The lead talent at Novation Industries brings over 100 years of combined product development experience so that you can be rest assured that your project is being managed and cultivated by an extraordinarily talented group of executives.
Chris Metz, CEO
Chris has provided Novation Industries (formerly WM Plastics) leadership for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in developing the quality processes and high standards that company embraces today. His work as VP Operations, President and eventually CEO has brought the company a steady and strong leadership continuity, one that transcended from his father’s vision. The company’s steady growth culminated in the construction of a new facility in 2001. Chris’ leadership has been a critical influence in positioning the company for growth into the future and has transcended into the recent expansion and rebranding efforts.
Scott Baxter, President
Scott brings to Novation Industries more than 30 years of senior level operations management experience including experience with overseeing start-up engineering and manufacturing operations within fortune 500 companies. A results-driven senior executive with demonstrated ability to think strategically and implement tactically to achieve success, Scott brings focus to continuous improvement throughout the organization including LEAN manufacturing, sourcing and supplier management, team building, project management and new business development. Scott holds a Masters in Business Administration, a B.S. in Industrial / Mechanical Technology and an A.A.S. in Mechanical Technology.
Greg Showers, Director Engineering and Quality
Greg brings nearly 30 years of collective engineering experience in the plastics industry, including process, manufacturing, mechanical and tooling disciplines. During his career, he has served in engineering leadership roles within diverse markets sectors with focus in consumer electronics, packaging, merchandising, automotive and medical products. He is adept at fostering innovation and forward thinking concepts, while also focusing on manufacturing process optimization and overall product quality considerations. Greg's formal education includes Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering coursework at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Pete Martel, Controller
Pete oversees the company’s finances, information technology and human resources functions. He brings more than 20 years experience in hiring management talent, developing technology infrastructures and managing accounting systems, as well as legal and risk management functions. He is a CMA and holds a B.S. in Finance.