Don’s competitive spirit has kept him active in dirt bike racing where he earned a top 5 class finish in the 2010 SECCA hare scramble series.
Don has been married for 17 years to his lovely wife Sheila. While there are no children in the household, Sheila’s career as a veterinarian assures there is never a shortage of pets around the house. They enjoy the company of their boxer, cat, and horse.
Don was born in Atlanta, GA but lived most of his young life in Opelika, AL.
After high school, Don spent some time in the Air Force serving a short stint in Germany in 1992 after demolition of the Berlin Wall. His team was responsible for converting military housing at the soon to be closed Bitburg Air Base into housing for East Berlin refugees.
On his return to the US, Don used his heavy equipment and construction skills in the dolomitic limestone quarries located in south central Alabama.
During this time he met his wife to be, Sheila Gilbert, who was an aspiring veterinary student at Auburn University.
Don and Sheila married in December of 1996 and moved to Huntsville, AL after Sheila’s graduation in 1998 where Sheila became a practicing veterinarian. While supporting Sheila’s early career, Don worked with a local lumber company which is where the Molex journey begins.
Don met Keith Bennett, CEO of Molex, who was performing a garage addition at his home and worked closely with Don for all purchases pertaining to the build. Toward the end of the project, Keith approached Don about a potential entry position with their growing, family owned chemical company.
In January of 2002 Don began his career at Molex in the mail room. Throughout the years, Don worked in the lab, logistics, customer account management, and procurement learning all aspects of the business.
During his time at Molex he completed his BS in Computer Science which proved to be instrumental as Molex grew into a multi-location enterprise. Don implemented all the networking systems, software programs, and mobile platforms which allowed Molex to decentralize its main operation in Alabama and grow into a global provider of raw materials and intermediates serving several industries.
In 2013, Don and his long time coworker, Derek Puppa, took on the responsibility of moving to Houston, TX to oversee their manufacturing and storage facility which was built in 2008.
Currently, Don, Vice President, is responsible for business development for current and new chemistries and customers. Don oversees all US based third-party toll manufacturing while handling customer accounts in the US and across the globe. Don assists Derek, President, with daily manufacturing activities along with plant and personnel oversight. Don is the Treasurer of The Houston Chemical Association and also and active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE. Don is also a member of The Society of International Business Fellows where he is on the membership committee. Don and Sheila currently reside in Houston with their two boxers, George and Kramer. And, yes, the dogs are aptly named after characters from the show, Seinfeld. Together, Don and Sheila enjoy ballroom dancing, sharpening their skills in Rumba, Foxtrot, Waltz, and the Cha Cha. Don also enjoys golf and playing guitar. As early as 2010 Don was active in enduro and hare scramble racing but has since left that for the younger and more nimble crowd.
Don is a tremendous asset to the company!
Could'nt ask for a better person to work with!
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