Since founding SCS Global Services in 1984, Dr. Stan Rhodes has provided the strategic vision and scientific insight driving SCS to become one of the world's most prestigious providers of third party certification and assessment services in the environmental, sustainability, and food quality fields.
Stan has a Ph.D. in chemistry, earned under the tutelage of Nobel Prize winner Herbert C. Brown at Purdue University. After graduating, Stan initiated his career in Rochester, New York as an analytical chemist conducting advanced research, both at Eastman Kodak Co. and at Delta Labs. Following his passion for safe, healthy foods, he then launched and ran several businesses focused on food production, distribution and retailing, and began conducting laboratory analysis to verify claims on food products. This was the genesis of his decision to form SCS.
Stan has spearheaded the development of each of SCS's major divisions – Environmental Certification Services, Natural Resources, and Food and Agriculture – and continues to provide hands-on leadership in the management of strategic company projects, initiatives, and partnerships. He has played a central role in international efforts to put an end to greenwashing, to define sustainability, to advance the science of life-cycle assessment, and to develop up-to-date climate accounting metrics. In addition to his work in standards development in the U.S., he has served as a U.S. expert delegate to the ISO TC-207, which developed the 14000 standards, actively contributing to the work of the Life-Cycle Assessment, Environmental Labeling, and Climate subcommittees.
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.S., Chemistry; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Dr. Robert Hrubes has served in an executive capacity at SCS since joining the company, and is a member of the SCS Board of Directors. Robert is a registered professional forester and resource economist with over 35 years of professional experience in both the private and public sectors, and is an internationally recognized expert in natural resources management and environmental certification. Prior to joining SCS, he worked for the USDA Forest Service, then became managing principal of Natural Resource Associates, a Northern California-based forestry and resource economics consulting firm. Here he specialized in wildland management planning, sustainable forestry analysis, resource economics analysis, operations research analysis and forest management.
SCS first engaged Robert in 1991 to guide the design and implementation of its ground-breaking Forest Conservation Program. In addition, he participated as a founding member in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), serving for four years on the FSC Board of Directors, and was the founding chair of the Board of Directors of the Forest Stewards Guild, a U.S.-based professional forestry society. Maintaining his role as a hands-on certification practitioner, he has acted as team leader on evaluations of forest management operations worldwide, and audited countless chain-of-custody operations. He also served on the Working Group of the Climate Action Reserve Forest Project Protocol.
SCS first engaged Dr. Hrubes' consulting services in 1991 to guide the design and implement its ground-breaking forest certification program. In addition to being principal architect of the SCS Forest Conservation Program, he participated as a founding member in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), helping to design that certification program. He served for four years on the FSC Board of Directors and was the founding chair of the Board of Directors of the Forest Stewards Guild, a U.S.-based professional forestry society. Maintaining his role as a hands-on certification practitioner, he has served as team leader on evaluations of forest management operations worldwide, and has served as auditor on numerous chain-of-custody certification evaluations. He also served on the Working Group of the Climate Action Reserve Forest Project Protocol.
Linda Brown is co-founder and Senior Vice President of SCS. Linda has actively participated in the development and implementation of the company's strategic initiatives and certification programs, serving in a multitude of capacities as well as on the company Board of Directors. Linda is a strong advocate for environmental literacy and transparency in ecolabeling.
Before joining SCS, Linda worked as a grants writer for municipalities across the United States, and a publications editor. Active in social justice and environmental issues, she obtained her Master's degree in Journalism. Shortly afterward, she met and joined Dr. Rhodes in launching the business. Since then, Linda has held many positions, including Director of SCS' Environmental Claims Certification Program, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, and Director of Communications. She has also served as chief technical editor on many major company reports. She has spearheaded or participated in numerous food quality, environmental and sustainability standards development activities on a company, national and international basis.
Linda has participated in the international ISO 14000 standards setting process, focused on Environmental Labeling, Life-Cycle Assessment and Environmental Aspects in Product Standards, and has worked on national sustainable agriculture standards (ANSI/LEO-4000) and update life cycle assessment metrics (LEO-SCS-002). She has authored numerous articles on environmental certification, life-cycle assessment and food safety issues, and has presented details of SCS programs and methods to diverse audiences around the globe.
Stanley Mathuram oversees SCS corporate sales, as well as operations in the company’s extensive Environmental Certification Services division. A member of the company executive team, he plays a key role in driving business strategy, organizational development, and critical project management.
Prior to SCS, Stanley worked for companies such as Michigan Steel, Inc., AECOM, The Mannik & Smith group, Inc., and DLZ Corporation. As a consultant, he prepared furniture manufacturers for certification to BIFMA level®, and helped guide businesses in the development of Triple Bottom Line and corporate social responsibility strategies, principles of lean manufacturing, renewable energy contract development, environmental compliance, and remedial design. Since joining the SCS team, he has been instrumental in educating industry leaders about the value of third-party certification. His focus on creating a culture of transparency, teamwork, and communication has helped drive the growth and performance of SCS’ services, while reinforcing client satisfaction.
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the major U.S. furniture manufacturing hubs, Stanley travels extensively to represent SCS at industry conferences and events.
James (Jim) Knutzon has rejoined the senior staff of SCS as its Vice President for Special Projects. In this capacity, he is involved in pivotal business expansion decisions related to SCS’s international certification, auditing, and testing services. In addition, he remains Chairman of the SCS Board of Directors, a position he has held for more than a decade.
Jim brings decades of agricultural, supply chain, and certification expertise to the position, including pioneering work in sustainable and organic production, product development, food safety, and standards development. Mr. Knutzon recently retired as the first President and CEO of Farm Fresh Direct, LLC, where he has been working since 2000. Under his leadership, Farm Fresh Direct, a coalition of family farms, grew to become one of the most respected potato providers in the U.S. During his tenure at Farm Fresh, Knutzon spearheaded many “firsts”, including development of the ready-to-eat baked potato, identification of the most antioxidant-rich purple potatoes, and much more.
Mr. Knutzon started his career in the agricultural chemical business, then transitioned into vegetable farming. In 1979, he co-founded Valley Fresh Distributing, the first major organic vegetable grower/shipper in the United States. In 1988, his organic carrots caught the attention of SCS and Raley’s Supermarket in California, when they were tested and shown to contain exceptional levels of beta-carotene. Mr. Knutzon later joined SCS, and served as Chief Operating Officer for a decade, managing programs in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and life cycle assessment before leaving to take the reins at Farm Fresh Direct.
Scott Romito serves in the role of company CFO, and has headed up SCS’ accounting and finance functions since 2010. He is also a member of the SCS Board of Directors.
Scott is an experienced certified public accountant and attorney. Prior to joining SCS, Scott served as CFO and General Counsel for a Southern California-based startup. He spent five years with "Big Four" public accounting firms as an auditor and tax consultant. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Advisors of a technology and certification company he helped develop.
Margaret Kolk is a food professional with subject matter expertise and diverse experience in product development, food safety training, auditing and consulting. She is Managing Director of SCS’s Food and Agriculture division, overseeing a wide range of services from food safety assessment and training to organic and sustainable agriculture certification, food quality analysis, and more.
Margaret began her career began in the R&D center for the Dole Company as a food technologist, then returned to graduate school, and was hired by SCS as its first Director of Perishable Food Safety Programs. In this role, Margaret developed and managed one of the first food safety auditing programs in the U.S. for the retail food sector for several years. During a subsequent hiatus from the San Francisco Bay Area and SCS, Margaret worked as an auditor, trainer, and consultant for Atlanta-based TFiS and Michigan-based NSF International. She became a subject matter expertise in Codex HACCP and related food safety programs, including ISO and GFSI standards, international and U.S. federal and state regulations. Her scope of work included designing, developing and assisting with the implementation of food safety and quality programs, both domestically and internationally, for small to mega-sized food companies. She returned to SCS in 2015.
An accomplished professional trainer, Margaret has designed, developed and delivered numerous nationally accredited courses to thousands worldwide. She is a NEHA Certified Food Safety Professional and a Certified Adult Learning Designer, a Training Center Director for both the Safe Quality Food International (SQFI) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), and member of the National Registry for Food Safety Professionals – Retail Food Safety Regulatory Committee. She frequently speaks on food safety and related topics at industry conferences and events, and is an active presenter with the International Food Safety and Quality Network.
Nicole Muñoz is the Managing Director of SCS’s Environmental Certification Services division. In this role, she supervises environmental and sustainability performance spanning a broad range of industries, from green building and apparel to mining and jewelry.
Before joining the company, Nicole conducted environmental testing as an analytical chemist, and served as an environmental health regulator for the Monterey County Public Health Department in California. During her tenure at SCS, Nicole has been promoted into roles of increasing technical responsibility, including auditing, standards development and program development. She has extensive international and domestic auditing experience, and has been instrumental in developing sustainability metrics for material use, energy and atmosphere impacts, human and ecosystem health, and corporate social responsibility.
Nicole is a regular participant in technical working groups for the maintenance and development of product sustainability standards and indoor air quality standards, such as Sustainable Apparel Coalition Higg Index, Textile Exchange Global Recycle Standard, ANSI/BIFMA e.3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, NSF/ULe 440 Health Based Indoor Air Quality Standard and ANSI/BIFMA M7.1/X7.1-2011 Furniture Emissions Standard and Health Product Declaration Open Standard.
Sarah Harris is Managing Director of SCS’ Natural Resources division, providing oversight for SCS’ forest management, forest chain of custody, greenhouse gas verification, and sustainable seafood chain of custody services. She serves on the SCS executive committee.
Prior to joining SCS, Sarah held a series of forestry related positions, conducting field research organizing ecology-related activities, conducting seminars, and developing best practice guidance. This culminated in a position with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) at its International Center in Bonn, Germany from 2004-2007, drafting policies and standards and facilitating multi-stakeholder working groups.
Since becoming part of the SCS team in 2007, Sarah has worked in positions of increasing responsibility, rising from program associate to quality and compliance manager, then director of international quality control. In her most recent assignment, she directed the company’s largest program, managing more than 3,000 forestry related chain of custody certificates issued to clients all over the globe.