American Fiber Services
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The Team

Meet the Team

History

After doing business together for years, Mark Zachocki and Jack Lupas shared and appreciated each other’s professionalism and integrity. Jack was building and running recycling plants throughout the Southeast, and Mark was leading the fiber procurement team at a venerable paper and consumer products manufacturing company. Their business relationship was built on a shared belief in a quality, mutually beneficial supply-chain approach to business. It was based on the idea that for business relationships to be healthy and sustainable, they must be win-win relationships. Together, they founded American Fiber Services (AFS) in January 2001, and they pledged that their company would be unique in the brokerage and trading industry. It would not only be all about win-win and sustainable business relationships, but it would also be characterized by their shared intrinsic brand of quality, professionalism, and integrity. Today, AFS is a best-in-class marketing and purchasing service provider for the paper, pulp, and plastics industries. AFS buys recyclables throughout the US and Canada and sells to mill clients in North America, Latin America, and Asia. AFS also services material recovery facilities and other industries that generate non-paper recyclable materials. AFS operates sales offices in Appleton, WI; Atlanta, GA; Bristol, RI; Candler, NC; Iowa City, IA; Knoxville, TN.

 
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Leadership

 
 
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founder/president

Mark Zachocki

Mark is a founding member of American Fiber Services. A graduate of Purdue University, Mark worked for 14 years in the pulp and paper industry. During his early career, Mark managed North American recovered paper procurement for a major tissue manufacturer, managed pulp sales and distribution from two nonintegrated virgin pulp mills, developed and implemented a virgin and recovered fiber sourcing strategy in addition to a multitude of mill fiber procurement duties. Among his many strengths, Mark excels in contract negotiation and developing longstanding supply relationships based on the needs of both the generator and consumer of fiber. Mark, his wife Kimberly, and their extended family of four children, a daughter and son in-law, and six grandchildren, all live in the greater Atlanta area.

 
 
 

 
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Founder/board member

Jack Lupas

Jack Lupas is a 35 year veteran of the recycling industry and one of the founders of American Fiber Services. In addition to his experience in recovered materials brokerage and trading, Jack has expertise in plant operations, equipment installation and supply chain management. During his 35 year career in the industry, Jack has built and operated 13 recycling plants in several Southeast cities. Jack lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Jan. They have three daughters.

 
 
 

 
 
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Cindy Lowe

Cindy Lowe has been with AFS since 2008 as the Controller and Human Resources Manager, in the spring of 2018 she accepted the position of CFO.  She is a certified public accountant with a background in financial audits and banking.  Cindy resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with her husband, two children and their miniature schnauzer.

 
 

Sales

Austin Brislain
Atlanta, GA

  Austin Brislain  move to Atlanta in March of 2015 to join the AFS team. Graduating with his AAS in Business Administration from Ivy Tech, Austin has used his degree to assist him in his logistic and account management roles. Austin has a working background in sales and management which helps him develop strong client relationships. Outside of the office, Austin enjoys traveling and looking for the best slice of pizza he can find.

Austin Brislain move to Atlanta in March of 2015 to join the AFS team. Graduating with his AAS in Business Administration from Ivy Tech, Austin has used his degree to assist him in his logistic and account management roles. Austin has a working background in sales and management which helps him develop strong client relationships. Outside of the office, Austin enjoys traveling and looking for the best slice of pizza he can find.

Andy Grasty
Atlanta, GA

  Andy Grasty  joined American Fiber Services after serving in the pulp and paper industry for over 30 years. Most recently, Andy was North American Sales Manager for the Alabama River mills of Parsons & Whittemore Corp. Prior to P&W, he worked 17 years with Georgia-Pacific in pulp sales where he served as Director of Domestic and Export Sales for paper and fluff pulp and 5 years with Hercules Inc. as a Buyer for wood pulp and specialty cellulose. Andy brings to AFS vast knowledge and experience in sales and marketing throughout the paper industry and is recognized for his innovation in identifying customer needs and presenting solutions. He has a BA from the University of Delaware and resides in Marietta, GA with his wife Jackie and their two daughters.

Andy Grasty joined American Fiber Services after serving in the pulp and paper industry for over 30 years. Most recently, Andy was North American Sales Manager for the Alabama River mills of Parsons & Whittemore Corp. Prior to P&W, he worked 17 years with Georgia-Pacific in pulp sales where he served as Director of Domestic and Export Sales for paper and fluff pulp and 5 years with Hercules Inc. as a Buyer for wood pulp and specialty cellulose. Andy brings to AFS vast knowledge and experience in sales and marketing throughout the paper industry and is recognized for his innovation in identifying customer needs and presenting solutions. He has a BA from the University of Delaware and resides in Marietta, GA with his wife Jackie and their two daughters.

Joe Hummel
Iowa City, IA

  Joe Hummel  is an Iowa native who started in the recycling industry in 2005 with City Carton Recycling. During his tenure at City Carton Recycling, Joe handled material marketing and brokerage sales and held several positions including Non-Fiber Marketing Specialist, Regional Sales Manager, and Recovered Material Sales Manager. Joe also spent time as a buyer for a plastics recycling facility prior to joining AFS. Joe has a BA in History from the University of Northern Iowa. Joe and his wife Emilia reside in Iowa City, IA.

Joe Hummel is an Iowa native who started in the recycling industry in 2005 with City Carton Recycling. During his tenure at City Carton Recycling, Joe handled material marketing and brokerage sales and held several positions including Non-Fiber Marketing Specialist, Regional Sales Manager, and Recovered Material Sales Manager. Joe also spent time as a buyer for a plastics recycling facility prior to joining AFS. Joe has a BA in History from the University of Northern Iowa. Joe and his wife Emilia reside in Iowa City, IA.

 

Jim Jenkin
Appleton, WI

  Jim Jenkin  earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Northern Michigan University where he has also served as President of the Alumni Board of Directors and continues to work with the College of Business. In addition to his University credentials, Jim is also a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM). Jim has over 20 years of experience at both the corporate and mill level in Recovered Fiber Procurement, Pulp Procurement, Pulp Sales, Pulp and Tissue Manufacturing Chemistry and Major Equipment Procurement. During his career he has lead Supply-Chain Optimization teams and coordinated global procurement efforts. He possesses extensive experience in both virgin and recovered fiber properties and in optimizing Recovered Fiber Operations at the mill level. Other outside interests have included serving as President and board member of Fox Valley Trout Unlimited and coaching youth hockey. Jim and his wife, Debbie, have two children and live in Appleton Wisconsin.

Jim Jenkin earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Northern Michigan University where he has also served as President of the Alumni Board of Directors and continues to work with the College of Business. In addition to his University credentials, Jim is also a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM). Jim has over 20 years of experience at both the corporate and mill level in Recovered Fiber Procurement, Pulp Procurement, Pulp Sales, Pulp and Tissue Manufacturing Chemistry and Major Equipment Procurement. During his career he has lead Supply-Chain Optimization teams and coordinated global procurement efforts. He possesses extensive experience in both virgin and recovered fiber properties and in optimizing Recovered Fiber Operations at the mill level. Other outside interests have included serving as President and board member of Fox Valley Trout Unlimited and coaching youth hockey. Jim and his wife, Debbie, have two children and live in Appleton Wisconsin.

Jason Lavelle
Bristol, RI

  Jason Lavelle  graduated with a BA from the University of Vermont and MBA from the University of Rhode Island. He then worked as an English teacher in Nagoya, Japan and traveled throughout much of Asia. Jason started in the paper industry in 1990 with Casella Waste Management of Vermont in a recycling plant sales capacity. As a Canusa/Hershman employee, he was a mill buyer/broker at the former Bay State Paper-a 12,000 tpm, 100% recycled linerboard/medium mill in Boston, MA. He then spent the next 6+ years in export brokerage with Jordan Trading of Kingston, NY with a focus on bulk grades to Asia. Since joining AFS in 2009 Jason has been trading primarily high grades to South America, Central America and Mexico along with domestic brokerage.

Jason Lavelle graduated with a BA from the University of Vermont and MBA from the University of Rhode Island. He then worked as an English teacher in Nagoya, Japan and traveled throughout much of Asia. Jason started in the paper industry in 1990 with Casella Waste Management of Vermont in a recycling plant sales capacity. As a Canusa/Hershman employee, he was a mill buyer/broker at the former Bay State Paper-a 12,000 tpm, 100% recycled linerboard/medium mill in Boston, MA. He then spent the next 6+ years in export brokerage with Jordan Trading of Kingston, NY with a focus on bulk grades to Asia. Since joining AFS in 2009 Jason has been trading primarily high grades to South America, Central America and Mexico along with domestic brokerage.

Clark Lindsey
Knoxville, TN

  Clark Lindsey  is a Tennessee native who started in the recycling industry with Rock-Tenn Recycling in 1990. Over the years, Clark has purchased and sold recyclable commodities and recovered paper and has managed recycling facilities in eastern Tennessee. Clark has a BS in Organizational Management from Tusculum College. Clark and his wife Angela have 3 children and live in Knoxville, TN.

Clark Lindsey is a Tennessee native who started in the recycling industry with Rock-Tenn Recycling in 1990. Over the years, Clark has purchased and sold recyclable commodities and recovered paper and has managed recycling facilities in eastern Tennessee. Clark has a BS in Organizational Management from Tusculum College. Clark and his wife Angela have 3 children and live in Knoxville, TN.

 

Ron Moore
Asheville, NC

  Ron Moore  is a 25 year veteran of the recycling and recovered paper industry. His experiences include fiber procurement for several 100% recycled fiber consuming mills as well as opening and operating multiple recycling operations in South Carolina and North Carolina. In addition to brokerage and trading, Ron manages a large Recycling Plant operation in Western NC. He is a member of SERDC and the Carolina Recycling Association and actively works to promote recycling awareness in the region. Ron graduated from UGA and is an avid Bulldog fan. He and his wife, Renee, have two children and live in the Greenville, SC area.

Ron Moore is a 25 year veteran of the recycling and recovered paper industry. His experiences include fiber procurement for several 100% recycled fiber consuming mills as well as opening and operating multiple recycling operations in South Carolina and North Carolina. In addition to brokerage and trading, Ron manages a large Recycling Plant operation in Western NC. He is a member of SERDC and the Carolina Recycling Association and actively works to promote recycling awareness in the region. Ron graduated from UGA and is an avid Bulldog fan. He and his wife, Renee, have two children and live in the Greenville, SC area.

Lexine Muza
Atlanta, GA

  Lexine Muza  has been in the paper and plastic industry for 27 years in the areas of inside sales as well as brokerage. Managed a paper and plastic recycling plant in Greenville SC. Over the years  she has grown in her knowledge of the plastic industry. Lexine currently lives in Senoia Ga. with herhusband Mike and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Lexine Muza has been in the paper and plastic industry for 27 years in the areas of inside sales as well as brokerage. Managed a paper and plastic recycling plant in Greenville SC. Over the years  she has grown in her knowledge of the plastic industry. Lexine currently lives in Senoia Ga. with herhusband Mike and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Brandy Whitlock
Atlanta, GA

  Brandy Whitlock  joined AFS in April ’08. With a background in sales and marketing, Brandy manages current accounts, develops new clientele, and creates new marketing strategies. An avid Bulldog fan, Brandy graduated from the University of Georgia where she majored in English. Outside of AFS, Brandy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She currently resides in Alpharetta, GA.

Brandy Whitlock joined AFS in April ’08. With a background in sales and marketing, Brandy manages current accounts, develops new clientele, and creates new marketing strategies. An avid Bulldog fan, Brandy graduated from the University of Georgia where she majored in English. Outside of AFS, Brandy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She currently resides in Alpharetta, GA.


Operations

Amanda Alvarez
Logistics Asscoiate

  Amanda Alvarez  joined American Fiber Services in late 2017 after moving to Altanta, GA. She has a BS in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University and utilizes it as a logistics specialist with AFS.  Aside from work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their puppy, Ellie.

Amanda Alvarez joined American Fiber Services in late 2017 after moving to Altanta, GA. She has a BS in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University and utilizes it as a logistics specialist with AFS.  Aside from work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their puppy, Ellie.

Sandra Andrews
Sr. Logistics Coordinator

  Sandra Andrews  is native Atlantan who joined AFS in 2013 in a logistics role. Previously working for another major recovered materials trading company, she uses her skills to provide excellence in service to all of her accounts. She received a degree in Business Administration from St Leo University. Sandra enjoys spending time with her Yorkie (GiGi), going to the Theatre, attending festivals and dining out with friends.

Sandra Andrews is native Atlantan who joined AFS in 2013 in a logistics role. Previously working for another major recovered materials trading company, she uses her skills to provide excellence in service to all of her accounts. She received a degree in Business Administration from St Leo University. Sandra enjoys spending time with her Yorkie (GiGi), going to the Theatre, attending festivals and dining out with friends.

Tenesha Baugh
AR/AP Coordinator

  Tenesha   Baugh  relocated to Douglasville, GA from Minnesota in 2004 and joined AFS shortly thereafter.  Previously hired as the first logistics specialist, Tenesha now works as the AR/AP Coordinator.  Tenesha earned her Business Management Degree from the University of Phoenix. She also loves zip lining any chance she gets!

Tenesha Baugh relocated to Douglasville, GA from Minnesota in 2004 and joined AFS shortly thereafter.  Previously hired as the first logistics specialist, Tenesha now works as the AR/AP Coordinator.  Tenesha earned her Business Management Degree from the University of Phoenix. She also loves zip lining any chance she gets!

 

Hayden Bowers
Logistics Coordinator

  Hayden Bowers  is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in English: Editing, Writing, and Media. She joined AFS in 2017 shortly after moving to Atlanta.  Along with her logistics responsibilities, Hayden also manages all the social media pages and maintains the website.  Hayden and her husband Matt love spending time with their two dogs: Luna and Oli.

Hayden Bowers is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in English: Editing, Writing, and Media. She joined AFS in 2017 shortly after moving to Atlanta.  Along with her logistics responsibilities, Hayden also manages all the social media pages and maintains the website.  Hayden and her husband Matt love spending time with their two dogs: Luna and Oli.

Kaki Davis
Operations Consultant

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Kate Katkalov
Senior Accountant

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Marcia Pierre
Sr. Logistics Coordinator

  Marcia Pierre , a New Orleans native, joined AFS in 2014 as a Logistics Specialist. Before joining AFS, Marcia served with the US Marine Corps for 15 years and her last 5 years in the National Guard where she gained her logistics background. She currently specializes in export logistics and helps send recovered materials around the world. Marcia currently resides in Smyrna, GA.

Marcia Pierre, a New Orleans native, joined AFS in 2014 as a Logistics Specialist. Before joining AFS, Marcia served with the US Marine Corps for 15 years and her last 5 years in the National Guard where she gained her logistics background. She currently specializes in export logistics and helps send recovered materials around the world. Marcia currently resides in Smyrna, GA.