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, Chief Commercial Officer
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, Latin America & Specialty
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, 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.
President of Canada
Laurie Borg joined NexCycle Canada as President in March 2008 with responsibility for NexCycle’s Plastics recycling operations in Canada. His role was subsequently extended to encompass all Canadian glass operations and glass operations in New England and Upper Midwest in the United States.
Prior to joining the company Laurie was Chief Operating Officer for a large automotive and industrial plastics manufacturer, and held a variety of senior positions with KPMG and Ernst & Young specializing in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions.
Laurie has also served a number of boards representing the recycling area including directorships at GreenCentre Canada (2010 to 2013) and the Canadian Plastic Industry Association (2013 to 2017).
Laurie holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and is a Chartered Accountant in Australia. He resides in the Toronto, Ontario area with his wife Sonia and two children.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Mr. Allinger owns the strategy and execution of the human capital process. Joining Strategic Materials in mid-2017, his leadership and focus is on optimizing the organization, processes and workforce to have the greatest impact on operational productivity and margin.
Mr. Allinger brings over twenty five years of global HR and business experience in multiple industries, and is well known throughout the global human resource industry as a progressive expert in human capital performance, efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining, Mr. Allinger served as the Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at Frank’s International N.V., and Executive Director, Global Human Resources for Baker Hughes, where he oversaw a wide range of responsibilities including global human resources strategy, organization and process transformation, workforce optimization, analytics, and technology. He has also served as executive sponsor for multiple enterprise operations lean and six sigma black belt certification projects.
Mr. Allinger is also an executive coach and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), serves on the board of directors for People Productivity Solutions, and on the Texas State University McCoy School of Management Advisory Council. He graduated with a BAS in Human Resources from Mount Olive University, while serving in the United States Air Force.
Executive Vice President, West Region & Southeast 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.