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Four of the 40 Under Forty

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 1:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 1:09 p.m. CDT
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Carus Corporation employees showed their support for the 40 Under Forty at a recent IVCC SBDC networking event in honor of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2013. Pictured from left to right are Chief Financial Officer Sue Buchanan, Vice President Human Resources Judy Wierman, Frank Zouras, Deb Bibula, Kelly Frasco, Director Carus Water Solutions Matt Dingens, Kevin Donnell and Senior Director Mergers and Acquisitions Mike Mitchell.

Four Carus Corporation employees are among the region’s 40 Under Forty; 40 top entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who are making an impact in their field.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) recently honored Carus’ Chris Backos, Deb Bibula, Kevin Donnell and Kelly Frasco at a reception held in LaSalle for the 40 under Forty Class of 2013.

The area’s inaugural 40 Under Forty class was named in 2011 in an effort to recognize, and create a growing network of promising young talent.

“We are extremely fortunate at Carus to have found such dynamic, talented individuals as Chris, Deb, Kelly and Kevin. They represent the kind of young leadership that will drive our company’s future success,” said Carus Corporation President/CEO Inga Carus. “We congratulate them, and thank them for choosing to be a part of the Carus Corporation family.”

“Employing four members of this year’s 40 under Forty shows that Carus is dedicated to professionals within the company, and dedicated also to cultivating and advancing their careers within the region,” said SBDC Director Beverly Malooley.

Chris Backos, Carus’ corporate manager health, safety and security, joined Carus in 2006 as a safety professional. He was promoted to his current position in 2010.

Deb Bibula, accounting manager, began her Carus career in 2007. Since then she has held the titles of accounting supervisor, cash management supervisor, and accounts receivable coordinator/credit analyst.

Kevin Donnell, pilot plant unit manager, came to work for Carus as a temporary employee in 1999. After signing on as a full-time employee, Kevin began a rapid succession of promotions. He has held 11 Carus Corporation job titles so far.

Kelly Frasco, global market manager for Carus Remediation Technologies, began as a quality technician for Carus in 1997. She was eventually promoted to the position of chemist, later filling the roles of technical sales manager and director of sales.

Carus Corporation, founded in LaSalle in 1915, is an environmental company that produces and supplies products, equipment and services for water treatment, remediation and air purification. Carus Corporation is a member of the American Chemistry Council and participates in the industry’s Responsible CareŽ initiative.

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