Sr. Account Manager, Inside Sales Leader
Tara Chambers, a graduate of Marshall University and native of Ravenswood WV, has worked in the plastics industry for over 15 years. She began her sales career in the metals market, selling Foundry and Billet Aluminum for six years. Since 2002, she has been a key resource for customers in specifying engineering and commodity-grade materials into applications.
As Sr. Account Manager, Tara will continue to manage her key accounts, while developing and leading the inside sales force.
John Roberson got his start in the plastics industry in 1995 with Plastic Selection Group after receiving his BS in CIS/Business Administration from West Liberty University, and later an MBA from Ohio University with a specialization in International Marketing. He has a strong professional history, ranging from sales and marketing to business management and development in a variety of industries. More recently, he ventured back into chemical and plastics distribution, as a member of the Corporate Accounts Business Solutions Team for Nexeo Solutions, LLC in Ohio before joining the Star Plastics Sales Team. John will be our newest sales representative based out of Columbus, Ohio.
Samir Mutwalli, a graduate of TCU, brings a wealth of material and application development knowledge to the Star Team, with the goal of helping his customers grow profitably. He has held a variety of sales, market development and product management roles over a 15-year career at GE Plastics.
Located in Louisville, KY, Samir is a part of Star's Outside Sales Team and will lead sales efforts in a multi-state region encompassing the states of IL, IN, KY and TN.
Tim Earley, a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Materials Engineering, comes to Star Plastics with 40 years of Plastics, Tool and Mold Sales experience. He has worked with many varying molded processors, with a concentration in the electrical, appliance, and automotive industries throughout his career. Tim has extensive experience working with engineering grade resins, UL regulations, application development, and the processing of engineering grade resins.
Tim has been a member of SPE, with varying board positions, for 40 years, and advocates for students and young adults developing careers in the plastics industry. Based out of North Carolina, Tim will work with customers in the Southeast US as a part of the Outside Sales Team with a focus in NC, SC, GA and AL.
Rick Jackson, a Marshall University Graduate, has been involved in industrial sales for seven years. He got his start selling industrial supplies with Fastenal Co., having held a variety of positions including Outside Sales, Warehouse Manager, and General Manager before moving to a larger territory. His experience in a variety of industries has made him well equipped to handle the needs of a growing market. Rick is a proud husband, father, and an avid outdoors-man.
As Account Manager, Rick will support the sales team and work closely with Star's Senior Account Manager in order to help maintain high-profile customer relationships with a focus on distribution accounts.
Lora Cremeans, a Ripley WV native, has over 20 years experience in the plastics industry and has been a dedicated team member of Star Plastics since 1992. Previous to her work with Star, she received a Business Certificate from Roane Jackson Technical Center and worked at Western Dakota Insurers in Rapid City, South Dakota. We are excited to report that Lora's role has recently expanded into the tolling business unit as the lead coordinator, working with manufacturing and customer to meet their Tolling needs. This is in addition to her Shipping and Receiving responsibilities.
Customer Service Leader
Jodi Roman, a graduate of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, has a long history in sales, management, and customer service. Having previously worked at Star Plastics in the early 2000s in a Sales Administrative role, she has since worked in several positions at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in project management before returning to Star. Jodi lives in Morgantown, WV with her husband and three children, and commutes regularly to be with the customer service team in Ravenswood.
As a Customer Service Leader, Jodi focuses on creating and improving systems and processes to help the efficiency of our sales team and order fulfillment. She works closely with our Director of Sales to ensure customer service remains outstanding as we continue to grow.
Customer Service Representative
Abigail Sullivan joins Star Plastics, Inc with a history of customer service roles; her experiences include: inventory management, employee training, sales and client-relations management. Abigail’s most recent position was as a Sales and Customer Service Representative for Aaron's Sales and Lease, where she worked specifically with customers to meet their needs, start to finish. She is also very active in volunteering her time locally, as a member of ‘Main Street Ripley’ where she assists in fundraisers and helps organize other local events that benefit the community. From her professional career to her time spent in the community, Abigail has the skills needed to provide Star Plastics Inc’s customers with friendly, informative and reliable service.
Customer Service Representative
Julie Cogar, a Ravenswood, WV native, is the newest member of our Star Plastics Customer Service team. At her previous position in the retail food industry, Julie filled a wide variety of roles; from inventory and AR management, to day-to-day customer relations and employee training. She has gained invaluable experience in problem solving, communication and coordination with internal and external customers.
Julie is married and has two sons; she volunteers her spare time as the Treasurer for both the local Cub Scouts Pack and Wrestling Club, and enjoys reading, cooking and sewing.
With this array of experience and hands-on knowledge, Julie will be a great fit serving Star’s customers, coordinating with the sales team, and keeping our customers needs ahead of all else!
Supply Chain Manager
Sonja Butler has been with Star Plastics for over 15 years, starting as a Purchasing Supervisor, but quickly moving up to Supply Chain Manager for both North America facilities. She began her professional career with Quantum, and then got into technical procurement with Apex Engineering, before joining Star Plastics. Sonja has over ten years experience in supply chain management, scheduling, inventory management, formulation and research; over six years experience in technical procurement and purchasing; and four years in project design in the plastic and chemical fields. She’s also active in the community, coaching soccer for over 10 years.
As the Supply Chain Manager for Star Plastics, Sonja manages scheduling between the two North American facilities, and communicates with Sales and Production concerning issues and ship dates. She is responsible for product formulations, inventory levels of various necessary raw materials, works with the lab on new product developments, and manages the purchasing department.
Kevin Eagle began his professional career at Commissary Operations as the Receiving Supervisor. While there, he was responsible for dealing with shift operations, schedules, evaluations and physical inventory. His experience is also enhanced with Computer Science educational background. Kevin started with Star Plastics in 2009 in Floor Operations, and has been in the Purchasing Department since 2010.
As Star’s Purchasing Specialist, Kevin is responsible for the procurement of raw materials to support Custom Compounded Sales and Manufacturing, along with the re-structure and growth of Star’s Material Marketing Division, PolymerVault.
Brandon Humphreys, a graduate of West Liberty University, got his start in the plastics industry with Star Plastics, Inc in 2014. Prior to Star, Brandon worked for Fastenal in Sales, where he handled inside and outside sales, inventory management and store marketing. He also owns and operates his own DJ & Sound Services business, gaining valuable experience in customer service and development. He also enjoys all things motorcycle, firearms, and home renovation.
Brandon began at Star Plastics in Customer Service, and recently moved to the Purchasing department. He is responsible for handling feedstock purchasing as well as other internal needs such as packaging, pigments and additives.
President & CEO
President and CEO Doug Ritchie graduated from WV Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Business Management. In 1988, he founded Star Plastics, then known as SDR Plastics, in Ravenswood WV. In doing so, he created a custom compounding and plastics processing business with a focus on providing the highest quality products available in the market.
Doug is on the board of Polymer Alliance Zone, a member of Society of Plastics Engineering (SPE) and the Young Presidents' Organization; served as President for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, and was past chairman of multiple local projects and foundations. He is also involved in the operations of related plastics projects in North America and abroad.
Director of Business Development
Luke has over 30 years of experience in the plastics industry and has been with Star since 1989. Prior to Star, Luke worked as the Warehouse Manager for the Hartley Oil Company based in Ravenswood WV. He completed business courses at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and is an integral part of Star Plastics' leadership team. Luke's primary responsibility is the marketing and growth of the tolling business.
Director of Sales
Chuck Hoop has been involved in the plastics industry for over 20 years, and since 2000 has been an important component of Star Plastics, Inc. Prior to getting into plastics in 1994, Chuck graduated from The Ohio State University and went on to work in the transportation and logistics world for six years. As the Sales Manager at Star Plastics, Chuck guides the sales team and has extensive experience in both compounding and distribution of commodity and engineering grade resins.
General Manager of Star Plastics Shanghai
Frank Liu is the General Manager of Asia for Star Plastics Shanghai since 2010. Frank got his start in the plastics industry in 2000 as a sales representative in commodity and engineering plastics. He graduated in 2000 from Polymer Technology of Qingdao University, and then in 2006 earned an MBA at Shanghai Jiaotong University. In 2004, Frank joined GE Plastics with a focus on PC, PBT and LNP products from sales to marketing specialist. He now leads the Star Asia team to serve the injection molding market.
Global Product Manager
Michael Watson started with Star Plastics, Inc in 1990. He began his career in operations and quickly moved into the Quality Lab, where he was our leader in color matching for several years before transitioning into the New Product Development leader; where he specialized in Flame Retardants and managed the UL products and listings with Underwriters Laboratory. He also worked in technical service with customers on site and became proficient in trouble shooting and product development to meet customer needs.
Because of his wide breadth of plastics experiences, Michael has extensive knowledge in production, color, new product development, and management. Michael currently is Global Product Manager, managing our Asia operations, playing a key role in developing and maintaining Star Plastic's global presence.