Norris Bond graduated in 1970 from The University of Southwestern Louisiana, with high distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Norris was initially employed as a design engineer by Baker Oil Tools of Houston, Texas, where he, was responsible for the design and prototype testing of various types of “down-hole” oil well equipment.
At Philip Rahm International, he was responsible for the complete design of cereal processing plants, including wheat de-branning processes. In addition he was responsible for the sales and service of the company’s line of Satake rice processing machinery. It is during this period that he gained considerable knowledge of and experience with various techniques for removing the husk and the bran layers from cereal grains with a minimum of damage to the endosperm.
In 1992 Norris formed Grain Technology Systems, a consulting engineering firm that specialized in diagnostic analysis of rice processing systems and in the design and implementation of “state of the art” bran removal systems. During this time he also offered personnel training services for rice milling customers, developing the courses that would later serve as the basis for the “Satake Milling College”.
In 1994 Norris joined Satake USA Inc. as Vice President of Technology, and remained with Satake until the spring of 2004. During his tenure he served, in addition to his original position, as Vice President of Rice Processing Operations, Vice President of Cereal Milling Operations, Vice President of Latin American Marketing, Chief Engineer of The Satake Group, and Vice President of Engineering. Norris also provided process evaluation consulting services for Satake clients, and lectured on various cereal processing methods in Europe, Central America, South America and Australia.
In June of 2004, Norris and other investors established Applied Milling Systems Inc. In addition to engineering consulting services for the rice, corn and wheat milling industries, the company offers complete design and supply services that make revolutionary processing systems more widely available at lower costs to the cereal processing industry. He served as president of AMS until his retirement from day to day operations in January of this year. He currently serves as the chairman of the company’s board of directors.
Today he is involved in consulting and training for rice milling companies around the world and in the development of new technologies for rice milling equipment and for improved utilization of rice by-products.