With an average tenure of over 25 years, our management team is one of the most experienced and talented in the industry. Our large network of customers, colleagues and other industry experts regard The Seydel Companies as true thought leaders, innovators and problem solvers. We’re proud of our reputation and the fact that The Seydel Companies is an employee owned and managed business.
Scott Seydel, Sr. – President & CEO, The Seydel Companies
Scott Seydel began his career as a weaver, loom fixer, and quality control supervisor for Texas Textiles Denim Mills while attending North Texas University. His textile career continued as he joined his family’s textile chemical company as a field service engineer, and subsequently entered management of human resources, polymer chemical sales/service, and global exports. In 1969, intrigued by the growth of textile manufacturing in developing countries Scott garnered agency representations from a dozen U.S. companies and formed Seydel International as a chemical and equipment exporter. Shortly thereafter, Scott and his growing team of professionals formed The Seydel Companies to license the use of chemical and equipment manufacturing technologies from U.S. companies as a basis for forming joint ventures, subsidiaries, and licensed partnerships in over two dozen countries.
The Seydel Companies then acquired Seydel-Woolley & Company from Toyo Soda (Japan) and expanded its U.S. domestic fabric weaving and finishing focus to include process chemistry for the paper, packaging, metal working, cosmetic, leather, and animal health and feed industries, and has developed a plethora of patents for products in these application arenas.
Over the past three decades, Scott has devoted much of his career toward creating environmental awareness and stewardship. He currently chairs Scott the Global Green board for Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross (Geneva), and is chair emeritus of the GreenBlue Institute and a founder of its Sustainable Packaging Coalition. He is a former Director of the National Recycling Coalition and the Vice Chair of the Container Recycling Institute and Chair of the advisory board of Elemental Impact. Through his work with these organizations, Scott helped create The Coalition for Resource Recovery. Scott has also served as Chairman of the Board for Georgia State University’s Robinson College, the metro Atlanta YMCA, the Georgia Hi-Tech Alliance, the Georgia World Congress Institute and the Atlanta Chamber’s International Committee during the 1996 Olympic Games. Scott is an active contributor of articles and technical reviews for the trade press, and a frequent guest speaker on environmental conservation and global sustainability at industry conferences, seminars, and universities. Scott and Pat Mitchell Seydel share six children and ten grandchildren who reside in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, and Atlanta and which they consider to be their greatest assets and participatory achievements.
Steve Adams – President, Seydel-Woolley & Company
Steve Adams began his career as a co-op student with Thomaston Mills in 1961, where he worked in various capacities at its textile plant while furthering his education at Southern Technical Institute. He continued with Thomaston Mills until 1974, where he held several management positions in manufacturing. Steve then joined the Barber Colman Company as its Technical Service Manager where he managed the service and installation of all the new equipment including slashing, warpers and creels. In 1975, Steve joined North Chemical Company, Inc. (a division of Rhone Poulenc) as Vice President of Sales and Research & Development.
In 1986, Steve was recruited to join The Seydel Companies as a partner and Vice President. Steve is currently serving as the President of Seydel-Woolley & Company, while overseeing operations for both Seydel International and JRS Manufacturing.
Steve has served as a board member and/or director for the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association, Alabama Textile Manufacturers Association, AATT, AATCC, Southern Textile Association, SYMA, TYAA, and ATMI, among others. Steve is a highly regarded, industry thought leader who frequently contributes technical papers to leading industry publications and gives lectures to audiences around the world. In his community, Steve is involved with the Jefferson IDA, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, Booster Clubs and The Walnut Fork Association.
Fred Wellons – President, Chemol Company, Inc.
Fred Wellons began his career in 1978 as a Process Manager and Engineer in the soy-processing division of Ralston Purina. In 1980, Fred left to join the Chemol Company, Inc., then a Division of Carolina By-Products, as an Assistant Plant Manager. He later became a Sales Representative before being promoted to General Manager in 1988. Twelve years later, Fred left Chemol to join Baker Commodities as its Director of QA/QC and Business Development, Governmental Affairs before working for Tellurian Biodiesel as Vice President, Operations. In early 2010, Fred was recruited back to Chemol to serve as its President.
Fred is a recognized thought leader in the use of bioproducts and biofuels, particularly through the utilization of recycled animal fats and vegetable oils, serving as Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the National Biodiesel Board, Secretary of the Industrial Specialty Chemicals Association and representing Chemol with the National Renderers Association and Fats Proteins Research Foundation. Additionally, Fred helped develop greenhouse gas emissions values for biofuels with the California Air Resources Board and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Fred holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Scott O. Seydel, Jr. – President, Seydel International
Scott O. Seydel, Jr., “Scotto”, began his career with The Seydel Companies in 1992 as a Laboratory Technician while attending the University of Georgia. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in International Business from UGA, Scotto returned to The Seydel Companies as a Financial Analyst before pursuing an International Masters of Business degree at the University of South Carolina’s top ranked IMBA (MIBS) program.
Upon completion of his graduate degree in 1998, Scotto spent half a decade as a Senior Business Consultant for Arthur Andersen and PriceWaterhouse Coopers where he helped several Fortune 500 companies streamline their global operations by leveraging internet based technologies. Scotto has also worked for a leading financial institution in Argentina and served as Marketing Director for the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit health organization in the world. Scotto is the fourth generation of the Seydel family to join The Seydel Companies.
Graham Marsh – Chief Financial Officer, The Seydel Companies
Graham Marsh, originally from Manchester, England, worked as an Accountant for FEB Construction Chemicals (Great Britain) and Corporate Controller for FEB Middle East (U.A.E.) before coming to Atlanta, Georgia in 1980 to establish the company’s first U.S. based manufacturing operations. In 1988, Graham joined The Seydel Companies as a Financial Controller. During his long tenure with Seydel, Graham’s responsibilities have included financial reporting for both domestic and international divisions, working with banks and outside auditors, and helping implement and maintain the company’s ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certification. Graham was named CFO in 2010 and joined the Board of Directors.
Russell Ruggieri – Vice President, Research & Development/Technical Services
Russell Ruggieri has over 30 years experience in chemical research and new product development. Russell began his career, as a Research Chemist for Blackman-Uhler Chemical Company in 1981, where he ran HPLC assay pharmaceutical intermediates and bench R&D synthesis. He later went to work for M. Lowenstein Corporation in 1984 (purchased by Springs Industries, Inc. in 1985) as the Manager Analytical Services, and he was promoted to manage and support Corporate Analytical Testing, Physical Testing, ES&H services for both textile finishing manufacturing plants and greige manufacturing mills. In 1999, Russell joined Seydel Companies as Testing Manager. Since then, Russell has supported sales, production, with analytical testing services, product development; and more recently managed QA and ES&H services. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice-President Research & Development/Technical Services. Russell is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry and University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Chemistry.
Dave Grillo – Vice President & General Manager, Chemol Company, Inc.
Dave Grillo joined Chemol as the Director of Business Development in 1998 to lead the diversification from textile products. By 2004, he had added the title and duties of Vice President & General Manager. In this role, Dave is responsible for oversight of the operation of Chemol including product development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and purchasing. Prior to joining Chemol, Dave worked for Twin Rivers Technologies, Inolex Chemical, and Mallinckrodt, occupying various executive positions in sales & marketing, technology, and operations management. Dave holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, an MBA from Lehigh University, and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University.
Dave is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Oil Chemists Society, Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, among others.
Nathan Evans – Vice President of Sales, Seydel-Woolley & Company
Nathan Evans began his career with The Seydel Companies in 1990, working part-time in manufacturing, quality control, and shipping & receiving before completing high school in 1992. While in college, Nathan continued working for The Seydel Companies as a Laboratory Technician. After graduating from Gainesville College with an associates in Engineering Technology, Nathan became a Technical Sales Representative and was later promoted to National Sales Manager. Nathan also holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from North Georgia College & State University.
Linda Scoggins – Director, Seydel International
Linda Scoggins began her career in manufacturing with Reliance Electric Company in 1969 working in the accounting department as time keeper then later moved into material control analyst/ purchasing / production scheduler and later supervised the shipping/receiving/warehouse and winding departments where she implemented JIT inventory concepts. In 1994 she transferred to the communication division of Reliance as purchasing /warehouse manager. After 25 years of service she retired and later joined the Seydel Companies where she held various roles in the organization including inventory and purchasing. Linda attended Truett McConnell College.
Charlie Stewart – Director of Technical Services
Charlie Stewart began his career with The Seydel Companies in 1961 immediately after graduating in from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in textile chemistry. Over the years, Charlie has held many technical roles at Seydel, and has proven to be a valuable resource for our customers. Today, Charlie is responsible for research and development, as it applies to new product development and technical support. With over 50 years of experience, Charlie is truly an expert in his field, particularly in the areas of sizing and finishing products.
Thomas Garner – Director of Plant Operations, JRS Manufacturing
After serving in the United States Marine Core, Thomas Garner began his career in 1985 as the Floor Manager for Gainesville Ironworks where he was responsible for inventory control and order fabrication. In 1988, Thomas left Gainesville Iron to join The Seydel Companies as a plant operator. Since then, Thomas has held various roles in the organization including Shipping and Receiving Supervisor, Warehouse Manager, and Plant Superintendent. In 2005 he was promoted to Plant Manager, responsible for all plant operations including production, shipping and receiving, maintenance, inventory control, and capital projects. More recently, Thomas assumed additional responsibilities for sourcing and negotiating raw materials needed for production.
Jon Kline – Plant Manager, Chemol Company, Inc.
Jon Kline began working for Chemol as a third shift Lab Technician in 1996. Throughout his career, Jon has assumed several roles within the organization including Quality Control Manager, Laboratory Manager, Maintenance Manager, Production Manager and currently serves as the Plant Manager. John is intimately familiar with Chemol’s manufacturing facilities and product lines. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
William Newlin – Environmental Manager, Chemol Company, Inc.
William Newlin began his career in 1983 as Quality Control Manager and later Plant Manager for Siler City Mills (now Chatham Industries), specializing in the manufacture of animal feeds and extruded pet foods. In 1988, William joined Chemol as a Production Coordinator and was later promoted to Production Manager, where he standardized operation and training procedures and oversaw raw materials acquisition. In 2001, William became Chemol’s Purchasing Manager and took on additional HR and Accounts Payable responsibilities. In 2008, he assumed the duties of the Environmental Manager working with Tier II, Form R, and other government reports. William received his BS in Agriculture Education in 1979 and Masters of Education from North Carolina State University in 1981.
Rita Crosswhite – Manager, Customer Service
Rita Crosswhite began her career with Seydel-Woolley (formerly the AZS Corporation) in 1982 as a customer service associate. After AZS was acquired by The Seydel Companies in 1987, Rita was promoted to Customer Service Manager. Rita and her team manage incoming orders, production scheduling, shipping, invoicing, and customer inquiries. With almost 30 years experience at Seydel, Rita is intimately familiar with our products and capabilities and can quickly identify the best possible formulations for customers. Rita also oversees many administrative functions at our corporate headquarters.
Karee Bullock – Manager, Human Resources
Karee Bullock began her career with The Seydel Companies in May 1998 as a receptionist and accounts payable clerk. In 2002, she was promoted to the Human Resource department where she currently manages benefit renewals, payroll processing, retirement benefits & claim issues. In addition to Human Resource management, she also supports Finance.