It was during his college years that Don got his first experience in manufacturing. Working with a basic chemical and food ingredient company, he started in inside sales. His main driving force was getting to an outside sales position. Along the way, he paid his dues in inventory management, export sales, and accounts payable. Don worked in facilities that manufactured adhesives, coatings, propylene’s, ethylene’s and PVC. When he got to an outside sales position in PVC, he was well groomed in the manufacturing process. What Don needed to learn was more in the way of research and development. Working closely with a chemical engineer, they began to penetrate markets beyond “bottle compounds.” As the company grew, it ultimately ended up being sold to a larger manufacturer. Don was able to take his acquired knowledge, and limited technical experience to a PVC extrusion compound producer. They began to produce PVC injection molding compounds, selling them to a wide variety of markets. Don maintained a relationship with C&S Plastics as a supplier, and with Chris Cooper in ownership. With Chris’s purchase of C&S Plastics in 2005, his driving force was expansion and Don’s was to sell more compounds. As the communications became more frequent, both Chris and Don came to the realization that if they combined forces; they could really make an impact. From there, it was a matter of packing up the family and moving from New Jersey to Florida. With all kinds of challenges from relocation to the pressures of bringing a small company to the next level, Chris and Don went about creating a strong foundation for their growth. They have continued to build on this ever since.
Don holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Montclair State University.