Leadership Team

J.P. Blanchard, President, EP Minerals
J.P. Blanchard, President, EP Minerals
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.
Tammi Scott, Chief Operating Officer, EP Minerals
Tammi Scott, Chief Financial Officer In September 2008, Tammi joined EP Minerals as Controller; she was promoted to Vice President of Finance and IT in May 2009 and in 2018 promoted to COO. Prior to joining the Company, she held various corporate controller positions in the manufacturing and distribution industries. She is well-versed in both publicly- and privately-held businesses and has managed high-level banking relationships, including covenants and negotiations. Additionally, Tammi is experienced in filing 10Ks, 10Qs, and multiple S-1s. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Business and a concentration in Accounting.
Scott Palm, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
Scott Palm, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development Scott Palm, VP of Strategy and Innovation, manages our mergers and acquisitions, business development and research and development activities. Scott joined EP Minerals in 2014 and held prior strategic and general management positions in the industrial minerals, building materials and advanced materials industries. Earlier in his career, he played a key role in shaping the structure of the world's diatomite and perlite industries through a series of acquisitions and greenfield developments, and he is an inventor/co-inventor of ten US patents and eight US patents pending for products and processes related to diatomite, perlite, filtration, functional additives, document security and micro-optics. Palm holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Chris Coley, General Counsel, EP Minerals
Chris Coley, General Counsel Chris joined the Company as General Counsel in February 2012. Prior to that, Chris served as General Counsel for Altairnano, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed corporation using patented nanotechnology for battery storage applications throughout the world. In this role, Chris was responsible for all legal issues coming before Altairnano, including SEC compliance. Additionally, he has held a number of in-house positions over his career including General Counsel for a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company. Chris has 20 years of corporate/commercial legal experience together with five years of commercial banking. He spent the beginning of his legal career at one of Nevada's largest and most highly regarded law firms, Lionel Sawyer & Collins. Chris holds a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and a M.S. degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.
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.