Richard E. (Dick) Storat is the founder and president of Richard Storat & Associates, Inc., a provider of management and economic consulting services to the forest products industry. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association, where he manages the Multiwall Sack Recycling Program. He also publishes Scoring BoxesTM, a monthly newsletter on conditions in the US containerboard and corrugated industry.
Prior to establishing this consulting firm, Mr. Storat was an officer of Gaylord Container Corporation, where he served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Information Officer. He was a key player in the Company’s planning process and was responsible for investor and governmental relations, communications and information services.
Mr. Storat previously served the American Forest & Paper Association as the forest products industry’s Chief Economist. As Vice President, Policy Research and Chief Financial Officer, he was involved with virtually every aspect of the national trade association’s operations and policy initiatives during his ten years of service. He managed the development of the US paper industry’s initial program to recover 40% of all paper used in the US. He managed the industry’s statistical and economic analysis programs; and spoke regularly to Wall Street, the media and business groups on industry business and economic conditions.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Storat served in management positions, including strategic planning, energy policy and engineering assignments at a major US steel company and with a large supplier of power generation equipment. He also served as Associate Professor of Physics at West Point and on the staff of the Energy & Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mr. Storat retired from the US Army with the rank of Major General after more than 38 years of active and reserve service. He saw combat duty in Vietnam and during Desert Storm he commanded the 411th Engineer Brigade, which provided the combat engineering support for coalition forces in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Storat graduated from West Point as a Distinguished Cadet, and earned a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA at Lehigh University.
Mr. Storat and his wife, Sue, reside in Pennsylvania. They have two sons and three grandchildren.