President & Co-Founder
Over the last 26 years Chris has guided AGS from a start-up molder to a leading supplier of injection molded parts made from recycled plastics.
Chris grew up in Glenview IL, attended New Trier high school and graduated Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa. After graduation and a few weeks backpacking in Europe, Chris joined MRC Polymers, a Chicago based compounder of recycled plastic pellets. Chris started on the production floor and realized the importance of a strong quality management system to make consistent product from plastic regrind. Chris soon became Quality Assurance Manager and as the product improved moved to a technical sales position.
Chris’ unique experience in production, quality, and technical sales was the genesis of AGS Technology. Chris realized there was an opportunity to direct inject regrind into a plastic part saving cost, a heat history, and the finger pointing between the OEM, molder, and raw material supplier. In 1995 Chris co-founded AGS Technology with two injection molding machines and a lot of adrenaline.
Chris’ personal mantra can be summed up in three words; Learn-Earn-Return.
- Learn – There is no such thing as an expert. There are always opportunities to improve and become better.
- Earn – Money pays the bills, but more important is the respect and satisfaction of working with others on a challenging project.
- Return – Always give back to help customers, colleagues and community succeed.
Chris is married with three children and lives in the Chicago area. In his free time Chris enjoys being with family, watching his beloved Chicago sports teams, playing basketball, and participating in motorsport events.
Vice President & Co-Founder
George has served in many roles at AGS, leading Sales, recycled raw material procurement, and developing recycled polymer compounds.
George graduated from Wayne State University and has spent his 50+ year career in the plastics industry. Early on, George focused on ”up-cycling” various plastic waste streams by converting them into higher value products. For decades, George has been a realist of the recycling dilemma and helped found and lead numerous companies by developing cutting-edge recycling processes.
He is past president of the Society of Plastic Engineers Recycling Division and has presented technical papers, and written numerous articles for, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Society of American Chemical Engineers, National Plastics Exposition, Plastics News, Plastics Engineering, local/national governmental conferences, and other industries.
George has a lot of experience in various aspects of plastics recycling technology, including de-polymerization, melt phase compounding, polymer modification, and application development. Highlights of his career include being the technical lead in the launch of MRC Polymers and the subsequent co-founding of AGS Technology in 1995. Interestingly enough, AGS Technology gets its name from George’s initials (his first name is Aras), as he and business partner Chris Racelis told each other that the company would be named after whomever left their current employer first. Now, when asked what “AGS” stands for, George replies “All Good Stuff.”
George is married with two children and two grandchildren and lives in the Chicago area. In his free time, he takes his 1966 BSA motorcycle on long rides in the country. He and his wife Ruta love to travel and they go fishing whenever they can.
Sales Engineer, Shareholder, and Board Member
Craig Sable has spent 40+ years in the automotive industry. Craig became an equity shareholder in AGS, six months after its founding, serves as a Board of Director and is an active salesperson. His belief that recycling is the right thing to do has fueled his optimism through the ups and downs of the automotive business.
Craig holds a Bachelor in Science degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After graduation, he spent 10 years at General Motors as a Test/Development Engineer and as a Design Release Engineer. He has always been grateful for that opportunity to learn about the automotive business from that perspective, believing it was a critical factor to his success in sales. He is also well aware that success in sales cannot happen without a great team behind him. He knows that AGS’ commitment to maintaining a world class focus from supply, to manufacturing, to customer delivery has been a key to becoming the supplier of choice for our customers.
Craig and his wife live in the Brighton, Michigan area, have three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys playing acoustic guitar, boating, cycling, good food and occasionally a good round of golf.
AGS Technology is excited to announce the addition of Sales Manager, Steve Racelis. He comes to AGS with over 20 years sales management experience in the automotive industry working for companies such as Uniform Color, Johnson Controls, Prince, and MRC Polymers. Steve recently spent 11+ years in education helping a fast-growing company grow from $5 million in revenue to $150+ million.
“I’m excited to work for the leader in recycled plastics being up-cycled into molded parts. I have not seen anyone doing what AGS does and I’m excited to expand it’s reach!” said Steve. Some of the things that excite Steve as he embarks on this new chapter are:
- 25 years of a spotless delivery record to some of the worlds’ most demanding customers.
- The leader in recycled plastics finding homes in high-end applications.
- Strength of position in automotive while eagerness to grow non-automotive customers too.
- Leadership team stability of 25+ years at AGS and 30+ years together.
- Domestic supply position, located in the heart of the Midwest.
- Excitement to expand representation with non-automotive reps.
Steve added, “there is so much rich history at AGS! I can’t believe I get a chance to work with this great team of innovators.” He also said his work with George and Chris at MRC Polymers remains a highlight of his career. A huge plus is the family relationship and obvious bond with brother Chris Racelis, President of AGS Technology. This is going to be an exciting chapter for Steve and AGS in 2020 and beyond!
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