The Team

Comprised of 15 corporate executives and five commercial presidents, Meridian’s highly experienced team is united under a vision to strategically drive the business forward. Meridian’s corporate team works closely with the divisional presidents 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.

C Suite

Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Pelton

Chief Operating Officer

Brandon Willis

Chief Financial Officer

Wayne Byrne

Chief Human Resources Officer

John Baker

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/Business Management from Gannon University
Chief Operating Officer

Brandon Willis

  • 25+ years of experience within the coatings and adhesives for the automotive and electronics sectors
  • B.S. In Chemistry from University of Southern Indiana, MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business

Chief Financial Officer

Wayne Byrne

  • 30+ years of leadership experience in financial and operational roles within the industrial and specialty chemicals market
  • Prior experience at Emerald Performance Materials, Royal Adhesives & Sealants, Quest Specialty Chemicals, Duraline Holdings
  • MBA from the University of Florida, BSBA in Finance from the University of Central Florida
Chief Human Resources Officer

John Baker

  • 28+ years of experience in multiple global leadership roles
  • Prior experience at WestRock, MeadWestvaco, Honeywell, and McKesson General Medical
  • MA Industrial Relations from University of Minnesota, and BS Public Affairs from Indiana University

Commercial Presidents

President - Infrastructure Division

T. J. Bland

President - Industrial Product Assembly Division

Andrew Zaremba

President - Industrial Packaging Division

Jerry Stempel

President - Electronics Division

Brian Brace

Commercial President - Industrial Flooring Division

Ralph Grogan

President - Infrastructure Division

T. J. Bland

  • 20+ years of experience in the specified structural adhesives and fastener industry
  • Patent holder in the U.S., EU, China and Taiwan
  • Prior experience as VP of R&D for Stanley Black & Decker, Director of Product Development at Powers Fasteners
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Mississippi, Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil) from University of the State of New York
President - Industrial Product Assembly Division

Andrew Zaremba

  • 12+ years of experience in sealants and adhesives industry
  • B.S. in Finance from Indiana University

President - Industrial Packaging Division

Jerry Stempel

  • 37+ years of leadership experience in the adhesives and coatings sector
  • B.S. in English from Washington University in St. Louis
President - Electronics Division

Brian Brace

  • 33 years of sealants & adhesives experience in sales & marketing, operations and executive leadership roles
  • Previous companies include United Technologies Automotive (A UTC Company), Nitto Denko, & Blueshift Materials, Inc. 
  • BBA from Adrian College & MBA from University of Detroit Mercy
Commercial President - Industrial Flooring Division

Ralph Grogan

  • 30+ years of industry experience in the flooring market in multiple global leadership roles
  • Prior experience at Bentley Mills, Parterre, and Invest
  • MBA & BA in Business from University of North Carolina

Functional Management Team

Vice President of Technology

Robert Ddamulira

Vice President of Supply Chain

Mark Ericson

Vice President of Information Technology

Chris O’Neil

Vice President of Global Operations

Vincent Dimino

Corporate IT Director

Jeff Roque

Corporate Director of Communications and Marketing

Deanna Disbro

Corporate Director of FP&A

Jonathan Baubie

Corporate Commodity Director

Sandra Guastaferro

Corporate Director of Marketing

Neelam Kumar

Corporate Payroll, Benefits & Accounting Manager

Lucy Pollitt

Corporate Technical Regulatory Manager

Courtney Gentry

Corporate Manager of Enterprise Applications

Sean Skow

HR Coordinator

Angi Finamore

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 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)
Vice President of Information Technology

Chris O’Neil

  • 37+ years of experience in Information Technology leadership
  • Prior experience at Emerald Performance Materials, Lanxess, and FedEx
  • MBA from Kent State University, and B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Akron
Vice President of Global Operations

Vincent Dimino

  • 30+ years of experience in Specialty Materials and Chemicals in multiple global leadership roles
  • Prior experience at Joerns Health Care, DuBois Chemicals, Hexion Chemicals and Momentive Specialty Materials
  • BS in Technology and Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
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 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 Director of FP&A

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 Commodity Director

Sandra Guastaferro

·       16+ years of industry experience in specialty chemicals, supply chain, and distribution packaging

·       Prior experience at Reichhold, Inc., Royal Adhesives & Sealants, H.B. Fuller and IPS, Packaging & Automation

·       B.S. from Fordham University

Corporate Director of Marketing

Neelam Kumar

  • 20+ years of industry experience in advanced materials and specialty chemicals space in global Product Management and Marketing leadership roles
  • Prior experience at Armor-IIMAK, Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials and Aurorium
  • B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from HBTU Kanpur India and MBA from SUNY University at Buffalo
Corporate Payroll, Benefits & Accounting Manager

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 Technical Regulatory Manager

Courtney Gentry

  • 9+ years experience with adhesives and coating
  • Prior experience with quality and regulatory management at Taylor Adhesives
  • B.S. in Biology from Young Harris College
Corporate Manager of Enterprise Applications

Sean Skow

  • 6+ years of experience in enterprise applications
  • Prior experience at OSAS & Process Pro
  • B.A. in Economics & B.S. in Environmental Studies from University of Central Florida
HR Coordinator

Angi Finamore

  • 1+ years of experience in HR
  • BBA in Management from the University of North Georgia 
  • Previous HR experience with Target