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.
Simon R. Kay
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kay is a 35-year veteran of the business and commercial aviation industries, and has an extensive record of achievement directing business, sales, new product development, and operations management within the aerospace sector. His previous experience includes roles as CEO and COO of two startup companies; he has worked for divisions of Fortune 500 companies in both Operations Management and Sales and Marketing roles; he was chief pilot of a business aircraft operations company, representing multiple aircraft owners; and he was a professional pilot, where he gained over 7,000 flight hours and multiple aircraft and helicopter type ratings.
Mr. Kay has demonstrated a proven ability to deliver millions of dollars in revenue growth while improving operational performance, market penetration, customer acquisition and retention, and profitability. He has developed special expertise in the areas of aircraft interior component design, manufacture and certification, aircraft operations, sales, and aircraft outfitting & refurbishment. He previously grew a company from initial startup to approaching $40M in annual revenue within 10 years. Under his leadership, that organization grew to become the world leader in its market segment and developed multiple advanced aircraft interior products. He excels at building and leading top-performing teams, establishing relationships with top-tier accounts and Fortune 500 companies, and resolving complex issues.
Mr. Kay’s visionary leadership resulted in his organization receiving multiple recognitions and awards, including: Grow Florida’s Florida Companies to Watch Award (2016); the South Florida Manufacturer’s Association Manufacturer of the Year Award (2017); and the Florida Sterling Council’s Manufacturing Business Excellence Award (2017). Mr. Kay was awarded the Florida Governor’s Business Ambassador Award by Governor Rick Scott (2016); and was nominated as CEO of the Month by Wealth and Finance magazine (October 2015).
Mr. Kay graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Business Administration, and from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics (focus on Aviation Business Administration), Magna Cum Laude. His professional memberships have included the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the National Space Society and the National Business Aircraft Association.
He resides in Parkland, Florida, is married and has four children.