Richard N. Wrenn, Jr.

Former President at Premier Magnesia LLC

Richard N. Wrenn, Jr.

Richard N. Wrenn, Jr.

Former President at Premier Magnesia LLC

Biography

A North Carolina native, Rick is a 1974 graduate of Furman University, with a BS in biology. Rick played football while at Furman and has been active in supporting this program as well as the chemistry department.

He is currently the president of Premier Magnesia LLC, a privately-owned minerals and chemical manufacturing entity, specializing in the production of several different magnesium compounds. All of Premier Magnesia's $100+ business starts at their owned and operated magnesia mine in Nevada. This is the only naturally occurring magnesia deposit, that is mined, in the US. From there magnesium compounds are made for such diverse industries as animal feeds, waste water treatments, and as a primary ingredient in a variety of chemical processes. One such process is the production of magnesium sulfate, Epsom Salt, of which Premier's, Giles Chemical Corporation, is the largest producer in the United States.

Rick also owns Giles Industries, which markets sodium sulfate, which is produced as a by-product, from various manufacturing streams, and has owned this business since 1993. He sits on the board of AMI Industries which is a marketer of various chemical and minerals worldwide, principally sourced from China, and usually magnesium related.

Prior to Premier, Rick was the sole owner of Giles Chemical Corporation, which he merged with Premier Magnesia in 2007.

Rick and his wife, Ruth, live in Asheville, North Carolina and have three sons, Rick (2004), Guy and Jackson.

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Premier Magnesia LLC
Giles Chemical Corporation

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Interim President at Furman University

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Member, Board of Trustees at Furman University

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Member, Board of Trustees at Furman University

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Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

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Member, Board of Trustees at Furman University

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Judge at United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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Member, Board of Trustees at Furman University

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Member, Board of Trustees at Furman University

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Richard N. Wrenn, Jr.
Former President at Premier Magnesia LLC
Education
BS in Biology
Class of 1974

Founded in 1826, Furman is the oldest private university in South Carolina. The school is named for Richard Furman, a clergyman considered the most important Baptist leader before the Civil War. Furman was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first president of the Triennial Convention, the first national body of Baptists in America. The South Carolina Baptist Convention established Furman’s original campus in Edgefield, S.C., but over the next three decades, the campus changed locations three times before arriving in downtown Greenville, S.C., in 1851. Originally founded as a men’s academy and theological institute, the theological school broke away from Furman in 1858 to become the Southern Baptist Seminary. In 1924, Furman was named one of four collegiate beneficiaries of the Duke Endowment. The Duke Endowment grants sustained Furman through the Great Depression, helped the university coordinate with Greenville Woman’s College in the 1930s, and bolstered the university’s effort to pursue a new campus location. Furman broke ground on its current location north of its home city in 1953. The school would also become independent in 1992, breaking ties with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Today, Furman’s 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands and an 18-hole golf course. It’s not just the school’s beautiful location that makes Furman a great place to learn. Throughout the years, the university has worked to strengthen its residential campus community, rich student life, and rigorous academics.

Career History
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Premier Magnesia LLC is an American private company located in West Conshohocken, PA. The firm manufactures and supplies chemicals for metal waste treatment activities.

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Member, Board of Trustees
Current

Founded in 1826, Furman is the oldest private university in South Carolina. The school is named for Richard Furman, a clergyman considered the most important Baptist leader before the Civil War. Furman was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first president of the Triennial Convention, the first national body of Baptists in America. The South Carolina Baptist Convention established Furman’s original campus in Edgefield, S.C., but over the next three decades, the campus changed locations three times before arriving in downtown Greenville, S.C., in 1851. Originally founded as a men’s academy and theological institute, the theological school broke away from Furman in 1858 to become the Southern Baptist Seminary. In 1924, Furman was named one of four collegiate beneficiaries of the Duke Endowment. The Duke Endowment grants sustained Furman through the Great Depression, helped the university coordinate with Greenville Woman’s College in the 1930s, and bolstered the university’s effort to pursue a new campus location. Furman broke ground on its current location north of its home city in 1953. The school would also become independent in 1992, breaking ties with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Today, Furman’s 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands and an 18-hole golf course. It’s not just the school’s beautiful location that makes Furman a great place to learn. Throughout the years, the university has worked to strengthen its residential campus community, rich student life, and rigorous academics.

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Giles Industries, Inc. constructs houses, garages, and offices. It offers its products primarily in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the US. The company was founded by R. O. Giles in 1959 and is headquartered in New Tazewell, TN.

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Richard N. Wrenn, Jr. is affiliated with Giles Chemical Corporation, Premier Magnesia LLC, Furman University

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