Ronald D. Argent

Present Position

President and C.E.O. of Argent Enterprises Incorporated.  A glass factory design, supply, and construction company Incorporated in 1999. 

 The A.E.Inc. company also acts as an agent on an exclusive basis for several other glass factory-construction related companies, these activities combined with the additional association of several other companies by means of cooperative agreements permit A.E.Inc. to supply a complete glass manufacturing facility if required.

Associations

*       American Ceramics Society - Member since 1977.  Presented various papers

*       Canadian Ceramics Society - Member since 1977.  Presented various papers

*       Scandinavian Society for Glass Technology (Nordiska Glastekniska Forenigen, NGF) - Member since 1975. Presented various papers

*       Society for Glass Science and Practices - Member since 1977.  Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Program Chairman. Presented numerous papers   

*       Crystal Federation member from 1997 - Attending the annual meetings. Presented various papers.

*       Society of Glass Technology, England member since 1967.  Presented various papers.  Elected as a fellow of the Society in 2004 (FSGT).

*       Society of Glass Technology, North American Division, U.S.A. Member since 1995. Chairman of N.A. Section for 1998-1999. Presented various papers.

*       Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers ( I.E.E.E.), U.S.A. - Member 1976 to closure of the glass division in 1990. Past Director of Glass Division. Presented various papers.

*       International Congress on Glass Co- Chairman of Fund Raising Committee for 1998. Presented various papers.

*       Phoenix Award Committee - Member 1984 to 1999

Career Achievements

*       Presenter of more than 100 papers associated with glass melting process, with at least 60% published. Papers presented in ten different countries.

*       Patent holder and owner of several glass melting systems and/or associated pieces of equipment.

*       Participated on over 160 furnace designs and over 60 operating furnace audits.

*       Successfully managed two engineering companies in the U.S.A.  K.T.G. Glassworks Technology Inc (1978 to 1990) and Frazier Simplex Inc (1990 to 2000)

Employment

Over 40 Years associated with the glass industry

*       Started career in glass with Penelectro Ltd. in England 1962. Penelectro sold to King Taudivin & Gregson  ( K.T.G. ) 1976

*       Remained with K.T.G. in England 1976-1978.

*       Opened the North American division of K.T.G. in 1978. As general manager remained until Nov of 1990.

*       Created representation for K.T.G. in Canada, Mexico and Japan. Also involved in creating a partnership between K.T.G. and Klug Systems Inc. of Rochester, NY

*       Joined Frazier-Simplex Inc in February 1991 as Executive V.P. and C.O.O.  In 1994, became President of Frazier-Simplex Inc, President of the Frazier-Simplex Machine Co, and Managing Director of Frazier-Simplex Europe Co.  Created industry partnerships world wide to enhance Frazier-Simplex's technical capabilities and abilities to process large contracts.  Developed and managed the creation and processing of a new product range of glass-melting furnaces and batch-charging systems.

*       Founded ARGENT ENTERPRISES in February 1991 and became an Incorporated  company in June of 1999.

Education

*       Graduated from Timberlog Lane High School, Basildon, Essex, England in 1962.

*       Attended Frieans Grammar School for post high school studies from 1962-1967 majoring in Engineering Studies ( Evening study program )

*       Attended West Thurrouck Technical College in Essex, England from 1962-1967 Electro/Mechanical Engineering was primary area of study and M.T.I. and M.T.II (Day release program)

*       1967- Present- Glass industry related studies to compliment job position, including several technical courses, business management/sales studies, and a number of correspondence courses.