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InnovaNet Group Expands West Coast Presence with the Addition of Roger Barata and Steve Kaplan

(PRWEB) July 22, 2013

As part of a strategic expansion to the West Coast, the InnovaNet Group has added industry leaders Roger Barata and Steve Kaplan to their team. The InnovaNet Group (, based in Atlanta, is comprised of a unique fusion of seasoned experts in business, science and engineering that focus on creating whole systems solutions, sustainable value and results for clients.

Roger Barata, a resident of Dana Point just south of Los Angeles, serves as the Director of Operations Enhancement, West Coast. Barata’s 30 year career includes proven expertise in strategic planning, site master planning, lean infrastructure implementation, integrated supply chain architecture and modeling, alternative analysis, preliminary system design, capital budget and scheduling, and commissioning in the petroleum, general manufacturing, aerospace, government, and food and beverage industries. At InnovaNet, Barata will help clients take a strategic approach to optimizing their business resources and performance. Previously, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Bottled Water Media, Inc., the Director of West Coast Lean Consulting Services for CH2M Hill, the Managing Consultant – Strategic Operations for Lockwood Greene Consulting, and held technical operations roles with Pepsi Cola International and Savannah Foods and Industries. Barata received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

San Francisco-based Steve Kaplan has an extensive and multi-disciplined career in the materials industry. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated expertise in deriving technological innovations to help organizations achieve superior financial results. Currently President at Plasma and Polymer Science, LLC, he will provide Innovanet Group clients with technical guidance, leveraging his 30 plus years of experience. Kaplan also founded 4th State Inc., a technically advanced plasma company, by coordinating an integrated marketing and promotional program. In the past, he established a major captive “compounding” capability in Europe for a Fortune 500 company, directed worldwide materials technology effort for an international company consisting of 40 materials development and process technology professionals, and is proud to have been a key team member in the development of the Apollo heat shield material. Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering with a Minor in Organic Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.

“The West Coast represents a major expansion opportunity for our team,” notes InnovaNet Group CEO Mike Cobb. “Adding the proven expertise of Roger and Steve enhances our capacity to provide clients with an array of operations enhancement, business growth and technical development services from on-the-ground talent.”

Standing apart for their distinctive ability to perceive and understand the intersection between Business Growth, Technical Development and Operations Enhancement, the Innovanet Group is adept at spotting opportunities for market expansion, revenue growth and efficiency improvement for its clients. Their combined expertise has benefited organizations including Americhem, Aspen Research Corporation, AstroTurf, Belden, Disney World, ForeverLawn, Houston METRO, Ivanpah/Bechtel, Oakridge National Laboratory, Proctor and Gamble, State of California, Cal Recycle, Robertson Fuel Systems, the United States Air Force and many others.

About The InnovaNet Group:
Committed to collaborative business improvement and innovation, the InnovaNet Group delivers sustainable value and results for clients through business growth, technical development and operations enhancement. Launched in June 2011 through the merger of two collaborative partners, Criterion LLC and the InnovaNet Technology Group, the team has tremendous expertise with small and medium-sized companies that range from start-ups to $500 million entities. The firm’s seasoned team of highly-engaged thought leaders applies a collaborative approach to deliver tailored solutions and measurable results to clients looking to grow revenues, improve operations, solve technology problems or develop new products. For more information, visit

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