Mitch Hubert — Vice President, Global Product Development

Serving as the company’s Vice President, Global Product Development Mr. Hubert entered the fire protection business in 1978 serving in various Research & Development and Product Development capacities. Mitch joined Solberg from Dynax Corporation where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Marketing. Dynax supplies specialty chemicals to the fire protection industry for use in firefighting foam. 
Mr. Hubert brings more than thirty-five years’ experience to Solberg having started his career at Ansul Fire Protection as a Product Development Chemist and was responsible for development of new fire suppression and extinguishing media including foam, dry chemical and wet chemical agents. During his tenure at Ansul, he held various positions within their R&D, Manufacturing and Marketing departments.
Mitch has served on a number of domestic and international Industry Technical Committees. He has worked on product development and applications engineering projects in the aerospace, aviation, mining, forestry, marine, warehousing and petrochemical industry segments and holds patents on both foam concentrate agents and foam hardware.
Mitch holds a BS degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Northern Michigan University with majors in Chemistry and Biology and minors in Psychology and Secondary Education.

James Perris — General Manager, Asia Pacific Region

James Perriss entered the fire protection business in 2006 having served in various sales, business development and management capacities. Prior to becoming General Manager for the Asia Pacific Region, James served in the capacity of Regional Sales Manager, Oceania. Mr. Perriss joined Solberg back in 2011 from Chubb Fire & Security where he held the position of Major Accounts Manager covering the oil & gas, petrochemical, marine and industrial market sectors.

Mr. Perriss brings a total of 16 years’ experience in international sales and business development of industrial products through distribution channels to Solberg. He is a customer-oriented executive manager with the proven ability to organize and motivate multicultural sales teams for accelerated growth, channeling partners to deliver results for both organizations. James holds a BS (Hons.) in Geology from The University of Manchester (UK), and a Graduate Business Management Diploma from Rentokil Initial PLC.

Bill Smith — President, Global Sales

Entering the fire protection industry in 1973, Bill Smith is responsible for leading the business’s global sales function.

Bill spent decades residing overseas and working in Latin America and the Far East as a Fire Safety Professional and business General Manager. Having grown up in Mexico City, he speaks fluent Spanish and possesses excellent cross-cultural communication skills. Bill’s broad scope of professional expertise includes general management, sales and international manufacturing. He is a customer-oriented executive manager with the proven ability to organize and motivate multicultural sales teams for accelerated growth, channeling partners to deliver results for both organizations.

Bill holds a Masters Degree of International Management (MBA) from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and a BA in History from Southwestern University. He also served as an instructor at Texas A&M University’s Spanish Fire School.

Thomas Svanevik — General Manager, EMEA Region

An IT-economist with a degree from the Noroff Institute and a background as Navigator & Radar Operator for the Royal Norwegian Navy, Thomas Svanevik joined Solberg Scandinavian AS as a temporary associate in the accounting and logistics department in 2003. Quickly acquiring a detailed knowledge of the company’s numerous routines, he soon was offered a permanent position and rose up through the ranks to become General Manager in August 2006.

Primarily responsible for financials and administration, Thomas supervised the overall management of the company’s two subsidiaries, was instrumental in overseeing the successful establishment and commercial operations of Solberg Asia-Pacific. His accounting and administrative skills, combined with his uncommonly good business sense, uniquely position him to help move the company forward and drive further international growth.
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