Jim Bayles leads Catalyst's newsprint and international sales teams, which are responsible for global sales for all of the company's product lines. Jim has more than 25 years of paper sales experience in the U.S., Canada and international markets and is well respected in the groundwood paper industry. Jim was previously director of international sales for Pacifica Papers.
Ken Brar has been providing solid strategic and financial insight since joining the company more than 20 years ago. Starting as an accountant with Crown Paper, Ken progressed to various finance roles at the Elk Falls mill before moving into strategic planning and then sales and marketing in the corporate office. As sales operations manager for specialties, Ken oversees the development of new sales opportunities and plays a key connecting role between sales, customer service, supply chain and manufacturing. Ken is based in Richmond.
Linda has held several positions within the sales and marketing group since she joined Catalyst Paper (then Fletcher Challenge Canada) in 1989. She first worked in customer service, then moved to newsprint sales and specialty paper sales in Canada and Australia. In 2001 Linda became sales operations manager for directory and newspaper publishers. She is based in Richmond.
Sally's industry experience spans both pulp and paper. She started with Fletcher Challenge in 1989, then joined the Paper Division in 1991 and had been through a number of capacities with the Paper Division. In 2003 Sally moved into Pulp Marketing as sales coordinator and has become the Pulp Sales Director in 2007; she is responsible for pulp sales to all markets.
Paul Gordon is the leader of Catalyst's directory team, with well over 30 years of experience in the paper business. Beginning his career with Crown Zellerbach in 1974, Paul has sold everything — from waxed paper to coffee filter paper to linerboard. His responsibilities now include managing Catalyst’s telephone directory business. With an exceptional track record, Paul brings a solid mix of leadership, knowledge and experience to the team. "I am proud of the accomplishments we have enjoyed in transforming our company into a true industry leader. We are now recognized as the preferred supplier and honoured by the trust our customers place in us. I am looking forward to continuing to build on the momentum we have established and improving every aspect of our offerings." Paul is based in Texas.
James Hardt joined Catalyst in 1997. He has held various roles within the company and began selling Catalyst's paper products in April 2004. James has over two decades of printing and paper experience and is now responsible for managing sales solutions to retail insert and catalog customers. James completed his undergraduate studies at Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. and is now based in Tennessee.
Mark is a veteran in the Newsprint Industry. Starting in 1977 with International Paper, moving on to Abitibi-Price in 1983 and then joining SP Newsprint in 1988 until its sale to White Birch in 2008, he has been involved with the successful sales and marketing strategies for three new paper machines. He also created and implemented the distribution infrastructure for AZERTY, an Abitibi-Price computer supplies and accessories subsidiary. Mark formed his own company in 2008 and expanded the footprint of the Snowflake mill in 2009 and 2010. He recently joined Catalyst full time in June 2011 and is based in Atlanta, GA.
Since 1986 Mark has experienced every facet of the paper industry — from paper converting, printing, customer service, production planning, customer service and supervision to logistics and sales. "While only four of my 20 Catalyst years have been specifically in newsprint, most of the principles of producing paper and selling it to a customer remain the same. Most of the process is about making what customers need and value and getting it to them as promised. Our value equation is quite simple — to be the preferred supplier and give the customer the best all-round value."
Matthew G. Stapleton
Matt Leads our Specialties Sales Team. He is responsible for the Lightweight Coated and Uncoated product lines. Having joined Catalyst in 1999, Matt Stapleton was most recently responsible for sales to our retail insert customers as well as management of our uncoated product lines at two of our own BC mills. He has extensive experience in various sales management positions with a number of leading paper companies.
"My goal is to meet the needs of our customers from the time they order the paper until it is run through the press." Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Naval Academy. Matt is based in Seattle.
Since joining Catalyst in 2000, Chris has held several positions in containerboard and newsprint sales. Before Chris came to Catalyst he was responsible for containerboard movements through Catalyst's primary distribution centre, Sylvan Distribution. Chris brings to his role an excellent understanding of how to service our customers. His logistics and customer service background are definite assets as our customers demand excellence in service. Chris holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of British Columbia and is based in Seattle.
Steven D. Wareham
As Director Specialty Sales, Steve Wareham works closely with our customers in the U.S. Midwest to ensure they arrive at the paper solutions that best fit their needs. He brings more than a decade of paper experience to his position, much of it focused on specialty paper sales. Steve holds a master of science in management with a marketing/strategy concentration from Purdue University and a bachelor of business from Western Illinois University. He is based in Illinois.
James J. Wright
Jim Wright knows paper from both sides, having worked with printing companies for 13 years in pressroom, production and plant manager positions, prior to moving into paper sales in 1994. Now with Catalyst, Jim focuses on matching the right paper solutions to the needs of our magazine and catalogue customers. He is based in California.