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Our Team

Marketing and Sales

Norm KanarNorm Kanar is Savant Labs Marketing & Sales Manager.  Norm is excited about the possibilities of enhancing and growing Savant’s testing service business.  He joined Savant Labs in April, 2013 after 17 years at Dow Corning Corporation with experience in manufacturing, process technology management, economic evaluation, and the last nine years in marketing.  Norm is proficient in business strategy analysis and enthusiastic about serving customers with Savant’s unique brand of personal attention and expertise. Email

Cindy Esler WS.jpgCindy Esler is Savant Labs’  Senior Communications Specialist. Cindy  joined Savant Labs in July of 2013  in a customer service role serving our global customer base.  In September of 2019, she assumed the communications role for Savant Labs as well as Savant Group.  She previously worked in Marketing Communications at Dow Corning and brings 17 years of experience and knowledge. Email

Lab Operations

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Greg Miiller is the Vice President of Engineering and New Business Development for the Savant Group of companies, and has been a member of the Savant Group for more than twenty-five years.   Greg has been with ASTM for more than 21 years serving as an officer of nine different groups between Subcommittee 7, 9 and CS96.  He also serves as an officer on multiple groups with the Coordinating European Council (CEC), Energy Institute (EI) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), authoring half a dozen technical publications and earning awards for excellence in his service.  Greg also holds thirteen patents on a variety of laboratory instruments.  Email

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Tina Dasbach, Ph.D. , is the Savant Labs Operations Manager.  She joined Savant Group in October, 2013 as the as the Institute of Materials (IOM) Operations Manager and in 2016 assumed the additional responsibilities as Savant Labs Manager.  She previously worked for over 22 years at the Dow Chemical Company in various technical and marketing roles. Tina holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and her Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. She is also an active member of STLE and ASTM.  Email

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Canika Owen-Robinson is the Technical Advisor and Instrumentation Supervisor. Canika joined Savant Labs in December, 2005. Prior to her current role, Canika served as Senior Chemist for Savant Labs. She previously worked for seven years at The Dow Chemical Company in Automotive Manufacturing R&D as a Laboratory Technologist. Canika serves as a mentor for many youth in the area. She promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by encouraging students to get involved in science as well as assisting students with science projects.  Email

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Maggie Smerdon is the Quality Assurance Supervisor.  She was previously the Quality Leader for Savant Labs.  Maggie’s mission is to continually improve the excellence throughout the lab -- performing reference runs, calibrations, reviewing data along with comparative analysis and maintenance.  Maggie  previously served as a Sergeant in the US Army.  Enlisted for nearly 5 years, she served two tours of duty in Iraq.  Email

Technical Development

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John Bucci, joined Savant Group as Vice President of Technical Development in August, 2018. John is responsible for setting strategic direction in the development and enhancement of existing technology, new product development, process development and portfolio management.   He previously worked at Hemlock Semiconductor and brings over 30 years of experience and knowledge in process R&D, chemical manufacturing and mechanical processing.  Email

Customer Service

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Jessica Ice is Savant Labs’ new Order Fulfillment Specialist.  Jessica joins Savant Labs after having served as a procurement specialist and previously as a senior client service associate for Olin Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company, respectively.  Jessica has trained and developed cross-functional teams and implemented project management tools, thereby boosting productivity and data accuracy.  Her attention to detail and timely response will ensure a positive customer experience from sample check-in and the scheduling phase to report preparation and delivery of results to our customers.  Email