As we enter our second decade as Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc., we look back on the path we’ve traveled with excitement, pride and even a little bit of awe that we have come so far since our company launched in December 2009. As it was at the start, our focus is clear and unwavering – to consistently provide high quality products and outstanding service to our customers.

The members of the Onyx family are many things – skilled craftspeople, committed customer advocates, persistent problem solvers and creative thinkers. We are disciplined stewards of our environment and we are active participants in our communities. As we celebrate the achievements in our first ten years, we continue our resolve to build even stronger relationships with our customers and suppliers, to expand our capabilities, and to attract the best and brightest to join the Onyx team. The future looks bright at Onyx.


Patricia Begrowicz
President – Owner

Christopher Mathews
Executive Vice President – Owner

Onyx Leadership  //

Patricia C. Begrowicz, Owner and President

Career History

Ms. Begrowicz is one of the owners of the business and has responsibility for our company’s manufacturing operations, supply chain, business support functions, and financial management and reporting. Pat was the General Manager for MeadWestvaco’s Specialty Papers Division headquartered in South Lee, Massachusetts. Pat joined the Specialty Papers’ business in 1998 as Vice President of Operations. She also served as Vice President of Technology and New Business Development, and Vice President of Commercial Operations. Pat joined Mead in 1996 at the Chillicothe Ohio Research Center as Director of Process Technologies.

Prior to joining Mead, Pat was with Union Camp Corporation where she served in various technical roles at the company’s mills in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.


The Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Lawrence University
Master of Science
The University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

Christopher R. Mathews, Owner and Executive Vice President

Career History

Mr. Mathews is one of the owners of the business and has responsibility for our company’s sales, marketing and business development, as well as the technical and quality functions.  Chris was the Vice President of Sales for MeadWestvaco’s Specialty Papers Division headquartered in South Lee, Massachusetts. He joined the Mead Specialty Papers business in 1995 as Product Development Engineer. Chris served as Manufacturing Superintendent of the Willow Mill, Manager of New Business Development, and Director of Sales and Business Development.

Prior to joining Mead, Chris was with Raybestos Products Corporation in Crawfordsville Indiana and Quin-T Corporation in Tilton New Hampshire.


The University of New Hampshire
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering