Brian KirkpatrickBoard of Director & CFO
Ryan SchwarzVice President of Sales & Marketing
Jordan GriffithChief Operating Officer
Chris Lazzara joined NRI in 2000 and quickly grew through the company ranks becoming the CEO of NRI in 2009. As the leader of the worldwide leader in structural composite and reinforcement solutions company he encourages his team to challenge everything. This ideology and pursuit of innovation has lead to breakthroughs in the composite reinforcement space. This allows NRI to provide the best products with unequivocal service.
Chris is the holder of numerous patents in both the application of composite technology as well as the application, manufacturing methods and field deployment of these technologies. Some of these patents include Deep Sea ROV deployment, Horizontal Directional Drilling applications, Manufacturing methods for improving strength to weight ratios as well as quality and reliability of manufacturing improvements.
He has been published in various technical articles and industry related papers. Chris is a participative leader in pushing composite technology into more and more advanced applications since he believes that composites are the future of building materials.
Chris received a Bachelors degree in Finance from the Florida State University College of Business.
He also serves as Charmain of the Board for NRI Holdings LLC which owns subsidiaries: FloTex LLC, NRI Europe Ltd., NRI Latin America LLC and NRI Middle East S.P.C.
Board of Director & Chief Financial Officer
Brian Kirkpatrick joined the NRI Management Team in May 2015 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With over 15 years of investment and transaction experience, Brian is also responsible with the capital investment and strategic growth initiatives of NRI Holding Company, LLC.
Brian was previously Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of a $3.5 billion investment firm, where he was responsible with the firm’s investment strategy. Concurrently, Brian was also Founder, President, and Director of Capital Guardian Asset Management (“CGAM”), a $300 million institutional investment firm. Under CGAM, Brian was a Founder and President of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, the firm’s mutual fund division.
Brian received an MBA with a specialization in International Business from The University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida.
Brian serves on the Board of Trustees and Chairs the Investment and Finance Committee of the Quantum Foundation, which is one of the largest foundations in the state of Florida. Brian is also a Trustee of the Taylor Foundation, which has been in existence since 1954.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
James “Ryan” Schwarz has more than 17 years experience in composite manufacturing, material selection and technical sales, which led him to join NRI in May of 2008 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ryan is responsible for the development and management of NRI’s long term marketing growth and action plan, along with strategic partnerships and business relationships. Those fundamental areas include product development, branding, advertising, promotions, and other revenue generating initiatives.
Ryan has developed a strong reputation for integrity and professionalism bridging NRI’s long-term business relationships. He shares his composite knowledge with a team of sales managers that he oversees on day-to-day basis. Ryan expresses NRI’s shared vision to exceed the customers’ expectation by providing value added solutions for each of our clients. Ryan provides hands-on insight towards Research and Development at NRI, and is named on several company patents. Continuous improvement and product development efforts are key to the integration of NRI’s new products and cutting-edge technology.
Ryan is a graduate of Indiana University, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree, then completed his Masters of Science degree at University of Central Florida.
Chief Operating Officer
Jordan Griffith has been working in manufacturing and fabrication facilities since the age of 13, while growing up outside of Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania.
His formative experiences led to a job running the east coast’s largest commercial powder coating facility. He was also the owner and manager of a state-of-the-art tube laser processing facility that manufactured materials for the construction, automotive, and defense industries.
Since joining NRI in July of 2013, Jordan has combined his knowledge of manufacturing and logistics with NRI’s cutting-edge product development.
As Vice President of Operations, he is responsible for operational aspects including inventory management, vendor contracts and negotiations, as well as supervising the manufacturing processes.
Jordan has a Bachelors degree in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems from Penn State University.