Meet the Team
We have seen it all – and done it all!
Arbonite is a widely recognized coating and rubber lining applicator. With a team that possesses over 210 years of cumulative technician experience, we are one of the leading coating and lining applicators in North America. Given our vast wealth of experience and an average employee tenure of 20 years, we are confident that there are very few, if any, corrosion problems that we’ve yet to solve.
Roger K. Hughes
Director, Technical Sales & Field Services Operations
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A graduate of Williamson College of the Trades in 1991 with a degree in Structural Coatings Technology, Roger came to Arbonite in January 1996 as an Estimator/Project Manager. With over 30 years of experience working in the coating and lining industry, he is responsible for the engineering, quality assurance and performance of all shop and field service projects. He is in the process of completing his NACE CIP Level II certification, and is also a PADEP-certified “TL” installer.
Associate Director, Shop Production & Safety Officer
Doug has been a member of our team for over 30 years, starting as a PVC technician and evolving into a number of roles ranging from Facility Maintenance to Safety Coordinator and Shipping Manager. He now functions in a key role as Associate Shop Production Coordinator, a role that combines elements of his prior experience with our updated initiatives to improve workflow and overall customer satisfaction.
Facilities Maintenance &
Robby joined our team in late 2018 as an abrasive blasting technician, but displayed a desire and aptitude for facility maintenance. Given his previous experience as an auto mechanic, it was a natural fit when he made the transition from production to facility maintenance. He has worked diligently to improve his knowledge base and obtain the necessary electrical and plumbing repair skills to properly perform in this new position. Robby is a driving member of our Safety Committee, and was recently assigned as our Safety Coordinator in addition to his existing maintenance role.
[Rubber Small Parts Dept.] & Training & Team Development
Hired in 2017, Aaron has cross trained in multiple departments, learning from tenured employees and developing the ability to roll over his training to others. Aaron is an excellent communicator, he relays information to developing trainees, and has been instrumental in the development of the Arbonite on-the-job training program. Aaron’s skillset grants the Arbonite Team, new and tenured, the opportunity to grow and succeed.
James L. Gibbas
[Field Services Dept.]
Jim has over 40 years of experience in the coating and lining industry – he started in 1980 with Penn Line Industries in King of Prussia, PA and arrived at Arbonite in 1995. In that time, Jim has become proficient in the application of all types of lining materials, from sprayable epoxies, baked phenolics and vinyl esters to sheet-applied materials, such as rubber lining and Koroseal® PVC. Given the broad range of his practical experience, it’s safe to say that there simply is not much out there in our industry that Jim has not seen before. Jim also obtained his PADEP “TL” certification in 2021.
Our longest-tenured employee, Jeff has been a member of the Arbonite team since 1979. Hired as a Finishing Specialist in our PVC department, he worked diligently to gain experience in all types of sprayable coating and lining applications from Arbosol® PVC to baked phenolics, and everything in between. Jeff currently oversees our PVC Department and department training, utilizing his wealth of experience to ensure that all projects are performed to Arbonite’s highest quality standards.
CORE Leader [Paint Dept.] &
Zac has been with Arbonite since 2013, and in that time he has become a proficient technician in our spray area and continues to develop his skills in the application of sheet-applied linings. We have identified Zac as one of our young CORE leaders, and as such he is a valued contributor to our Safety Committee and Leadership Groups. Additionally, he has completed necessary training and obtained his AMPP CIP Level I certification.
What is a CORE Leader? Arbonite’s CORE Leadership Team represents the ‘best of the best’ of our company in Communication, Organization, building Relationships, and exceeding Expectations. These individuals are focused on driving company initiatives and goals, and instilling company values at every turn, whether in the shop or in the field. These leaders motivate their teams to get the job done right the first time and invariably demonstrate the effort and knowledge needed to consistently surpass customer expectations.