquisition integration, project launches and turnaround situations.
Mr. Buchan also serves or has served on many non profit organization including: MichiganWorks Workforce Development Board, West Michigan Junior Achievement Board, West Michigan’s Right Place Manufacturer’s Council, West Michigan World Affairs Council Board, Grand Valley State University’s Engineering Advisory Committee, Western Michigan University Industrial Engineering Advisory Committee, Kent ISD’s Pre-Engineering Advisory Committee, Kent County and Caledonia Township Officer’s Compensation Committees and is a former Board President of the Wyoming Economic Development Council.
Jerry Armstrong (CEO)
Education: BS / Industrial Arts / Berea College, Kentucky
Executive Program / Indiana Graduate School of Business
Experience: A senior level executive with more than 30 years of sustained success in the automotive and construction industries and with a proven track record of delivering both domestic and international growth.
Jerry Armstrong is currently President and Chief Executive Officer for McClarin Plastics, LLC. He has successfully overseen the merger of McClarin Plastics and Amtech. He has merged the companies into a single functioning organization and is now leading the company toward sustained growth. Prior to joining McClarin, Jerry was the President North & South America at Commercial Vehicle Group. At CVG, his Executive Director Leadership role focused on strategic planning and profit / loss as Division President of a $900M publicly traded supplier of commercial vehicle components. Scope of management responsibilities have included up to eight companies with $750M in sales and representing over 5700 employees.
His Training / Professional Affiliations include: The Ohio State College of Engineering Advisory Board (2010-2012), TechColumbus Innovations Awards – Semi-finalist Executive of the Year (Large Company 2012), Columbus Technology Forum member (2005-Present), Manufacturers Alliance / MAPI member (2005-Present), Associate board member of South America joint ventures (1999-2002), Advanced Management and Leadership of Development Program Kelley School of Business (1998-99), A.S.Q. Certified Quality Engineer (1991), and A.S.Q. Chairman for south-central Georgia and Alabama section (1989)