As a global solutions provider of Thermoset Composites that solve difficult technical challenges every day, our customers are at the heart of all we do. Our leadership team maintains this focus, inspires our quality-centered colleagues and drives our commitment to delivering results while bringing our purpose and values to the forefront of our daily activities. The leadership team’s years of experience in global, high-impact product development and delivery are the foundation for our success — today and in the future.
Scott Balogh, President and Chief Executive Officer
Since joining Mar-Bal in 1992, Scott Balogh has been building Mar-Bal, Inc. into a larger, more integrated and global company. This ambition will continue to be achieved through the company’s Strategic Plan, which has integrated industry talent and has strengthened core competencies and capabilities with investments, technology and innovation.
Scott, a native of Cleveland, OH is an entrepreneur and an industry leader with a proven record of product development, driving change and delivering continuous process improvement. Scott has been President and Chief Executive Officer since July 1998.
With Scott’s leadership, the company opened an R&D Technical Center in 2007 and expanded globally with the opening of a sales office in Shanghai, China in 2012. Today, Mar-Bal, Inc. is one of the top thermoset injection molding manufacturers in the United States, with three manufacturing facilities employing over 500 people.
Scott serves on the boards of Flambeau Inc., and the Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA). He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Cleveland Chapter since 2004 and has served as chairman of the YPO Plastics Network since 2010.
In 2013, Scott was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Northern Ohio area, this was the third time in four years that Scott has been recognized as a finalist for the award.
Prior to joining Mar-Bal, Scott was a successful National Sales Manager for the IBM Corporation for over 8 years.
Scott attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics.
Steven Balogh, Executive Vice-President
Steven serves as the leader of our operations in Missouri, Virginia and Taizhou, China. In addition, he has responsibilities for our procurement and supplier chain management groups. He oversees Mar-Bal’s state of the art Research and Development Center and has led the pioneering efforts to introduce innovative Thermoset plastic materials which have resulted in higher quality and lower costs for Mar-Bal’s customers.
Since he started with Mar-Bal, Inc. in 1993, his focus on the development of new materials and production techniques for Mar-Bal’s Bulk Molded Compounds (BMC) has enabled the company to support an annual compound sales growth rate of over 10 percent. Further, Steven has led the company’s Global Sourcing and Business Development expansion into the Asia market driving improved costs and efficiencies while also delivering sales growth opportunities in emerging markets. In addition to BMC sales and engineering responsibilities, Steven directly manages the Asia Sales Office in Shanghai, China.
With a continuous improvement culture at Mar-Bal and collaboration with a key customer OEM, Steven was instrumental in the development, training and deployment of Operational Excellence (OpEx) Principles within the Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing areas at Mar-Bal thereby providing lean manufacturing tools and resources for the organization.
Steven has previously served as a Board Member for The American Composites Manufacturer’s Association (ACMA) from 2011 – 2015 and is currently the Chair for the ACMA’s Education Committee.
In 2013, Steven was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Northern Ohio area, this was the second time in three years that Steven has been recognized as a finalist for the award.
Steven graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Jim Wojtila, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Wojtila joined Mar-Bal, Inc. in August 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) responsible for the company’s financial reporting, asset management and economic strategy. In addition to leading the Finance Department, Jim also oversees the Human Resources, IT, Accounting and Customer Service teams as well.
Jim has brought best business practices to Mar-Bal implementing a number of process improvements in his areas of responsibility including an innovative forecasting tool that has enabled productivity improvements at the three manufacturing plant locations. Jim has led the due diligence process for Mar-Bal’s recent acquisitions and played an integral role in the opening of our China sales office. Jim’s financial strategic vision has readied Mar-Bal for future growth and expansion.
Recognized for his professional contributions and accomplishments, Jim was selected as a Finalist for CFO of the Year by Crain’s Magazine in 2013. Crain’s honors Northeast Ohio’s top fiscal officers for outstanding financial leadership, asset management and strategic vision.
Jim is a Certified Public Accountant and has 30 years of experience in Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining Mar-Bal, he served as the CFO for Aclara RF Systems, Inc. and Coe Manufacturing Company.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from John Carroll University.
Vince serves as the Vice-President of Product Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies. This key role encompasses our core competencies in both product engineering and advanced manufacturing functions to continue to balance the voice of the process with the voice of the customer. Combining our engineering capabilities in product design, program management, proprietary products, and our advanced manufacturing team under Vince’s leadership strengthens our launch capabilities and enables us to be the low cost producer in our industry. Prior to his promotion in August 2015 to this technology leadership position, Vince served as the Director of Operations and his accomplishments in deploying advanced technologies in our plants resulted in world class quality and automation implementation.
Since joining Mar-Bal in April 2012 (see more), Vince has utilized his Program Management and Engineering successes within the thermoset composites industry by providing manufacturing and operational leadership and adding value for key OEM partners and customers.
Prior to Mar-Bal, Vince had over twenty years of Engineering and Program Management experience at Ferro Corporation, Premix, Inc. and Danaher Corporation. While at Ferro, Vince served as both the North American Product Manager and North American Sales Manager for the plastics division. During his tenure at Premix, Inc., Vince led product development teams that revolutionized the use of composites in under-the-hood applications for the Automotive and Heavy Truck market.
Vince holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Larry Landis is a graduate of Kent State University with a BS in Chemistry and has a background and passion for materials engineering. In addition, Larry spent 2 years in Graduate School at Kent State working on Liquid Crystal Polymers.
Larry joined Mar-Bal in July 2018. Since 2005 he was with IDI where he held the position of Directory of Technology and Quality. From 1991 – 2005, he was a member of the Premix, Inc. materials engineering team.
Larry brings an innovative mindset to Mar-Bal that leads us in growing and expanding into new industries through new product development. His industry knowledge assists us in our core markets and legacy applications to optimize existing materials, and develop new solutions for composites. His contributions to Altraset Composite Technologies will propel us to be the premier BMC innovation leader and embrace our One Source Solution approach to satisfying customers.
Maria Gaeta, Director of Human Resources
Maria Gaeta is an experienced management and
human resources leader and a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Maria has more than 15 years of experience as a manager, consultant, trainer and coach. The scope of her management and consulting experience includes mid-sized entrepreneurial firms, non-profit and educational organizations.
Since joining Mar-Bal in 2012, Maria has led Mar-Bal on hiring processes, recruiting and staffing; Employee and management development programs; Performance management programs; Organizational culture, communication and structure; Compensation design and incentive programs; Human resource audits, compliance and guidelines; Personnel assessments for hiring, management and team building.
Maria earned a Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University and a certificate in Human Resource Management.
Bruce Acord – Vice President of Sales, Engineered Products
Bruce joined Mar-Bal, Inc. in May 2011 as a Market Development Manager responsible for driving customer-centric solutions in the Appliance market with key OEM accounts. In January 2017, Bruce was promoted to the role of Industry Director responsible for the sales team in the Appliance, Automotive and Heavy Truck markets for custom molding while increasing Mar-Bal’s specification position for BMC material compound with new markets and new customers. In August 2019, Bruce accepted the position of Vice-President of Engineered Products. Bruce oversees all of Mar-Bals’ custom molded product line serving the primary industries of Appliance, Automotive, Electrical, and Heavy Truck in addition to providing vision and leadership to new product development and new market opportunities
Bruce has over 25 years of experience in the composites and polymer industry providing project management leadership for innovation and replacing traditional engineering materials with thermoset composites. Prior to joining Mar-Bal, Bruce worked for Premix, Inc., a compounder and molder of BMC Thermoset Composites and the Teknor Apex Company. During his ten years at Premix, Bruce was instrumental at establishing innovative platforms and solutions with under-the-hood (UTH) applications in the automotive industry.
Bruce is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Business Management and resides in the Chicago area.
Anthony Lignetta – Director, Proprietary Products
Anthony joined Mar-Bal, Inc. in January 2017 as a New Business Development Manager responsible for growing Mar-Bal’s proprietary products and has had increasing responsibilities since joining. Recently, Anthony was promoted to the role of Director, Proprietary Products tasked with increasing the growth and success of Mar-Bal’s proprietary products, Standoff Insulators, Fire Resistant Wastebaskets and our Truncated Dome Detectable Warning line. In addition, he is responsible for New Business Development and Innovation within new markets.
Prior to joining Mar-Bal, Anthony served as Director of Sales for Haysite Reinforced Plastics fulfilling a similar role he initially held with Mar-Bal before his promotion. Throughout his career Anthony has displayed excellent leadership qualities while compounding his industry knowledge, both of which have made him an invaluable asset.
Anthony holds an MBA in Systems Management from Lake Erie College and a BA in Management from Hiram College.
Jeff Walker – Director of Operations
In the summer of 2019, Jeff joined Mar-Bal as Director of Operations responsible for Operational P & L performance across all our US manufacturing facilities. His role involves leading continuous improvement through people engagement, team development, and servant leadership utilizing his professional skills and background based within the Toyota Production System.
During his career, customer service was a focal point which ties directly into one of Mar-Bal’s aspirations – complete customer satisfaction as a total service provider. Jeff leads teams focused upon Inventory & Scrap Reduction, Inventory Shrink, and Productivity, also leading Continuous Improvement and Quality improvements across operations.
Jeff received his Masters in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University as well as a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Industrial Engineering from Purdue University where he also served as President, School of Technology Organizational Leadership chapter.