Our Leadership

Lenny Shutzberg


Chief Executive Officer

Leonard Shutzberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Americo Manufacturing Company. Shutzberg joined Americo in February, 2000, as its Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to the CEO position in November of that year. He has over 35 years of experience in managing and operating businesses in a variety of industries.

Shutzberg received his B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1982 with a double major in Accounting and Computer Information Sciences. He began his career as an accountant with Touche Ross in Dallas, TX.

He moved to Atlanta to work as a business manager and consultant in the entertainment industry. Shutzberg worked for rock bands and concert promoters, touring with some of the biggest names in the industry, including ZZ Top, Journey, Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith.

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Shutzberg left the entertainment business in 1990 to serve as Chief Financial Officer for The Software Factory, a company later bought out by private equity. It was at this company where he began to develop an expertise in the manufacturing industry.

In 1993, Shutzberg accepted a CFO/COO position with LABS, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of horticultural products, where he spent the next seven years managing and growing the business from $3.5 million/year in annual sales to just over $22 million/year. He left the company in February, 2000 to join Americo Manufacturing Company.

When Shutzberg started with Americo, the business faced significant management and financial challenges. Shutzberg and his team developed a triage plan, engineering a successful business turnaround within 18 months. The company grew organically and also acquired six businesses, building a second factory in 2010, located in Cartersville, Georgia, just minutes from their corporate headquarters.

At the end of 2017, Shutzberg led a process to bring on private equity capital, embracing a vision to enhance the trajectory of growth for Americo Manufacturing Company. Blue Sage Capital, based in Austin, TX, became a majority equity partner in the company, while Shutzberg continues to manage the business in his CEO role.

Americo is now one of the leading manufacturers of high loft, textile nonwovens in the world, maintaining either a 1st or 2nd position in the markets they compete globally. Their products are sold in over 70 countries worldwide; annual sales volume has quadrupled since Shutzberg joined the company in 2000.

Shutzberg is married to Marianne Rones Shutzberg, a Chartered Financial Analyst and bond trader for one of the top investment counseling firms in Georgia. Marianne’s father, James Rones, began Americo Manufacturing Company in 1969. He and Marianne have three children, all navigating various stages of college and professional careers.

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Richard Rones


President

Richard Rones is the President of Americo and shares jointly with Leonard Shutzberg in the responsibility of running the company. He joined Americo in June, 1986, after graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. degree in Finance. Rones spends most of his time in managing some of the top customer relationships for the company. He also negotiates pricing and payment terms with Americo’s prime vendors.

Rones has held positions in every department within the organization. He was instrumental in creating the logo mat business, which has grown exponentially in the past decade. He was also responsible for streamlining several of the manufacturing processes deployed in the factory and worked with our plant engineers to oversee the design, construction and installation of three nonwovens production lines. These new lines increased the productivity within the plant and reduced the cost of manufacturing on some materials by as much as 40% of the original cost.

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In 2002, Rones was credited for developing the roofing segment of the business. It remains one of the strategic divisions within the organization today. The purchasing power created by the increased volume of materials used in the production of these roofing products has benefited all other nonwoven divisions in creating pervasive decreases in the overall cost of various raw materials used in each of these divisions.

In October 2003, Rones was elected to the International Sanitary Supply Association’s Board of Directors. He was added to the Sanitary Supply Wholesalers Association Board of Directors from 2014 to 2015. Mr. Rones was invited back to join the ISSA Board in 2015 and then accepted the role as President of this global organization in October 2016. The ISSA is an international association with more than 7,000 Distributors and Manufacturers serving the cleaning and supply industry worldwide. Rones is married with a son and resides in Marietta, GA.

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Dwayne Miller, CPA, CGMA


Chief Financial Officer

Dwayne Miller joined Americo Manufacturing Company as Chief Financial Officer in 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and brings with him more than 35 years of experience in private equity, turnarounds, start-ups, conversions, operational management, and acquisition determination. Charged with building Americo’s accounting and finance functions as well as the organizational leadership, Mr. Miller is known as a change agent who has applied his dynamic skill set not only to optimizing competencies and profit maximization, but also mitigating the economic impact of the global pandemic on the business.

Mr. Miller launched his career at Champion International/ International Paper in 1983, starting as a Stationary Engineer, and quickly advanced through the management ranks. In the span of his eighteen years with the company, his advancements in financial roles afforded the opportunity to create value across various divisions of the company, including Printing & Writing, Publication Papers, Newsprint, Forest Resources, and Containerboard, Lumber, and Plywood. He was also one of four key team members that built a Greenfield manufacturing facility, leading the project from conceptual design through implementation. His contributions added significant value to the company and opened future doors.

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One of those doors led to Georgia Pacific Corporation, and with new stomping grounds came new opportunities. He started his career with GP as a Controller at a box manufacturing plant. Given his operational experience, he was also put in charge of various operational departments at the plant. Later, the company asked Mr. Miller to move to Atlanta as Regional Controller in the Packaging and Container Division; in this role he focused on remediation and integration of the newly acquired companies that comprised Georgia Pacific’s Color-Box operations.

In 2007, Miller marked a milestone at Cummins Power South, LLC, assuming the role of Chief Financial
Officer and Vice President. He later moved into private equity as CFO of SP Fiber Technologies, LLC,
where he led a complete turnaround of a $500 million manufacturing company coming out of bankruptcy. Through a complete reassessment of the business, he led the remediation efforts including total financial overhaul and ultimately the successful sale of the company. Mr. Miller received special recognition from the private equity partners and Board for his exceptional work and leadership.

Mr. Miller continued his work as CFO in the private equity realm at Strata, where he applied his
expertise to streamlining inefficiencies and maximizing improvement opportunities on a global scale. He
eliminated millions of dollars of excessive costs in foreign operations and generated a significant
recurring savings through a strategic realignment. Later at Tyden Group, he similarly entrenched a focus
on financial accountability and profitability across all companies within the holding group, from
implementing a new business model for manufacturing in China to establishing a Maquila and IMMEX
program in Mexico.

Americo’s partnership with Blue Sage Capital in 2017 positioned the company to substantially increase
its growth trajectory. The appointment of Mr. Miller to the Chief Financial Officer role in 2019 provided
the key leadership necessary to maximize this partnership. In his tenure, he has significantly improved
the quality of information to facilitate strategic decision making in conjunction with Blue Sage, as well as profitability in the Matting business.

Dwayne and his wife have three children and currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

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David Rones


Executive V.P. of Sales for Matting Division

A 24-year veteran of the matting industry, David Rones is the Executive V.P. of Sales for Matting Division. Rones is primarily responsible for managing the sales and marketing of all matting products to a variety of industries. Rones’ background in finance combined with a talent for solving business problems in creative ways, often break new ground and leading the division to record sales in nine of the last ten years.

Prior to Americo, Rones spent seven years as a financial analyst with Dun & Bradstreet, United Technologies (Carrier Division) and VeriFone. He also started a successful computer data security sales and service company that he sold in 1992. Later that year, Rones joined Americo as Director of National Accounts for the Matting Division.

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At that time, the company was selling mostly plain entrance and anti-fatigue matting to cleaning product distributors. Rones was very influential in bringing custom logo matting to Americo and to some of its key national accounts. A few years later, Rones helped to establish the company’s PromoMatting division, a company focused toward selling to Promotional Product distributors. Over the past decade, Rones has been instrumental in facilitating the asset purchase of several prestigious matting companies, including Hanover Textile Graphics, Pioneer Mat Co., Custom Textile Printing and Shamrock Matting. All acquisitions were accretive in nature; some added to the manufacturing process capabilities of the matting division as well.

Rones’ greatest strength is his creativity and drive to offer customized solutions to the promotional products industry. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach into untapped markets.

Mr. Rones holds a bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Georgia. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and has three sons.

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Joe Tarantino


VP of Operations

Joseph A. Tarantino is the Vice President of Operations for Americo Manufacturing Company and is responsible for all facets of the non-wovens operation, which include engineering, maintenance, manufacturing, conversion and logistics. Mr. Tarantino works closely with senior management to oversee day-to-day operations of the overall business. Joe joined Americo in September 2001, and has more than 30+ years of experience in the operation and management of abrasives and nonwoven materials production facilities.

Mr. Tarantino graduated from The University of Buffalo in 1972 with a major in Biology. He began his career as co-owner of a Pharmaceutical packaging company. From 1979 to 1984, Joseph worked for Carborundum Abrasives in the R&D department and was one of the key individuals responsible for the development of an Electron Beam processing line.

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In 1984, Joseph was promoted to Product Manager. It was at this time, Carborundum purchased Clipper Abrasives in Marshfield, Massachusetts and Joseph was in charge of relocating the facility to High Point, North Carolina. In 1993, Mr. Tarantino was promoted to Manufacturing Manager and was directly responsible for successfully turning the business around before resigning in 2001 to join Americo.

An inspirational leader for business growth and process improvement, Joe has a proven history of success in balancing company interests with long-term organizational vitality. Mr. Tarantino takes great pride in creating a cohesive company culture that encourages teamwork, rewards performance and motivates employees toward a common mission and cause of action. Joseph is also fluent in both Spanish and Italian.

Joe has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 33 years and lives outside the city of Atlanta. Joe and Wendy have 2 grown children.

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Kevin Booth


VP of Technical Services & Strategic Sourcing

Americo Manufacturing is proud to have Kevin Booth as our Vice President of Technical Services & Strategic Sourcing. His dedication to quality and deep understanding of our business make him a true asset to this company.

Kevin earned his Industrial Engineering degree from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University), graduating cum laude in December 2011. He joined Americo in February 2012 as an Industrial Engineer, a position where he excelled in both process improvement and project management. He identified various improvement opportunities in our conversion departments and oversaw several critical projects that reduced costs and streamlined our processes. Kevin’s most notable project from this period was helping to design and install a new conveyor and storage system. This system reduced the overall head count in the Nonwovens Conversions Department as well as increased its productivity by 15%. Kevin also supervised the Safety Department during this time and developed most of Americo’s current safety programs.

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In 2015, Kevin became Americo’s Manufacturing Manager, bringing his talent for continuous improvement to the daily operations of the Manufacturing Department. In short order, he reduced set-up/changeover times between production runs by 50%, increasing Production line efficiencies by an average of 14%. Scrap rates were also reduced significantly in his time in the department. As the Manufacturing Manager, Kevin also gained valuable knowledge of Americo’s manufacturing process capabilities and raw material components.

Kevin was promoted again in 2017, this time to the Technical Services Manager role. Here he assumed responsibility for product development, quality control, and supporting Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, and our OEM Sales Division. Kevin’s prior experience as Manufacturing Manager served him well in this role as he applied his extensive knowledge of Americo’s capabilities, products, and processes to a variety of breakthrough contributions. Kevin helped develop several notable products such as Americo’s TrapEze Disposable Dusting Sheets and our Maroon X, Titan, and SmartScrub™ floor pads. He collaborated with the Purchasing Department to qualify lower cost raw materials and negotiated pricing and payment terms with key vendors. He also led the charge in developing several high volume custom OEM products for strategic customers.

Thanks to Kevin’s accumulated experience and service, Americo promoted him to the position of VP of Technical Services & Strategic Sourcing in 2021. Kevin now manages the Sourcing, Research & Development, and Quality Control Departments. Given his impressive track record, we are certain that his commitment to excellence will continue to enhance Americo’s processes, efficiencies, and product lines.

Kevin has been a resident of the Atlanta area for well over 25 years and is married with two children, a daughter and a son. He is passionate about spending time with his family. Much of Kevin’s free time consists of going to tournaments for his children as they both play competitive travel softball and baseball.

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Rusty Heinsman


Vice President of Commercial Sales

Russell “Rusty” Heinsman is the Vice President of Commercial Sales at Americo Manufacturing Company. He joined the company in 2012 as the National Sales Manager and was promoted into his current role in January 2019. As a member of Americo’s Executive Management Team, he brings to the table extensive knowledge of the Jan/San industry as well as his valuable experience in account management, sales and new business development.

Heinsman earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing from the University of Mount Union. He launched his career with the straightforward goals to work hard, make a difference and do things the right way. Early in his sales career it was instilled in him that hard work, integrity and honesty were the keys to success.

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As the National Sales Manager at Americo, Mr. Heinsman led the company’s network of independent sales brokers and the Commercial Products Regional Sales Directors, and he proved instrumental in delivering on the company’s value proposition.

In his spare time, Rusty enjoys enjoys fishing, golfing and grilling. He has been married to his wife Amy for nearly 21 years. They have two children, Andrew and Meghan, and family time is always top priority, along with faith, friends and Ohio State football.

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Francesca Evans


Vice President of International Sales

Francesca A. Evans is the Vice President of International Sales at Americo Manufacturing Company. Hired into this role in November 2016 due to her 20 years of international sales and operations experience, she cultivates partnerships with customers around the world and pursues opportunities through new business development. She thrives on teamwork, process improvements and customer satisfaction.

Evans grew up bilingual and speaks English, Italian, French, Mandarin and Dutch fluently. She earned her B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia, with one year abroad studying Mandarin at National Taiwan Normal University. Later, she completed a graduate certificate program at Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing Center, one of only 30 US students selected for a year-long intensive study of China with courses taught in Mandarin by Chinese professors.

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Impressed with the energy and opportunities in Taiwan, Evans returned to Taipei after graduating from college to launch her career in international business. She learned trading basics in an import-export company and then accepted the role of Export Manager with a Taiwanese label manufacturer, representing the company at shows around the world and developing new export markets.

For more than 15 years, Evans continued to broaden her talents in the label and packaging industry, working with companies in Asia, Europe and the United States. She was recruited to found Signatiss S.A., the Dah Mei Group’s first factory in Europe and was instrumental in the setup of the facility. She then continued as the European Marketing and Sales Manager for about five years where she established accounts and grew sales throughout France, Germany and the Benelux.

In a similar role for the SML Group, Evans remained in Europe for another five years, targeting clients with global production sites for maximum benefit to the Group’s 21 production facilities. After six years in Asia and ten in Europe, Evans moved back to the USA and continued to work for SML. There she fostered relationships with major brands including Walmart and Under Armour, handling product development and global account management for labels and packaging, which were beginning to incorporate RFID inlays for inventory management.

Francesca enjoys hiking, horseback riding, travel, reading and learning about different cultures and cuisines. She has two daughters, one pursuing her degree at the University of Georgia, and one in high school navigating college applications.

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Mike Hintz


Purchasing Manager

Mike Hintz is the Purchasing Manager at Americo Manufacturing Company. He joined the Company in July 2021, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in the distribution, wholesale, and retail industries. Drawing on his expertise in strategic sourcing, vendor negotiations, pricing analytics, and national sales, Hintz creates value for internal and external stakeholders through controlling costs as well as maximizing efficiencies.

Mr. Hintz earned his Bachelor of Science from Kennesaw State University and, as a continuous learner, went on to complete his MBA at Concordia University Chicago. After starting his career in customer service, Hintz took a role in marketing and communications. This afforded him the opportunity to serve as the project leader implementing a national printing company’s original ecommerce platform, which is still in existence today.

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At billion-dollar wholesaler S. P. Richards Company, Hintz managed general line catalog projects, specialty flyer creations, and e-content initiatives. He was promoted into Category & Vendor Management where he negotiated vendor programs, managed category growth through market analytics, and assisted big box retailers in product selection and promotion. This breadth of experience equipped him for further advancement into National Account Sales, managing a national retail account and, as a government business expert, expanding revenues through the GSA, AbilityOne, and military channels.

Moving to the Industries for the Blind, Hintz led the charge in rejuvenating the Vendor Management, Merchandising, and Pricing departments. Through renegotiating both vendor and government contracts, Hintz successfully cut the organization’s costs while maximizing revenues and margins.

At Americo, Mr. Hintz has been tasked with leading the Purchasing team in cost containment, leveraging vendor partnerships to optimize purchasing power, and improving the procurement process. Applying his varied background to a complete procurement review, he will streamline and optimize the Company’s internal systems and purchasing practices from the ground up, enabling Americo to continue to grow and invest in its future.

Mike and his wife both grew up in the Atlanta area and enjoy time with family, the outdoors, and cheering on their favorite sports teams.

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David Sprayberry


Director of Information Services

David Sprayberry is the Director of Information Services for Americo Manufacturing Company, Inc. He joined Americo in August of 1998 as the Network Administrator and was quickly promoted to Director of Information Services. As the Director of IT, Sprayberry is responsible for leveraging information security, applications, operations, risk management and technology to accelerate business growth and provide a competitive edge to the company.

David is directly responsible for all technology platforms within the organization. He leads a team of Information Technology specialists and administrators of IT services at all corporate locations. David oversees the inventory and mapping of all technology assets at multiple locations. His team staffs a company help desk, sets standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies for staff, and oversees the security of the enterprise.

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With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, David has served in many facets of Information Technology and Systems Development. Positions include Senior Quality Control Code Technician, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, and Security Advisor. Mr. Sprayberry holds specialty certifications including: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Checkpoint Certified Systems Engineer (CCSE) and Checkpoint Certified Systems Administrator (CCSA).
David has a diverse IT background with extensive experience in Network Design, Implementation, and IT Administration.

He oversees telecommunication solutions, security assessment, and disaster recovery solutions across multiple platforms. David’s team has implemented multiple systems and streamlined current processes for Americo, both increasing productivity and reducing costs. Just a few of Sprayberry’s departmental accomplishments include: successfully established the company’s Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN), launched a mobile application, implemented and continues to maintain an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, installed a customer relationship management (CRM) program, and supported call centers and multi-tiered wide area networks (WAN) across the company.

Sprayberry has also overseen the implementation of a new bar code scanning system to help manage inventory and streamline the production process, customized a universal shipping solution embraced across multiple divisions handling which handle all the rules of mulitiple, complex businesses, installed and managed a heavly customized material requirements planning (MRP) system and developed customized reporting tools for internal and external customers.

Outside the company, Mr. Sprayberry has served as an advisor to Microsoft for four years and has consulted for other organizations in a variety of industries. David frequently volunteers with Technology for Seniors, Toys 4 Tots, fundraisers for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and American Cancer Society. David is a native to Rome, GA, where he still resides with his wife, Tania and their two children, Tristen and Tinley.

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Carol Taylor


Customer Service Manager – Non-Wovens Divisions

Carol Taylor is the Customer Service Manager for the Non-Wovens divisions at Americo Manufacturing Company’s Acworth, Georgia facility. She joined the company in August 2021, bringing with her a wealth of experience in management, customer service and manufacturing. Her focus at Americo will be maximizing team performance and customer satisfaction through training, mentoring and enhancing the culture of collaboration and continuous improvement.

Taylor spent two semesters at the University of Georgia before serving four years in the United States Air Force. From there, she took advantage of the GI Bill to complete her education at Kennesaw State University, earning her BA in Business.

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At National Envelope, Taylor worked in Customer Service and Sales Support and became the Scheduler for the die cut machines in the plant. She credits the Operation Manager there with a pivotal lesson. When she sought advice on a “problem,” he reframed it as an opportunity to learn, make corrections and delight the customer. This insight has continued to serve Taylor in focusing on solutions throughout her career.

She later joined Packard Inc. in Kennesaw as the OEM Administrator. She was then promoted to the position of Customer Service Manager, a role which allowed her to demonstrate her dedication and resourcefulness over the past eight years.

Ms. Taylor comes aboard at Americo at a time when the client-facing teams are under enormous
pressure to keep customers apprised of the difficult market conditions the pandemic has imposed. As a
proven leader with over 15 years of management experience, she looks forward to mentoring the
customer service teams in order to better serve internal and external customers to support the
continued success and growth of Americo.

Carol’s variety of interests include deer hunting, cooking, and trying new things, such as axe throwing.
She has been married for 26 years and has two adult children, a dog named Gypsy and a wonderful 2-
1/2 year old grandson.

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