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J. Thomas Hurvis


Tom, with his partner Riaz Waraich, started Old World Industries as a chemical trading company in 1973 with just $2,000. Prior to OWI, Tom worked for Colgate Palmolive and Rand McNally, before starting Hurvis Binzer and Churchill, a boutique advertising agency well known for its award-winning campaigns, such as Screaming Yellow Zonkers and Mardi Gras Paper Towels.

In addition to leading the vision for Old World, Tom’s philanthropic interests range from finding a cure for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, College Access with emphasis on mentoring and scholarships, Community Engagement for inner-city youth, and support of the Lyric Opera, Lincoln Park Zoo, Providence St. Mel School and Lawrence University.

Tom received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Culverhouse

Chief Executive Officer

Charles joined OWI in 2010 and served as the Vice President of Global Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Equipment business before his promotion to Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Charles has significant experience working closely with OWI's extensive base of Retail and Commercial customers as well as developing business partners throughout the world.

Prior to joining Old World, Charles served as the N.A. Sales and Marketing Manager for The Hopkins Group in Atlanta, GA, as well as the Global Director of Sales and Marketing for Armor Systems International, an anti-weapon technology company based in Washington state.

Charles holds a BS in Business Management from The College of Business and Management in Vancouver.In addition, Charles enjoys scuba diving, skiing, and hunting.

John Klopp

Chief Operating Officer

John joined OWI as a Senior Accountant in 1999 and has held various positions within finance and management, where he has been heavily involved in pricing, sales and management reporting, forecasting, financial analysis, accounting and import purchasing. John became Chief Operating Officer in 2018, and is responsible for the day-to-day business operations with a focus on measuring and improving Old World’s customer service, efficiency, and profitability.

Prior to OWI, John worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young and became a CPA in 1998.

John graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University in 1996 with a degree in Accountancy where he also pitched for four years on Villanova’s baseball team. In addition, John enjoys reading, traveling, and college basketball.

Mark Rocco

Chief Financial Officer

Mark joined OWI in March 2009 as Director of Accounting. Increased responsibilities led to his most recent promotion to Chief Financial Officer. Mark is responsible for overseeing the execution of all financial activities including monthly financial close, financial reporting, financial planning, banking, audit, and tax.

Prior to joining Old World, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer for a promotional marketing company and spent several years in the public accounting sector, most recently working for Ernst & Young.

Mark graduated from Indiana University in 1990 with a B.S. in Finance and from DePaul University in 2003 with his MBA. Mark also retains a certificate as a CPA since 1993.

Mark resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

Kevin Reilly

Chief Information Officer

Kevin joined OWI in 2018 and brings to this senior executive management position his deep expertise, knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, and widespread knowledge of SAP and IT market sectors. Kevin has over 35 years of experience in delivering seamless enterprise solutions and has guided many companies to their next stage of sustained growth.

Kevin is a leader within the SAP community as an active member and speaker at industry events. Prior to Old World Industries, he held leadership positions at various companies, including Eby-Brown, Transforming Solutions (TSI), National Safety Council, The Professional Education Institute, Richardson Electronics, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Kevin earned an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL 1996. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys wining and dining his wife Jamie, any activity with his granddaughter, playing 12-string guitar and singing tenor.

John Turney

Chief Technical Officer

John joined OWI in 2014 as the Technical Director responsible for the global development of key chemical and functional fluid technologies, as well as establishing global OEM relationships from a technical perspective. John has significant experience as a business leader in the chemicals industry and is focused on achieving sustainable global market growth through the development of advanced chemical technologies.

Prior to joining Old World, John held leadership positions at Cummins Inc., where he directed the development and global commercialization of new heavy-duty coolant technologies.

John completed his B.S. in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University and an Executive MBA in Strategic Leadership and Internal Business from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. John enjoys hiking, skiing, and spelunking.

Rick Stevens

Chief Legal Officer

Rick joined OWI in 2003 and served as Associate General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel before becoming Old World’s Chief Legal Officer in 2018.

Rick’s responsibilities include overseeing, supervising and managing all legal, compliance and risk management functions for the company and directing and managing all legal services provided by outside counsel.

Prior to joining Old World, Rick was a senior attorney at BP and Amoco Oil Company and a lawyer in private practice in Chicago where he specialized in commercial litigation.

Rick earned his law degree from DePaul University, his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his undergraduate degree (with honors) from Northwestern University. In his spare time Rick is a singer, guitarist and painter.

Philip K Philip


Philip joined OWI in September, 2018 as VP of Marketing and Product Management, leading the development of key strategic initiatives across OWI’s marketing and product teams. As Head of Marketing since March 2019, Philip is responsible for overseeing all aspects of marketing including development of consumer insights, marketing analytics, development and execution of marketing plans, creative development, brand strategy, product management and innovation.

Philip brings with him over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Product Management, and Innovation from Fortune 500 companies such as Henkel, Gillette, The Hershey Company, and Sears. Most notably, as General Manager for Diehard at Sears, he was responsible for leading the relaunch of the Diehard brand into tires and wiper blades, with channel expansion into Amazon.

Philip has a B.S. in Science from Delhi University. He also has a Masters in International Management (equivalent to MBA) from International Management Institute (IMI) Delhi. His interests are mentoring people and traveling.

Jeanette Higham


Jeanette joined OWI in June of 2019 as VP of Human Resources, responsible for leading the development of a strategic Human Resources function. As head of Human Resources, Jeanette will oversee all aspects of HR including Employee Relations, Performance Management, Benefits, Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Training and Development, Organizational Development and Policies and Processes.

Jeanette brings 20+ years of experience in Human Resources from Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Avon Products, and SealedAir (Bubble Wrap). Most recently, Jeanette was the VP and Chief HR Officer for Paris Presents in Gurnee, a cosmetic accessory company with brands such as EcoTools, Real Techniques and Body Benefits. Prior to Paris Presents, Jeanette was the Senior HR Director with Amtrak, located at Union Station in Chicago, IL.

Jeanette has a B.A. in English Linguistics from Illinois State University, where she met her husband of over 20 years. When she isn’t working, you will find her on a softball field somewhere in the Midwest, cheering on her daughter.

Jon Erickson


Jon joined OWI in 1990 as a Credit Analyst. Jon was promoted several times within the Accounting department, with all positions focusing on the support of Sales and Marketing. In 2000, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations and was subsequently promoted to Chief Supply Chain Officer in 2012. Jon became Executive Vice President of International in 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of Old World’s entities outside of North America including OWI’s export business.

Jon graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he earned his BS degree in Finance. Jon resides in Chicago with his wife and their children.