Meet the instructors who have been described as "excellent" in course evaluations!
Course Chair, Atkins, Inc.
Jim Atkins graduated from University of North Carolina in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry. He worked for International Paper Company first in product research and then in a paper machine diagnostic group. In 1984 he joined James River as Manager of Flat Paper Manufacturing. Subsequently, he was mill manager at the James River Riegel Products Milford, NJ mill and then Manager of Engineering for the Custom Products Division. In 1989 he joined A&F Corporation, a paper machinery manufacturer, as President. In 1991 he became a consultant to the paper industry specialized in paper machine operation and training. Atkins, Inc. is a provider of TAPPI Company Classroom training in the area of the paper mill. Atkins has also written, directed, and produced several TAPPI CBT training courses including Making Pulp and Paper and Practical Papermaking. He is Chairman of the TAPPI Paper Machine Operations Course, and the TAPPI Improving Paper Machine Performance Course.
Ellen Gibbs has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Masters in Education from Boston University. She has been the Technical Director for Americas Press Fabrics for five years. Prior to that, she spent most of her career with Albany in Press Fabric Applications for Publication, Tissue, Board and Pulp Grades. She also spent time in Manufacturing, R&D and was the Manager of the Product Engineering Group in Albany.
Kevin Kroon has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1997. During his first 11 years in the paper industry, he held various positions at the Kimberly Mill in Kimberly, WI from Process Engineer, Shift Supervision, Coating/Calender Superintendent, and Paper Machine Superintendent. He has experience with commissioning of a multi-million dollar rebuild with a dilution headbox, shoe press, and pre-coating. Most recently, he has been with Albany International for the past 4.5 years in Applications covering all product grades primarily in Publication grades. His current position is Product Manager in Fine Paper Publication Grades.
John has been involved with the Pulp and Paper industry for more than 30 years. He is currently the Director of Dryer Fabric Applications for Albany's Americas Corridor, which includes a land mass stretching from Canada to the Southern Tip of South America. Prior to that, he was responsible for Dryer Fabric Applications for the Southern United States. He has been responsible for Forming, Press, & Dryer Fabric sales and service for many years, and provided Vibration and Pulsation Analysis Support as part of a larger Audit Team Capacity for two different Paper Machine Clothing Suppliers since 1994. Time spent in the Field of Predictive Preventative Maintenance has provided an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with every form of equipment involved in the paper making process. His many years of travel have afforded the opportunity to view hundreds of differently configured machines, producing a vast array of paper grades.