Columbia OPSCo

Leadership, Operations & Projects Consulting

Principals

Phil Farmer

Phil's leadership experience includes three years as CEO of Panther Systems and three decades in the paper industry, including 10 years as Division Manager/General Manager for Caraustar, Rock Tenn and Graphic Packaging. He has demonstrated a career commitment to safety, quality, profitability and performance. Phil is a certified LIFO instructor and he has successfully implemented "Speed of Trust" training in complex manufacturing environments. Past executive education includes Leadership at the Peak. Phil has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State.

Ben Rankin

Ben has launched or restructured 10 businesses, secured over $100 million in financings for projects of which he was owner/co-owner, and led teams of up to 50 people. He specializes in preparing projects for financing and then connecting them with capital sources. In manufacturing, he focuses on energy recovery and materials recycling. In property development, he emphasizes preservation and community-building. Ben is a faculty member at Pinchot University. He has a M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Reed College.