US Ceramics is governed by a five person Board of Directors representing the various investor entities. The board chairman is Dr. C. Mark Pearson.
C. Mark Pearson
Executive Chairman of US Ceramics, LLC
Dr. C. Mark Pearson is Executive Chairman of USCeramics LLC. He is the CEO & President of Liberty Resources II LLC, a Denver-based operator in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota.
He is a well-known industry expert in the field of well completion and stimulation having authored over forty technical papers. He has focused his career on technology advancements within the industry and is one of the pioneers of multi-stage fracturing of horizontal wells with over thirty years of horizontal work in west Texas, Alaska, the North Sea, the US mid-Continent, North Dakota and Wyoming. In 2018, he received the Well Completions Technology and Optimization award from the International Society of Petroleum Engineers in recognition of his contributions to the industry.
Dr. Pearson’s industry experience includes over 14-years at major E&P companies in both technical and management positions in addition to being the former CEO & President of Carbo Ceramics – the largest producer of manufactured proppants. He graduated with BS and PhD degrees from the Camborne School of Mines, UK and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He also served as a professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department of the Colorado School of Mines from 1995-1997.
Vice-President Operations and General Manager
Michael Burgess is the Vice President of Operations & General Manager of US Ceramics. He participated in the leveraged management buyout that created the company. Prior to Joining US Ceramics Michael worked as the Vice President & General Manager of Imerys Oilfield Solutions. As Imerys Director of Operations and Engineering he provided leadership for ceramic proppant manufacturing at the Wrens, GA and Andersonville, GA facilities. Inventions include a patented method for producing ceramic proppant and anti-flowback additives. Michael was a founder in PyraMax Ceramics LLC, a private equity start-up. As Vice President of Manufacturing he managed the design, construction and commissioning of the Wrens, GA ceramic proppant manufacturing facility. Previously, he held plant manager positions with Carbo Ceramics in New Iberia, LA and McIntyre, GA.
Tom has 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with 35 years in the ceramic proppant market.He spent 31 years with Carbo Ceramics with various duties that included 5 years as Director of Executive Sales and 12 years as Director of Sales and Marketing for North America. He joined Imerys in late 2015 as Director of Executive Sales and was responsible for developing Imerys’ sales program in the Utica play. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Dan Hammonds is the Operations Manager of US Ceramics LLC and participated in the leveraged management buyout that created the company. Prior to joining US Ceramics, Dan worked as the Operations Manager of Imerys Oilfield Solutions. In this role, he had fiscal responsibility for the performance of the Wrens Operation and managed the Production, Engineering, Maintenance, and EH&S teams. Dan was the Plant Engineer for PyraMax Ceramics during the design and construction of the Wrens Plant and coordinated the fast-paced project. Dan’s background includes senior management positions in a consulting engineering firm specializing in large project design and management and various Engineering, Maintenance, and Production positions in large kaolin-processing facilities. Dan has a BSME degree from Louisiana State University.
Tonia Boutelle is the Technical Director for US Ceramics. Prior to joining US Ceramics she held a dual role as Technical Director for Imerys Oilfield Solutions and Technical Service Manager for Imerys Kaolin North America. She has 25 years of experience in the kaolin industry with responsibilities in several different fields with the last seven years in the Ceramic Proppant Industry. She was part of the PyraMax Ceramics LLC start up team and was instrumental in the development of the Quality and Crude Programs and plant commissioning. She specializes in raw material selection, formulation improvements and leadership. She has previous experience in Polymer Research, Production Management, Quality Control Management, and Crude Management in the Paper, Carbonates, and Ceramics Divisions of Imerys and formerly ECC International. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia College and State University.