Mr. Groomes is a Metallurgical Engineer, Physicist and Materials Scientist by trade. He earned BS degrees at both Tougaloo College and Brown University and an MS from Carnegie- Mellon University before joining GE in 1984 on an Engineering Management Program, followed by the Corporate Audit Staff. Oscar joined GE Plastics in 1988 as a Sales Rep and held subsequent positions in Marketing, Product Management, Sourcing and Commercial Leadership. In 1997, he went to Brazil as President of GE Plastics South America. In 2000 he was appointed General Manager of the Polycarbonate Business in Europe, and in July 2001 he assumed the role as President of GE Specialty Chemicals. In October 2002, Oscar was appointed President and CEO of GE Rail Services in Chicago, Illinois. In 2004 he left GE to join Almatis, a privately held LBO, as Chief Executive Officer based in Frankfurt, Germany. Oscar retired from Almatis after a successful sale in December 2007.
Oscar is currently consulting with Groomes Business Solutions for small developing companies. He also lectures on international business based on his vast experiences in the corporate and private sectors. He sits on the boards of Robert Family Holdings where he served as Acting CEO (9/2012- 1/2013), Schramm Inc., Legacy Resources and Secure Origins. Oscar is a retained advisor for GenNx360, a midmarket B2B private equity firm. He is based in Charlotte, NC.