Leadership Team

J.P. Blanchard, President, EP Minerals

SVP and President - Industrial and Specialty Products

J. P. Blanchard, previously President of U.S. Silica's Industrial Specialties Products division, is the new president of EP Minerals. Mr. Blanchard joined U.S. Silica in 2011 as vice president and general manager, industrial and specialties and in 2016 was promoted to senior vice president and president, industrial and specialty products. He brings significant experience, energy, and leadership to help accelerate EP Minerals growth trajectory. Mr. Blanchard possesses over 15 years' experience in a variety of industries, including nonwovens, composites, and pharmaceuticals. He has held increasingly senior roles in business management, sales, marketing, and business development, and formerly served as global business director at Johns Manville. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
David Copley, Vice President of Supply Chain
David Copley is the Vice President of Supply Chain for EP Minerals. Mr. Copley joined U.S. Silica in 2013 and has served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including Strategy Manager for Oil & Gas, Director of Transload Operations, Director of Logistics, and Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining U.S. Silica, Mr. Copley served as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He has also served in a variety of roles for the U.S. government, including within the U.S. Defense Department and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Copley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Copley served in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of the war in Iraq.
Al Kaczanowski, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing
Al Kaczanowski, Vice President of Marketing Al joined EP Minerals in 2004 as a Regional Sales Manager and has been Americas Sales Director since 2007. Prior to that, Al was a Regional Sales Manager for ECC International (Imerys) and was a Chemical Engineer and Product Development Engineer for Union Camp Corporation (International Paper). Al has an engineering degree from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Old Dominion University.
Larry Clawson, Chief Financial Officer
Larry Clawson joined EP Minerals in 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to EP Minerals, Mr. Clawson held finance and operational leadership roles in a variety of industries including lithium-ion energy storage, software, electronics, and automotive manufacturing. He has held increasingly senior roles at Altair Nanotechnologies, PC-Doctor, Hewlett Packard, Novell, and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Clawson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University.
Drew Shaver, Vice President of Operations
Drew Shaver is the Vice President of Operations for US Silica in the Performance Materials Business Unit. Mr. Shaver joined US Silica in September of 2017 as the Director of EHS and Continuous Improvement. Prior to joining US Silica Mr. Shaver had over 17 years of mining experience working for various coal industry organizations, but most recently held the role of Vice President – Incident Prevention for Alpha Natural Resources. Mr. Shaver holds a Bachelors in Communication and a Masters in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. Mr. Shaver also holds an Masters of Business Administration from Waynesburg University.