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.
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.
Richard Rones is the President of Americo and shares jointly with Lenard 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.
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.
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.
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.
Joel Gallimore is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Americo Manufacturing, which includes both the matting division, PromoMatting, and the nonwovens division. Joel joined Americo in July, 2014 as the General Manager for the PromoMatting division of Americo and spent eight months in that position.
Joel was later appointed to the position of Executive Vice President of Operations in January of 2016. He brings more than 10 years in continuous process improvement and operational excellence, while also having more than six years of experience managing and operating businesses in multiple industries.
Joel received is Bachelors of Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 majoring in Environmental Science. Mr. Gallimore started his career with a small air filter manufacturing company in Gadsden, AL. During his four year tenure he served as the General Manager. He later took up a career in management consulting.
Joel spent over 10 years in the Management Consulting industry as a Senior Management Consultant and as a Project Manager responsible for multi-million dollar projects. These projects provided sustainable, continuous process improvement methodologies and management systems to a multitude of companies and corporations. Some of those companies include: Boeing, Brach’s Candy, Federal Cartridge, Alliant Techsystems, Akzo Nobel, Bosch, and Georgia Pacific among others.
Joel later went to work for Georgia Pacific, a Koch Industries company, as an Operations Excellence Specialist. During his tenure there he was responsible for process improvement and management system development for over twelve facilities. He also specialized in capital development and execution of CapEx. He later became the Plant Manager for a building products facility in Georgia.
While originally growing up in the Cincinnati area, Joel has been a resident of the Atlanta area for over 18 years.
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.
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.
Throughout his 30+ year career, John has specialized in manufacturing accounting. Currently, he holds the position of Financial Controller for Americo Manufacturing, Inc. Mr. Parr’s core competencies include financial modeling, management reporting, budgeting, forecasting, internal controls, procedures documentation, revenue recognition, variance analysis, Treasury management and corporate consolidations. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from State University College at Geneseo in New York and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Niagara University.
Prior to his work at Americo, Parr served as Controller for SKW Chemicals Inc., based in Marietta, GA. For the same multi-national company, John was also the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager of ESM, ESM Metallurgical, and Affival. Previously, Mr. Parr was the Accounting Manager and Cost Accountant for a paper manufacturer, Domtar-Upson Industries.
Since 2006, Mr. Parr has strived to service the internal needs of his fellow employees and management team and has become an integral part of Americo’s Management Team. A seasoned professional, John leads by example and is credited with establishing internal controls, sound financial models, valuations and efficiencies throughout the organization. Mr. Parr is an avid baseball fan and enjoys “managing” the game while watching, especially with his youngest son.
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.
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.