Alan Bennetts,Senior Process Engineer, Weir Minerals Linatex
Alan Bennetts graduated in 1996 from Montana Tech with a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He worked as an operational process engineer, specializing in process design, trouble shooting and systems management for the copper, minerals sand, platinum and garret industries. Alan joined Linatex (now Weir Minerals Linatex) in 2008 and uses his operation experience to select equipment and design full process systems.
Darden Copeland, Managing Partner, Calvert Street Group
Darden Copeland is the managing partner of Calvert Street Group, a consulting firm focused on managing and winning political and corporate campaigns. Copeland specializes in land-use, grassroots advocacy, lobbying, and strategic communication, and has managed over 200 land use engagements across 28 states and Canada. Copeland double-majored in political science and leadership studies with a minor in communication at the University of Richmond.
Laura Hoggan, Sales Manager, Rubber & Plastics, Inc. (RPI)
Laura Hoggan is sales manager of Rubber & Plastics, Inc (RPI) a value add manufacturer of custom heavy duty cleated and sidewall rubber conveyor belts, rubber parts, PVC and urethane conveyor belts. Laura has a BS in general science from Portland State University, a bachelors of business from Marylhurst University and a masters of business administration from the University of Oregon.
Mark Krumenacher, Principal/Senior Vice President, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Mark Krumenacher is a principal/senior vice president of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. and is a professional geologist with licensure nationally and in several states. Mark has provided testimony in support of nonmetallic mining before municipal, township and county units of government as well as NGOs, local environmental groups and community advisory councils to help address concerns of residents. Mark is actively involved with the several mining associations; including the National Industrial Sand Association, Industrial Minerals Association – North America, Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, National Stone Sand and Gravel Association, Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers and Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration. Mark routinely speaks nationally on issues facing the nonmetallic mining industry and the importance of sustainable mining.
JOSEPH P. LINCK, JR, private consultant, NAFTA Marine Highway Company
Joseph was previously the CEO and Port Director of the Port of
Brownsville, Texas, which is located on the Mexican border, and is
Northern Mexico's favorite deep water seaport. Brownsville is
strategically located, approximately 70 sea miles from Shell, Chevron, BP,
and PEMEX's new PERDIDO offshore oil and gas field in the ultra deep water
Gulf. It also happens to be just across the Rio Grande river from
Mexico's giant BURGOS shale gas fields, their side of the Texas Eagle
Previously a crude oil buyer and commodity trader, Joseph has spent his
professional life doing business with Mexico, including living and working
in Mexico City, Veracruz, and also Itajai, Brazil. He is now a private
consultant to the frac sand proppant, and general petroleum industry,
through his NAFTA Marine Highway Company.
As a crude oil trader for a small petroleum refinery in Louisiana, he
purchased foreign crude, chartered ships, and delivered it to various
petroleum ports, and also traded and transported refined products using
inland waterway barges.
Joseph's last venture was Global Stone, a company he started up, owned,
and operated at the Port of Brownsville. While there he traded millions of
tons of Mexican and Canadian crushed stone and sand via 62,000 ton ships
at the Port of Brownsville. After over 10 successful years he sold out his
company's large maritime terminal to Vulcan Materials, Inc, that presently
is one of the port's largest volume dry bulk cargo operations.
Linck is an accomplished commercial writer, having been published in many
trade journals, and is a public speaker/lecturer. A graduate of the
University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, with post grad studies at
Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, Linck speaks
and reads excellent Spanish. He was born and raised in Danville, Illinois,
and is a veteran of the US Army, 82nd Airborne Corps, at Ft. Bragg, North
Fabian Ros, President, Industrial Project Solutions, Inc.
A graduate of Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fabian has spent decades working with industrial minerals. Since he established Industrial Project Solutions, Inc. in 2007, he has designed and built a dozen of frac sand plants, resin coating plants, and transload facilities. Fabian is known to focus on developing efficient methods for the industrial mineral industry. For example, his sand coating plants can produce about 25 TPH, while similar plants only produce about 17 TPH. Currently, Fabian has numerous patent pending applications in the frac sand arena.
Joey A. Chbeir, General Counsel and Director of Operations, Industrial Project Solutions, Inc.
Joey A. Chbeir is the General Counsel and Director of Operations of Industrial Project Solutions, Inc. He is in charge of leading the strategic and tactical legal initiatives. He is also responsible for growing IPS and keeping it focused on what it does best--providing the highest quality systems while using the most reliable technology in the industry. Prior to joining IPS, Joey was a litigator, regularly representing Fortune 500 companies.
Rodney Roalsen, President, Rubber & Plastics, Inc. (RPI)
Rodney Roalsen is president of Rubber & Plastics, Inc. (RPI) a value add manufacturer of custom heavy duty cleated and sidewall rubber conveyor belts, rubber parts, PVC and urethane conveyor belts. Rodney has 20 years of belting industry experience, helping customers solve a wide range of problems with innovative new designs, ideas and approaches to a staid industry.
Mark J. Zdunczyk, Consulting Geologist
Mark J. Zdunczyk is a consulting geologist with nearly 40 years’ experience in the exploration / evaluation of industrial mineral deposits including permitting, appraisals, quality and quantity issues, expert testimony, market analyses, and acquisition due diligence. He has published articles on topics such as construction aggregates, silica sand and mineral valuations. Other mine5rals commodities explored and evaluated include calcium carbonate, cement raw materials, dimension stone, lime, heavy minerals and clay.
John Getty, Instructor and Lab Director, Petroleum Engineering Department, Montana Tech
John Getty is an Instructor and Lab Director in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. The Proppant Research Division (PRD) focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art in fracture stimulation technologies and assisting with the initial evaluation of material. He has earned a BS in Applied Physics from Colorado State University, and a MS in Science Education from Montana State University.
Chris Kelley,general manager – aggregate processing division,McLanahan Corp.
Chris Kelley is sales manager for McLanahan's aggregate processing division, with extensive experience in frac sand production. Hydrocyclones, or more simply Cyclones, and derivatives such as the McLanahan Separator are used in frac sand production, as well as many varied applications including classification, desliming, fines recovery and dewatering.
Jim Grida, Reliable Asphalt Products
Jim Grida has worked for more than 30 years in the construction-materials industry, and has 15 years experience in frac sand drying techniques.