Advisory Board

Al W. Bluemle, III

President & CEO, Marker Systems

Marker Systems, Inc. was formed in 2000 to provide management services to the 27 business entities in which Al Bluemle holds a sole or majority ownership interest. The shared services include finance and accounting, information technology, human resources, business development, facilities and real estate, and design and engineering services.

Mr. Bluemle is the founder and president of several core business entities across his 30 year career including Jaco Custom Grinding, Inc. (a custom solid surface grinder), Rave, Inc. (a solid surface and Corian fabrication company providing near dedicated production to DuPont), and Niabraze (a diamond plating manufacturer). In addition to his diverse portfolio of business entities, Mr. Bluemle owns and manages several commercial properties and land holding companies, and has conceptualized, built and profitably sold several start-up businesses in the energy, granite fabrication and technology industries.

Kelly A. Brannen

Managing Director & CEO, Niacet Corporation

Niacet is a leading global producer of organic salts, including propionates and acetates, serving the Food, Pharmaceutical and Technical industries. Operating two fully automated manufacturing sites in Niagara Falls, NY and Tiel, Netherlands, Niacet maintains customers on six continents and has over 200 employees.

Mr. Brannen also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the First Niagara Financial Group, a publicly traded bank. His past community, philanthropic and board service includes Chairmanship of the PEP Group and Niagara (USA) Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

James D. Newman

President & CEO, NOCO Energy Inc.

NOCO (Newman Oil Company) Energy Corporation is a privately held third generation family owned and operated company providing commercial and consumer fuels. Servicing 12 states in the northeast United States as well as Ontario and Quebec Canada. In addition to refining crude petroleum through this territory, NOCO owns and operates 38 convenience retail stores. With sales exceeding US$1.2 billion and 1,300 employees, NOCO provides corporate and residential customers natural gas, electricity, propane, heating oil, lubricants, gasoline and diesel fuels.

Mr. Newman is closely involved in the Western New York community and currently also serves on the Boards of the Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. His past board service includes the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Nichols School, and Kleinhans Music Hall.

John B. Suess

Manager, Transportation Procurement & Processes: North America & Asia (Ret.), Armstrong World Industries

Armstrong World Industries, a global designer and manufacturer of floor and ceiling materials, operates 32 facilities in 8 countries. With revenues of US$2.8 billion and 9,000 employees, Armstrong maintains production in six different categories of building materials.

Mr. Suess directed, awarded, and annually managed US$190 million in transportation contracts for Armstrong. Pioneering successful logistics strategies throughout North America, he developed and mapped the distribution network model for Armstrong’s production facilities throughout Asia and Europe. Receiving national and international recognition for his environmentally conscious transportation approach long before global warming became widely known, Mr. Suess’s leadership was recognized by President of the United States Bill Clinton in 1995 when Armstrong’s Building Products Operation was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.