Tony took over as PLASTICS’ CEO in September of 2019, bringing with him a wealth of experience on the front lines of the plastics industry and in the trade association space.

After earning a Chemistry degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Tony began his career as a polyolefins sales rep with Phillips Chemical Company in 1980. Six years later, he moved to Houston as part of the company’s managerial team, holding positions in pricing and supply, market development and as market manager for film and rotational molding.

In 1992, Tony was named oil & gas sales manager for Phillips Driscopipe (now Performance Pipe), based in Richardson, Texas. He later became director of business development in a new strategic division created to enhance and expand the corporate portfolio by developing new products and markets to increase the company’s position. Following that was the role of sales director for Phillips Sumika Polypropylene Company, a joint venture between Phillips Chemical Company and Sumitomo Chemical.

1995 brought Tony to Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic drainage pipe, as director of marketing and business development. He held that position for seven years before being named president of Wentworth Group International, a business-to-business firm specializing in market development for industrial clients.

Taking advantage of Tony’s long and varied experience, the Plastics Pipe Institute recruited him for the role of president in 2006. During his thirteen-year tenure with the institute, Tony led efforts that dramatically increased membership, enhanced member services, improved cash flow and profitability and strengthened association relationships with key stakeholders, including government.