Joseph (Joe) Carfora
Joe was president and owner of
ESM Consulting of NC, a management consulting business specializing in helping
privately held business owners develop exit strategies and further assisting
them in selling their businesses as they move into retirement.
He operated this business after retiring from full time work in 2008 and
closed it at the end of March, 2014 when he and his wife, Sharon, moved to the
Before retiring from the
plastics industry in March 2008, Joe was the executive vice president of global
business development for Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc. (BMCI), a $135 million
global producer of thermoset composite molding compounds serving the automotive,
electrical, electronic, fuel cell and appliance industries.
For ten (10) years before retiring from BMCI, Joe was responsible for the company’s merger and acquisition activities, plus its global marketing and new business development programs. In this capacity, he also served as the key commercial leader of BMCI’s fuel cell business.
Joe has been a leader in the thermoset composites industry for over 20 years. He joined BMCI through its acquisition of Cytec Industries’ Polyester Molding Compounds Business, which he ran as its general manager for 9 years.
Cytec was formed as a spin-off of American Cyanamid Company’s Chemical Division, which Joe joined in 1987, initially serving as Cyanamid’s director of automotive marketing. Prior to joining Cyanamid, he served in various company officer, general management, marketing, sales and technical service management positions in the plastics industry, which he has been a member of for the past 45 years. Before Cyanamid, Joe served in key positions with Morton International, Bee Chemical Company and the General Electric Company, where he began his career in 1966.
Joe is a past chairman and
secretary of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Industrial Advisory
Board at The University of South Carolina Center for Fuel Cell Research and was
BMCI’s representative to the US Fuel Cell Council.
He has authored, co-authored
and presented a number of papers on BMC applications.
He previously served on the board of directors of BMC Mexico, BMC Far
East Limited and The RJ Marshall Company of
He and his wife, Sharon, resided
note… Joe Carfora was an ROTC graduate from
Joe was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for
his leadership in raising both the training and readiness level of his company