What are your objectives as the new president of EP
Weve had a long history of
success and my number one objective is to keep that success
going - continuing to drive the results of the business.
Secondly, we made a significant
acquisition earlier this year - The Moltan Co. - and we want to
continue that integration and continue our goals around
Lastly, we want to continue our
growth strategy, which has a lot to do with new market
development, getting into new market areas and continuing to
drive our revenue growth through those activities.
So are these some of the
things we can expect in the coming year?
Yes. For me, taking on the role of
president of EP Minerals is not a turnaround objective,
its continuing the great success weve had and all
of the things Ive just mentioned are the things
well be pushing out in 2014. Basically, were
looking to build on the foundations already in place.
What are the biggest
obstacles EP Minerals currently faces?
For one thing, weve grown a
lot in the last 10 years and we continue to hire people in
different regions of the world and with our new acquisitions we
continue to add new plants to our business and new
Whats made us successful is
that were quick, nimble and communicate very well across
the world with our sales team and with our plants and people;
as we get bigger we need to maintain that culture and make sure
we keep the aspects of our business that have made us
These things give us an advantage
over some of our competitors as we are able to react quickly to
the marketplace. Were also a very customer-focused
EP Minerals recently raised
the prices of its diatomite, perlite and cellulose products in
all regions. Can we expect prices to continue for all
We dont have any current
price increases planned in the short term but we always try to
pass on the inflationary costs in our business. We try to do
that on a yearly basis and that was the increase we just saw.
So, short term I dont see any increases in price but if
we see inflationary pressure - and we are seeing some
inflationary pressure, especially with the regulatory
environment and with the mining industry - we will probably
need to increase prices at some point in the future.
What do you like to do in
your leisure time?
I spend a lot of time with my wife and my two kids, who are
in college. A lot of my time at the moment is is spent
outdoors: I ski, Im a fisherman, I like to cycle and run
and so most of my spare time is focused on outdoor activities
with my family.
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