Advisory Board

Smithers is pleased to announce the industry experts that will help shape Carbon Black World 2020.

  • Paul Ita

    President Notch Consulting Group, USA

    Paul Ita runs Notch Consulting, a Massachusetts-based research company dedicated to the market research needs of the global specialty chemicals industry. Mr. Ita focuses on raw materials for the global tire and rubber industries, with a particular focus on carbon black, silica, and rubber chemicals. Through Notch, he publishes the Carbon Black World Data Book and the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter.

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  • Dustin Jenkins, Ph.D

    Supervisor, Materials Chemistry Smithers

    Dustin has over 10 years of experience in organic and inorganic chemistry in academia and research with technical expertise in GC-MS, FT-IR, polarimetry, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, electrochemistry and NMR spectroscopy. Most recently, he was an assistant professor of organic chemistry at Walsh University in North Canton, OH, where he synthesized and identified new organic and inorganic chemical compounds.

    As Senior Analytical Chemist, Dustin’s key roles include expanding existing analytical instrument capabilities at Smithers' Akron laboratories and developing and validating new methodologies for an array of analytical instruments. His duties center on material benchmarking and characterization capabilities involving various chromatography and spectrometry techniques serving rubber and polymer product manufacturers.

    Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with Mathematics from Western Kentucky University, as well as a Master of Arts degree and Doctorate in Chemistry from Princeton University.

  • Ricky Magee

    Director of Global Quality Birla Carbon

    Ricky Magee is the Director of Global Quality at Birla Carbon.  In this role, he is responsible for developing quality solutions to ensure world-class products and operational excellence at sixteen global manufacturing sites.  The Aditya Birla Group is the largest producer of carbon black in the world.

    Magee’s early career focused on the management of analytical and material science laboratories, and he spent more than 25 years in Columbian’s global technology laboratory, which provides material science, analytical and applications information in support of product development, quality assurance and technical service for rubber and industrial carbon blacks.  Over the last decade, he has transitioned to more customer focused roles, most recently leading global quality and world class manufacturing efforts for both rubber carbon black and special black product lines.

    In 1984, the year he completed his M.S. in chemistry at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La., Magee became a chemist at Columbian Chemicals Co. in the firm’s research and development center. He was promoted to laboratory manager of Columbian’s colloidal and oil laboratories in 1998, was named director of analytical services with responsibility for supporting technical services, research and development, and quality assurance activities in 2000, and became director of Columbian’s global technology laboratory in 2008. In 2010, he took his first role with the rubber carbon black commercial team, specializing in technical services and sales.  He assumed his current role in 2018.

    Magee is actively involved in ASTM where he served on the 2010 – 2012 Board of Directors.  He is a past chairman of Committee D24 on Carbon Black and current chairman of Subcommittees D24.41 on Nomenclature and Terminology and D24.67 on Sustainability. For his work in several D24 groups, Magee received the Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow in 2008, and in 2000, Committee D24 honored him with a Distinguished Service Award.

  • Tony Wibbeler

    CEO Bolder Industries

    Tony Wibbeler leads Bolder Industries with a great passion for protecting our environment, creating innovative products, and cultivating a company-culture that enhances the lives of all Bolder Industries employees.  He founded Bolder Industries in 2011 to solve inefficiencies he observed in the recycling industry while operating a vertically-integrated waste company that included landfills, recycling, and hauling in Central Florida.  Leveraging his past experiences in the field of medical devices, Mr. Wibbeler focuses on product development to create innovative, closed-loop solutions to reduce, reuse and upcycle various waste streams starting with waste tires.  He has led Bolder Industries to numerous business and innovation awards including Environmental Leader’s “Top Product of the Year” for Bolder Black, “Breakout Company of the Year” from the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, and “Energy Manufacturer of the Year” from the Colorado Manufacturing Awards. 


    Mr. Wibbeler graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Industrial Manufacturing Technology. He serves on the boards of both the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) and Summit Middle School in the Boulder Valley School District. Outside the office, Tony loves to ski in the beautiful Colorado mountains, mountain bike, and cheer for Broncos football with his wife and two sons

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