ABOUT US

JACK
THORP
CEO/OWNER
As owner and CEO, Jack sets the tone for the business. He oversees strategic investments in people and infrastructure to help position CNL for growth. For over 40 years, Jack has provided the vision and drive to become the largest producer of cast nylon in North America.
STEVE
BRIGGS
PRESIDENT
As President, Steve is tasked with accelerating CNL’s position as a leading provider of innovative engineered polymer solutions. He brings a variety of global, executive leadership and business development experience by way of a successful 25-year career at GE. Steve holds an MBA and has deep expertise in scaling business operations.
MIKE
NYE
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mike oversees CNL’s financials. His expertise in developing and using advanced analytics and reporting tools help us define our overall business strategy and meet our annual operational and financial goals. Mike is a CPA and holds a Masters degree in Accounting.
BERND
NUSSDORFER
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Bernd drives innovation, engineered polymer expertise and process improvement throughout CNL’s technology and engineering teams. He is a plastics industry expert with over 30 years of technology experience and multiple process and application patents to his name. Bernd holds a Masters degree in Nuclear Chemistry.
DEREK
PUBLICOVER
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Derek leads our commercial operations team and is focused on driving market demand for CNL’s products and services. He brings a wealth of experience in sales, operations, channel management and market development after having served for 15 years in various roles at GE. Derek holds degrees in Education and Arts.
JOHN
SHEPHERD
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
John is a 35+ year plastic shapes industry veteran and collaborates with the leadership team to drive growth and build strong relationships with our distribution partners. John holds a BA degree in Management and has served on the IAPD Board of Directors.
ASHFAQ
CHOWDHURY
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF R&D & ADVANCED ENGINEERING
Ashfaq leads CNL’s process engineering team with a focus on operational excellence and new materials development. He brings a wealth of R&D and engineering leadership expertise to this role after having spent 20 years at GE. Ashfaq holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, along with an MBA and has 29 issued US patents.
JACK
THORP
CEO/OWNER
As owner and CEO, Jack sets the tone for the business. He oversees strategic investments in people and infrastructure to help position CNL for growth. For over 40 years, Jack has provided the vision and drive to become the largest producer of cast nylon in North America.
STEVE
BRIGGS
PRESIDENT
As President, Steve is tasked with accelerating CNL’s position as a leading provider of innovative engineered polymer solutions. He brings a variety of global, executive leadership and business development experience by way of a successful 25-year career at GE. Steve holds an MBA and has deep expertise in scaling business operations.
MIKE
NYE
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mike oversees CNL’s financials. His expertise in developing and using advanced analytics and reporting tools help us define our overall business strategy and meet our annual operational and financial goals. Mike is a CPA and holds a Masters degree in Accounting.
BERND
NUSSDORFER
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Bernd drives innovation, engineered polymer expertise and process improvement throughout CNL’s technology and engineering teams. He is a plastics industry expert with over 30 years of technology experience and multiple process and application patents to his name. Bernd holds a Masters degree in Nuclear Chemistry.
DEREK
PUBLICOVER
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Derek leads our commercial operations team and is focused on driving market demand for CNL’s products and services. He brings a wealth of experience in sales, operations, channel management and market development after having served for 15 years in various roles at GE. Derek holds degrees in Education and Arts.
JOHN
SHEPHERD
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
John is a 35+ year plastic shapes industry veteran and collaborates with the leadership team to drive growth and build strong relationships with our distribution partners. John holds a BA degree in Management and has served on the IAPD Board of Directors.
ASHFAQ
CHOWDHURY
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF R&D & ADVANCED ENGINEERING
Ashfaq leads CNL’s process engineering team with a focus on operational excellence and new materials development. He brings a wealth of R&D and engineering leadership expertise to this role after having spent 20 years at GE. Ashfaq holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, along with an MBA and has 29 issued US patents.