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Philip W. Nace, Jr.

Founder and General Partner, Esprix Technologies, LP
Philip W. Nace, Jr.

Phil earned his Bachelor of Science in both Chemistry and Mathematics from St. John’s University in New York.  He served as the President of the Structural Foam Committee of American Plastics Society during the early 1970s. After six and a half years with Koch Industries, Koch spun off part of their specialty chemical group which then became Nachem Inc. in 1982, which Phil founded. In 1986 Nachem was acquired by Yorkshire PLC and Phil became President of Yorkshire Nachem Inc. Nachem became independent once again in 1993, and was then renamed Esprit Chemical Company. In 1993, Phil moved Esprit’s headquarters to Sarasota, Florida where he later renamed the company Esprix Technologies in 2000.

Phil has over 50 years of experience within the U.S. Chemical and Coating Industries as well as international supply chain development. He takes great pride in the long lasting international relationships he has forged throughout the years, which are the foundation of what Esprix is today. In 2011, he was recognized by BIZ 941 Magazine as one of the ‘Best Bosses’ in the Sarasota; he was featured in BIZ 941 as a “super-smart, hard-working man of his word”. Today, Phil is an active member of the Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, which focuses on service projects assisting with speech, hearing, and language disorders for children. He received a Fundraising Award in 2015, and was recognized again in 2016 with a Lifetime Service Award.

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Brian Roberts

Senior Vice President - Microelectronics/Microparticles/Silk Screen Imaging/Textile Chemistries
Brian  Roberts

Brian Roberts received his B.S. in Geology from the University of New Hampshire in 1978, he then began his career as a well site geologist working off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1986 he moved to Mitsubishi International, N.Y. where he began his sales and marketing career.  Brian later joined Esprix Technologies in 1990, and today holds the title of Senior Vice President. He has over 30 years of experience in the sales and marketing of specialty chemicals and has a broad range of expertise with supply chain management, MOC, and SCAR implementation.

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Ken Jennings

Vice President Marketing - MST Aluminum Brazing Flux/Solder Flux Activators
Ken  Jennings

Ken joined the Esprix team in early 1995 and currently holds the title of VP of Marketing. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona with a B.S. in Chemistry. Prior to joining Esprix, Ken worked for BASF Wyandotte, Arizona Chemical/International Paper/Sylvachem, Enichem (ENI Group), and Chambrex/Heico Chemical/Nepara/Humphrey Chemical in various sales, marketing and management responsibilities involving a wide range of technical products to a broad range of industries. Today, Ken’s primary focus is marketing flux for aluminum heat exchangers and boehmites for highly specialized applications. With over 20 years of industry specific experience, he is able to understand and help solve or improve customers’ processes related to chemistry.

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Tonya Pless-Tremitiere

Vice President – Electrostatic Imaging Materials
Tonya  Pless-Tremitiere

Tonya joined Esprix Technologies in June 2005 and currently holds the position of VP Electrostatic Imaging Materials. Her primary roles include the development of sales and global marketing for a suite of digital imaging products which include: charge control agent chemistries, polymethylmethacrylate chemistries, specialty toners, substrate coatings, and 3D printing applications/additive manufacturing. Tonya is also responsible for overseeing Esprix's Technical Applications Laboratory which is comprised of a team of engineers and chemists that work on Esprix's technical project portfolio optimizing lab scale processes for existing and new products in order to ensure optimal scale up and delivery of quality products to the market. Tonya joined the Esprix R&D group in 2005 as a Research Scientist and then held the position of R&D Manager in 2007. Tonya received her Bachelor Science degree in Biology from Columbia University, NY in 2005. She is actively working on her Executive MBA at Columbia Business School in New York City.

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Dang Le

Vice President Marketing - Engineering Polymers
Dang   Le

Dang joined Esprix in June 2016 and currently holds the position of VP Engineering Polymers. Dang is responsible for sales, marketing, technical support & supply logistics of Ketoprix™ polymers & compounds for the Automotive, Compounding, Business Machines, Consumer Appliances, Electrical & Electronic, Industrial and Oil & Gas markets. Dang brings with him a wealth of polymer experience, including 20 years with Shell Chemicals in technical roles (including 7 years in the Carilon Polyketone Polymer business), and 17 years in the Automotive and Polypropylene Groups of Total Petrochemicals in Sales and Technical Service. Dang's passion is new markets development, and he played a key role in commercializing Shell Carilon™ polyketone polymers in business machines, consumer appliances and medical devices in 1993 through 2000. Dang is based in Houston, TX. In his spare time, Dang enjoys biking, kayaking, scuba diving (he is a licensed NAUI SCUBA instructor), saltwater fishing and snow skiing. 

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Ashley Nace

Sales Manager
Ashley  Nace

Ashley is the newest member of Esprix’s management team.  She graduated from Auburn University in 2013 and earned a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.  She brings leadership skills, sales experience, and direct knowledge to her new role at Esprix from her previous position within Esprix’s Import Processing Control Department.  Ashley now manages the product suite of Specialty Chemicals along with complementary products within the Advanced Pharmaceutical Intermediate and Electronic Chemical divisions.  She is currently enrolled at State College of Florida studying in the field of Organic Chemistry.

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