Chief Executive Officer
Before coming to Basanite, Krolewski served as the Director of Certification and Regulatory Services for the NPCA (National Precast Concrete Association), where he developed 20+ Years of industry experience spanning from the State DOT level to the US Government. Rich also serves as a Registered Federal Lobbyist interacting & building relationships with 100’s of specifying agencies, AASHTO, FAA, OSHA, Building & Construction, and US Federal Highway Officials – in an effort to help drive quality specifications for our nation’s infrastructure.
Krolewski is the precast concrete industry’s Federal Lobbyist, he has represented the industry for over 17 years. He currently works with hundreds of specifying agencies and precast companies to develop and maintain strong and consistent quality assurance specifications that mandate (NPCA) National Precast Concrete Association certification and is responsible for the mandating of this program in 43 of the 50 state Dot offices. His direct influence with key agencies continues with but is not limited to, All 50 state DOT offices, Army Corps of engineers, The Federal Highway Administration, FAA and countless other cities municipalities, port authorities and countless other engineering firms.
Krolewski explains his vision for Basanite, "One thing that is of significant importance, is building a leadership team that will be able to effectively assist me in promoting BFRP and creating the awareness for the use of alternative methods of primary reinforcement. We want to be the company that paves the way for the ultimate use and acceptance of BFRP material."
Executive VP & Chief Operations Officer
Prior to coming to Basanite in 2018, Anderson established more than 27 years of specific industry experience as a business / market leader, distributor and manufacturer of plastic and composite materials; serving in several positions related to all aspects of corporate and product development, sales, management and marketing. Prior to this, Anderson was the National Sales Manager for ESI, a bulk and liquid level instrumentation company, where he built and trained sales and distribution networks serving the industry.
More recently; as the VP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Anderson served Fabpro Oriented Polymers, a division of Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) for 16 years; where he led the growth of the company to $73 million in Sales, through sustainable year over year growth, and guided it to become the largest producer of synthetic fibers for reinforcement in North America. Anderson was instrumental in helping PGI sell the Fabpro Division on its own merit and to streamline the parent company, so it could begin an IPO process.
As a consultant since, Anderson has utilized his education, back-ground and business experience to provide professional leadership, training and targeted growth programs to manufacturers serving the construction industry.
Chief Financial Officer
With almost two decades of experience in the industry, Isabella Barbera joins Basanite as its new “in-house” CFO. Ms. Barbera has served as an advisor, consultant and leader in public accounting firms, including Templeton & Company, LLP from 2006 to 2013 and, until recently, as the principal of her private public accounting practice. Her experience ranges from nonprofit to profit, and individuals to corporations with regard to tax, reporting and consulting. She has held an executive leadership role in private organizations as partner during her time at Templeton & Company, LLC and as a contractor for Harmsco, Inc. from 2017 to 2019, and Bidon Companies from 2015 to 2019; as well as in her own successful businesses. She has served as a mentor to her employees and as an educator to the nonprofit industry.
Barbera shared, "It's exciting to be part of this dynamic team and company. There are many facets of this job that are either lost, or aren’t very effective when the position is outsourced, like before. I feel that running my own accounting firm for the last 7 years, coupled with my extensive tax background make me an excellent fit for a fast-moving Basanite, and I’m looking forward to being part of this company’s success!"
Ms. Barbera holds both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University. She has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2003.
Plant Engineering Manager
John Rivera comes to Basanite with more than 30 years of experience in planning and directing manufacturing activities, while leading high-volume; complex manufacturing organizations. From 1987 through 2019, Rivera has held the positions of Vice President of Operations, Production Manager / Safety Coordinator, and now Plant Engineering Manager, where he oversees every aspect of Engineering, Quality and Production.
As a firm believer in a "hands-on" approach to drive efficiency, productivity, quality, and ensure overall safety and wellbeing, John has been extremely successful in leading highly effective production teams.
Rivera has studied Martial Arts for 45 years - using the foundations of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Koryu Gojukai Karate do and Muay Thai to guide his professional ethics of honesty, respect and loyalty.
Quality Control Manager
Whitney Townsend, Basanite Industries’ new Quality Control Manager, comes to us with over 10 years of experience in the Chemical industry.a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering, Whitney found her love for chemistry while working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and University of Cincinnati during a summer engineering program in 2003. From 2004 – 2010, Townsend was able to co-op with companies such as Procter and Gamble and AK Steel.
Whitney’s experience crosses over from composites to automotive, industrial, adhesives, as well as pharmaceutical industries, where she has endeavored to find new and innovative ways to improve her company’s products through regulating and improving standards and quality. During her tenure, Townsend has held the positions of Analytical Chemist, Senior Development Chemist, Quality Control Chemist and now Quality Control Manager.
Director of Product Development and Regulatory Services
As a Director for Basanite Industries, James Yakimoff is responsible for not only driving global sales and market strategy, with a focus on growing the company's specifier, manufacturer and distribution client bases, but also for the promotion of BFRP in the market as a true alternative for traditional steel reinforcement. Yakimoff brings to the position a successful track record of more than 30 years, where he covered most every facet of the construction industry; to include working for global and national companies like Sika Corporation and United Rentals respectively, and doing so from high-profile leadership positions where Yakimoff was recognized for sales achievements in the construction and manufacturing industries. Active in several industry associations, Yakimoff specializes in forming strategic alliances and implementing programs that enhance long term value to the customer relationship. Jim is currently a member of several industry associations and an active volunteer in his local community.
Yakimoff stated, "Our mission at Basanite Industries is simple: To offer industry expertise and technical resources; combined with the highest quality product and performance. We engage our resources early, to assist from conception to completion for projects of all sizes and types. This enables us to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations every time – as well as maintain our leadership in the composite reinforcing market!”"