Fourth Annual Conference

CARE 4th Annual Conference – May 2-4, 2006

The CARE 4th Annual Conference was held May 2 – 4, 2006 at the Southern Pine Conference Center at Callaway Gardens, in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

  1. Press Releases
  2. Conference Presentation Slides
  3. Conference Agenda
  4. Conference Dinner Speaker
  5. Conference Speaker Bios
  6. Conference Sponsors

Press Releases:

Conference Presentation Slides

Tuesday, May 2

Wednesday, May 3

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, May 2
Moderator Speaker
7:30 – 8:15 Registration Bob Peoples
8:15 – 9:00 Welcome, Logistics & Callaway
LEED Conf. Center Info
Bob Peoples Bob Peoples,
Frank Hurd,
Rachel Crunbley (Callaway)
9:00 – 10:15 Session 1: Government Procurement
Activities to Promote Market Development
Steve Long Phil Bailey,
John Blue,
Garth Hickle,
Jeff Leech,
Steve Long
10:15- 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Session 2: Identification Technology Larry Moot Larry Moot,
Larry McDermott (Axsun),
Dan Klevisha (Brucker)
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch – Keynote Speaker Bob Peoples Werner Braun
1:30 – 3:30 Session 3: Market Development Update:
GeoHay; Reinforced Composites;
Underlay, Cement Kilns, Products; Infiltrator
Kemp Harr Mike Mikell,
John Muzzy,
Ron Greitzer,
Matthew Realff,
Len Peterson,
Jack Johnson
3:30 – 4:00 Break Birds of Prey – Callaway
4:00 – 5:30 Session 4: Materials Processing Technology Matthew Realff Matthew Realff,
Doug King,
Chris Strzelecki,
Clark Murray,
Mike Horrocks,
Mike Hanna
6:00 – 6:30 Drinks
6:30 – 7:15 Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 Dinner Speaker and CARE Awards –
Recycler of the Year & CARE Person of the Year
Bob Peoples Jonathan Trivers
Wednesday, May 3
7:30 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast Served
8:00 – 8:30 CARE Business Meeting & Board Elections Frank Hurd
8:30 – 10:00 Session 5: CARE 2004 Survey Update
and CARE Accomplishments
Bob Peoples Matt Goldman,
Bob Peoples
10:00 – 10:15 Break Birds of Prey –
10:15 – 11:45 Session 6: Partnerships, Novel Technology Bob Peoples Russ DeLozier (Shaw),
Fred Williamson (StarNet),
Jim Stewart (BRI Energy),
Johnathan Bragdon (Tricycle Inc.),
Wes Connelly (Wool Canesis Network)
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch and Speaker Bob Peoples Kelley Atkins,
Carpet-Bruns (UK)
1:30 – 2:15 Panel Discussion: Part A –
Are We Making Progress
(Supply/Procurement Side)
Kim Gavin Garth Hickle,
Dave Kitts,
Russ DeLozier,
Georgina Sikorski,
Frank Endrenyi
2:15 – 3:00 Panel Discussion:Part B –
Are We Making Progress
(Entrepreneur/Collector Side)
Kim Gavin Ron Greitzer,
Paul Ashman,
Fred Williamson,
Sean Ragiel
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Panel Discussion – Open Questions Kim Gavin Full Panel members
4:00 – 7:00 Open Time: Networking, Gardens, Relaxation
7:00 – ??? Open Evening – Dinner on own
Thursday, May 4
7:30 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast Served
8:00 – 9:30 Session 7: Carpet Manufactures –
Program Updates
Steve Bradfield Steve Bradfield,
Frank Endrenyi,
Georgina Sikorski,
Stuart Jones,
Howard Elder,
Bill Gregory
9:30 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:00 Session 8: Feedback Session,
Issues, Concerns,
Where CARE Goes from here
Stuart Jones Audience open dialog
11:00 – 11:30 Conference Wrap-up & Survey Bob Peoples
12:00 Conference Ends – Lunch on Own
1:30 – 5:30 Golf (Lakeview Course);
Tennis, Walking, Hiking, Relaxing

Conference Dinner Speaker

Jonathan TriversBiography: Jonathan Trivers
Jonathan Trivers, author of One Stop Marketing published by John Wiley & Sons in October, 1996, is a marketer by training and a teacher/trainer by avocation. He has spent 22 years marketing products and programs. His experience is both retail and manufacturing: Sears(twelve years), Hollytex Carpet Mills (six years) and Abbey Carpet Co. (four years).

From l991 – June, l995, Jon was the President and COO of Abbey Carpet Co., the oldest and largest floor covering franchiser in the U.S. Abbey Carpet doubled the number of stores and quadrupled its sales volume in those four years. Abbey Carpet has 650 franchises in 49 states with an annual volume of $900 million.

Jon also spent ten years teaching marketing and marketing related classes at Southern Oregon University and counseled more than 1,400 small businesses.

Jon is an excellent communicator. He uses humor effectively to make his points and involve the listener. He is a personality who communicates the principles of marketing like no one else.

Jon is contributing editor to Floor Covering Weekly, a Hearst business publication. Readers might not always agree with him, but both manufacturers and retailers read his monthly column.

Jon completed for Floor Covering Weekly “marketWise: The Annual Report of The Floor Covering Industry.” It describes the industry in the full value the customer pays and projects sales by product category out to 2010.

On a personal note, Jon and his wife Karen moved to Nova Scotia for the sole purpose of running a summer day camp on their 90 acre property for economically disadvantaged children and one week for severely handicapped children. This will be their fifth year and the 1,000th child will come to Acorn Farm Camp this summer.

Conference Speaker Bios

Biography: Phil Bailey
Phil Bailey lives on a rock on the Maine coast from which his consulting company Sustainability provides services regarding environmentally preferable products for clients ranging from public agencies to major corporations, with a focus on the carpet industry. Phil had taken his carpet work to heart by growing a ‘soul patch’ made from post-consumer Nylon 6.6. Phil recently returned from the Deep South where he provided relief efforts to those displaced by hurricanes. During the CARE gathering Phil will take on any opponents in tennis and wipe the court with them.

Phil Bailey will give an update on the CARE-funded project to pull together government entities, manufactures and entrepreneurs. This project is primarily focused on introducing products to the government marketplace that are made at least in part with post-consumer carpet. A procurement advisory group (PAC) and an entrepreneur/manufacturer group have been formed. The PAC will be reviewing up to 4 products for their suitability and purchase by government organizations.

John BlueBiography: John Blue
John Blue is a project manager for the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the agency tasked with achieving a 50-percent waste diversion rate for the State of California. John has served the Board since 1991, working on solid waste planning, recycling based economic development, market analysis and market development. He currently splits his attention between the Board’s Sustainable Building Program and its Emerging Technology Assessment Team. Prior to his work in waste management, John worked as a post-graduate researcher at the University of California in Davis in the field of yeast taxonomy and as a quality assurance chemist for the Campbell Soup Company.

John Blue will provide an update on California’s proposed state purchasing requirements for environmentally preferable carpet, including specifications that require state agencies to purchase recycled content carpet, meet air quality standards and recycle discarded carpet. The “California Gold Standard” is expected influence purchasing patterns and prompt a market-based response by the carpet industry as California represents that largest amount of public purchasing of any state in the United States and often serves as a model for other public procurement programs.

Jon BragdonBiography: Jonathan Bragdon
President and COO, Tricycle, Inc. A process engineer by training, Jonathan began his business career at a tufting machine manufacturer. His experience includes brand development and management as well as strategic process and marketing planning for the manufacturers of interiors products. Tricycles work with the product development, sampling and marketing of carpet manufacturers has earned the company four NeoCon awards in four years, a Green Apple Award (UK) for best environmental practices in the United States, shortlist finalist status for Denmark’s INDEX: award for design that improves life (alongside Google, Apple and Ford), and a 2006 nomination for the Cooper Hewitt/ Smithsonian Institutions National Design Awards. Bragdon holds a MBA from Vanderbilt University and sits on the boards of the Chattanooga Technology Council (Chairman) and Southeast Executive Board of the AeA. In 2006, he served as a judge for the Kruesi Spirit of Innovation Awards.

Bragdon will speak on the dematerialization of product development and sampling in the interiors industry, with a particular focus on commercial carpet. In addition, an overview of the CARE/Tricycle partnership will be presented along with a live demo of the newly revamped CARE website developed under the partnership.

According to CARE, in 2003 an estimated 5 billion pounds of carpet was sent to landfill. Nearly 1 million pounds of this was carpet samples, which also cost carpet manufacturers nearly $1 billion to produce and ship. In 2003, Tricycle began marketing an alternative carpet sample that reduces the energy and water required for a sample by 95%, uses zero oil, is 100% recyclable, and cuts costs and time to market. In 2005, 37,700 SIM from Tricycle samples were sent to architects and designers, conserving 9,400 gallons of oil and keeping 56,500 pounds of carpets from landfills.

This sampling alternative is also in use by product development departments, cutting the environmental and economic footprint of product development exponentially; one customer estimated a savings of $710,000 in PD costs last year.

Manufacturers initially hired Tricycle for a mid-course correction, to fix a mounting problem. However, as the benefits of SIM were proven, in late 2005 two carpet brands commissioned Tricycle to design sustainable processes from the ground up– from product development to sampling, to sales and marketing. Rather than fixing a system that is inherently flawed and does not meet the needs of design professionals, Tricycle is now implementing methodologies at a strategic level, establishing best practices in how products are developed and delivered.

Werner BraunBiography: Werner H. Braun
Werner Braun is the President of The Carpet And Rug Institute. CRI is the national trade association representing manufacturers that produce floor covering materials. During his thirty-one years (1967 – 1998) with the Dow Chemical Company, he served in a variety of positions from Human Health Research Analytical Chemist to Public Policy Advocate. Following retirement from Dow, Mr. Braun served as Senior Director, International Affairs, Chlorine Chemistry Council of the Chemical Manufacturers Association before joining CRI in April 2000. He serves on the External Advisory Board of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Board of the International Society of Cleaning Technicians, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. He is involved in many community activities, including the Rotary Club and the Alzheimer’s Association

Wes ConnellyBiography: Wes Connelly
Wes Connelly is the North American Area Manager for Wools of New Zealand, a division of Canesis Network Ltd. His career in floor covering spans 25 years, with experience in both synthetics (Monsanto/Solutia) and wool. Wes is responsible for the management of the Wools of New Zealand brand and the relationship with manufacturing and importing partners. Before assuming the Area Manager position, Wes was the Technical Manager working with spinners, dyers and manufacturers to develop innovative wool carpets and rugs, a responsibility he continues today. He works to insure the quality standards of the brand are maintained. In addition, he educates manufacturers, importers, retailers, designers, and consumers on the many benefits of wool carpets and rugs.

Disposal of post-consumer carpets produces large volumes of waste for landfills where they do not readily degrade. Incineration is only possible in countries with the necessary infrastructure and increasing environmental pressure makes incineration unsustainable.

We have shown wool carpets can be used as a fertilizer with excellent results. Ground-up wool carpet, when added to the soil greatly increases the yield (wet and dry matter) of grass grown. This closed-loop cycle (ie, grass-wool-carpet-grass) is an efficient form of fiber recycling because the carpet to grass step is solar powered, unlike recycling of synthetic fibers.

The suitability of ground-up wool carpets as fertilizer is confirmed by elevated levels of essential elements such as nitrogen, sulphur and magnesium in the grass grown on carpet fertilized plots as compared to the control grass. Nitrogen levels in the grass were elevated by 20%, sulphur by 19% and magnesium by 11%. The carpet also raised the soil levels of essential elements such as sulphur, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and organic carbon. The environmental soundness of wool carpet has been supported by the results of this simple experiment.

Ray CrabbsBiography: Ray Crabbs
Ray Crabbs is Director, Agricultural Business Development, for BRI Energy, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for assisting BRI Energy develop its new technology, of producing ethanol from any carbon based material, with emphasis on plants located in rural communities.

He is also the Founder and CEO of America’s Fund for Communities, a nonprofit organization established to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of philanthropy. In addition, America’s Fund allows a major donor to contribute to a single nonprofit at the national level and have their program interests implemented in a series of communities throughout the nation.

Prior to founding America’s Fund, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and CFO of the Points of Light Foundation and has had an exceptional career as an executive in the nonprofit field. He has served as chief staff officer for four of the seven organizations for which he has worked. During his 37-year career he has raised more than $375 million for these and other organizations.

As President of his own consulting firm, VISION ASSOCIATES, he has a national client list for which he provides strategic planning, management and resource development counsel.

Prior to founding VISION ASSOCIATES, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (now known as Association of Fundraising Professionals.) Working through the more than 200 members of the Board of this 12,000 member professional society, Crabbs launched the organization’s first major fundraising effort. Additionally, he developed and implemented fiscal controls and procedures to stabilize the financial integrity of the Society.

From 1987 to 1990, he was Senior Vice President of Quest International, and was responsible for training, marketing, public relations, communications and resource development. During this period, annual contributions to this organization, which develops school-based youth programs, grew from $167,000 to more than $4.5 million.

Before assuming his position with Quest International, Crabbs was with the National 4-H Council for twelve years. There he held key positions which ranged from Associate Director of Development to Chief Operating Officer. In 1982, he was given responsibility for planning and implementing their $50 million capital campaign which concluded with more than $60 million.

His prior positions include Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State 4-H Foundation and Assistant Director of Development for Washington State University.

Crabbs is a member of a number of management, fund raising, and civic organizations. He has been a contributing author to “Association Trends” magazine and has served as a member of the Boards of the Foundation of the American Society of Association Executives and the Foundation and Private Sector Initiatives of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (a division of Health and Human Services.) He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of WorldReach and serves on a number of other national, regional, and local nonprofit boards. Additionally, he is a sough-after motivational speaker and lecturer on nonprofit management and fund raising and is a former Fellow of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program and listed in the Who’s Who of the Midwest.

He holds a B.S. in Economics and a M.A. in Public Administration from Washington State University.

Biography: Damon Dedo
Damon Dedo is a graduate of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA with a degree in Metallurgy and Ceramic Engineering. During his early years, Mr. Dedo spent most of business life in the combustion, heat transfer and air pollution industries. Later on, his activities were redirected toward materials processing and recycling. For the past 20 years, Mr. Dedo has been employed by Granutech-Saturn Systems, a world leader in the material size reduction and recycling industries. For the past 10 years, Mr. Dedo has devoted much of his time to the processing and recycling of plastic hard scrap, film, fiber and residential carpet.

Ron GreitzerBiography: Ronald J. Greitzer
Ronald J. Greitzer is President of Los Angeles Fiber, the largest recycler of post consumer carpet in the world. “If the Rose Bowl was a land fill, L A Fiber diverts enough material to fill three Rose Bowls in one year. ”

Graduate of University of Southern California, (B.S. 1980), Coro Foundation Fellowship, 1981, and Claremont Graduate School, (Public Policy Analysis 1982), Ron is an entrepreneur dedicated to solving environmental problems with business solutions.

Ron was a founding member, past Chapter President and International Vice President of Young Entrepreneurs Organization. Currently he is a member of Young Presidents Organization, Santa Monica Bay Chapter.

Ron was honored by the Los Angeles Jewish Community as Young Leader of the Year in 1998. Additionally, the Los Angeles Chapter of Young Entrepreneurs Organization created an award called the “Ronnie”, Ronald Greitzer Leadership Award, and is given annually to the entrepreneur that has made the greatest social impact in the Southern California Community.

Los Angeles Fiber was awarded “Recycler of the Year” in 2003 by CARE, Carpet America Recovery Effort. In 2005, Los Angeles Fiber was featured as the first recycling company on Hugh Howser’s, California Green, viewed on PBS, Public Broadcasting Service. Currently, Ron’s company is the only recycling business represented on the State of California, Consumer Products Safety Committee.

Ron and his wife of twenty years, Carolyn, have three children, Steven 15, Adam 12, and Marissa 9, and live in Bel Air, California.

Favorite Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney.

Biography: Garth T. Hickle
Garth T. Hickle is the Product Stewardship Team Leader with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He has been with the PCA since 1996 working on product stewardship for various products including packaging, electronics and carpet. He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation and the American-Scandinavian Foundation to study product policy in the European Union. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design teaching classes on product policy and sustainable development. He holds graduate degrees from Vermont Law School and Hamline University.

Garth Hickle will provide feedback from states to CARE and the carpet industry relative to the progress made to date on the National Carpet Product Stewardship Agreement, including what states need and want from CARE and carpet industry in the near future.

Frank HurdBiography: Frank Hurd
Frank Hurd was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Master of Science Industrial Management
  • U. S. Army Command and General Staff College – Master of Military Science
  • National Defense University – Masters in International Relations & National Security
  • University of Georgia – Post Graduate Work in Operations Research
  • Mercer University – Bachelor of Science Degree


  • The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) – Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • ASAE member – American Society of Association Executives
  • CARE – Carpet America Recovery Effort – Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Carpet City Rotary Club – Board of Directors
  • Dalton Chamber of Commerce – Chairman of International Service
  • NOWCC – (National Older Worker’s Career Center) Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • St. Mary ’s – Finance Council


  • Chlorine Chemistry Council – Managing Director for Finance and Operations
  • U. S. Army Armor Officer – Retired Colonel – 27 years
  • (Commanded at both company and battalion level.)
  • U. S. Army Liaison to the United States Senate – 3 years

Biography: Stuart A. Jones
V.P., Sustainable Development, Interface Research and Development. Stuart has worked in the carpet industry for 10 years, with responsibility for laboratory services, process development, environmental compliance, and new material, process, and product development. Prior to entering the carpet industry, Stuart was an environmental engineering manager for a manufacturer of urethane and vinyl systems. Resides in LaGrange, GA.

Biography: Douglas King
Mr. King has been a successful business leader with over 20 years experience in the consumer products, automotive, capital equipment and service industries with a proven track record in exceeding expectations in quality, financial, operational and customer measurements.

He has an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University.

Mr. King has worked for several companies during his tenure ranging widely in size; $7million to $100 billion to his own manufacturing consulting company. King has worked with the current owners of Republic Machine, Inc. for the last 3 years in both the technical and operational functions.

A significant portion of his career was built around his time with General Electric. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. King was Manager, Technical Programs led the implementation of six sigma training for all Technical Leadership Program (TLP) members. He started a program in South America, met with business leaders and support staffs to sell the benefits of program and trained appropriate personnel to start the program. He was responsible for $10 million training and development operation plan.

From 1986 to 1996, Mr. King was at General Electric Appliances in Louisville, KY. He was a global leader in the major appliance industry with $6 billion in sales. Appliance Park is a union workforce of 10,000 with over 6 million square feet of manufacturing space.

Mr. King held several other leadership positions during this tenure.

  • Range Sourcing Team Leader
  • Operations Manager, Home Laundry
  • Manufacturing Engineering Leader
  • Manager, Shop Operations
  • Quality Manager
  • CIM Systems Engineer

Mr. King began his career with General Electric Lighting as a Systems Manager in 1983 in Lexington, KY. Upon graduation from Purdue University, he started his career at Kinetic Systems Corporation as a Systems Engineer in Lockport, IL.

Mr. King is Past President of the Purdue Engineering Alumni Association.

Dave KittsBiography: Dave Kitts
Dave is Mannington’s Vice President – Environment, reporting directly to the CEO/President, Tom Davis. He started with Mannington in 1989 with plant safety and health responsibilities. Those S&H responsibilities expanded to corporate-wide in the mid-90’s. Shortly thereafter his roll expanded again to include environmental compliance. Most recently his primary focus is on “beyond-compliance” environmental initiatives that bring solid corporate business value as Mannington works to assure a more sustainable future.

Prior to Mannington, Dave worked in the pharmaceutical industry, at a naval shipyard, & in insurance risk improvement. He has a 1980 BS degree in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dave is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional from USGBC. He is a Board member of The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and The International Design Center for the Environment. Dave lives in Wilmington, DE with wife Bonnie and is father of 19 year old daughter, Jodi & 2 year old son, Sam.

For more information visit Mannington’s Environmental Initiatives webpage.

Jeff LeechBiography: Jeff Leech
Jeff Leech is the Operations Manager/Facility Manager for New Bedford Waste Services (NBWS) in Massachusetts, a start up Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recycling/Transfer facility where he coordinates the day-to-day operations of a 1,500 ton-per day facility. Jeff is an active member of the MassDEP construction and demolition subcommittee, and its sub-committees, including: asphalt, gypsum and carpet. Jeff served for 17 years in the U.S. Navy and worked with several construction companies on engineering and operations issues.

Jeff Leech will describe NBWS’s efforts to divert as much C&D debris as possible from disposal, to provide cost-competitive alternatives and to respond to the waste ban regulations prohibiting the disposal of certain types of C&D (asphalt paving, brick, concrete, metal and wood). He will explain the operational and logistical challenges of managing carpet to the solid waste (landfills and incinerators) and recycling industry. Jeff will relate the difficulty of managing carpet to costs for solid waste generators who discard carpet from the residential, public and commercial sectors.

Steve LongBiography: Stephen K. Long
Stephen K. (Steve) Long, is the recycling markets planner for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). He administers financial assistance programs for recycling businesses that have leveraged a four to one match of private investment to public funding. Steve has been actively involved in the negotiations for the national agreements on product stewardship for both carpet and paint. Steve is leading MassDEP’s expanded enforcement efforts against solid waste haulers and generators that violate waste disposal ban regulations.

Steve Long will provide an update on Massachusetts experience with environmentally preferable carpet procurement contract, in place since 1999. Steve will also cover the latest Massachusetts regulatory initiatives, including: the ban on disposal of C&D debris (asphalt paving, brick, and expanded enforcement against haulers and generators who violate waste bans.

Biography: Lorence M. Moot
Larry is the Executive Vice President of Project Consultants & Associates, Inc., a Florida based consulting firm focused on environmental issues in the industrial and manufacturing areas. PC&A, either in the role of consultant or co-developer, has been instrumental in the development of technologies and/or systems that have utilized waste or production feedstock streams, thus converting these waste streams into vendible by-products or feedstock ingredients for the manufacture of recycled content products. With a background in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, Larry is responsible for all technical aspects of the company.

Larry has been involved in many projects dealing with environmental issues and sustainability. The projects range from design/build based engineering work to developing sustainable products and practices based on the needs of the customer. These projects include development of commercial carpet backing systems with recycle content, development of an industrial flooring product using recycled raw materials, development of plastic lumber, design and engineering of recycled plastic processing systems, development of recycled carpet densification systems, feasibility studies of recycling based projects, and environmental projects with state and federal governments.

Larry has also been active in the AATCC, AIChE, ASTM, ATMI, US EPA, Chlorine Chemistry Council, GTMA, GTRI, NIST, Vinyl Institute, CRI, and CARE.

Bob PeoplesBiography: Robert Peoples, Ph.D.
Dr. Peoples is the Director of Sustainability for the Carpet & Rug Institute, Executive Director of The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and President of the Environmental Impact Group. In these roles Bob serves to integrate a wide variety of initiatives that deal with sustainability on a national level. His efforts span new business development working with entrepreneurs and the development of a unified national carpet standard.

Prior to joining CRI, Dr. Peoples served as Director of Carpet Sustainability and Market Development at Solutia Inc. where he was actively involved in carpet recycle, technology licensing, and carpet related health and indoor air quality issues.

He was with Monsanto/Solutia for over 24 years starting out in Pensacola in 1979. His assignments have included Intermediates R&D, where he began his career as a bench chemist before promotion into technical management. Upon moving into the Fibers Division he was involved in the testing and development of stainblocker and fluorochemistry for the carpet industry. He then moved on to lead efforts to commercialize a new business for Monsanto in St. Louis where he spent three years in Advanced Performance Materials. He returned to Pensacola in 1992 as head of Carpet New Products and has held several positions of increasing responsibility in this area including Director of Nylon Technology.

Dr. Peoples holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Purdue University. Dr. Peoples serves on the several local and national boards including and memberships.

  • Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Board of Directors (Executive Director)
  • Member, The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS)
  • Member, National Recycling Coalition (NRC)
  • American Chemical Society
  • Clinical Investigations Review Board, Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Board of Governors, Pensacola Junior College

Biography: Chris Strzelecki
Chris Strzelecki is a partner in Advanced Extrusion Solutions. Advanced Extrusion Solutions is a sales organization representing top machinery companies in the Plastics Industry. Chris Graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.

A technical update on the latest developments in size reduction, pelletizing and recycling machinery. With a focus on recycling Nylon, PP and Polyester Fiber. Plus a quick look at recycling carpet backing materials.

Thank you to our conference sponsors:

Sustainability Leadership



Republic Machine


J&J Invision
Weston Solutions


Extrusion Solutions
Republic Machine
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