“I see ND Paper as continuing to develop new products and expanding our offering in the Specialty Papers markets as well as Containerboard – with this, significant volume growth elevating ND Paper as a market leader in these areas.”
Matt Hickey is based in Chicago, and he has been in the paper industry for almost 20 years. Matt joined ND paper upon the acquisition of Rumford and Biron in June 2018. Matt’s initial primary responsibility was in managing the commercial efforts of our C1S business. As ND initiated its transformation to Packaging, Matt was part the initial team growing our Containerboard business. Since those early stages, Matt took on a leadership role in rolling out our Kraft Paper product line. Matt was instrumental in developing our product and customer strategy and insured our sales team was well-versed and trained on the attributes of our Virgin Kraft Paper, produced at our Rumford mill.
Matt holds a Master’s degree in sports marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a USA Hockey Certified Coach.
“Ownership structure is critical to making the right decisions for the long haul. As owner-operators ND Paper has an outlook that is beyond next quarter or next year. Our consistent theme of Safe, Scaled and Sustainable operations supports our objective to be the preferred and low cost producer in North America.”
Steve Wareham is based in central Illinois and has been in the paper industry since 1992. Steve joined ND Paper upon the acquisition of the Rumford and Biron Mill in June 2018. Steve lead our Coated Groundwood product and took over managing our export sales efforts for Kraft Paper in 2021, with significant growth over 2022.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Western Illinois University and a Master of Science in Management with concentrations in marketing and strategy from the Krannert Graduate School of Management in Purdue University. He is based in central Illinois.
“With ND Paper’s long term approach, I believe we will be well positioned to thrive and serve our valued customers both now and well into the future.”
Chris Trittenbass is based in Seattle and he has been with ND Paper since June of 2019. He has been in the paper industry for over 20 years was instrumental in supporting the transformation to packaging with significant sales volume growth in both Containerboard and Kraft Paper. Chris will continue to drive growth in packaging grades for ND and support sales growth for Nine Dragons products throughout the world.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and is currently based in Seattle.
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In Eric's 20-year career in the pulp and paper industry, he was worked in production, product development, sales and marketing. With this breadth of knowledge and experience, Eric works at all levels of the business–from operations to marketing to customer solutions–to facilitate a successful sales process. Eric holds a degree in Paper Engineering from Western Michigan University.
The future of containerboard is changing. Virgin fiber has its place in the market, but more and more, companies are wanting recycled materials in their packaging. E-commerce is focused on light-weight packaging. I believe ND paper is set to provide the products the market is searching for.”
Based in Bradenton, FL, Pat Lay has 33 years of successful experience in the paper industry with a focus on containerboard sales. He brings his leadership skills from Sales Management, General Management, and Area Sales Management to ND Paper’s growing containerboard product line.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Eastern Illinois University. He enjoys entertaining, playing, golf cooking and his large network of friends and family.
“I’m extremely excited to be part of the building process of ND Paper here in the U.S. marketplace and selling all products manufactured at our mills. I enjoy being an ambassador for ND Paper’s vision for investment and revitalization of our mills and our communities for the next 100 years.”
Based in Philadelphia, David LaPrise has 35 years of experience in the paper manufacturing industry. His background includes sales and management roles in office papers, specialty printing papers and commercial printing papers in both the manufacturing and distribution channels. He has a strong background in driving sales at the commercial printer level on coated freesheet and groundwood products. David serves the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. print marketplaces, with an emphasis on coated free sheet manufactured at our Rumford mill. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine.
“I see ND Paper developing on-going long-term relationships with customers to provide them with high-quality, competitive pulp and paper products.”
Barb Humbertson is an experienced industry professional who has worked as both a paper engineer and technical customer service representative during her 32-year tenure. Based in Cumberland, Md., Barb serves our customers in the Northeast U.S. and Ontario, Canada. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, Frostburg, and a Bachelor of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.
“With ND Paper’s 100-year vision and the continued transformation efforts that we have made across the organization, we are simply positioning ourselves to be the leading supplier in the U.S. marketplace.”
Danny Borusiewich is based in Chicago and has been with ND Paper since April of 2022. Danny’s background includes Sales and Management roles in both Operations and Supply Chain functions. Danny will support ND sales growth in the Midwest for our U.S. print and packaging grade marketplaces.
Danny holds a Bachelor of Science (BSBA) degree from Southeast Missouri State University.
I am excited to be a part of ND Paper based on their 100-year vision and continued significant investments in the manufacturing facilities. All investments have been made to improve the product quality and efficiencies while also focused on the future benefits for our clients, ND Paper and the environment.
Paul Olney is based in the suburbs of Atlanta and began his career with ND Paper in 2023. He has been in the Printing and Paper industries for over 30 years. He has worked in many Business Development and Process Improvement roles over his career. Working with Direct, Distribution and End User accounts. Paul will continue to drive growth in both packaging and printing and writing sales. Paul has a Printing Management Degree from Western Michigan University.
To be a market leader, you need intelligence, determination, and commitment. With ND Paper’s 100-year vision, it is undeniably clear that we will achieve our goals today and beyond.
With 30+ years in the printing and writing industry, Sheldon Spicer is a leader in high end specialty printing and writing papers. Sheldon graduated from Colgate University with a BA in International Relations and comes to ND Paper from Mohawk Papers.
Based in Oak Brook, Sheldon serves the Midwest through customer-centric partnerships. He joined our organization July 2023.
ND Paper’s focus on safety, environment, investment and long-term success are aligned with my own personal values. Achieving a 100-year vision is dependent on long-term partnerships with our customers, our colleagues, and our communities. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team to help achieve this vision.
Jim Knittig is based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and joined the paper industry in 2012 working with two kraft paper mills. With a background in finance, he made the successful transition into sales in 2017. Jim’s experience in packaging and focus on long-term partnerships with customers will support the growth of ND Paper’s packaging papers in North America.
Jim has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan.