Executive Team

David Bacon: CEO

B.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Arkansas: magna cum laude

Bacon most recently served as President of LSP Products, where he led the commercial transformation of the business, growing the company’s revenue and improving operating income. Prior to his role at LSP, he was General Manager for the AT Plastics business at Celanese Corporation, where he successfully grew and improved the profitability of the specialty polymers business. Bacon also worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, working with Fortune 500 companies to improve resource productivity. He began his professional career at Exxon Corporation, where he held roles of increasing responsibility in process and refinery engineering. Bacon holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas.

Bacon, 46, joins Halocarbon with more than 24 years of experience in market analysis and driving innovation. As Halocarbon’s new CEO, Bacon’s top priorities will be leading the next phase of the company’s growth and product innovation.

Ron Epstein: Sales Director

B.A. Chemistry
Wittenberg University, Ohio

Ron Epstein has worked at Halocarbon since 1995, rising to Sales Director in 2007. Epstein and his team of account managers ensure that all customers receive what they need when they want it. He also has primary responsibility for the company’s international customers, particularly in Asia and Europe, where Halocarbon has a strong presence. Epstein, who has a background in plastics, chemicals and lubricants, started his career at Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, TN, where he worked in sales.

A past president and chairman of several national industry organizations, he is currently a member of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).

Barry Jones: Technical Director

B.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.

Barry Jones is responsible for the team of chemical engineers, fluorine chemists and technicians at Halocarbon that develop new products in response to customer needs. Among his duties, Jones shepherds new products through a variety of steps to ensure the safest, most environmentally responsible and cost-efficient production.

Jones has been with Halocarbon since 1984, starting as a process engineer. Prior to joining Halocarbon, he was a process engineer with Crawford and Russell/John Brown Engineers and Constructors, handling chemical engineering design and specification for new chemical plant construction. Before that Jones was a process engineer with Rohm and Haas (UK) Ltd.

Kenneth J. McDowell: Regulatory Affairs Director

B.A. Environmental Health & Science
Auburn University, Alabama

Ken McDowell began at Halocarbon in 1989 with primary responsibility for all aspects of state, federal, national and international regulatory compliance. He oversees Halocarbon’s on-going registration and/or compliance efforts with OSHA, US EPA, TSCA, RCRA, US FDA and various overseas medicine control and drug registration agencies, Homeland Security and US DOT.

McDowell also serves as the company spokesman, and is an active member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers).

Prior to joining Halocarbon, McDowell was Division Director of Environmental Affairs for West Point Pepperell for 5 years.

McDowell also worked for the State of Alabama Water Improvement Commission (now the Alabama Department of Environmental Management).

Julie A. Fortunato: Director of Finance

Certified Public Accountannt (Maryland) | Certified Management Accountant

Julie A. Fortunato holds the Certified Public Accountant (Maryland) and Certified Management Accountant designations. Ms. Fortunato has worked for Halocarbon since August 2015 as Director of Finance.

Prior to joining Halocarbon, Julie held various positions with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, most recently seconded to Arab Potash Company in Amman, Jordan as VP of Finance and Administration. Her chemical plant experience includes over 24 years working in both the Nitrogen and Phosphate divisions of PotashCorp as Plant Controller and Manager of Accounting. She has more than 34 years of experience in accounting, procurement, maintenance and warehouse operations.

Kevin Hyman: Director, Human Resources

B.S. Industrial Management
Clemson University, South Carolina

Kevin Hyman is responsible for directing and developing Halocarbon’s people assets and culture in accordance with Halocarbon’s strategic direction, ethics and governmental regulations. He directs all aspects of Human Resources for Halocarbon.

Hyman joined Halocarbon in 2014 bringing with him over 25 years of domestic and international Human Resource experience from the textile and chemical industries. He is an active member of the business community and SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management).

Eric Schoellkopf: Plant Manager

B.S. Chemical Engineering | Clemson University, SC
MBA | Augusta College, Georgia

As Plant Manager, Eric Schoellkopf leads the production, quality assurance, logistics and maintenance organizations at Halocarbon’s manufacturing facility. An employee of the company since 1989, Schoellkopf also worked as production engineer and production manager before being named Plant Manager. Schoellkopf began his engineering career at Milliken Chemical in South Carolina as Pilot Plant Supervisor, where he was responsible for developing specialty colorants and textile chemicals.

Derek Brown: Supply Chain Director

B.S. Mechanical Engineering | Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Mathematics | Morehouse College

Derek Brown comes to Halocarbon with many years of supply chain leadership experience with companies including INVISTA, LSP Products/NCH Corporation and Celanese Corporation. Derek’s career began in production and operations, but for the last 15-plus years, Derek has held management roles with increasing responsibility in the area of supply chain, including inventory management, purchasing and customer service.

In his new role as part of Halocarbon’s leadership team, Derek is responsible for developing strategies that drive continuous improvement in customer service, procurement, warehousing and distribution, and inventory management.

Paul Cross: Quality Manager

B.S. Chemistry
University of South Carolina

As Quality Manager, Paul Cross directs Halocarbon’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control programs to ensure all commercial products are consistent with Halocarbon’s high standards. In this role, he is responsible for implementing and maintaining a compliant quality management system that facilitates a proactive quality environment.

Cross joined Halocarbon in 1987 as Quality Control Supervisor for the North Augusta production facility and was promoted to Quality Manager in 1993.  He was last employed as a Senior Chemist with Warner Lambert Corporation-Pharmaceuticals Division.  Cross has extensive GMP and industrial experience.