Zappone’s skill at transforming processes to drive revenue growth while creating environments that foster breakthroughs from multi-level teams have made her a respected leader throughout her 25+ year career. A top-tier strategist, she has forged an impressive record of success in areas ranging from merger integration, maintenance and reliability, and commercial negotiations to cost reduction initiatives, new product development and performance management systems.
Immediately prior to joining BRACE, Zappone served as President & CEO of Service Champ, the leading specialty distributor of automotive aftermarket maintenance parts. Previously, she served as President & CEO of RecoverCare, a medical products and solutions company. Additionally, Zappone worked at Exxon’s Baytown Refinery, where she led quality maintenance and reliability efforts, and at General Electric’s plastics division, where she implemented global reliability and cost metrics, benchmarking, and best practice sharing across 30 plastics plants in multiple geographies. Mary also has held high-influence positions with business giants such as Alcoa, Tyco, and McKinsey & Company.
Zappone holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
With a passion for mentoring colleagues, Zappone has been very active in organizations that encourage women and girls to pursue careers in math and science and has volunteered and spoken frequently on this topic. She serves on the boards of Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) and Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Zappone resides in Houston, Texas. A competitive gymnast in high school and varsity diver in college, her leisure pursuits include doing yoga with her husband and three daughters.
With 25 years of global experience in finance and strategy positions in several industries ranging from consumer goods to metals and mining, Peter joins Brace from John Hardy Global Holdings where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining John Hardy, Peter served as SVP Division CFO for Patheon, a Pharma and Biotech company based in Boston. Peter’s prior experiences include CFO and other senior Finance and Strategy positions at Avon, Alcoa, McKinsey, Philip Morris, Dow Chemical and Citibank.
Haanschoten holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business where he majored in finance and strategic management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in his native Colombia.
Rodney brings an extensive breadth of human resource and management experience to Brace Industrial Group. During his 21-year professional career, Rodney has been responsible for recruitment, training, professional development, diversity strategies, benefit changes, mergers & acquisitions, compliance including ACA and ADA, change management, HR leadership, HR operational change and labor relations within global companies including UBS Investment Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, Sanofi-Aventis, PepsiCo, Inc. and Ashland Chemical.
Mark Talley, Executive Vice President, Brace Industrial Group. Mark is responsible for leading the organization’s focus on asset management, bid review, heat tracing, and coordination of growth initiatives across regions. Mark brings extensive knowledge and experience as the subject matter expert on scaffolding and more than forty years of experience within the Scaffold and Mechanical Industry. Talley has performed scaffolding projects throughout the globe including North America, South America, The Caribbean and Africa. Over his career Mark has served in multiple roles from Vice President to Director with companies such as Peterson Enterprises, Inc., STARCON International, Inc., XSERV, Inc., Vemon L. Goedecke Co and a national scaffolding firm. Talley is responsible for the Specialty Services Group within Brace which includes Refractory, Heat Tracing and 3D Computer modeling.
Matt is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) that brings an extensive breadth of Health, Safety and Environmental to Brace Industrial Group. During his 22-year professional career, Matt has been responsible for developing and implementing HSE strategies, behavioral based safety, incident reporting practices, audits, and best practices within global companies including KMG Chemicals, Chevron Phillips Chemicals, Arch Chemicals, PQ Corporation, Alcoa, and Ford Motor Company.