NGA Board Member Spotlight: Paul Harris

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Paul Harris is the Vice President of Product Strategy and Innovations at MCR Safety, a leading force in the field of personal protective equipment with $300 million in sales. MCR’s international headquarters as well as their 500,000 square foot distribution center are located in the Memphis, Tennessee area. They also have multiple distribution centers strategically located outside the US to support their international efforts. MCR employs over 1600 internationally with approximately 300 locally, and has been recognized multiple times for New Product of the Year Innovations and awards in manufacturing operations.

Mr. Harris has worked as the Director of Product Development and Strategic Branding at MCR Safety, and has many years of experience in sales and purchasing, including working with customers, end users, and vendors. Mr. Harris identifies new product opportunities by working with all levels in distribution channels and drives the process from development to market launch. He also works to identify strategic branding and licensing opportunities for MCR Safety. Mr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Memphis.

Mr. Harris has been a part of the industrial safety community for over 20 years, with many of those spent in product development and design while assisting the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) in writing safety standards adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

A brief Q&A with Mr. Harris about graphene follows.

1) What do you consider to be the most valuable potential application of graphene?

It would be difficult to narrow to only one. To me, the potential applications are so vast in scope that graphene will rewrite physical properties and performance of many different materials found in multiple industries.

2) How would you characterize the nature of your involvement with the National Graphene Association?

I will serve on the advisory board and have an opportunity to collaborate with others who share in the desire to incorporate graphene into many of the products we utilize today. The association serves as a bridge between the academic community and industry to foster a think tank environment that will lead to commercialization.

2) In what ways has your professional history shaped your relationship with the National Graphene Association?

I have been a part of the industrial safety community for over 20 years with many of those spent in product development and design while assisting the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) in writing safety standards adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For graphene to be successful, it is key that quality standards are implemented, so I am looking forward to assisting in this regard.

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