Akron, Ohio Sales Office

Akron, Ohio Sales Office
  • Sales Representatives
  • Technical Service Representatives
  • Customer Service Representatives

Sales & Tech Services Team


Robert Blanco,
National Accounts Manager

Robert Blanco was previously with Birla Carbon Specialties for over 11 years in both domestic sales as well as responsible for sales and marketing functions in Latin America.  Since 2017, Robert has been with Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co. where he is currently National Accounts Manager.  Robert holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry (St. Louis University) as well as an MBA (Lindenwood University).  Prior to joining Birla Carbon, Robert was with BASF Corporation (Automotive OEM Coatings) for 17 years holding positions in technical service, plant management, marketing and sales management both domestically and in Mexico.  


Randy Heldman,
Regional Sales Manager

Randy has served as Regional Sales Manager since joining the Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy team in 2000. Prior to coming to SRCE, he had 22 years of experience in the rubber industry. This prior experience ranges from rubber compounding, mixing techniques, extrusion and calendaring process enhancement. Randy attended Eastern Michigan University and has held positions of Laboratory Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and Field Service Technician in the custom mix and retreading arenas. Currently he services accounts in the Upper and Southern Midwest territory. 

Mike Widmor,
Manager Technical Service (Tire)

Mike Widmor joined Sid Richardson Carbon Co. in 2001 as a Technical Service Representative. After a few years in this position, he joined SRCE's sales team where he currently services accounts in the Upper Midwest, Northeast, Canada, and Latin America. Prior to joining SRCE, Mike was a chemist for a major tire company. He holds a degree in Chemistry and an MBA. 

Johnny Johnson,
Regional Sales Manager

Johnny Johnson joined Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co. in 2011 having previous worked in the metal fabricating business. He holds a BS in Marketing from Texas Tech University. While attending Texas Tech Johnny worked summers in our Addis, LA. plant where he learned the manufacturing and shipping processes. Johnny, while serving as Regional Sales Manager to the southern and western U.S., also specializes in railcar unloading techniques. His services are available to teach your receiving staff the proper techniques of railcar unloading.

Peter Cameron,
Manager Technical Service (Non-Tire)


Gary Horning,
National Accounts Manager

As a Technical Service Representative for Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co., Peter Cameron contributes his skill set in the areas of material and product development, process engineering, quality assurance, and generating cost reduction initiatives, to help meet customer needs, in the selective use of carbon black. Peter holds a B.S Degree in Chemistry, along with over thirty-three years of experience in natural, synthetic rubber, and plastic compound formulation development, bench-marking end-product performance, and establishing manufacturing process parameters for Banbury mixing, extrusion, calendaring, and molding



Gary Horning joined Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy in April of 2017 as a National Accounts Manager. Gary has been involved in the tire and rubber industry for over 30 years, with prior work experience ranging from a research laboratory, raw material purchasing for a major tire company, to sales and marketing. Sales experience for Gary includes calling on the major tire producers and the largest custom mix operations in the United States for sales of carbon black, clay, and other various filler related products and services. He attended both the University of Akron and Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, OH, graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University. Gary has been involved with the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, serving as the Chairman of the Rubber Division in 2009, the Centennial year of the Rubber Division.


Traci Carpenter

Business Manager


Jennie Cuppett,
Technical Assistant


Julie Alchier,
Sr. Customer Service Representative


Kim McCants, 
Sr. Customer Service Representative


Brandon Smick, 
Customer Service Representative