Russ Balzer

Technical Director

About Russ Balzer

Technical Director


Since 2007 Russ has provided expertise in various roles at The Phoenix Group. Russ began his career with Phoenix as a Lab Supervisor, then took on responsibility for Safety and Quality Compliance. In addition to supporting our Quality System services projects, Russ currently serves as Technical Director for WorldAutoSteel, a global consortium of steel producers serving the automotive market. As Technical Director, Russ manages a variety of engineering projects, and has tactical and strategic responsibilities in WorldAutoSteel’s efforts to use and promote Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).


  • B.S.S. Environmental Compliance, Ohio University


  • 15+ years Mfg. Operations Management
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Safety & Quality Management Systems


  • Materials Testing
  • Project management
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Safety & Quality Management Systems
  • SQA - Level 2 containment
  • 2nd party audits


  • Lead Auditor ISO9001:2015
  • Lead Auditor IATF16949:2016
  • Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional

Key Projects

  • QMS Auditing:
Midwest Fabricating – internal audit
Hayes Performance Systems – internal audit
AK Steel (AW) – internal audit
  • Project Management:
WorldAutoSteel – manage global Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) policy project, including advocacy, and education, across a wide range of stakeholders (government, academia, industry).
WorldAutoSteel – manage modeling and engineering projects including component design, benchmarking, LCA and cost modeling.