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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

Lab Operations

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Greg Miiller is the Vice President Operations for The Savant Group of companies, and has been a member of the Savant Group for twenty-five years. His professional degrees in electronics and business have bolstered his career ascending to VP of Operations for the Savant Group.  Greg has been with ASTM for 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. He enjoys helping individuals discover their strengths and developing them for matching job roles. Email

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Tina Dasbach's responsibilities have expanded to include the Savant Labs Operations Manager. Tina joined Savant Group in October, 2013 as the Institute of Materials (IOM) Operations 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 MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. She is also an active member of STLE and ASTM. Tina is excited to continue our reputation for technical precision to meet our customer's needs. 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. Canika is passionate about matching technical capabilities to customer needs. Email

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Maggie Smerdon is the Administration and 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.  Maggie is delighted with the immense potential of the Savant Labs and her newest role in the company.  Email

Sheli Porter 120x167.jpgSheli Porter is the Technical Service Representative.  In this capacity, she provides test slate recommendations, data analysis, troubleshooting and recommendations to solve customers’ challenges.  She will also provide technical support for the Institute of Materials customers, the publisher of the world's largest independent compilation of engine oil test data.   Sheli joined Savant Labs after 13 years at Lubrizol-CPI Fluid Engineering in a series of roles from laboratory technician to research chemist.  She is excited to bring her experiences and passion for helping customers to this new role.  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. John is excited to bring new innovations to the Savant Group. Email

Customer Service

Dan Castanier WS.jpgDan Castanier, joined Savant Labs as a Customer Support Technician. This role provides the opportunity to touch the many phases of the testing process from customer inquiry, sample check-in, and results reporting. Dan comes to Savant Labs after extensive experience at Mid-Michigan Medical Center where he managed customer services within several clinical areas such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diagnostic X-Ray for 17 years. Dan enjoys working with our clients to ensure accurate data reporting and customer satisfaction. Email

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Cindy Esler is Savant Labs’ new Customer Service Technician. Cindy joins Savant Labs after 17 years in Marketing & Communications at Dow Corning Corporation. This role provides the unique opportunity to touch the many phases of the testing process from customer inquiry, sample check-in and scheduling to report preparation and delivery of results to our customers. Cindy’s passion is to provide world class service to the people she assists by responding to their needs in a timely manner with the most current information. Email