Leadership Team

J.P. Blanchard, SVP and President - Performance Materials

J.P. Blanchard is the Senior Vice President and President of U.S. Silica's Performance Materials business unit. 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.

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.
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, Mr. Kaczanowski was a Regional Sales Manager for ECC International (Imerys) and was a Chemical Engineer and Product Development Engineer for Union Camp Corporation (International Paper). Mr. Kaczanowski has an engineering degree from Western Michigan University and an MBA from Old Dominion University.

Drew Shaver, Vice President of Operations
Drew Shaver is the Vice President of Operations for U.S. Silica in the Performance Materials Business Unit. Mr. Shaver joined U.S. Silica in September of 2017 as the Director of EHS and Continuous Improvement. Prior to joining U.S. 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.