Wilmington Paper Corp.

Leadership Team

Stuart Lurie  President
Brett Lurie  Vice President of Sales
Joshua Lurie  Operations Manager
James Rokuson  Chief Operating Officer
Joseph Byrne  Chief Financial Officer




Senior Staff

Philip Bellafiore Senior Director of Trading and Export Marketing 

Renata Hartman

Controller

Rick NotarSenior Logistics Manager
Stephanie Ragans

National Sales Manager

Jessica Rodriguez Assistant Controller
Bill Vogt IT Director 


Stuart Lurie, President

Stuart joined Wilmington Paper Corporation in 1978, six months after the business was founded by his father, Harvey, as a scrap business focusing on industrial packaging plants in the New York metropolitan area. 

As the business of buying and selling scrap paper grew, Stuart developed a unique approach to maximizing revenue and efficiency in a converting facility, The Program.  The Program has become a customized series of focus points, including a Waste Audit, and the creation of an Action Plan for each folding carton and converting plant, aiming to maximize revenue within the market for all grades of recyclables. While The Program has evolved, the principles Stuart conceived that are vital to the success of implementing The Program have stayed consistent: Management Commitment, Procedures, Marketing, and Controls. 

Wilmington Paper first became a national company in 1986, when Stuart landed Federal Paperboard as a client and implemented The Program in the company’s eight folding carton plants. Today the Program is in place in over 300 facilities across North America and Europe.

Under Stuart’s leadership, Wilmington Paper has continued to grow, affiliating with Recycling Management Resources (8 Recycling plants), adding Green Logistics (Trucking company), and a successful scrap brokering and trading arm which works in all 48 contiguous states and around the world. 

A third generation of Luries are now part of Wilmington Paper as Stuart’s sons, Brett (sales), and Joshua (operations), manage key parts of the business. Stuart and his wife Karen, also have a daughter, Erin, and six grandchildren. 


Brett Lurie, Vice President of Sales

Brett joined Wilmington Paper full time in 2008 after spending his high school and college summers working at the company for his father, Stuart Lurie, and his grandfather, Harvey Lurie 

After joining WPC, Brett worked closely with Stuart and COO James Rokuson to learn all aspects of the business operations. He spent time travelling throughout the country and internationally with Stuart to all WPC accounts for several years, learning the business and the industry landscape before moving fully into sales in 2011.    

Brett has worked to build out new segments of the business that complement the core functions of Wilmington Paper while having a positive impact on the bottom line. He’s used the current network of relationships in the industry to create a trash management and landfill diversion business. He’s also leveraged Wilmington Paper’s experience and standing in the industry to build and develop an export brokerage and trading business. 

Brett is a graduate of The Ohio State University.  He resides in Livingston, NJ with his wife, Paula, daughter, Ella, and son, Henry.  

Joshua Lurie, Operations ManageR

Joshua joined Wilmington Paper full time in 2014 after first learning the business in high school, and then full time from 2006-08, where he was immersed in logistics, account management and database/digital management. Currently, he is the Operation Manager, overseeing IT, human resources, community relations, special projects, employee education and communication, and quarterly supplier reporting. 

Joshua, along with Brett Lurie, led WPC's fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes' March for Babies in 2019. Team WPC was named the 2019 Corporate Hero Team at the kickoff event in February 2020. Josh, along with Brett, was invited to be part of the March for Babies' Executive Planning Committee for 2020. 

He has extensive experience in the restaurant business, and was also a guitarist in the band Tokyo Rose that recorded an album and toured the US and Japan. Joshua has a Psychology degree from George Washington University and is fluent in American Sign Language. He and his wife, Erin, live in Denville, NJ and have four daughters: Lillian, Faye, and twins, Ruby and Cora. 


James Rokuson, Chief Operating Officer

James Rokuson has been a part of Wilmington Paper since 1983, finding solutions and ensuring the infrastructure has matched the growth of the company for four decades. 

He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the vital logistics department while coordinating collaboration and communications across all units of the business.  

James started with Wilmington Paper in accounting after two years at a Commodities Desk on Wall Street, and was responsible for payroll, banking, invoicing and payables.  

As Wilmington Paper grew and expanded through the years, James led the effort to continually upgrade technology and institute internal procedures as needed to allow Wilmington Paper to successfully transform from a regional scrap paper dealer to the international company it is today. 
 
James, originally from Far Rockaway, NYearned his MBA from Pace and undergraduate degree from SUNY Fredonia. James and his wife, Tina, have two daughters and three grandchildren. 


Joseph Byrne, Chief Financial Officer

Joe joined Wilmington Paper as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2016, and was promoted to CFO in 2018. Joe is responsible for all finance, accounting, treasury and tax functions for both Wilmington Paper and its recycling affiliate, Recycling Management Resources.  

Joe came to Wilmington Paper after a run of over two decades with The Newark Group Inc. and time as a consultant with Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young).   

Joe, a native of Franklin, Ohio, received his MBA (concentration in Finance) at the NYU Stern School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College. Joe currently lives in Fanwood, NJ and has one adult daughter.  

Philip Bellafiore, Senior Director of Trading and Export Marketing 

Philip started at Wilmington Paper in 2009. He is currently responsible for buying and selling scrap from suppliers and customers throughout the country, working with both domestic paper mills and industry customer as well as export agents and overseas paper mills throughout the world. He oversees a team of account coordinators and the inside sales team that facilitates the brokering, trading and movement of scrap out of the folding carton plants, converting plants, multi-wall bag manufacturers and recycling facilities.

Philip, who earned his certification to drive a forklift in 2019, developed THE PROGRAM+, a landfill diversion and savings program for Wilmington Paper's scrap suppliers that helped build the portfolio of customers for WPC trading and brokerage.
Before joining WPC, Philip was a financial advisor and insurance agent with MetLife.

Phil played football and lacrosse at Salve Regina University, where he earned a degree in business administration and currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, Michelle. 

Renata Hartman, Controller

Renata is the Controller for Wilmington Paper, preparing payroll for WIlmington Paper and overseeing financial reporting  tof Wilmington Paper and its subsidiaries, including Recycling Management Resources. She first joined WPC in 1996, starting as a bookkeeper handling accounts payable/accounts receivable and monthly reporting. 

She graduated from WIlliam Paterson University with a BA in Accounting, and worked as a senior accountant at Meldisco before joining Wilmington Paper. 

Renata was born in Stany, Poland. She and her husband, Ken, currently live in Durham, NC and have one son, Christian John. She enjoys trips to Disney and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.  

Rick Notar,  SENIOR LOGISTICS Manager

RIck joined Wilmington Paper in 1998. Rick manages a team of seven in Logistics, working directly with plants to coordinate the movement of recyclable waste paper from facilities all over the country on a daily basis.

Rick started working in traffic as one of three representatives of Wilmington Paper responsible for continuously moving recycled scrap out of plants.

Rick is an accomplished drummer and guitar player who has played in bands since he was a teenager. He has a B.A. in Psychology from William Paterson University and grew up in West Caldwell, NJ. 

STEPHANIE RAGANS, NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

Stephanie Ragans is Wilmington Paper's National Sales Manager, overseeing the sales team that helps customers and partners recycle and monetize millions of tons of recycled products through WPC's folding carton and converting operations. Since joining in 2000, Ragans helped Stuart Lurie launch The Program in hundreds of folding carton and converting operations from integrated to non-integrated facilities, reducing environmental impact and creating millions of dollars in value. 

Stephanie manages many of Wilmington Paper's key supplier and customer relationships. She plays an integral role in implementing The Program, ensuring that the culture, efficiency, communication and revenue enhancement with regard to handling scrap is thriving at each Wilmington Paper partner plant location.  

Stephanie has served as a Board member and member of several trade organizations, including the National Association of Paperstock Women, Recycle Florida Today, PPC- Women in Leadership and a supporter of Paper Packers' Shoot for the Heart. A native of Ft. Myers, FL, Stephanie graduated from Florida State University and lives in Tallahassee with her husband Bill, son, Tripp, and daughter, Bailey Kay. They are ardent supporters of the Lawton Chiles HS athletic program.

Jessica Rodriguez, Assistant Controller

Jessica joined Wilmington Paper in 2016 as a senior financial analyst working with Recycling Management Resources, overseeing RMR's accounting, audit, and other reporting.

She was promoted to Assistant Controller in 2017, and presently oversees Billing, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable for Wilmington Paper. She is also responsible for managing the treasury functions for WPC and RMR and is involved in the year-end audits.

Jessica previously worked for 20 years with Sharp Electronics, in collections, accounting, and as a financial analyst in several areas of the business.

Jessica graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Finance and MIS. 

Bill Vogt, IT Director

Bill joined Wilmington Paper in 2019, and as the IT Director is responsible for IT initiatives, projects, and support for infrastructure, applications, hardware, software, and facilities for Wilmington Paper, as well as oversight of IT for Recycling Management Resources.

Since joining WPC, Bill has led upgrades and improvements to corporate technology, systems, purchasing and shipping practices that have resulted in higher productivity at lower costs.

He began his career in accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. and Kmart, prior to moving into IT, where he has worked with NUI Corp., KPMG, Reckitt Benckiser and Michael Kors.

Bill resides in West Milford, NJ and graduated from Rider University with a degree in accounting.

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