Scott Vollero is a highly respected entrepreneur with several decades of experience in the automotive parts and precious metals recycling industries. He is best known as the co-founder and former head of Autocats Inc., a multinational firm that specializes in extracting precious metals from automotive catalytic converters.
Vollero founded Autocats in 2000 with some key associates. The company developed a unique business model for the collection and recycling of Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium from scrap converters. Once extracted, these metals are refined and sold to end users. Prior to its sale in 2011, Autocats was one of the largest single players in the secondary market for Platinum, Palladium and the highly illiquid rhodium market.
During the 2000s, Scott Vollero shepherded Autocats through a period of explosive growth from $2 million in annual sales the first year to over $75 million approximately five years later and, expanding into more than a dozen international markets in the process. Vollero focused much of his attention on the rapidly expanding overseas markets such as India, Dubai (middle east), and the Chinese auto market, positioning Autocats as the dominant international auto-derived precious metals recycler on the mainland. By the end of the 2000s, Autocats had a physical presence on four continents and was directly or indirectly responsible for hundreds of jobs. In 2011, Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. (TAI) purchased Autocats in their search to lock-in a strategic supplier for the precious metals used in their vehicle manufacturing operations.
Vollero has devoted his entire professional life to honing his managerial skills and developing effective process efficiency protocols. Prior to founding Autocats, Vollero amassed managerial and executive experience in the financial, manufacturing and lifestyle industries.
After graduating from James Madison University’s undergraduate program, he took a job at a white-shoe Washington, D.C. investment banking firm, learning the ins and outs of the financial industry. Vollero credits the firm’s partners with teaching him the value of humility and personal service — qualities he has striven to emulate throughout his career.
Following his exit from the investment banking world, Vollero moved to California and purchased a stake in a struggling solar firm there. In “a difficult environment” for renewable energy, Scott Vollero managed to salvage the company and recoup his investment. He subsequently was a managing partner in a fitness company with multi-locations before entering the nascent auto scrap and precious metals recycling industry around the turn of the 21st century.
In addition to dual James Madison University undergraduate degrees, Vollero has a finance MBA from California State University-Fullerton. He also carries Series 7 and 22 licenses and has a registered environmental assessor certification from the state of California. Vollero is currently in the process of obtaining his Lean Six Sigma black belt and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications and conducts high-level consulting work for national and international clients.
When he’s not at the office, Scott Vollero enjoys skiing, hiking, playing tennis and practicing Jiu-Jitsu. He is also active in the Southern California charity circuit, devoting substantial time and resources to the oversight and management Kozy Toes, a social enterprise that provides disadvantaged families with sturdy footwear and other basic apparel items. He lives in Orange County, California, with his family — but never tires of traveling the world.