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Meet the Star Plastics Team

Star Plastics Quality Policy: “To Provide Quality Materials and Services through a Safe Operation by Continuously Improving the Process to Ensure Customer Satisfaction and the Attainment of Quality Objectives.”

Tara Chambers

Sr. Account Manager, Inside Sales Leader
304.273.5326
TChambers@StarPlastics.com

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.

Tara Chambers

Sr. Account Manager, Inside Sales Leader
304.273.5326
TChambers@StarPlastics.com

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

Sales Representative
304.531.7793
JRoberson@StarPlastics.com

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 has been with the Star team since 2014, working as an Outside Sales Representative. He serves Northern Ohio, Eastern MI and Western PA, managing molder sales and OEM specification efforts in the region.

John Roberson

Sales Representative
304.531.7793
JRoberson@StarPlastics.com

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 has been with the Star team since 2014, working as an Outside Sales Representative. He serves Northern Ohio, Eastern MI and Western PA, managing molder sales and OEM specification efforts in the region.

Samir Mutwalli

Sales Representative
502.338.0569
SMutwalli@StarPlastics.com

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.

Samir Mutwalli

Sales Representative
502.338.0569
SMutwalli@StarPlastics.com

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.

Caleb Fooce

Inside Sales Account Manager
304.273.5326
CFooce@StarPlastics.com

Caleb Fooce began his professional career in an Inside Sales role at an industrial sales company that provides tools and supplies to manufacturing, construction, and maintenance facilities.  He spent six years gaining experience, moving to an Outside Sales position and then spending his last year as a General Manager.  Before coming to Star, Caleb took the role of Account Manager at a specialty motor and motion-control company. As an Account Manager, he was responsible for key accounts in the Eastern US and Canada. This role gave him a strong relationship and account management skills that would prepare him for his current position at Star Plastics.

At Star, Caleb is a part of the inside sales team as an Account Manager, responsible for establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with customers. Outside of the office, Caleb enjoys hiking, camping and fishing; woodworking; and spending time with his dogs.

Caleb Fooce

Inside Sales Account Manager
304.273.5326
CFooce@StarPlastics.com

Caleb Fooce began his professional career in an Inside Sales role at an industrial sales company that provides tools and supplies to manufacturing, construction, and maintenance facilities.  He spent six years gaining experience, moving to an Outside Sales position and then spending his last year as a General Manager.  Before coming to Star, Caleb took the role of Account Manager at a specialty motor and motion-control company. As an Account Manager, he was responsible for key accounts in the Eastern US and Canada. This role gave him a strong relationship and account management skills that would prepare him for his current position at Star Plastics.

At Star, Caleb is a part of the inside sales team as an Account Manager, responsible for establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with customers. Outside of the office, Caleb enjoys hiking, camping and fishing; woodworking; and spending time with his dogs.

Randy Ritchey

Sr. Sales Representative
331.276.9106
RRitchey@StarPlastics.com

Randy Ritchey, a Southern Illinois University graduate, joins the Star Plastics team with nearly 25 years of plastics experience, including OEM new business development and account management. Randy began his career with Polymer Resources as an account manager for fifteen years, growing and developing new business across a five-state region. He has also worked at Nexeo Solutions, handling accounts based on general-purpose materials, as well as custom formulations for compounders and molders.

Randy is well versed with leading customers from the concept stage to completion, following through all at all levels of the manufacturing chain to best support the customers’ needs. This account management experience, along with his familiarity of products and markets, will make him a great asset to the Star Plastics Sales team.

Randy lives near Chicago, Illinois, and will service customers in IL, IA, WI, MN and Northwest Indiana.

 

Randy Ritchey

Sr. Sales Representative
331.276.9106
RRitchey@StarPlastics.com

Randy Ritchey, a Southern Illinois University graduate, joins the Star Plastics team with nearly 25 years of plastics experience, including OEM new business development and account management. Randy began his career with Polymer Resources as an account manager for fifteen years, growing and developing new business across a five-state region. He has also worked at Nexeo Solutions, handling accounts based on general-purpose materials, as well as custom formulations for compounders and molders.

Randy is well versed with leading customers from the concept stage to completion, following through all at all levels of the manufacturing chain to best support the customers’ needs. This account management experience, along with his familiarity of products and markets, will make him a great asset to the Star Plastics Sales team.

Randy lives near Chicago, Illinois, and will service customers in IL, IA, WI, MN and Northwest Indiana.

Melanie Mosser

Account Manager
304.273.5326
MMosser@StarPlastics.com

Melanie Mosser, a Jackson County native, has joined the Star Sales team as an Account Manager. Melanie graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors of Science, and has held multiple roles in Public Relations, Sales and Education. She gained valuable sales and customer relationship management experience as an Account Executive with a public relations company, and continued this experience as an Inside Sales Representative for an aluminum company. While there, she managed inventory programs, tracked orders, and helped develop market strategies based on customer feedback.

Melanie has two children and is highly involved in the community, from local youth programs to athletics. She is also the current Executive Director of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Melanie’s commitment to people, sales experience, communication skills and customer relationship management makes her a great asset to the Star Plastics Inside Sales Team.

Melanie Mosser

Account Manager
304.273.5326
MMosser@StarPlastics.com

Melanie Mosser, a Jackson County native, has joined the Star Sales team as an Account Manager. Melanie graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors of Science, and has held multiple roles in Public Relations, Sales and Education. She gained valuable sales and customer relationship management experience as an Account Executive with a public relations company, and continued this experience as an Inside Sales Representative for an aluminum company. While there, she managed inventory programs, tracked orders, and helped develop market strategies based on customer feedback.

Melanie has two children and is highly involved in the community, from local youth programs to athletics. She is also the current Executive Director of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Melanie’s commitment to people, sales experience, communication skills and customer relationship management makes her a great asset to the Star Plastics Inside Sales Team.

Lora Cremeans

Tolling Coordinator
304.273.0352
LCremeans@StarPlastics.com

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.

Lora Cremeans

Tolling Coordinator
304.273.0352
LCremeans@StarPlastics.com

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.

Jodi Roman

Customer Service Leader
304.203.4998
JRoman@StarPlastics.com

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.

Jodi Roman

Customer Service Leader
304.203.4998
JRoman@StarPlastics.com

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.

Julie Cogar

Customer Service Representative
304.273.5326
JCogar@StarPlastics.com

Julie Cogar, a Ravenswood, WV native, is a 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!

Julie Cogar

Customer Service Representative
304.273.5326
JCogar@StarPlastics.com

Julie Cogar, a Ravenswood, WV native, is a 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!

Lauren Hinzman

Customer Service Representative
304.273.5326
LHinzman@StarPlastics.com

We are excited to announce that Lauren Hinzman has joined the Star Plastics Customer Service Team for her first experience in the plastics industry. Lauren is also local to Ravenswood, WV and was most recently the Transportation Manager for a D.O.T. Compliance Company. In that role, she monitored processes against regulatory standards and conducted internal reviews, ensuring quality and compliance in her work. Her communication skills developed through working with peers in training and collaboration, as well as working with prospective clients, will translate to outstanding service to our customers.

At Star, Lauren will be joining the Customer Service Team, helping serve our customers’ needs as the Sales team and the company grows.

 

Lauren Hinzman

Customer Service Representative
304.273.5326
LHinzman@StarPlastics.com

We are excited to announce that Lauren Hinzman has joined the Star Plastics Customer Service Team for her first experience in the plastics industry. Lauren is also local to Ravenswood, WV and was most recently the Transportation Manager for a D.O.T. Compliance Company. In that role, she monitored processes against regulatory standards and conducted internal reviews, ensuring quality and compliance in her work. Her communication skills developed through working with peers in training and collaboration, as well as working with prospective clients, will translate to outstanding service to our customers.

At Star, Lauren will be joining the Customer Service Team, helping serve our customers’ needs as the Sales team and the company grows.

Sonja Butler

Supply Chain Manager
304.273.5326
SButler@StarPlastics.com

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.

Sonja Butler

Supply Chain Manager
304.273.5326
SButler@StarPlastics.com

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

Account Representative
304.273.0352
KEagle@StarPlastics.com

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 Account Representative, 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.

Kevin Eagle

Account Representative
304.273.0352
KEagle@StarPlastics.com

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 Account Representative, 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

Purchasing Specialist
304.273.0352
BHumphreys@StarPlastics.com

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 moved to the Purchasing department. He is responsible for handling feedstock purchasing as well as other internal needs such as packaging, pigments and additives.

Brandon Humphreys

Purchasing Specialist
304.273.0352
BHumphreys@StarPlastics.com

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 moved to the Purchasing department. He is responsible for handling feedstock purchasing as well as other internal needs such as packaging, pigments and additives.

Doug Ritchie

President & CEO
304.273.0352

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.

Doug Ritchie

President & CEO
304.273.0352

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.

Luke Schindler

Director of Business Development
304.273.0352
LSchindler@StarPlastics.com

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 Sourcing, Supplying and Tolling business.

Luke Schindler

Director of Business Development
304.273.0352
LSchindler@StarPlastics.com

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 Sourcing, Supplying and Tolling business.

Chuck Hoop

Director of Sales
304.273.5326
CHoop@StarPlastics.com

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 Director of Sales at Star Plastics, Chuck guides the sales team and has extensive experience in both compounding and distribution of commodity and engineering grade resins.

Chuck Hoop

Director of Sales
304.273.5326
CHoop@StarPlastics.com

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 Director of Sales at Star Plastics, Chuck guides the sales team and has extensive experience in both compounding and distribution of commodity and engineering grade resins.

Frank Liu

General Manager of Star Plastics Shanghai
+13818780488
Frank.Liu@StarPlasticsSH.com

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.

Frank Liu

General Manager of Star Plastics Shanghai
+13818780488
Frank.Liu@StarPlasticsSH.com

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.

Michael Watson

Global Product Manager
304.273.5326
MWatson@StarPlastics.com

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.

Michael Watson

Global Product Manager
304.273.5326
MWatson@StarPlastics.com

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.

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