Mark Pihl has extensive experience in executive and operations leadership roles, and his 25+ year career with Web Industries is highlighted by his proven ability to apply world-class standards for technology, systems, quality, and service to build organizations focused on scalable growth, financial health, and delivering industry-leading solutions for customers. Named Web Industries COO in 2010, a member of the Board of Directors in 2012, and President in 2015, Mr. Pihl has been instrumental in realigning company assets and resources to better meet customer and market needs, supporting client-driven international expansion, and positioning all aspects of the company for significant future growth. Mark studied business at Nichols College in Massachusetts, and has held various executive and operations roles for Sony Chemical, USA and FLEXcon, Inc. Mark is a trusted leader who is committed to developing the talent of Web’s employee-owners and establishing a legacy of delivering outstanding solutions for Web’s partners.
Kevin Young brings over 30 years of international business experience in the materials, specialty chemicals, medical products, and consumer packaging industries to Web Industries. As Vice President of Corporate Development, Mr. Young will leverage his Fortune 500 business experience at companies such as Mondi North America, Avery Dennison, Sony, and Gillette to identify and implement business and operational changes that will improve Web’s competitiveness and expand the company’s reach across our markets. Mr. Young holds an MBA from Babson College and has a BA in Economics from Boston College. He is also a certified Green Belt in Design for Six Sigma. A member of Web’s Board of Directors since 2014.
John was hired as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 2017 and brings over 30 years of financial expertise to Web Industries. John has been a leader of the financial function for several companies, including 10 years as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Nypro Inc. His background in international finance and capital structures will enable Web to continue its growth both domestically and internationally. John has over 10 years of experience in other ESOP companies and strongly believes in the culture of employee-ownership which can transfer potential to reality. He is focused on developing the financial team into true business partners and translating data into information. John has an MBA from Boston University, a BA in Economics from the University of Maine, and spent his junior year as an exchange student at McGill University where he developed his enthusiasm for the complexity of international business.
Jason Surman brings nearly 25 years of experience in sales, operations and business development to Web Industries. As Vice President of Sales, Mr. Surman will focus on new business opportunities as well as providing guidance to Web’s market teams to ensure that our value proposition continues to meet customer expectations. Joining Web in 2012, he is passionate about developing and implementing transformative business practices that leverage existing organizational strengths to achieve success. Previously, he has held sales and business development positions at Kraton Polymers and filled a wide range of sales and operations roles at National Starch & Chemical Company. Mr. Surman earned his MBA from Georgia State University and his BS in Chemical Engineering from Penn State.
Board of Directors
An independent management consultant focusing on strategic planning, leadership coaching, and profitable growth strategies, Ted Lind has helped guide Web Industries through three consecutive Strategic Planning cycles which have seen the company’s sales and profitability accelerate dramatically. Prior to launching his consulting business, Mr. Lind spent over 30 years in various manufacturing management and executive positions for Neslab Instruments, The Foxboro Company, Analog Devices, and Texas Instruments. As a consultant, he has worked with Ingersoll Rand, Tyco, and The New England Suppliers Institute. Mr. Lind earned an MBA from Harvard and a BA in Engineering Science from Dartmouth. While at Harvard he coauthored the book A New Approach to Physical Distribution. He served in the US Army and spent two years in Germany as an ordinance officer. Currently, Carl “Ted” Lind is active within his church and serves/has served on the boards of several local charities and hospitals.
A visionary leader with extensive expertise in marketing, business development, program management, strategic customer sales, and complex strategy development in large multi-national corporations, Mrs. Towne has an outstanding record of orchestrating complex programs to effect positive change. Currently, Brenda holds the position of Customer Director for Industrial and Commercial markets for Plexus Corporation. Prior to joining Plexus, she held various senior Sales and Marketing positions in companies such as Celestica, Hewlett Packard, and General Electric. Mrs. Towne is an accomplished entrepreneur and business owner of an organization known as Thrive for Women, which focuses on health and wellness for women, all the while raising awareness for orphanages in third world countries. Brenda earned her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. Brenda joined the Web Industries Board of Directors in 2015.
A senior financial executive with extensive CFO experience, Tom has over forty years of diverse business experience in accounting and finance within retail, e-commerce, contract-manufacturing and direct-marketing companies. In 2015, Tom retired as EVP & CFO of SmartPak Equine, where as a key member of senior management, he built and led the HR, IT, and customer service teams along with the accounting and financial functions. Tom is currently on the accounting faculty of the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St Louis and is engaged on a consulting basis as CFO of Boyce Technologies in New York City (#166 on the 2015 Inc. 500 list). Tom serves on the Board of Regents of Concordia University Chicago, chairing their audit and finance committee and as member of the Board of Trustees of Concordia Plan Services, the employee benefit and pension provider of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, serving as chair of their Strategy Committee. A member of Web’s Board of Directors since 2015, Tom is a CPA and holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St Louis and a BS in Accounting from Southeast Missouri State University.
An independent investor and venture capitalist for over three decades, Stephen Ringlee has been on the Web Industries Board of Directors for over twenty years, during which he has been a strong advocate for Web’s employee-owned culture and focus on great customer relationships. Outside of Web, Mr. Ringlee is the Managing Director of Centesimus Capital and has helped build several IT, life sciences, web commerce, financial and health services and manufacturing companies as well as develop innovative venture capital finance programs for several US states. He is an active board member of several non-profit business and community development groups. Stephen is a CPA, holds a BS in Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Dartmouth, and a MS in Tax from Bentley University.
Mr. Bastardi has held senior level positions within public, multi-national, as well as, private, emerging growth medical device & diagnostics companies. His experience spans corporate development, strategic planning, marketing, finance, and general management leadership roles for branded products and contract manufacturing businesses. Currently, he is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy for Surgical Specialties Corporation. Previously, Mr. Bastardi held various positions with Accriva Diagnostics, Covidien, Flex, and Accellent. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Georgetown University. Mr. Bastardi joined the Web Industries Board of Directors in 2018.
Mark Pihl has extensive experience in executive and operations leadership roles, and his 25+ year career with Web Industries is highlighted by his proven ability to apply world-class standards for technology, systems, quality, and service to build organizations focused on scalable growth, financial health, and delivering industry-leading solutions for customers. Named Web Industries’ CEO in 2019, President in 2015, a member of the Board of Directors in 2012, and COO in 2010, Mr. Pihl has been instrumental in realigning company assets and resources to better meet customer and market needs, supporting client-driven international expansion, and positioning all aspects of the company for significant future growth. Mark studied business at Nichols College in Massachusetts and has held various executive and operations roles for Sony Chemical, USA and FLEXcon, Inc. Mark is a trusted leader who is committed to developing the talent of Web’s employee-owners and establishing a legacy of delivering outstanding solutions for Web’s partners.
Mr. Young is a senior executive and general manager with over 30 years of international business experience in the materials, specialty chemicals, medical products, and consumer packaging industries. Over his career, Mr. Young has held various C-level positions for global Fortune 500 companies such as Mondi, Avery Dennison, Sony, and Gillette. Most recently, Kevin was President of Mondi Group, Americas, responsible for four business units in North America and responsible for Mondi’s growth initiatives in South America. Prior to that Kevin was VP/GM of Avery Dennison’s Global Performance Tape Division. Kevin has a passion for nurturing people, building cross-functional teams, and guiding strategic thinking to develop break-through strategies that deliver top line sales and bottom line earnings. A member of Web Industries’ Board of Directors since 2014, he holds an MBA from Babson College and a BA in Economics from Boston College. He is a certified Green Belt in Design for Six Sigma and skilled in applying Enterprise Lean Sigma principles to effect positive change within companies.
Originally hired as Corporate Controller in 1998, Jon brought over 22 years prior CPA and corporate finance experience to Web. In his first years with the company, Mr. Nuñez oversaw the development and implementation of new accounting and corporate operating systems that increased transactional efficiencies. Jon was also a key member of the corporate team that managed Web’s transition into an employee-owned company. As Vice President of Finance and CFO, Jon is building a deep accounting talent pool to prepare for Web’s future growth. A graduate of Bentley College, where he earned his BS in Accounting, Jon credits much of his success to his ability to understand the complexity of how things work, believing that “if you don’t understand what you are working on, then you don’t have the knowledge to fix what’s wrong.”