RBP Discusses New Management and Plans for the Future

Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007 | 11-23-2021

Ernie Litynski, president of RBP Chemical Technology and Dan Carey, incoming executive vice president, brief Nolan Johnson on the recent organizational changes that brought Carey on board. Both Litynski and Carey outline how they see these changes benefitting their customers and partners, including in the defense and aerospace sectors.

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Audio Transcript

Nolan Johnson: Hi, Nolan Johnson here for RealTime with… I-Connect007. I am speaking with Ernie Litynski, the president, and Dan Carey, the executive vice president, at RBP Chemical. Welcome. What I understand from looking at a recent press release is there have some been some organizational changes for you. 

Ernie Litynski: Hey, Nolan. I appreciate your time here today. Yes, we’re proud and excited to bring Dan Carey on the team here. Dan came on here as executive vice president with a pedigree that is pretty dang good with some of his experiences, both in the military and then in the private sector, both small companies and large companies and growth. But at the end of the day, we’re excited to bring him on as a partner with myself. Mark Kannenberg has moved on as president. He’s our CEO now, providing strategic direction and oversight for the organization. Dan and I are really excited to run day-to-day operations and look at the future vision for the organization. 

The big thing that we’re excited about, and Dan, maybe you could talk about this a little more, is what we do for the customer. Dan and I have a lot of experience with the voice of the customer. We’re trying to drive that culture, both at RBP and then spreading the wisdom and the goodness both upstream and downstream in the supply chain to support our printed circuit board manufacturers as they go under endeavors, I should say, and make more money and have a safer product with better quality and delivery, as well. That’s our goal for Dan and myself, with bringing Dan on the team here. 

Johnson: Dan, what are your first impressions of being at RBP? 

Dan Carey: Nolan, thanks for having us. We really appreciate your time here. First off, RBP’s been around for a long, long time and has a long tradition in supplying surface chemistry to the circuit board industry, and so, I’m excited to be a part of it. As Ernie mentioned before, I have a long history in business in both large and small companies. To me, this is really an exciting time for us to help drive, not only internally a cultural change within our organization, but also as Ernie mentioned, better value-added for the customer. That’s where Ernie and I, through our experiences, we feel like we have a really strong voice of the customer, and there’s a lot of really strong people here that are focused on giving the customer an even better quality experience. We focus on safety and quality and making sure that those are our areas where we hit first. 

Johnson: A change in management at that level can often have an impact on where the strategic planning or the approach goes for a company, not just in culture, but in what you’re providing in products or how you’re interacting with market needs. Can we talk about what you anticipate there? What do you see in the next year or so as far as changes to your engagement with your customer? 

Litynski: Nolan, that’s a great question. Again, this is one of the reasons we brought Dan on. Our goal is, within the next three to five years, to continue to go up the technology curve. Everything needs to be quicker, faster, with less signal loss, both in the Internet of Things and in everything mil/aerospace, as well. Having a little experience from the military side, being in the Army Reserves and using this equipment, it hits home for me in what we need to do. Everything we need to do to that board, both preparation to the finish board, that’s what Dan’s bringing to this team with our product development on what we want to do to move up that technology curve. 

When we talk about customers, it’s not really customers, Nolan. It’s more than partnership. At RBP, our goal is to be transparent as we go up that technology curve. Really, we want to do that with partners. Between Dan and myself internally here, and then our distributor with IEC, with Shawn Stone and Chuck Williams, we got to get that voice of the customer and meet those requirements, as Dan said. There’ll be a lot of good things coming here when you start talking on the board chemistries and solutions, as we proceed forth here with Dan coming on board. 

Carey: Nolan, if I could just add to that, I would just say, our knowledge and our expertise are what we really value and what we drive with the customer and our ability to help them solve problem points or pain points. Then the chemicals are often the part that helps solve it, but it’s really getting in with a customer, understanding what their issues are and coming up with a solution for the customer that we feel like differentiates RBP.

Johnson: Great. Well, thanks for taking the time to talk with us about this. I think that’s some very exciting news for RBP.

Litynski: Nolan, we appreciate your time. Thank you and best wishes to your organization, as well. We love you.

Johnson: Thanks so much. That means the world to us. Here at I-Connect007, I’m Nolan Johnson. I’ve been speaking with Dan Carey, the new executive vice president at RBP Chemicals and Ernie Litynski, the president. Thanks for listening.