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, South America, and Asia. AFS also services material recovery facilities and other industries that generate non-paper recyclable materials. AFS operates sales offices in Marquette, MI; Atlanta, GA; Bristol, RI; Candler, NC; Iowa City, IA; Knoxville, TN; Bowling Green, KY.
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.
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.
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.
Iowa City, IA
Bowling Green, KY
Sr. Logistics Coordinator
Sr. Logistics Coordinator