Laurence Secrest

Laurence Secrest


Laurence has been with AVKEM since 2007. His 23-year career also includes serving as a consultant with The Recovery Group (now Deloitte CRG), Purchasing Manager for PPC Insulators, and CFO & founding partner of El Dorado Metals, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he earned a degree in Finance.

Robert Sitterson

Robert Sitterson

Vice President of Operations

Robert is responsible for managing the day to day tactical direction of Avkem’s manufacturing and supply chain operations. He joined Avkem in 2010 as the Refractory Product Line Manager. Prior to coming to Avkem, he worked for Container Technologies, Intex Enterprises, and PPC Insulators in production, procurement, and business management roles. Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tusculum College.


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