Our leaders oversee a wide range of locations and processing plants.
Stretching across the United States and into Canada, Strategic Materials recycles and processes glass and plastic. Our processed materials are then sold to manufacturers to make a diverse set of products including glass containers, fiberglass, beads, abrasives and fillers.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Denis Suggs joined Strategic Materials in March of 2014 and brings more than 20 years’ experience in leading complex global businesses with revenues ranging from $100M to over $1.6B. Before joining Strategic Materials, Denis was with Belden Corp., a producer and seller of a comprehensive portfolio of connectivity and networking products. At Belden, he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Group President. He previously held executive positions at Danaher Corp., Public Storage, and IBM Corporation.
Denis received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Michael (Mike) Ramirez joined Strategic Materials in 2012. He is involved in all aspects of strategic deployment and execution within the company and directs SMI's financial, technology, glass procurement (supply) and rail logistics organizations.
Mike brings over 30 years of financial and business transformation experience from public accounting, manufacturing and service industries with the following organizations: Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Datapoint Corporation, Allwaste, Inc., Encompass Corporation and PSC.
Mike earned his BBA in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he continues his involvement serving on the university's Advisory Council to the Dean of its College of Business. Mike is a licensed (active) Certified Public Accountant.
Mike resides in the Houston metropolitan area with his wife, Laura, balancing professional pursuits with raising their family of five sons.
Executive Vice President, Business Development & Industry Affairs
Curt Bucey is focused on driving broad industry initiatives that will ultimately enable Strategic Materials to be one of the most influential companies in glass recycling in North America and abroad.
Curt’s extensive experience of over 30 years in the glass and glass recycling industries range from time in glass container manufacturing and sales, to purchasing, operations, and sales of cullet from all types of suppliers and customers. He was integral in the expansion of the Strategic Materials Glass Division from 10 to over 40 locations and was part of the team that spun off Strategic Materials from a NYSE company into a private equity backed business.
Curt joined Strategic Materials in 1993. He has had many leadership roles at Strategic Materials including President, Glass Division & Chief Operating Officer: Chief Commercial Officer: Vice President of Sales and New Product Development; and General Manager –Central Region. Prior to joining Strategic Materials, Curt was employed by Anchor Glass, one of the Glass Division’s top ten customers and held many different leadership roles.
Curt has been a member of several private and nonprofit boards, including the National Recycling Coalition. Curt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Purdue University. Curt, and his wife, Maura live in Houston with their five children.
Senior Vice President, Sales for Core Markets & Marketing
Jimmy Rayford is charged with driving both organic and inorganic sales growth strategies. Jimmy employs a heavy emphasis on strategy, execution and leadership all through sustainable process development. As Senior Vice President, Sales for Core Markets & Marketing, Jimmy owns customer relationships and spearheads continuously improving the customer experience. His team includes sales, marketing, business development and alternative markets operations.
Jimmy joined Strategic Materials in 2014 as Senior Vice-President of Business Development and Strategic Marketing. In this role, Jimmy was responsible for developing the mergers and acquisitions strategy, as well as implementing best-in-class business and commercial processes throughout the organization.
Before joining Strategic Materials, Jimmy was President of Broadcast Cable for Belden Corporation. In this role, Jimmy had global P&L responsibility for Belden’s broadcast and AV cable and connectivity business. Prior to this role, Jimmy had a number of division president, general management, commercial and operations leadership roles with Belden, Danaher and IBM.
Jimmy holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Notre Dame and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Jimmy earned the John R. Malone Award, an award for the top academic student in the graduating class. Jimmy has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and graduated Cum Laude.
Jimmy is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and was appointed Commissioner on Indiana’s Governor's Commission on Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (MWBE). Jimmy resides in Indianapolis with his wife Bailey, their daughter Reese and their son Logan.
Vice President, Human Resources
Oscar has over 20 years of experience as Senior Human Resources Executive and Officer for multinational organizations such as BHP Billiton, Pride & Seahawk Drilling, and RigNet. He has led human resources teams and executed projects in over twenty countries. He and his family previously lived overseas in Santiago, Chile, where he was the Vice President, Human Resources Latin America for BHP Billiton, assessing and creating development plans for the senior (C-level) executives in the region while transforming Human Resources from an transactional department to a strategic business partner.
He has significant experience leading and executing major projects in the areas of M&A due diligence and integration, cost containment strategies and rightsizing initiatives, talent acquisition and retention, succession planning, people development and employee relations.
Oscar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Houston, and is currently pursuing a Master in Arts, Organizational Leadership. He is fluent Spanish, English, and conversational Portuguese. He was chosen as one of the top 20 Executive Role Models in the United States selected nationwide in the “Life Savers Take a Bigger Role Award.” Oscar was a semi-professional soccer player and is passionate about developing leaders in particular the younger generation. He can be found speaking and coaching students throughout the city on leadership subjects. Oscar is married with three children, Alexis, Summa Cum Laude graduate from Baylor; Nate, currently majoring in Economics and playing football at Rice University; Edson German, 6th grader at Salem Lutheran.
Executive Vice President, East Region
Steve Bowles is a 1973 Graduate of the School of Business at the University of Dayton. Upon graduation, Steve joined Anchor Hocking/Anchor Glass Container Corporation, where he spent 20 years serving in a variety of positions, culminating in his role as Vice President of the Soft Drink Division. In July of 1993, he joined Allwaste, Inc, as President of the Recycling Division, and was one of the founding members of the management team at Strategic Materials, where he served as President and COO until his departure in 2000. Steve went on to start his own company in 2001, and over the following 15 years he built or acquired a number of glass recycling facilities, which became known as the Reflective Companies. In December of 2015, Strategic Materials completed the acquisition of most of the assets of the Reflective Companies, and Steve once again joined Strategic Materials, where has served since the acquisition in his current role as Executive Vice President of the Eastern Region.
Steve is the proud father of five children, and he and his wife Lori reside in Houston, Texas.
Vice President Business Development - South America & Strategy
David Cabello is Vice President of Business Development Strategy for South American at Strategic Materials Inc. (SMI). Prior to that David held several leadership roles with Boart Longyear, Honeywell Aerospace, Delco Remy, and Delphi Automotive. His experience includes an expat assignment in China where he lead an end-to-end business transformation.
David Cabello has 20 years of global operations, business integration, and supply chain leadership with a strong lean manufacturing background. His expertise includes leading businesses through growth, transformation, and adaptation of lean management systems to successfully address different business models, cultural and regional challenges.
David has earned a Master’s of Science in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University (MSU); an Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management from MIT Sloan School of Management (MIT), and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Chihuahua Institute of Technology in Mexico. He is Lean Manufacturing Master Certified, APICS CPIM and APICS CSCP certified.
Executive Vice President, West Region
Since 2005, Paul has led Strategic Materials’ western region which encompasses all operations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Washington, Mexico and five Midwest plants. The Western division’s 17 plants currently process over 1.5 million tons of glass annually and are the primary suppliers to the glass container and fiberglass industry in the Western half of North America. Prior to joining Strategic Materials, Faherty worked in the turnaround industry and in the automotive aftermarket.
Paul holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Public Accountant. He resides in Malibu, California with his wife Mary and two children.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Matt Keresman is responsible for the deployment and sustainment of our Quality, Environmental Health & Safety, and Lean Operating systems. In addition to providing engineering support for our plants, he is charged with our capital deployment and subsequent return on investments. Through the deployment of these systems he is efficiently transforming the company's customer experience and creating a standard approach to streamlining our operations.
Matt joined Strategic Materials in 2014 and brings more than 25 years’ experience specializing in lean transformations at all process stages for industrial products, defense, automotive, aerospace, power transmission and distribution companies. He has over 18 years of plant management experience and joined Strategic Materials from Belden Corp., where he most recently served as Vice President Operations of the Americas Group. He has a Black Belt in Lean Enterprise, a Green Belt in Six Sigma and was certified by the University of Tennessee in Lean Enterprise. He previously held executive and senior management positions in the Waukesha Electric Systems Division of SPX Corporation and AlliedSignal’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division.
Matt received a B.S. in Physics from John Carroll University and an MBA from Cleveland State University. Matt and his wife of 29 years, Joan, have two daughters, Dana, and Allie. His hobbies include equestrian sports, golfing and he is also an accomplished triathlete, completing over 75 events in the past 15 years.
General Manager, Specialty Products
Scott Trom joined Strategic Materials in 2016. He serves as General Manager of Abrasives and Specialty Glass.
Scott brings over thirty years of sales and marketing experience in technical products including concrete chemicals, polymers, and abrasives. He’s worked in market development for such companies as Union Carbide Corporation, Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd., and Rizhao Garnet, Ltd.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Utah, and holds a Certificate of Completion in Industrial Marketing Strategy from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He’s a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings.
He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Lisa and enjoys spending time with their six grandchildren.