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EDUCATION:

M.B.A., Finance & Accounting, Regis College, Denver, CO, 1983, with Honors

B. S. Chemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1973, with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION/SKILLS:                                                   

Titles Held:

Patents (Does Not Include Multiple Current Applications):

US Patent 7,884,253 B2, 2/8/2011

US Patent7,919,070B2, Apr. 5, 2011;

US Patent 8,142,530 B2, Mar. 27, 2012;

US Patent 8,288,594, Oct. 16, 2012;

US Patent 8,344,184, January 1, 2013;

Publications/presentations:

Blog:  http://tek-dev.typepad.com/technology-development/

            R. C. Stites, “Overcome Pilot Plant Challenges,” Chemical Processing, October 19, 2015.

            R. C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, “Oil Shale:  Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box,” Presentation at 35th Oil Shale Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, October 5, 2015.

eBook:  R.C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, Oil Shale, Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box, Amazon Kindle, September 15, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013PSC0VU .

eBook:  R. C. Stites, The Science, Art and Discipline of Technology Development, Amazon Kindle, April, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WTMVP60

R. C. Stites, “Experiment Design Validates Measurement Technology,” Ethanol Producers Magazine, May 21, 2014.

R. C. Stites, “Using DoE in R&D Projects – A Practical Approach,” Presented to the 3rd Annual Meeting of European Design Expert Users Group, StatCom, Vienna, Austria, June 25, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Second Generation Bio-Fuels – Feasible by 2020?”, Presented to the Society of Mechanical Engineers, London, England, May 24, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Total Propagated Uncertainty,” 42nd Annual Bioassay Conference, Las Vega, NV, October, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Harry Borg, “QC Mania:  How to Insure that Your Environmental Project Fails”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 6, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Dr. B. K. Bagawandoss, “Electronic Reporting of Data from Commercial Environmental Laboratories”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 3, 2001 (Re-published in the Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, May 2001).

R. C. Stites and John C. Walsh, “Cost Accounting for Laboratories”, Superfund XVIII/HazWaste World, Washington, D.C., December 2, 1997, (Invited Speaker)

R. C. Stites, “Potential Pollution Source from Gas Processing Industries”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 84e, March, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Managing Techniques for the Analytical Laboratory (Managing Scientists and Engineers)”, Pittsburgh Conference, 1295, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites and J. A. Berges, “Data Processing Techniques for Reducing Background Interferences on GC/MS Mass Spectra”, Pittsburgh Conference, 503. 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Pascal-Microprocessor Based Laboratory Management programs”, Pittsburgh Conference 290, 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Composition and Analysis of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids,” Natural Gas Sampling Workshop, University of Kansas, 1982 (abs).

Contact Information:

Ronald C. Stites 

449 Mount Sherman

Brighton, CO  80601

Home – (720) 685-0582

Cell – (912) 247-6120

email:  ron@tek-dev.net or ronstites2005@aol.com

 

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

DoE Training, Experiment Design Made Easy, Stat-Ease, Inc., 2011

French 102, 103, 104 and Intensive Conversational Review – Alliance Française de Denver, 2010-2011

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Training Course (ANSI and EARA Accredited), QSD, 1997

Managing Government Contracts, Educational Services Inc., 1994

Environmental Project Management (Instructor), IT Analytical Service, 1993

Project Management Seminar, International Technologies, 1992

Hewlett Packard RTE-6/VM Systems Manager Training, 1984

Group Leader Dale Carnegie Sales Advantage Course, 1995, Graduate Dale Carnegie Sales Course, Sales Talk Finalist, 1991

E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co., “Managing Safety : Techniques that Work for Operations Managers,” November, 1990

Persuasive Sales for International Technology, Sales Concepts, Inc., Roswell, Georgia, 1990

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Chemical Society

Former Editorial Board Environmental Laboratory Washington Report

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

Managing Member – Stites & Associates, LLC – (April 1996 to Present)

  • Independent Consultant assisting companies assess, develop, finance and launch technology-based businesses
  • Applies vast technical, communication and organizational skills to help companies avoid major mistakes and miss key opportunities
  • Brings together a network of highly skilled technical professionals in key subject areas that are crucial to success including:
    • Design of Experiments
    • Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry
    • Technology Assessment and R&D Management
    • Quality Management
    • Business Development/Market Penetration
    • Chemical, Physical and Risk Analysis
    • Project Management
    • Intellectual Property Management

Director of Research – ION Engineering – Carbon Capture Technology (March 2011 to October 2011):

  • Assisted in the evaluation and improvement of CO2 capture using ionic liquids and amines
  • Developed new and improved approaches to CO2 capture using organic solvents – one such approach resulted in a patent application
  • Developed analytical protocols to monitor CO2 capture performance in a wide variety of organic solvent combinations
  • Assisted in the development of Research Quality Control and Safety Programs

Director of Research – Range Fuels – Alternative Fuels Synthesis (July 2006 to March 2011):

President – Start-up Oil and Gas Testing Laboratory (September 2005 to July 2006):

  • Developed new gas chromatographic methods for extended gaseous and liquid fuel analyses
  • Developed Peng-Robinson EQS model for flash calculations for air emissions
  • Developed chromatographic methods for rapid, on-site analysis of Synthesis Gas and Synthesis Gas Products
  • Automated laboratory procedures and data handling.  Cut labor costs dramatically and doubled quarterly profitability.
  • Developed Quality Assurance Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for all laboratory operations

Business Development Director – Commercial Markets – Severn Trent Laboratories (April, 2003 to July, 2005:

National Director of Marketing – Southwest Laboratory of Oklahoma (September, 2000 to April, 2003):  Managed all sales and marketing activities for a large environmental laboratory in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Wrote large proposals.  Hired, trained, and evaluated all sales and marketing personnel.  Among the many accomplishments were:

  • Established a database system for creating quotes and proposals, tracking them and uploading information directly into LIMS.  Managed sales and marketing budget. 
  • Won large DOE and DOD projects.
  • Created first national teaming contracts – including one with a historically black university for a $20 million per year proposal.
  • Created the first objective system to measure laboratory turnaround.
  • Created electronic communication system between sales, marketing and operations.
  • Was appointed to the editorial board of a national publication (ELWR) and wrote several articles – including technical articles on laboratory QC and TPU.

Founded - Stites & Associates (April, 1996 to Present):  Provided management and quality consulting services for a wide variety of customers – especially in the environmental industry.  Services range from sales and marketing consulting to application of technical expertise to improve customer satisfaction and profitability. 

  • Assisted several local, small businesses with their technology, marketing, performance and client satisfaction.
  • Assisted in the designing and building of a support laboratory at a major Department of Energy site.  The facility performed rapid determination of radioactivity from transuranics and fission products for the purpose of removal and interstate shipment to final burial.  He saved his client approximately $12 million by renegotiating contract requirements, developing specialized testing methods, and re-engineering statistical sampling protocols. 
  • Represented the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association at international trade shows in Toronto, and Montreal, Canada, and Naucalpan, Mexico. 

Vice President of Business Development and Mergers and Acquisitions with Envirometrics, Inc (October 1994 to April 1996):  Responsible for managing sales personnel, setting pricing structures, developing business plan, and finding new work.  Maintained the direct sales responsibility for the larger, more sophisticated clients such as Mallinckrodt, Sverdrup, Dames & Moore, Black and Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, etc.  Wrote all large proposals, developed "evidence books" for sales personnel to use in personnel selling, and developed integrated sales database using Microsoft Access.  Also spent approximately 20% of time supporting the President in Acquisition and Merger activities.  Accomplishments include:  re-organized and upgraded Client Service Group, upgraded and trained project managers, established sales incentive program, instituted sales tracking with Access database, prepared proposals, established custom reporting of chemical data with a combination of Access and Excel, and re-acquired three major customers lost due to service problems.

Vice President of Commercial Markets, Quanterra, Inc. (formerly IT Analytical Services) (February 1994 to October 1994):  Business manager for commercial markets for a network of 13 analytical testing laboratories across country. In charge of $55 million per year in sales. Established a national sales organization out of two decentralized, large laboratory organizations. Established sales and customer service organization, procedures, compensation plans, and performance measurement methods. Maintained direct sales contacts with national industrial clients such as Ford Motor Company (included sites in Mexico). Had profit and loss responsibility for commercial work. Was responsible for proposals, pricing, and placing the work at the appropriate laboratory.  Accomplishments include:  worked with a team of IT and Enseco managers to merge two national laboratory groups into the largest environmental laboratory network in the world, established the first combined Enseco/IT Commercial Business P&L Budget, established the entire Commercial Business organization, established a national Client Service group for Commercial Clients, established a national Sales organization for Commercial Clients, and established a Sales incentive program.

Director of Sales, IT Analytical Services (March 1993 to February 1994):  Managed all sales for IT Analytical Services. In charge of 16 sales people and a $63 million per year sales budget. Established a national network of sales personnel including compensation plans and performance measurement procedures. Maintained direct selling responsibilities for largest clients, especially DOE sites such as Rocky Flats, Los Alamos, Sandia, and Weldon Springs.  Accomplishments include:  established Sales incentive program; instituted Sales activity measurement via Excel “Database”; established and managed national proposal group; instituted Client Satisfaction Tracking (also via Excel); established inside sales positions and coordinated them with outside selling activities; won national contracts at Ford, Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Weston/Mound, and Rocky Flats.

Laboratory Director, IT Analytical Services (October 1991 to March 1993):  Profit and loss responsibility for a $7 million per year environmental chemical and radiological testing laboratory. Transferred to St. Louis as part of a recovery plan for the failing IT acquisition of  MetaTrace, a laboratory that had been disbarred from government work because of data fraud. Retrained entire operational staff. Provided sales training to all of the project managers and sold directly to government clients. Was able to win work at Weldon Springs, Paducah, Oak Ridge (K10), Los Alamos, and Sandia. The laboratory went from losing $100K per month to profits in excess of $100K per month in a year and a half.  Accomplishments include:  re-engineered entire laboratory including Quality program, organization, and personnel; upgraded and trained Project Managers on contract management, customer interaction, and quality and technical issues; upgraded and trained Chemists and Technicians on all SOP's; re-established Radiochemical capabilities by revising all SOP's, rebuilding equipment, and hiring and training personnel; re-established Sales activities by hiring a sales person and making personal calls; won back several major clients who had been lost due to data; and upgraded and completed implementation of an Oracle based LIMS that provided the most powerful and flexible lab data system in the IT/Quanterra network.  The laboratory became one of the most successful in the IT/Quanterra network.

Operations Manager, IT Analytical Services (August 1990 to October 1991):  Full operational responsibility for operations of a $8 million per year environmental chemical and radiological testing laboratory.  Accomplishments include:  re-engineered radiological group including implementing computer based sample tracking (Radian SAM System), radiological methods, organization, and personnel; re-established formal communication routines to coordinate the four shift operation; instituted feedback mechanisms to balance capacity with demand -- went from having a backlog that was running up to six months late to under a four week average turnaround; instituted productivity tracking and doubled productivity; upgraded and trained Project Managers on contract management, customer interaction, and quality and technical issues; upgraded and trained Chemists and Technicians on many of the radiological methods -- required all to demonstrate proficiency at methods; won back several major clients who had been lost due to poor service included Bechtel National(Oak Ridge) and Martin Marietta (Oak Ridge); upgraded and completed implementation of a Radian SAM based LIMS; upgraded facility to eliminate numerous safety and waste handling problems; and revamped accounting system to provide useful managerial accounting.  Wrote “System J” (SAM Operating System) routines to monitor work flow, predict overload areas, and estimate completion dates.

Vice President--Houston Operations, Southern Petroleum Laboratories (February 1988 to August 1990):  Profit and loss responsibility for Houston environmental laboratory, Houston and Carthage petroleum testing laboratories, Houston gas measurement group, and Houston off-shore meter calibration group. Approximately $5 million per year in revenues and 75 people.  Accomplishments include:  upgraded Management and Laboratory personnel to reach more sophisticated client base (primarily engineering firms); upgraded and trained Project Managers on contract management, customer interaction, and quality and technical issues; coordinated Sales and Operational activities by hiring a telemarketer and making personal sales calls; won several new major clients including Harding and Lawson and Rohm & Haas; and upgraded and completed implementation of an Radian SAM based LIMS.

General Manager of Operations, Cenref Laboratories (Division of Panhandle Eastern) (October 1980 to February 1988):  Profit and loss responsibility for the Denver, CO, environmental laboratory and Liberal, KS, gas testing laboratory.  Approximately $4 million per year in revenue.  Accomplishments include:  grew a small (2 chemists and one secretary) oil and gas laboratory into a CLP Laboratory, hired and trained first Project Managers, hired and trained first Sales person, integrated two laboratories into a single organization with a common set of SOP's and Quality Assurance Program, developed and implemented a Pascal based LIMS system, instituted formalized budgets and financial planning, established tracking of capacity and costs.

Vice President, Ramaco, Inc. (October 1978 to October 1980):  Profit and loss responsibility for a family owned custom design and machining operation. Built a patented hydraulically driven wire spooler and traverse for the steel industry.  Accomplishments include:  grew from a one person operation to a ten person shop, hired and trained machine operators and welders, provided all banking relations including maintaining a $50,000 open line of credit, developed and implemented a job tracking and scheduling system, instituted formalized budgets and financial planning, closed the operation when economic conditions dictated it paid all employees, vendors, and bank loans and placed all customer work with other vendors -- left the market with a clear credit and service record.

Laboratory Manager, Langston Laboratories (August 1975 to October 1978):  Profit and loss responsibility for a small environmental laboratory performing water chemistry.  Accomplishments include:  learned many of the environmental laboratory techniques including wet chemistry, AA, GC, HPLC, UVMS, and field testing work, was promoted from bench chemist to Laboratory Manager, learned to write government proposals -- won our first large job at Ft. Riley, KS, established tracking of capacity and costs.

LANGUAGES:

German (3 semester in College – Including Scientific German)

French (3 years in High School and Course Work L’Alliance Française de Denver)

PATENTS AWARDED:

US Patent  7,884,253 B2, 2/8/2011; Methods And Apparatus For Selectively Producing Ethanol From Synthesis Gas; Stites and Hohman; Assigned to Range Fuels, Inc.

US Patent 7,919,070 B2, Apr. 5, 2011; Multi-Zone Reforming Methods and Apparatus for Conversion of Devolatilized Biomass to Syngas; Stites, Biehle, Klepper and Ridley; Assigned to Range Fuels, Inc.

US Patent 8,142,530 B2, Mar. 27, 2012; Methods and Apparatus for Producing Syngas and Alcohols; Klepper, Geerstsema, Tirmizi, Robata and Stites; Assigned to Range Fuels, Inc.

US Patent 8,288,594, Oct. 16, 2012; Selective Process for Conversion of Syngas to Ethanol; Stites, Tirmizi, Hohman and Deutch; Assigned to Albemarle Corporation.

US Patent 8,344,184, January 1, 2013; Methods for Promoting Syngas-to-Alcohol Catalysis; Inventor Ronald C. Stites; Assigned to Albemarle Corporation.

 

PATENTS PENDING:

61/012,502, Alkali-Promoted Sulfided Molybdenum and Cobalt Catalysts for Mixed Alcohols from Synthesis Gas

61/012,518, Apparatus for Selectively Producing Ethanol from Synthesis Gas

12/166,194, Methods and Apparatus for Producing Syngas and Alcohols

12/166,203, Methods and Apparatus for Producing Alcohols from Syngas

US2012/0047796 A1, Dimethyl Ether Fuel Compositions and Uses Thereof

US21012/051712, Methods and Apparatus for Sulfur Management in Catalytic Mixed-Alcohol Synthesis

EU 12762714.9, Methods and Apparatus for Sulfur Management in Catalytic Mixed-Alcohol Synthesis, March, 26, 2014

EU 09832267.0, Methods and apparatus for Selectively Producing Ethanol from Synthesis Gas, January, 23, 2013

US WO2012158609, Compositions and Methods for Gas Capture Processes, November 22, 2012, Ion Engineering

US 61/922,437, Device for the Accelerated Aging of Wine, December 31, 2014.

US 20140262284, Method of Forming and Compressing Carbon Dioxide, March 7, 2014, Enerjetik

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Blog:  http://tek-dev.typepad.com/technology-development/

eBook:  R.C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, Oil Shale, Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box, Amazon Kindle, available for Pre-Sale, Release Date September 15, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013PSC0VU .

eBook:  R. C. Stites, The Science, Art and Discipline of Technology Development, Amazon Kindle, April, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WTMVP60

R. C. Stites, “Experiment Design Validates Measurement Technology,” Ethanol Producers Magazine, May 21, 2014.

R. C. Stites, “Using DoE in R&D Projects – A Practical Approach,” Presented to the 3rd Annual Meeting of European Design Expert Users Group, StatCom, Vienna, Austria, June 25, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Second Generation Bio-Fuels – Feasible by 2020?”, Presented to the Society of Mechanical Engineers, London, England, May 24, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Total Propagated Uncertainty,” 42nd Annual Bioassay Conference, Las Vega, NV, October, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Harry Borg, “QC Mania:  How to Insure that Your Environmental Project Fails”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 6, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Dr. B. K. Bagawandoss, “Electronic Reporting of Data from Commercial Environmental Laboratories”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 3, 2001 (Re-published in the Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, May 2001).

R. C. Stites and John C. Walsh, “Cost Accounting for Laboratories”, Superfund XVIII/HazWaste World, Washington, D.C., December 2, 1997, (Invited Speaker)

R. C. Stites, “Potential Pollution Source from Gas Processing Industries”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 84e, March, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Managing Techniques for the Analytical Laboratory (Managing Scientists and Engineers)”, Pittsburgh Conference, 1295, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites and J. A. Berges, “Data Processing Techniques for Reducing Background Interferences on GC/MS Mass Spectra”, Pittsburgh Conference, 503. 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Pascal-Microprocessor Based Laboratory Management programs”, Pittsburgh Conference 290, 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Composition and Analysis of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids,” Natural Gas Sampling Workshop, University of Kansas, 1982 (abs).

Contact Information:

Ronald C. Stites 

449 Mount Sherman

Brighton, CO  80601

Home – (720) 685-0582

Cell – (912) 247-6120

RONALD C. STITES -- Interactive Resume

EDUCATION:

M.B.A., Finance & Accounting, Regis College, Denver, CO, 1983, with Honors

B. S. Chemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1973, with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION/SKILLS:                                                   

Titles Held:

Patents (Does Not Include Multiple Current Applications):

US Patent 7,884,253 B2, 2/8/2011

US Patent7,919,070B2, Apr. 5, 2011;

US Patent 8,142,530 B2, Mar. 27, 2012;

US Patent 8,288,594, Oct. 16, 2012;

US Patent 8,344,184, January 1, 2013;

Publications/presentations:

Blog:  http://tek-dev.typepad.com/technology-development/

            R. C. Stites, “Overcome Pilot Plant Challenges,” Chemical Processing, October 19, 2015.

            R. C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, “Oil Shale:  Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box,” Presentation at 35th Oil Shale Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, October 5, 2015.

eBook:  R.C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, Oil Shale, Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box, Amazon Kindle, September 15, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013PSC0VU .

eBook:  R. C. Stites, The Science, Art and Discipline of Technology Development, Amazon Kindle, April, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WTMVP60

R. C. Stites, “Experiment Design Validates Measurement Technology,” Ethanol Producers Magazine, May 21, 2014.

R. C. Stites, “Using DoE in R&D Projects – A Practical Approach,” Presented to the 3rd Annual Meeting of European Design Expert Users Group, StatCom, Vienna, Austria, June 25, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Second Generation Bio-Fuels – Feasible by 2020?”, Presented to the Society of Mechanical Engineers, London, England, May 24, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Total Propagated Uncertainty,” 42nd Annual Bioassay Conference, Las Vega, NV, October, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Harry Borg, “QC Mania:  How to Insure that Your Environmental Project Fails”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 6, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Dr. B. K. Bagawandoss, “Electronic Reporting of Data from Commercial Environmental Laboratories”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 3, 2001 (Re-published in the Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, May 2001).

R. C. Stites and John C. Walsh, “Cost Accounting for Laboratories”, Superfund XVIII/HazWaste World, Washington, D.C., December 2, 1997, (Invited Speaker)

R. C. Stites, “Potential Pollution Source from Gas Processing Industries”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 84e, March, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Managing Techniques for the Analytical Laboratory (Managing Scientists and Engineers)”, Pittsburgh Conference, 1295, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites and J. A. Berges, “Data Processing Techniques for Reducing Background Interferences on GC/MS Mass Spectra”, Pittsburgh Conference, 503. 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Pascal-Microprocessor Based Laboratory Management programs”, Pittsburgh Conference 290, 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Composition and Analysis of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids,” Natural Gas Sampling Workshop, University of Kansas, 1982 (abs).

Contact Information:

Ronald C. Stites 

449 Mount Sherman

Brighton, CO  80601

Home – (720) 685-0582

Cell – (912) 247-6120

email:  ron@tek-dev.net or ronstites2005@aol.com

 

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

DoE Training, Experiment Design Made Easy, Stat-Ease, Inc., 2011

French 102, 103, 104 and Intensive Conversational Review – Alliance Française de Denver, 2010-2011

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Training Course (ANSI and EARA Accredited), QSD, 1997

Managing Government Contracts, Educational Services Inc., 1994

Environmental Project Management (Instructor), IT Analytical Service, 1993

Project Management Seminar, International Technologies, 1992

Hewlett Packard RTE-6/VM Systems Manager Training, 1984

Group Leader Dale Carnegie Sales Advantage Course, 1995, Graduate Dale Carnegie Sales Course, Sales Talk Finalist, 1991

E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co., “Managing Safety : Techniques that Work for Operations Managers,” November, 1990

Persuasive Sales for International Technology, Sales Concepts, Inc., Roswell, Georgia, 1990

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Chemical Society

Former Editorial Board Environmental Laboratory Washington Report

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

Managing Member – Stites & Associates, LLC – (April 1996 to Present)

  • Independent Consultant assisting companies assess, develop, finance and launch technology-based businesses
  • Applies vast technical, communication and organizational skills to help companies avoid major mistakes and miss key opportunities
  • Brings together a network of highly skilled technical professionals in key subject areas that are crucial to success including:
    • Design of Experiments
    • Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry
    • Technology Assessment and R&D Management
    • Quality Management
    • Business Development/Market Penetration
    • Chemical, Physical and Risk Analysis
    • Project Management
    • Intellectual Property Management

Director of Research – ION Engineering – Carbon Capture Technology (March 2011 to October 2011):

  • Assisted in the evaluation and improvement of CO2 capture using ionic liquids and amines
  • Developed new and improved approaches to CO2 capture using organic solvents – one such approach resulted in a patent application
  • Developed analytical protocols to monitor CO2 capture performance in a wide variety of organic solvent combinations
  • Assisted in the development of Research Quality Control and Safety Programs

Director of Research – Range Fuels – Alternative Fuels Synthesis (July 2006 to March 2011):

President – Start-up Oil and Gas Testing Laboratory (September 2005 to July 2006):

  • Developed new gas chromatographic methods for extended gaseous and liquid fuel analyses
  • Developed Peng-Robinson EQS model for flash calculations for air emissions
  • Developed chromatographic methods for rapid, on-site analysis of Synthesis Gas and Synthesis Gas Products
  • Automated laboratory procedures and data handling.  Cut labor costs dramatically and doubled quarterly profitability.
  • Developed Quality Assurance Plan and Standard Operating Procedures for all laboratory operations

Business Development Director – Commercial Markets – Severn Trent Laboratories (April, 2003 to July, 2005:

National Director of Marketing – Southwest Laboratory of Oklahoma (September, 2000 to April, 2003):  Managed all sales and marketing activities for a large environmental laboratory in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Wrote large proposals.  Hired, trained, and evaluated all sales and marketing personnel.  Among the many accomplishments were:

  • Established a database system for creating quotes and proposals, tracking them and uploading information directly into LIMS.  Managed sales and marketing budget. 
  • Won large DOE and DOD projects.
  • Created first national teaming contracts – including one with a historically black university for a $20 million per year proposal.
  • Created the first objective system to measure laboratory turnaround.
  • Created electronic communication system between sales, marketing and operations.
  • Was appointed to the editorial board of a national publication (ELWR) and wrote several articles – including technical articles on laboratory QC and TPU.

Founded - Stites & Associates (April, 1996 to Present):  Provided management and quality consulting services for a wide variety of customers – especially in the environmental industry.  Services range from sales and marketing consulting to application of technical expertise to improve customer satisfaction and profitability. 

  • Assisted several local, small businesses with their technology, marketing, performance and client satisfaction.
  • Assisted in the designing and building of a support laboratory at a major Department of Energy site.  The facility performed rapid determination of radioactivity from transuranics and fission products for the purpose of removal and interstate shipment to final burial.  He saved his client approximately $12 million by renegotiating contract requirements, developing specialized testing methods, and re-engineering statistical sampling protocols. 
  • Represented the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association at international trade shows in Toronto, and Montreal, Canada, and Naucalpan, Mexico. 

Vice President of Business Development and Mergers and Acquisitions with Envirometrics, Inc (October 1994 to April 1996):  Responsible for managing sales personnel, setting pricing structures, developing business plan, and finding new work.  Maintained the direct sales responsibility for the larger, more sophisticated clients such as Mallinckrodt, Sverdrup, Dames & Moore, Black and Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, etc.  Wrote all large proposals, developed "evidence books" for sales personnel to use in personnel selling, and developed integrated sales database using Microsoft Access.  Also spent approximately 20% of time supporting the President in Acquisition and Merger activities.  Accomplishments include:  re-organized and upgraded Client Service Group, upgraded and trained project managers, established sales incentive program, instituted sales tracking with Access database, prepared proposals, established custom reporting of chemical data with a combination of Access and Excel, and re-acquired three major customers lost due to service problems.

Vice President of Commercial Markets, Quanterra, Inc. (formerly IT Analytical Services) (February 1994 to October 1994):  Business manager for commercial markets for a network of 13 analytical testing laboratories across country. In charge of $55 million per year in sales. Established a national sales organization out of two decentralized, large laboratory organizations. Established sales and customer service organization, procedures, compensation plans, and performance measurement methods. Maintained direct sales contacts with national industrial clients such as Ford Motor Company (included sites in Mexico). Had profit and loss responsibility for commercial work. Was responsible for proposals, pricing, and placing the work at the appropriate laboratory.  Accomplishments include:  worked with a team of IT and Enseco managers to merge two national laboratory groups into the largest environmental laboratory network in the world, established the first combined Enseco/IT Commercial Business P&L Budget, established the entire Commercial Business organization, established a national Client Service group for Commercial Clients, established a national Sales organization for Commercial Clients, and established a Sales incentive program.

Director of Sales, IT Analytical Services (March 1993 to February 1994):  Managed all sales for IT Analytical Services. In charge of 16 sales people and a $63 million per year sales budget. Established a national network of sales personnel including compensation plans and performance measurement procedures. Maintained direct selling responsibilities for largest clients, especially DOE sites such as Rocky Flats, Los Alamos, Sandia, and Weldon Springs.  Accomplishments include:  established Sales incentive program; instituted Sales activity measurement via Excel “Database”; established and managed national proposal group; instituted Client Satisfaction Tracking (also via Excel); established inside sales positions and coordinated them with outside selling activities; won national contracts at Ford, Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Weston/Mound, and Rocky Flats.

Laboratory Director, IT Analytical Services (October 1991 to March 1993):  Profit and loss responsibility for a $7 million per year environmental chemical and radiological testing laboratory. Transferred to St. Louis as part of a recovery plan for the failing IT acquisition of  MetaTrace, a laboratory that had been disbarred from government work because of data fraud. Retrained entire operational staff. Provided sales training to all of the project managers and sold directly to government clients. Was able to win work at Weldon Springs, Paducah, Oak Ridge (K10), Los Alamos, and Sandia. The laboratory went from losing $100K per month to profits in excess of $100K per month in a year and a half.  Accomplishments include:  re-engineered entire laboratory including Quality program, organization, and personnel; upgraded and trained Project Managers on contract management, customer interaction, and quality and technical issues; upgraded and trained Chemists and Technicians on all SOP's; re-established Radiochemical capabilities by revising all SOP's, rebuilding equipment, and hiring and training personnel; re-established Sales activities by hiring a sales person and making personal calls; won back several major clients who had been lost due to data; and upgraded and completed implementation of an Oracle based LIMS that provided the most powerful and flexible lab data system in the IT/Quanterra network.  The laboratory became one of the most successful in the IT/Quanterra network.

Operations Manager, IT Analytical Services (August 1990 to October 1991):  Full operational responsibility for operations of a $8 million per year environmental chemical and radiological testing laboratory.  Accomplishments include:  re-engineered radiological group including implementing computer based sample tracking (Radian SAM System), radiological methods, organization, and personnel; re-established formal communication routines to coordinate the four shift operation; instituted feedback mechanisms to balance capacity with demand -- went from having a backlog that was running up to six months late to under a four week average turnaround; instituted productivity tracking and doubled productivity; upgraded and trained Project Managers on contract management, customer interaction, and quality and technical issues; upgraded and trained Chemists and Technicians on many of the radiological methods -- required all to demonstrate proficiency at methods; won back several major clients who had been lost due to poor service included Bechtel National(Oak Ridge) and Martin Marietta (Oak Ridge); upgraded and completed implementation of a Radian SAM based LIMS; upgraded facility to eliminate numerous safety and waste handling problems; and revamped accounting system to provide useful managerial accounting.  Wrote “System J” (SAM Operating System) routines to monitor work flow, predict overload areas, and estimate completion dates.

Vice President--Houston Operations, Southern Petroleum Laboratories (February 1988 to August 1990):  Profit and loss responsibility for Houston environmental laboratory, Houston and Carthage petroleum testing laboratories, Houston gas measurement group, and Houston off-shore meter calibration group. Approximately $5 million per year in revenues and 75 people.  Accomplishments include:  upgraded Management and Laboratory personnel to reach more sophisticated client base (primarily engineering firms); upgraded and trained Project Managers on contract management, customer interaction, and quality and technical issues; coordinated Sales and Operational activities by hiring a telemarketer and making personal sales calls; won several new major clients including Harding and Lawson and Rohm & Haas; and upgraded and completed implementation of an Radian SAM based LIMS.

General Manager of Operations, Cenref Laboratories (Division of Panhandle Eastern) (October 1980 to February 1988):  Profit and loss responsibility for the Denver, CO, environmental laboratory and Liberal, KS, gas testing laboratory.  Approximately $4 million per year in revenue.  Accomplishments include:  grew a small (2 chemists and one secretary) oil and gas laboratory into a CLP Laboratory, hired and trained first Project Managers, hired and trained first Sales person, integrated two laboratories into a single organization with a common set of SOP's and Quality Assurance Program, developed and implemented a Pascal based LIMS system, instituted formalized budgets and financial planning, established tracking of capacity and costs.

Vice President, Ramaco, Inc. (October 1978 to October 1980):  Profit and loss responsibility for a family owned custom design and machining operation. Built a patented hydraulically driven wire spooler and traverse for the steel industry.  Accomplishments include:  grew from a one person operation to a ten person shop, hired and trained machine operators and welders, provided all banking relations including maintaining a $50,000 open line of credit, developed and implemented a job tracking and scheduling system, instituted formalized budgets and financial planning, closed the operation when economic conditions dictated it paid all employees, vendors, and bank loans and placed all customer work with other vendors -- left the market with a clear credit and service record.

Laboratory Manager, Langston Laboratories (August 1975 to October 1978):  Profit and loss responsibility for a small environmental laboratory performing water chemistry.  Accomplishments include:  learned many of the environmental laboratory techniques including wet chemistry, AA, GC, HPLC, UVMS, and field testing work, was promoted from bench chemist to Laboratory Manager, learned to write government proposals -- won our first large job at Ft. Riley, KS, established tracking of capacity and costs.

LANGUAGES:

German (3 semester in College – Including Scientific German)

French (3 years in High School and Course Work L’Alliance Française de Denver)

PATENTS AWARDED:

US Patent  7,884,253 B2, 2/8/2011; Methods And Apparatus For Selectively Producing Ethanol From Synthesis Gas; Stites and Hohman; Assigned to Range Fuels, Inc.

US Patent 7,919,070 B2, Apr. 5, 2011; Multi-Zone Reforming Methods and Apparatus for Conversion of Devolatilized Biomass to Syngas; Stites, Biehle, Klepper and Ridley; Assigned to Range Fuels, Inc.

US Patent 8,142,530 B2, Mar. 27, 2012; Methods and Apparatus for Producing Syngas and Alcohols; Klepper, Geerstsema, Tirmizi, Robata and Stites; Assigned to Range Fuels, Inc.

US Patent 8,288,594, Oct. 16, 2012; Selective Process for Conversion of Syngas to Ethanol; Stites, Tirmizi, Hohman and Deutch; Assigned to Albemarle Corporation.

US Patent 8,344,184, January 1, 2013; Methods for Promoting Syngas-to-Alcohol Catalysis; Inventor Ronald C. Stites; Assigned to Albemarle Corporation.

 

PATENTS PENDING:

61/012,502, Alkali-Promoted Sulfided Molybdenum and Cobalt Catalysts for Mixed Alcohols from Synthesis Gas

61/012,518, Apparatus for Selectively Producing Ethanol from Synthesis Gas

12/166,194, Methods and Apparatus for Producing Syngas and Alcohols

12/166,203, Methods and Apparatus for Producing Alcohols from Syngas

US2012/0047796 A1, Dimethyl Ether Fuel Compositions and Uses Thereof

US21012/051712, Methods and Apparatus for Sulfur Management in Catalytic Mixed-Alcohol Synthesis

EU 12762714.9, Methods and Apparatus for Sulfur Management in Catalytic Mixed-Alcohol Synthesis, March, 26, 2014

EU 09832267.0, Methods and apparatus for Selectively Producing Ethanol from Synthesis Gas, January, 23, 2013

US WO2012158609, Compositions and Methods for Gas Capture Processes, November 22, 2012, Ion Engineering

US 61/922,437, Device for the Accelerated Aging of Wine, December 31, 2014.

US 20140262284, Method of Forming and Compressing Carbon Dioxide, March 7, 2014, Enerjetik

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Blog:  http://tek-dev.typepad.com/technology-development/

eBook:  R.C. Stites, Lee Yuan Ming & Matthew James, Oil Shale, Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box, Amazon Kindle, available for Pre-Sale, Release Date September 15, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013PSC0VU .

eBook:  R. C. Stites, The Science, Art and Discipline of Technology Development, Amazon Kindle, April, 2015, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WTMVP60

R. C. Stites, “Experiment Design Validates Measurement Technology,” Ethanol Producers Magazine, May 21, 2014.

R. C. Stites, “Using DoE in R&D Projects – A Practical Approach,” Presented to the 3rd Annual Meeting of European Design Expert Users Group, StatCom, Vienna, Austria, June 25, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Second Generation Bio-Fuels – Feasible by 2020?”, Presented to the Society of Mechanical Engineers, London, England, May 24, 2012.

R. C. Stites, “Total Propagated Uncertainty,” 42nd Annual Bioassay Conference, Las Vega, NV, October, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Harry Borg, “QC Mania:  How to Insure that Your Environmental Project Fails”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 6, 2002.

R. C. Stites and Dr. B. K. Bagawandoss, “Electronic Reporting of Data from Commercial Environmental Laboratories”, Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 3, 2001 (Re-published in the Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, May 2001).

R. C. Stites and John C. Walsh, “Cost Accounting for Laboratories”, Superfund XVIII/HazWaste World, Washington, D.C., December 2, 1997, (Invited Speaker)

R. C. Stites, “Potential Pollution Source from Gas Processing Industries”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 84e, March, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Managing Techniques for the Analytical Laboratory (Managing Scientists and Engineers)”, Pittsburgh Conference, 1295, 1988 (abs).

R. C. Stites and J. A. Berges, “Data Processing Techniques for Reducing Background Interferences on GC/MS Mass Spectra”, Pittsburgh Conference, 503. 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Pascal-Microprocessor Based Laboratory Management programs”, Pittsburgh Conference 290, 1985 (abs).

R. C. Stites, “Composition and Analysis of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids,” Natural Gas Sampling Workshop, University of Kansas, 1982 (abs).

Contact Information:

Ronald C. Stites 

449 Mount Sherman

Brighton, CO  80601

Home – (720) 685-0582

Cell – (912) 247-6120