The Team

The Team

Comprised of 12 corporate executives and four business unit leaders, Meridian’s highly experienced team is united under a vision to strategically drive the business forward. Meridian’s corporate team works closely with the four divisional leaders to create sustainable value for the business through optimization of each portfolio company that Meridian brings into its technology platform.

Since 2018, the corporate team has expanded to include functional leaders to unite the efforts of each business under Meridian’s mission to be the go-to solution provider in the adhesives sector.

Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Pelton

Chief Financial Officer

John Knudsen

Vice President of Technology

Robert Ddamulira

Vice President of Finance

Colin Alter

Vice President of Operations

Frank Cesare

Vice President of Supply Chain

Mark Ericson

Corporate Director of Human Resources

Julie Kirk

Corporate Director of Communications and Marketing

Deanna Disbro

Corporate IT Director

Jeff Roque

Corporate FP&A Manager

Jonathan Baubie

Corporate Payroll, Benefits & Accounting Specialist

Lucy Pollitt

Corporate Controller

Brandon Kurtz

Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Pelton

  • 25+ years of experience in the specialty chemicals space
  • Holds nine patents and two corporate trade secrets in adhesives, coatings and composites
  • Prior experience as an Operating Executive at Dominus Capital, CEO of Taylor Adhesives, Director of the Americas at Kordsa Global
  • B.S. in Chemistry and Business Management from Gannon University
Chief Financial Officer

John Knudsen

  • 17+ years of experience across a variety of industries including chemicals
  • Prior experience at IGM Resins (CFO), Kel-Tech (CFO), Flowchem (CFO)
  • MACC and BBA in Finance & Accounting from Texas Christian University
  • CPA 

Vice President of Technology

Robert Ddamulira

  • 36+ years of experience in adhesives R&D
  • Holds six U.S., three Canadian, three EU and three Australian patents; as well as 100+ trade secrets
  • Taylor Adhesives (VP of R&D), Chembond Ltd (Manager, R&D)
  • B.S. in Chemistry and Geology from Makerere University in Uganda and the University of Toronto; MBA from University of Tennessee
Vice President of Finance

Colin Alter

  • 20+ years of experience in accounting & finance roles across various industries including specialty chemicals
  • Prior experience at ACP Oil & Gas Chemicals, Legacy Measurement Solutions, Redstone Golf Management, Pyramid Hotel Group
  • B.S. in Biology from UTA; M.S. in Accounting from UH-Clear Lake
  • CPA
Vice President of Operations

Frank Cesare

  • 25+ years of experience in specialty chemical operations and engineering
  • Prior experience at Elementis, Koppers, Ferro, ICI/Croda
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology
Vice President of Supply Chain

Mark Ericson

  • 26+ years of industry experience in specialty chemicals and supply chain
  • Prior experience at WR Grace, Sealed Air Corp, Royal Adhesives & Sealants, and Elite Comfort Solutions
  • B.S. from SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
Corporate Director of Human Resources

Julie Kirk

  • 23+ years of experience in human resources and finance
  • Prior experience at Scuf Gaming International, Berkley Southeast Insurance Group, SA Technologies, Inc., and The Woodbridge Group
  • B.S. in Human Resources from Baker College, Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University
  • PHR, SHRM-CP
Corporate Director of Communications and Marketing

Deanna Disbro

  • 8+ years of experience in corporate public relations, communications and marketing
  • Prior experience at Taylor Adhesives, Life Care Centers of America
  • B.S. in Mass Communication from Southern Adventist University
Corporate IT Director

Jeff Roque

  • 20+ years of experience in Information Technology
  • Prior experience at ACP Oil & Gas Chemicals, CMC Materials, KMG Chemicals, Emerson Automation
  • B.B.A from University of Houston, MBA from Walden University
Corporate FP&A Manager

Jonathan Baubie

  • 8+ years of experience in accounting and finance
  • Prior experience at Ernst & Young 
  • B.S and M.S. in Accounting from Texas A&M University
  • CPA
Corporate Payroll, Benefits & Accounting Specialist

Lucy Pollitt

  • 15+ years of experience in accounting, payroll, benefits and HR
  • Prior experience at Three Rivers Community Action, Reichel Foods
  • B.A. in Accounting and Forensic Accounting from Minnesota School of Business

Corporate Controller

Brandon Kurtz

  • 14+ years of experience in finance and accounting
  • Prior experience at Schlumberger, Cameron International
  • B.S.B.A in Accountancy and MBA from John Carroll University
  • CPA