John W. Funk President John Funk joined the company from The GSI Group, Inc., a manufacturer of agricultural equipment, where he served as General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer, and board member. Prior to joining GSI, he worked for Behnke Insurance Company and A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company, both based in Decatur, Illinois, and worked for three years in New York City as an attorney at the law firm of Brown & Wood. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, a law degree from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
Randy J. Spitz Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Randy Spitz, a CPA, has been Chief Financial Officer since 1999. Previously, he was the chief financial officer for Hicks Oil and Hicks Gas, Inc. for more than 12 years and spent five years with Kesler & Co., Ltd., a regional CPA firm. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Mark D. Hatton Vice President, Manufacturing & Distribution Mark Hatton has been responsible for manufacturing since joining the company in 1993. Prior to joining the company, he spent nine years with Weyerhaeuser Paper Company in production management positions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Washington University.
David Butts Vice President, Business Development David Butts served on the Continental Carbonic Advisory Board and assisted with acquisitions and strategy prior to joining the company full-time in 2004. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with Illinois Power, where he was responsible for market development, operations, engineering, and information technology. He was also president of their unregulated energy business. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Kettering Institute and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
Jason Taulbee Vice President, Distribution Jason Taulbee has extensive experience in distribution and transportation leadership, previously holding positions at Schneider National, US Xpress, Dollar Tree Stores, and Wegmans Food Markets. Jason's chief responsibility as the transportation leader at Continental Carbonic is to achieve industry leading results in safety, quality, and efficiency. Jason holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Union College in Kentucky.