Art Espinosa- 2012 Hero of the Industry

A Brief Biography

I was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the USA in 1962. I spent seven years living in New York City before moving to Tampa, FL in 1969.

I graduated from the University of South Florida in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation I went to work for Johnson Matthey Inc. in St Petersburg FL, as an analytical chemist. I performed assays on samples 14K and 18K gold at various stages in the manufacturing process..

In 1985 I went to work for Phosphate Engineering and Construction in Lakeland, FL as a chemist involved in providing analytical support for research projects related to phosphate products.

In 1988 I joined the Minerals division of IMC as a chemist at their Noralyn facility. There I assisted in developing the first ICP method to analyze BPL/P2O5 in phosphate rock samples for IMC. I was also involved in the creation of AFPC rock check #22 for the industry led by John Gibson. Later, I led the project to set up the first state certified environmental lab at IMC located at Four Corners. I managed that lab for several years before moving to the New Wales chemical plant to supervise their special services lab.

I was promoted to Chief Chemist of the Minerals/Environmental labs in 1999. In 2000 I returned to New Wales as Chief Chemist of Chemical plant labs. In 2006 I was named Lab Manager of all Mosaic Florida Quality Control Labs.

I have been an active member of AFPC and ACS for 24 years. In AFPC, I have served as secretary/treasurer and President and currently serve on methods committee. I am also Six Sigma Green Belt.

I worked with colleagues in the phosphate industry to develop ICP-OES method for measuring Phosphorus in fertilizers and co-authored a paper on this subject.

I enjoy golf, baseball, traveling, reading, and craft beer brewing. It is an honor to be named the 2012 recipient of the AFPC Hero of the Industry.