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Management Team

Ron Saca

President & CEO

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Mr. Saca is the senior operating officer at Optima and has over 40 years of steel industry experience. He joined Oxbow Carbon & Minerals in 1997, established Oxbow Steel International in 2006, and is part of the management team that purchased Optima (then Oxbow) in 2013. Prior to joining Oxbow, he spent 17 years with Pinole Point Steel, a California-based manufacturer of galvanized steel and pre-painted products, where he held a number of senior sales and management positions, and was Vice President, Commercial when he left to join Oxbow. Ron started his career in the steel industry at Kaiser Steel. Ron received a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Chico and has attended executive management programs at Harvard University and Stanford University.

Dave Catterlin

CFO

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Mr. Catterlin has worked with Optima (previously Oxbow) since 2007 and is part of the management team that purchased Optima in 2013. He has spent over 40 years in the steel industry, focusing on manufacturing, trading, and distribution. Dave has held a variety of operating, sales, marketing, and general management positions, including time as President of Pinole Point Steel and Vice President, Commercial for California Steel Industries.  He gained his initial steel industry experience at Kaiser Steel. Dave earned a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a M.B.A. in Finance & Marketing from UCLA.

Brian Acton

Managing Partner

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Mr. Acton has over 40 years of experience in mining, raw materials, logistics, and management. After working with Kaiser Resources in Vancouver, BC Brian joined Oxbow Carbon and Minerals in 1985, where he became the President and COO in 1998 until he left the company in 2010. Brian is part of the management team that purchased Optima Steel in 2013, and is a Managing Partner. Brian also serves as the President of Pac Basin Resources and Sierra Minerals, and is currently on the board of GrafTech International. Brian has a B.S.C. (Mining Engineering) and M.B.A. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Larry Black

Managing Partner

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Mr. Black has over 44 years of experience in the steel, carbon, and raw materials industries. After leaving Oxbow Carbon & Minerals in 2012, where he was Executive Vice President, Larry joined the management team that purchased Optima in 2013. His past experiences from Oxbow, Kaiser Steel, and Pacific Basin Coal & Carbon includes trading steel, coal, petroleum and metallurgical cokes, and gypsum. Larry has a B.S.C. degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Willy Linton

Vice President – General Manager

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Mr. Linton joined Optima (then Oxbow) in December 2007 as General Manager. He has been in the steel industry for over 20 years, mostly working for pre-engineered metal building manufacturers in a variety of plant, operational, and general managerial roles.

Paul Talbot

Executive Vice President Sales – Western Region

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Mr. Talbot joined Optima (then Oxbow) in 2000 and has accumulated more than 30 years of steel industry experience, commencing when he was hired by Kaiser Steel as a management intern. He subsequently held a variety of sales and executive positions throughout his tenure at Kaiser. Paul also played an instrumental role in the start-up of California Steel Industries in 1984, and served in a variety of executive sales and marketing positions, including General Manager of Tubular and General Manager of Galvanized Products, until joining Oxbow. Paul received a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University and has attended executive management programs at UCLA and Claremont College.

Chris Campese

Executive Vice President Sales – Eastern Region

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Mr. Campese joined Optima (then Oxbow) in November of 2009. With over 20 years in the flat rolled steel industry, he brings extensive knowledge of pre-painted products and “Just in Time” inventory management programs mainly servicing the metal construction industry. Chris is a graduate of Geneva College, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration and lettered all four years in football, eventually serving as team captain.

Zandra Rios-Martinez

Controller

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Mrs. Rios-Martinez joined Optima (then Oxbow) in 2008. She manages the Accounting Department in the Florida office. Zandra earned a B.S. in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.  In her free time, Zandra enjoys reading, taking Zumba classes, and spending the afternoon at the beach. 

Erica Denes

Manager of Account Administration

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Ms. Denes joined Optima (then Oxbow) in November 2010. She began her career as an Account Administrator and was promoted to Claims Manager in 2015. She was promoted to her current position, Manager of Account Administration, in 2018.

Chad Black

Claims Manager

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Mr. Black joined Optima in March 2015, and currently manages the Claims Department as well as sells to a number of Western regional customers. Chad attended the University of San Diego and has B.S. degrees in Finance and Real Estate. Outside of Optima, Chad enjoys spending time with his family, staying active in his community, and continuing to play basketball in various recreational leagues.