Management & Technical team

Ron Floyd

Mr. Ron Floyd is Equitech's Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of the Company


Ron worked for the American Tobacco Corporation, serving as Administrate Assistant to the Managing Director R&D before entering the health care industry in 1968 with General Medical Corporation serving in various positions of sales and management. 


In 1976, he successfully co-founded Med-Care Center Inc., and sold it in 1983. In 1986, Mr. Floyd founded Floyd & Associates and in 1993 founded Best Tech Inc., representing high tech equipment manufacturers in the health care industry. 


Ron has been with Equitech Int’l since its inception serving at various times as both President/CEO and Chairman of the Board.


Ron received his B.S. and M.S. Chemistry degrees from the University of Richmond (1962 & 1966). 

Jaime A. Gómez, Ph.D.

  Dr. Jaime Gómez is President & CEO of Equitech since March 1, 2019.


Dr. Gómez 25-years industry experience resides in the plastics, specialty chemicals, and materials handling industries where he has conducted basic and applied R&D, evaluation and acquisitions of technologies and companies, international business development, and corporate strategic planning.


Dr. Gómez is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChE) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). He was elected President of SPE for the 2020-2021 period.


Dr. Gómez was appointed to SPE’s Executive Board in 2013 and elected Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the period 2014-2017 and Vice President of Events for the period 2017 to 2019. Dr. Gómez served as Secretary of the Society for the period 2014-2015 and as Treasurer for the period 2015-2016. Dr. Gómez was elected in 2019 to serve as the President of the Society for the period 2020-2021.


Dr. Gómez was the winner of the 2014 President’s Cup (highest Society’s honor) and is an Honored Member of the Society. Furthermore, Dr. Gómez was recognized in 2017 with the Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Society. In addition, Dr. Gómez was a member of the Board of Directors of SPE’s Extrusion Division from 2011 to 2017


Dr. Gómez has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia, an MS in Organic Chemistry from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. 

In addition to his technical training, Dr. Gómez received an MBA from New York University (Stern School of Business) with concentration in International Business, Finance & Marketing. 

Joe C. Golba, Ph.D.

 Dr. Joseph Golba is Vice President of Innovation and Implementation at Equitech.


Dr. Joe Golba has 40 years experience in the Plastics Industry where he has made contributions in the areas of twin-screw extruder application engineering, process monitoring, and polymer materials engineering. He has led efforts in materials and process development for medical devices, high performance specialty polymers and state of the art feeder technology


His professional career started at the General Electric’s Corporate Research & Development Center where he focused on materials driven twin screw compounding and reactive extrusion process research and development. Joe then transitioned to GE Plastics where he leveraged this expertise to lead extrusion compounding technology efforts. After 15 years at GE he moved on to positions of increasing responsibility at Becton Dickinson, K-Tron and PolyOne. 


Joe has been awarded fifteen patents representing the novelty and value of much of this work. 


In addition, and he has also been an industrial representative for R&D consortia with the University of Maryland, Clarkson University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and has worked with academics from other universities.


Joe is a long-term member of the SPE. He currently serves on the Extrusion Division Board of Directors where he has held positions of Technical Program Chair (2011 -2012) and Chairman of the Board (2012-2013). Joe served as Technical Program Chair for ANTEC 2014 and ANTEC 2015 and is currently a member of the ANTEC Advisory Board and co-chaired the new Technical Marketing track at ANTEC 2018. 

He is also a recipient of the Extrusion Division’s Heinz Hermann Award (2017) in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of twin-screw extrusion technology and the Extrusion Division’s Heinz List Award (2018) for contributions to reactive extrusion and devolatilization.


Joe received a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Engineering Materials from the University of Michigan.

Lewis C. Baylor, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewis Baylor is Director of Technology at Equitech.


Dr. Baylor has been with the company since 1997. At Equitech, Dr. Baylor has been involved in all facets of product and software development. 


Prior to Equitech, Dr. Baylor worked at the Savannah River Site for Westinghouse Savannah River Co. for 7 years. 


At SRS, Dr. Baylor developed sol-gel sensors and inline instrumentation for applications in a radioactive environment.


Dr. Baylor has been active in the American Chemical Society for 30 years. He has served at various times as Chair, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor for the local Savannah River Section. He has twice served as Treasurer of the SERMACS Meeting (2006, 2018). Lewis has a PhD and MS in physical chemistry from Northwestern University and a BS in chemistry from Juniata College.

Robert Barnett

Mr. Bob Barnett had over 44 years of experience working for K-Tron International.

He held positions of increasing responsibility as follows: Project Engineering, Regional Sales Management, National Sales Management for the Americas, President K-Tron America, President K-Tron Vertech International (a division dedicated to the Plastics market), Managing Director K-Tron Great Britain, Global Brand Manager K-Tron International, and most recently Vice President Global Marketing, Sales and R&D for K-Tron International. 

Bob retired at the end of September 2014. He continues to provide consulting services for Marketing, Sales and Strategic Planning.

Anh Nguyen

Mrs. Anh Nguyen is Equitech's Finance and Administrative Manager.


Focus on planning and budgeting, Mrs. Nguyen has been instrumental in assisting the company to determine and prioritize their financial objectives, including advanced budgeting, financial modeling, investor relations and other key planning efforts necessary in preparation for the company's aggressive growth initiatives. Mrs. Nguyen is also fluent in English and Vietnamese.


Anh received her B.A. from Washington State University and M.B.A. from Western Michigan University. 

sales & MARKETING team

Bob Furlan

Mr. Bob Furlan is Equitech's Sales Manager.  Mr. Furlan has been with the company since 2006.   Bob is responsible for all sales quotations and manages the Sales Representatives.

 

Bob’s practical application experience helps in the wide variety of applications with which Equitech is involved.


Prior to Equitech, Bob has worked at Barber Colman in systems sales and marketing focused on the plastics industry. He also has worked at Dynisco in regional sales with their polymer test and pressure transducer products. Bob also worked for General Cable’s Genca division where he sold complete extrusion lines primarily for the medical tubing industry.


Bob has a BS in Plastic Technology from Illinois State University.

Anna DiPietro

Ms. Anna DiPietro is Equitech's Social Media Manager.


Anna DiPietro graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rowan University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science. 


Following graduation, Anna accepted a position as a Network Relations Consultant for a major Medicaid insurance provider. Continuing her relationship with her Alma Mater, Anna manages the Human Factors Lab at Rowan University. Her interest in Human Factors has also led Anna to her additional role as the Manager of User Engagement for QMeTech, an innovative company developing user friendly technology in order to provide members with a more fun and satisfying experience while engaging in event games. 


Anna's primary interests include usability testing, human factors, and healthcare administration.  




George Fischer

Mr. George Fischer is Equitech's Customer Service Manager.


Mr. Fischer has been with Equitech since 2006 when he started as an Applications Engineer.


George began his "plastics" career with GE Plastics (now Sabic) as a line extrusion operator in 1965.  He later became Team Leader for Lexan extrusion and occupied several positions of increasing responsibilities until the year 2000 when he retired.

 

With over fifty years experience in all kind of extrusion processes, George is called frequently to help solve complex production processing problems. This experience and his deep knowledge of our technology makes me the ideal trouble-shooter at any production plant.






Joe Schreiber

Mr. Joe Schreiber is Equitech's Marketing & Communications Manager.

A veteran communications strategist and network TV producer, he has an instinct for storytelling that has impacted the way the public views and understands the intricacies of complex disciplines. 

He has taken the communications insights he learned from sports programming and applied them to teaching academics and leaders in science and engineering how to communicate their ideas to the public.

Over the past three decades he has conducted more than 5,000 film and television interviews around the world. His communications career started at NBC, where he helped launch and produce the George Michael Sports Machine, which aired for 23 years. His dedication to human-interest storytelling in sports earned him 11 Emmys.

As Co-Founder of 3 Penny Films, he has produced more than 60 programs for national and regional cable networks, award winning commercial campaigns, documentary films and branded content, earning five Telly Awards and two Emmys. He is a Co-Founder of Ninja Communications, which though the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided communications training to more than 2,500 scientists, improving their confidence and willingness to engage in outreach to the public.

Schreiber is a 1982 graduate of Boston College and 2008 Inductee of the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

advisory board

Giles Dillingham, Ph.D.

Dr. Giles Dillingham has worked in the areas of materials, surfaces, interfaces, and adhesive bonding since receiving his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1987. BTG Labs, established by Dr. Dillingham in the late 1990’s, performs basic and applied research in surface science, surface treatments and adhesion, and develops instrumentation for development and process control of surface engineering processes. Recent work by BTG Labs is helping pave the way to certifiable adhesively bonded primary aircraft structures. Dr. Dillingham has over 40 publications and patents in the areas of surface treatments, surface energetics, and adhesion. He is a Robert A. Patrick Fellow of The Adhesion Society.

Sergio Sanchez

Sergio H. Sanchez is a Plastics Engineer & graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with extensive experience in thermoplastics, composites, and additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry. 


While working for The Boeing Company, he developed and qualified materials and process technologies for aircraft interiors, payloads, systems, and provided engineering and production support to multiple airplane programs. 


He is currently the Quality Director of the Additive Manufacturing Sector at Jabil Inc. Sergio leads the Quality System, validation, and certification strategies for materials, processes, and parts for aerospace, medical, automotive, and sporting goods industries.

 

Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Sergio likes soccer, skiing, and tennis. He and his wife enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest for its natural splendor and large variety of coffee shops. You can often find him up in the mountains & reading about science, technology, world politics, and finance. Sergio has been an involved community member and has volunteered extensively with local and global organizations such as United Way, SAE, ASTM, SPE, and SHPE. He speaks Spanish fluently and is very proud of his Latino background.

Don Dunnington

Mr. Donald Dunnington is CEO and Managing Partner of QMeTech, LLC, a technology company creating customizable tools for organizations seeking deeper engagement at their events. Its new QMe Event CRM uses gamification, social networking technology, Artificial Intelligence and analytics to provide a full suite of backend tools and event apps that let organizers create custom content, including fun games that challenge participants to work in teams and demonstrate their professional knowledge. 


Don is an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University, where he created and teaches a graduate course in Online Public Relations. Don has been been engaged in industrial and technology marketing for more than 25 years. He served as marketing communications manager and global director of Internet marketing at a major industrial equipment manufacturer serving the process industries.


Don has a BA in Sociology from The Ohio State University and MA in Public Relations from Rowan University. 

Jeanne Nevelos

Ms. Jeanne Nevelos is the Executive Director of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University and the Managing Director of Rowan Innovations.


Ms. Nevelos joined Rowan University in November 2016, as Managing Director of Rowan Innovations, a technology development and economic development arm of Rowan University. In May 2018, the Board of Directors of the South Jersey Technology Park (SJTP) appointed her as Executive Director.


SJTP is home to three Research Centers and 28+ entrepreneurial companies in the fields of life sciences, including medical device, diagnostics and digital health, as well as the technology and defense sectors.  The Tech Park is at the intersection of our faculty's research capabilities and government & industry’s needs for talent and innovation. 


Rowan Innovations works with faculty, staff, students and entrepreneurs in the University community and beyond to provide the services and resources that foster business incubation and start-up companies in partnership with Rowan’s Offices of Sponsored Programs and Technology Commercialization. 


Among Nevelos’ responsibilities are building relationships with industry, economic development organizations and government agencies seeking technology expertise, as well as managing the growth and development of the Technology Park. 


Ms. Nevelos joined Rowan University after serving in an economic development role with Select Greater Philadelphia, the tri-state regional business marketing organization that is part of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.  Prior to that she served in the banking industry as a Vice President at Wachovia Bank a predecessor of Wells Fargo. 

Jeff West

Jeff West is one of four principal owners of Apex Engineering. 


Jeff has worked in the field of compounding automation for 30 years. He has managed Apex Control Specialists (ACS) for the last 23 years. 


Jeff has managed projects and completed software for modular extrusion systems all over the world. He has several patents for modular extrusion systems. Jeff has been working in the development of IIOT for Extrusion and Implementation of Apex Smart Extrusion.