Executive Team

The Modern Polymer’s management team has cumulative experience well in excess of the “century” mark – retention of personnel as well as customers being one of the time-honored hallmarks of a closely-knit, family-oriented and run business.

Richard Hilliard, President/FounderW. Richard Hilliard, Sr. founded Modern Polymers, Inc. more than 40 years ago and currently serves as President and CEO.

Subsequent to his study of chemistry and physics at the University of North Carolina, Mr. Hilliard acquired years of hands-on experience… read more

Rich Hilliard, Vice President Production/OwnerRich Hilliard is a veteran of more than 20 years in the foam molding industry. His job titles span a vertical and horizontal spectrum of tasks, ranging from Outside Sales, Production Manager, Shipping Supervisor and Purchasing. In addition to his involvement with MPI’s initial ISO 9001 Certification in 2003 and ongoing re-certifications, Rich also oversees new plant start up and design. Rich is an alumnus of UNCC.

Jon Hilliard, Vice President Sales/OwnerJon Hilliard has more than 15 years’ involvement in the foam molding industry. His primary area of involvement at MPI is handling all Sales and New Product Development, along with maintaining MPI’s ISO 9001 Certification. Jon is an alumnus of Catawba College.

Mack Bridges, Office ManagerMr. Bridges spent more than 20 years in wholesale distribution before coming to MPI, where for the past 10 years plus he has served as Office Manager/Accountant. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida.

Tony Allen, Quality DirectorMr. Allen has spent the last 10 years plus as MPI’s Director of Quality. He was instrumental in MPI achieving initial ISO 9001 Certification in 2003 and continues to play a pivotal role in the ongoing re-certification process as well. He is a veteran of service in the United States Air Force and an alumnus of Western Carolina University.

Stephen Phillips, Engineering DirectorMr. Phillips has spent more than 25 years with MPI. As Engineering Director, he is fluent in Autodesk, Inventor 7 and Solidworks, Versions 11 and 12. He is also trained and experienced in the running of the 3 axis CNC router and all associated programming. He is a member of the MPI Quality Audit Team and an alumnus of Gaston College.

Joyce Paysour, Plant ManagerMs. Paysour is an experienced member of the MPI family, with more than 30 years’ service to her credit. During her tenure at MPI, she has held such diverse positions as Shift Supervisor, Shipping Manager, and Customer Order Expediter. She is currently our Plant Manager and a member of the MPI Quality Audit Team.

Richard Hilliard, President

W. Richard Hilliard, Sr. founded Modern Polymers, Inc. more than 40 years ago and currently serves as President and CEO.

Subsequent to his study of chemistry and physics at the University of North Carolina, Mr. Hilliard acquired years of hands-on experience in the plastics industry, particularly in the areas of injection molding and extrusion techniques.

This experience included the construction of specialty fabricating machinery, the formulation of proprietary plastic materials, the design and manufacturing of specialized tools, as well as the adoption of ASTM testing to ensure the ongoing quality of MPI materials.

Armed with this knowledge, an expertise in sales and the training of select distributors throughout the U.S., Mr. Hilliard launched Modern Polymers as a quality resource for plastics manufacturing and consultation in the areas of design and material selection.

He is a charter member of ARPR (Association of Foam Plastics Recyclers), organized to develop a national expanded polystyrene recycling program.

Mr. Hilliard has built MPI into a multi-location manufacturer and was instrumental in the development of many manufacturing processes, including the first computer-controlled manufacturing system to facilitate “just in time” cost-saving inventory control, a system which has been emulated around the world.