Leadership

Monica Manolas

President, Suwannee American Cement

Monica Manolas is the President of Suwannee American Cement (SAC). Manolas joined SAC from Cemex, where she was Vice President of Cement Sales, Florida Region. She brings over 20 years of experience in the construction materials industry, with senior-level roles in general management, operations, and human resources.

 

Manolas started her career as a chemist in the Cement Division of Rinker Materials and subsequently held a series of progressive assignments at both Rinker and Cemex.

 

Manolas holds a B.S from the University of Miami, a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida, a Masters of Jurisprudence from Tulane University Law School, and an MBA from the University of Florida.

 

In 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott, appointed Manolas to the Florida Concrete Masonry Educational Council, which she currently serves as Chair. Manolas has also been active in a number of industry associations and community organizations including Leadership Florida, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation (past President), and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches (Board Member).

Dana B. Moran

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Suwannee American Cement

Dana Moran is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Suwannee American Cement (SAC). Moran’s career in the building materials industry started nearly 40 years ago as a sales representative with Florida Rock. Since then, Moran has held progressive positions within sales at RMC Industries and Lafarge NA.

 

Moran began his tenure with then start up Suwannee American Cement Company in 2003 as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Distribution. He was totally responsible for all marketing and distribution functions of a one million ton/year cement operation and a six million ton/year aggregate operation.

 

He was promoted to his current position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2018 when SAC merged with American Cement Company (ACC).

 

Dana holds a B.B.A. in accounting and a M.B.A in business administration, both from Valdosta State University. He currently serves as Chairman of the Florida Concrete and Products Association and is a Board Member of the Southeast Cement Association. Moran is also actively involved in various industry related associations.

Natacha Lago

Plant Manager – Sumterville Plant, Suwannee American Cement

Natacha Lago is the Plant Manager for Suwannee American Cement (SAC) at the Sumterville Cement Plant. Lago’s career in the cement industry started 15 years ago as Quality Control Coordinator with Votorantim Cement in Curitiba, Brazil. Since then, Lago has held progressive positions within management at St. Marys Cement Industries and Italcementi Group.

 

Lago began her tenure with Suwannee American Cement, LLC in 2005, as Quality Control Manager. Since then she has held progressive positions for SAC. In 2016, she started working for American Cement Company (ACC) as the Plant Manager. She then became part of the merger between SAC and ACC in 2018 where she maintained her position as the Plant Manager for Suwannee American Cement – Sumterville Cement Plant.

 

Lago holds a B.A. in chemical engineering from Parana Federal University, Brazil and an M.B.A in business management from Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil.

Tom Messer

Plant Manager – Branford Plant, Suwannee American Cement

Tom Messer is the Plant Manager for Suwannee American Cement (SAC) at the Branford Cement Plant. Messer has over 38 years of cement manufacturing experience. He dedicated 25 of those years being involved with Process and Production roles as well as being a Production Manager for both domestic and international cement producers.

 

Messer was one of the two managers in North America, selected to attend Votorantim’s Fast Track development program. This program presented him the opportunity to live and work in Brazil for a year. While in Brazil, Messer helped three of Brazil’s Cement plants that were struggling during their cement boom in 2008.

 

Messer started his tenure with Suwannee American Cement Company 12 years ago as Plant Manager.

 

Messer is a six-sigma black belt, completed by Penn States’ Executive Leadership Program through their Business School (Smeal School of Business). Messer has attended countless industry related training and seminars over the past 38 years. He has also being a little league Coach for 12 years and a National Champion Motorcycle racer.