Smart Sand, Inc. announced that industry veteran Richard J. “Rick” Shearer will join the company as president – Industrial Products at the end of September. In this new position, Shearer will be part of Smart Sand’s management team and will lead the company’s expansion into new markets for high-quality industrial products.
Shearer has held multiple executive leadership positions, most recently with Emerge Energy Services LP, as chief executive officer from 2012 until 2020. Before that, he was the president and chief executive officer of Superior Silica Sands and of Black Bull Resources. He was also president and COO of U.S. Silica.
Shearer noted, “I am pleased to join the Smart Sand team, which has prudently managed the cyclicality and volatility of the energy markets over the last number of years. The company is currently a leader in delivering northern white sand, rail logistics support, and wellsite solutions to the energy markets, and I am excited to help the company diversify its offerings to other industrial enterprises.”
Charles Young, Smart Sand’s chief executive officer, stated “We are committed to diversifying and expanding our business into new markets and new products. We believe Rick’s experience and knowledge of industrial materials will be invaluable to Smart Sand to broaden our business offerings and to attract new customers.”