Thomas Russo – General Manager
Mr. Russo leads the development and execution of the corporate strategy in line with the mission and vision of MMFX Technologies. With over 35 years of experience in the steel industry, Mr. Russo is focused on driving the expansion of the industrial applications for MMFX’s unique steel nanotechnology and growing the market position of its uncoated corrosion-resistant and high-strength reinforcing steel products.
Mr. Russo began his career in 1977 at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point rod and wire mill as a management trainee. During his time there he held various roles in engineering, operations and senior management across several different facility owners. Mr Russo retired as president & general manager of the Sparrows Point facility in 2010 while it was under the ownership of OAO Severstal.
Prior to joining MMFX Technologies Mr. Russo served as the president and CEO of Trusscon Inc., a consulting company focused on the steel manufacturing and processing industries. There he has led efforts to assist major global companies with improvements in a variety of areas, including sales strategy, product development and evaluation of industry opportunities.
Mr. Russo is also a respected and active member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation. He has served on the board of trustees since 2006 as well as president of the foundation. The AIST Foundation has the goal of attracting young technology professionals to modern steelmaking through the promotion of the high-tech and diverse nature of the industry.
Mr. Russo holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and 7 patents related to the steel industry.
Salem S. Faza, Ph.D. — Manager of Engineering and Specifications of MMFX Technologies
Recognized for his groundbreaking scientific work in academic and industry circles, Dr. Faza heads all technical research & development operations at MMFX. In addition, he focuses on expanding product sales and technology commercialization in the Middle East markets.
During Dr. Faza’s more than 25 years of experience in the concrete industry, he has specialized in conventional and advanced reinforcing products, and has been involved in the development and code acceptance of advanced reinforcing products nationally and internationally. His contributions to the Company’s engineering and specification efforts include leading the development and acceptance of the newest ASTM reinforcing bar specification for high-strength steel (ASTM A1035). Currently, Dr. Faza is coordinating code development for concrete designs with MMFX steel rebar.
As a member of the American Concrete Institute, Dr. Faza serves on the ACI 439 steel reinforcing committee. He is also an active member of the American Society of Testing Materials and serves on several of its committees, along with NACE International and the American Society of Civil Engineering. He has planned, supervised and coordinated all phases of application engineering, including research programs, at more than 20 institutions worldwide.
Dr. Faza holds a Ph.D. from West Virginia University in advanced composite applications in construction, with an emphasis on rebar for concrete application, design and analysis.
Bassam Saddawi – Regional Sales Manager – Technical Services
Mr. Saddawi assists in overseeing the technical research and development, and provides technical guidance on application of technology and engineering strategies for MMFX Technologies. His managerial responsibilities include strategic planning, project management of product development, and engineering support to sales and business development across North America.
With more than nineteen years of experience in project and construction management and design engineering, Mr. Saddawi has demonstrated the ability to manage large and complex fast track private development and public works projects and programs in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. He is expert in leading all phases of project execution from front-end loading activities including feasibility, conceptual engineering, design consultant tendering and design delivery, throughout contractor tendering, construction project management, closeout and handover to operations.
Prior to joining MMFX Mr. Saddawi served as a Senior Project Manager and Team Leader for AECOM, the largest Technical and Program Management Consultancy support services worldwide. Contributing for iconic consultants such as AECOM and SNC-Lavalin, and world class design-built projects, Mr. Saddawi is a technical expert of value engineering applications during design, construction, operation and maintenance phases of structures.
Mr. Saddawi holds a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, a licensed Professional Engineer in Canada and a registered Civil Professional Engineer in the State of California, a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a candidate for a Master in Business Administration from Chapman University.
Michael W. Pompay — Consultant
Mr. Pompay oversees the operations and strategic corporate development for MMFX Technologies Corporation and its subsidiaries. The corporation’s prime directive is to expand the business through sales growth, strategic partnering, and technology licensing.
With senior-level management experience across multiple disciplines, Mr. Pompay joined MMFX in 2002. Since then, he has served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Registered In-house Counsel and Corporate Secretary, during which he specialized in negotiating complex strategic and financial business transactions.
Prior to MMFX, Mr. Pompay was Chief Financial Officer and In-house Counsel for Atopix Pharmaceuticals Corporation, an early-stage pharmaceuticals company based in California. That followed his tenure at Ayco Company, L.P., a major financial firm with offices nationwide, where he worked as a financial strategist for individual and business accounts.
Mr. Pompay holds a J.D. from Albany Law School – Union University and a B.S. in finance with an accounting concentration from Siena College.
Arthur W. Lupia — Consultant
Mr. Lupia is a respected leader in the steel industry for more than 40 years.
Mr. Lupia joined MMFX in 2001 and served in several capacities, including Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Before joining MMFX, Mr. Lupia was President and CEO of Border Steel, a major producer of reinforcing steels for the U.S. market. During his 28 years there, he researched and implemented numerous methods for improving efficiency, providing value-added products, developing new products and reducing costs.
His professional resume also includes serving as a metallurgist at Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) and at Concast, where he was responsible for starting up numerous continuous casting plants.
Mr. Lupia is active in several major industry organizations, and is a past President and director of the Steel Manufacturers’ Association. He has also served on the ISAC 7 Committee of the U.S. Department of Commerce and contributed significantly to the development of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).