Mr. Charles Klass

Klass Associates Inc.

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Chuck Klass graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in pulp and paper technology and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Pace University. His 55+ years of paper industry experience include technical and operating positions with Hamilton Paper, Oxford Paper, Union Camp and Westvaco; editorial experience with Paper Trade Journal; technical service/sales/marketing management positions with Merck Chemical, Lockport Felt, Asten Group, and Inventing/BTG Coating Systems. In 1986 he became a consultant to the paper industry specialized in coating, surface sizing and development of value-added papers; clients include producers of coated paper and paperboard worldwide and suppliers to the paper industry. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities. Mr. Klass has been active in TAPPI and has served as Chairman of the Paper and Board Manufacturing Division, the Coating Process Committee, and on the TAPPI Board of Directors. He is a TAPPI Fellow and has received the Paper and Board Manufacturing Division Award, the Coating & Graphic Arts Division Leadership & Service Award, the TAPPI Distinguished Service Award and the TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal. He has numerous publications and has spoken at many TAPPI, CPPA, PIMA, and Smithers-PIRA Conferences, Seminars and Short Courses. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Paper and Chemical Engineering at Western Michigan University and teaches the course “Principles and Practices of Coated Paper Manufacture” and the TAPPI Short Courses “Introduction to Pigmented Coating Processes”; “Coated Paperboard”; “Blade Coating”; “Containerboard Manufacture”; “Improving Paper Machine Operation”; “Base Stock for Coating,” and “Sizing.” He has 7 patents on papermaking and paper coating. His research interests include development of recyclable barrier coatings, digital printing papers, high graphic quality containerboard and lighter weight paper-based packaging. He has been selected for induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2016.


Pace University
New York, New York, United States
MBA with Distinction, 1968
Marketing Management
1965 To 1968
Dissertation: Impact of the Marketing Concept on the Paper Industry
Advisor: Margaret Nix

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
B.A, 1962
Mathematics, Pulp & Paper Technology, Chemistry
1957 To 1962

Job History

Klass Associates Inc.
Madeira Beach
August 1986 - present

BTG Coating Systems/Inventing of America
Vice President
King of Prussia
January 1981 - August 1986

Asten Group Inc.
Corporate Marketing Director
March 1978 - December 1980

Lockport Felt Division of Carborundum
General Sales Manager
November 1975 - November 1977

Merck Paper Chemicals
Marketing Manager
March 1969 - November 1975

Paper Trade Journal
Associate Editor
New York
November 1964 - February 1969

Operating Engineer
November 1963 - November 1964

Union Camp
Process Engineer
June 1962 - November 1963