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Our Team

Jim Sparks

Jim Sparks, CEO

Jim is our CEO and a highly-regarded figure in the borate industry. Before he came to American Borate Company in 1982, Jim was with Owens Corning for over 21 years and held various positions in sales, marketing and product management. Jim brought his experience to ABC and has led our team from its earliest days. He continues to explore the possibilities of boron for practical, everyday uses. Jim graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business management.

Linda Bowers 

 

Linda Bowers, CPA, Director of Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources

Linda is the Director of Finance, Accounting and Human Resources and joined American Borate Company in 2015. Linda is a Certified Public Accountant with 29 years of experience in both public and private accounting. Linda has held various senior level accounting positions and recently served as the Vice President of Finance and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Dominion Enterprises and was responsible for coordinating strategic planning, developing annual capital and operating budgets and management reporting and analysis. Linda started her career in public accounting providing audit and tax services and was a manager at the international accounting firm KPMG LLP. Linda is a native of Hampton Roads and is a graduate of Christopher Newport University.

Kristin Sparks

Kristin Sparks, Director of Operations

Kristin oversees the warehouse operations, customer service, and quality assurance for American Borate Company. She also continues to assist with the company's IT needs. Prior to joining ABC in 2010, she worked in the luxury hotel industry and for a luxury private residence club. In those jobs, Kristin served as a front desk agent, executive assistance, meeting concierge and travel planner. Kristin graduated from Boston University with a BS in business administration and minor in hospitality administration, a first for the school.

Bob Reid

Bob Reid, National Sales Manager

Bob is the national sales manager for American Borate Company and oversees several of the company’s largest accounts. He joined the ABC family in 2000 after many years in borate sales. A graduate of Hamilton College, Bob began his career with CVS pharmacy and then worked for US Borax in different capacities for 13 years. With over two decades in the borate industry, Bob is a trusted expert at ABC.

Paul Wilcox

Paul Wilcox, Regional Sales Manager

Paul is a regional sales manager for American Borate Company and covers the Midwest and Northeast regions. No stranger to sales, Paul has worked in the field for nearly 25 years. He began his career selling solvents with a New Jersey distributor, Mellen Chemicals, and later became national sales manager for Carus Chemical Company. In 2003, Paul joined US Borax, where he managed the Midwest sales territory and the North American distribution network. Now Paul brings his considerable sales experience to the ABC team.

Pat Riddle

Pat Riddle, Logistics and Sourcing Manager

Pat oversees logistics and sourcing at American Borate Company, a position he has held for nearly 20 years. If borates are on the move, Pat is behind them in some way. Prior to ABC, Pat worked in the grocery business, as a logistics supervisor for Ryder Truck Lines and as a sales manager for DLM, a steel fabricating company. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama – Birmingham.

Bryant Baker

Bryant Baker, Technical Manager

Bryant is the technical manager at American Borate Company and oversees our laboratory, which tests the quality of borates, supports new applications and oversees our EPA & TSCA compliance. Bryant comes to ABC with a wealth of experience in chemistry and biology. Bryant spent time with General Electric’s water division, assessing the treatment of water/waste water at industrial and nuclear facilities in the U.S. Bryant also has laboratory experience on projects at Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, VA. Additionally he has managed international projects for Flowserve Corporation, a leading provider to the chemical and oil industries. He is trained in Lean Six Sigma and a graduate of Christopher Newport University.