Director of Research
Brian LaPalm is the Director of Research for Fisher International where he leads an international team of highly knowledgeable paper industry professionals. Through his direction, he helps form the rules and guidelines that make Fisher International an industry leader in business intelligence. He is also responsible for the performance of company research activity, timeliness of updates, data completeness, and data quality.
LaPalm brings over 32 years of industry experience across an extensive range of leadership roles. He has held management positions at manufacturers including International Paper, Badger Paper Mills, Blue Ridge Paper, Stora Enso North America, NewPage Corporation, and Catalyst Paper. The majority of his career was spent leading manufacturing operations where he excelled at making continuous improvements in safety, production, quality, environmental, energy consumption, and cost with minimal capital investment.
LaPalm is a Master Black Belt, Six Sigma Certified, and has trained, managed, or mentored dozens of Yellow, Green, Brown, and Black Belts. His application of continuous improvement tools has resulted in savings of millions of dollars annually.
LaPalm holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.