Our Team

Come for a job, stay for a career.

Our associates are the backbone of our organization and the cornerstone of our environmental stewardship and corporate citizenship program. Ensuring business integrity, adhering to our core values and making a positive impact are responsibilities we distribute across all functions through our “One Team” philosophy.

Meet the dedicated Building Futures Steering Committee

Launched in 2019, this team is comprised of associates representing all manufacturing units, technology, human resources, marketing, environmental affairs, and headquarters. Team members share a passion for passing down what makes National Gypsum unique. With an average tenure of 15 years the committee also has the experience to positively impact environmental, social and resource efficiency performance across the business.

Learn more about the team.

“Through our cross-functional corporate responsibility steering committee, and with the help of all our teammates, we’ll be building futures for many more generations to come.”

James Phipps, Corporate Director of Environmental Affairs, Chairperson of Building Futures Steering Committee
We are never done investing in the safety, skills and promotion of our associates, which is reflected in our average tenure of 17 years.

Investing in our associates' future

Our ability to innovate is tied to our ability to attract, retain, train and promote top talent for our plants, sales, research and corporate associates.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here is what some of our managers and associates have to say about what it is like to "come for a job and stay for a career."

Our "One Team" approach to safety, quality and sustainability

The impact of our 'One Team' philosophy plays out in three key areas:
Safety With a vision of zero incidents, all of our associates are charged with making safety their No. 1 priority.
Quality We track and report on multiple internal quality metrics. We constantly survey and engage our customers to understand where we can do better.
Sustainability Environmental stewardship is a shared responsibility. Many of our stewardship programs—from our AgGyp initiative to our closed-loop cardboard recycling partnership with Weis Markets—were envisioned and cultivated by associates at our plants.

“Here at National, we have a ‘One Team’ culture, meaning from the CEO on down, we will work together toward a common goal with as few layers as possible in communication and collaboration.”

Dennis Merriam, VP, Human Resources

Eli Stav

Director, Technology Development
With National Gypsum since 1993
Technology Innovation Center (TIC) in Charlotte, NC

“What building futures means to us: Integrating sustainable features that impact our customers and the environment in everything we do. Our innovation group consists of scientists and material specialists. We impact three key sustainability areas: production efficiency, resource stewardship and bringing new products to market that will address life cycle performance priorities for our clients.

How we take a life cycle approach to optimize and outperform expectations: Sustainability priorities appear at all phases of the manufacturing and use of our products. In our designs and plants, our priority is to use less heat and water and to decrease emissions. From the customer perspective, we design product characteristics that improve quality of life. Fire protection, air quality, acoustical dampening and durability are just a few ways we consider sustainability in the built environment. It is my team’s job to drive the technology, material science and process innovation to achieve cutting-edge product performance. We challenge ourselves to raise the bar every year.

How we practice the ‘One Team’ approach throughout our group: It starts with constantly communicating with other teams. We work with sales to understand the advanced features our customers are asking for and to predict what is next. We work with our engineering and operations teams to improve the way resources are utilized in manufacturing.

How we engage the scientific community: Beyond our team, we partner with leading research universities in the communities around our innovation center, testing centers and plants. Our current and past partners include State University of New York at Buffalo, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, University of California Los Angeles and many more. Our enterprise partners include some of the world’s largest material science innovators.”

Our Environmental Policy

We are a green manufacturer by choice committed to attaining the highest level of ecological responsibility.

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2019-2020 Steering Committee Roster

To learn more about why our associates are passionate about Building Futures, download the 2019-2020 steering committee roster

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