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SPE THERMOSET DIVISION
The Thermoset BOD is comprised of a diverse group of industry leaders from a wide range of companies. Each BOD member is actively involved in the educational materials, conferences, academic scholarships and special events sponsored by the SPE Thermoset Division.
The executive professionals elected to the SPE Thermoset Division Board of Directors are among finest in the industry. This accomplished group of individuals bring their expertise from various aspects of the thermoset industry - ranging from material manufacturing, mold design, molding and raw material supply.
Thermosets are ideal materials for the replacement of traditional solutions such as metal, ceramic and engineering thermoplastic. They offer the unique opportunity to consolidate parts, reduce weight and eliminate secondary operations - while improving end use performance and cost. Thermosetting materials are injection and compression moldable. They provide design freedom as well as a full range of properties, colors and finishes.
The SPE Thermoset Division is dedicated to promoting scientific and engineering knowledge relating to thermosetting materials and processing techniques. Transportation, energy and electrical infrastructure interests are demanding the core strengths of thermosetting materials and the high quality components our processors yield. Thermosets are heat and corrosion resistant, lightweight structural dielectrics that provide design freedom and proven value generation.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SPE Thermoset Division Chair
Len Nunnery is an experienced leader of international product development, sales and marketing teams. Globally recognized as an authority in reinforced composite materials (BMC/SMC), Len was an integral contributor to the mixed organic/inorganic growth of Bulk Molding Compounds, Incorported and Citadel Plastics. A Six Sigma Black belt, Len was also granted a U.S. patent for a novel, gas-assisted molding technique, is a published technical author and an accomplished public speaker. A marketing architect with a notable ROI to investment ratio, Len also possesses substantial experience with sophisticated, technology driven M&A, integration and exit processes.
Len is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Quadion, LLC. Quadion, a global manufacturer of engineered rubber and rubber components, also processes LSR and ultra-high performance thermoplastics. Quadion serves the Medical, Transportation, Water/Food and Beverage and Hydraulic Power industries (among others). Examples of Quadion products include rubber seals, custom rubber seals, custom medical seals, over-molded seals, PEEK molding, Silicone over-molding, micro-molding and custom assemblies.
Marc Imbrogno, Director of Materials Engineering, at Mar-Bal, Inc. is responsible for all facets of the materials engineering department, driving research, materials development, support program launch implementaions. He also inspires the long-range materials technology pipeline at Mar-Bal, Inc. Marc hass over twenty years of composite materials engineering experience as a result of his prior roles at The Composites Group, Master Builders Technologies (now BASF) and Glastic Corporation. Most recently, Mr. Imbrogno was the Corporate Director of Market and Product Development at The Composites Group. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Akron.
Ron Poff, Manager, Global Marketing and Brands – Mar-Bal, Inc., is responsible for Mar-Bal, Inc.’s Corporate marketing activities including communications, brand development and product management. In addition, Ron leads the global sales and new business development within Mar-Bal’s proprietary product lines. Ron has over 24 years of new product development and global business development experience including strong global marketing skills and achieving professional recognition by The Institute for Supply Management® (ISM) as a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM). He currently serves as a Professional Vice-President on the National Council for Pi Sigma Epsilon; serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoset Division; is a member of the American Composites Manufacturer’s Association (ACMA) Marketing Committee; further, he is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the American Legion. Ron holds a B.S. in Business Management from University of Phoenix; a Graduate Certificate in eMarketing from the University of Virginia (UVA) and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Leadership at UVA. Ron is also a veteran of the US Navy and Reserves (1989-1999).
Greg West has been building molds, tools and special machines for the plastics industry since 1967. He began his career as an apprentice tool and die maker. During his career he has served as a lead tool maker, foreman, project manager, esimator, operations manager, and vice president in charge of engineering and sales. On January 1, 1999, Greg started Westool Corporation, a mold building and repair facility. Greg possesses a strong knowledge of building techniques for molds and related tools, as well as considerable experience in manufacturing management and international tool building.
Reggie Alphin, Director of Operations, at Globe Plastics, Inc. in Chino CA, where he is responsible for all aspects of driving the business through operational excellence. In addition, he is responsible for the Sales and Marketing team to educate the industry of composites excellence and the importance of partnerships. Reggie has been with Globe Plastics for over 19 years and held numerous positions throughout his tenure there. Reggie holds an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a certified Plastics manufacturing and Injection molding specialist from Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Reggie serves on the Board of Directors and Vice President of ALMA International (Association of Loudspeaker Manufactures and Acoustics), which he has held this position for the past 4 years. He is a current member of AES (Audio Engineering Society), SPE (Society of Plastic Engineers), AMA (American Marketing Association) and IEMC (Inland Empire Manufacturers Council).
Jim Cunningham holds a BS in Chemistry (with minors in Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering) from Michigan State University. He began his career as an Analytical Chemist with American Agricultural Chemical Co. and worked with the U.S. Army 1953-1955, teaching counter-mortar radar at Ft. Bliss, TX. Since that time Mr. Cunningham has held various engineering, foreman and management positions within the Chemicals and Plastics industries. Prior to his retirement, he was Vice President of General Super Plating in Charlotte, North Carolina and owner of J.H. Cunningham and Assoc., Inc. He is the author of 'Robert Chadwick Becomes a Plastic Professional', a novel written to give students a sense of the dynamics of an industrial career.
Tom Haag is President of Engineering, Quality and Sales for Fox Valley Molding, a custom processor of thermoset molding compounds and engineering grade thermoplastics. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Mr. Haag has been with Fox Valley for 15 years and has 22 years of experience within the plastics industry. His various roles included Manufacturing Engineer, Injection Molding Process Engineer, mold design, quality control and sales. He resides in New Lenox with his wife and children.
Matthew Kaczmarczyk is currently the Market Manager for Aerospace, Defense and High Performance Automotive at A. Schulman Engineered Composites. He is responsible for identifying market trends, opportunities, and products which will allow the technology team to successfully deliver advanced materials and support new applications. Matthew previously held the position of Senior Design Engineer for Quantum Composites Inc. and served the firm (recently acquired by A. Schulman) for the past 10 years in the role of technical lead for design and development of lightweight composite structures. In that position, Matthew was responsible for managing composite part design, simulation analysis, testing and structural validation of composite components. Prior to joining the Quantum team Matthew held the positions of Engineering Manager at Key Plastics LLC and Project Engineer at Titian Plastics. Matthew has over 15 years of aerospace and automotive experience in product design and development using thermoset and thermoplastic materials. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Plastics Engineering from Ferris State University.
Matthew has co authored several white papers including a submission to the 2013 SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) titled “The Application of Composite Design Principles for Light Weighting Structural Components using Discontinuous Carbon Fiber Materials”. He participated in the 2014 SPE Automotive Composites Conference with his work titled “The Numerical Analysis & Validation of Compression Molding Process” and most recently the 2016 JEC Composites International Conference on Automotive Technology addressing “Automotive Light Weighting Using Chopped and Continuous Compression Molded Carbon Fiber Materials”.
Randy Lewis has over 35 years in the thermoset industry and is employed by P.R. Lewis Consulting, LLC., a company in partnership with Zeon Technologies, Inc., that produces new thermoset molding compounds that address challenging issues. Mr. Lewis has held a wide variety of positions within the industry, including Division Manager for a Fortune 100 Company. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Gaston College and served as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. He is past International Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the International Society of Plastic Engineers and has served the Society twice as Chairman of the Council Committee of the Whole. In addition, he served twice as Chairman of the Thermoset Division and President of the Piedmont Coastal Section. He resides in the Carolinas with his wife.
Rick Reichert is the Innovation Manager for the Advanced Organics business unit of OM Group (OMG). OMG is a diversified company with businesses in specialty chemicals, magnetic technologies and battery technologies that serves the global composites market with raw material additives that also include accelerators and catalysts. Mr. Reichert is responsible for identifying new technologies and processes for channel to market and new product development, managing the stage gate process from discovery through post launch review, and managing research and development for the Americas. He has worked at OMG since 2004 and has over three decades of experience in polymer materials development and characterization, previously working for GenCorp in their Polymer Products and Corporate Research divisions and at Premix, Inc. in R&D and Quality. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Akron, a MS in Engineering/Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University, and a certificate in Innovation and Strategy from the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management. He has authored several articles in composite industry publications and co-authored patents on accelerators for curing of unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester, and acrylic resins.
Walter “Bud” Schutz Jr is president of ICT MOLDING SOLUTIONS INC a company he founded in 2014 which specializes in Injection / Compression and Transfer molding of Thermoset molding compounds consisting of both polyester & phenolic along with many other well-known materials including most engineered and commodity Thermoplastic resins.
Over his 27 year career, Walter has been involved in many aspects of the manufacturing & business sector of molding and all its related facets. He served as a tool and die apprentice and over the years evolved up to Production Engineer of molding and secondary sub-assemblies. To go along with the manufacturing side Walter also possesses strong leadership skills serving many years as Director of Operations and Director of New Business Development.
Moving forward Walter is eagerly pursuing many cutting edge technologies to help the Thermoset industry stay strong and prosperous, some of which include high speed molding techniques along with environmentally friendly low impact mold building design practices. He currently resides in Northwest Pennsylvania with his daughter Emily.
Greg Spaeth is Project Engineer at Plastics Engineering Company (PLENCO). PLENCO is headquartered in Sheboygan, WI and is a leading North American manufacturer of phenolic resins and thermoset molding materials. Mr. Spaeth holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He carries out special research and development projects, including material development and specific part functionality testing. With the PLENCO Technical Service Department, he works with customers to prototype new tooling and cut costs through process improvement projects. His work now includes providing part optimization and design input utilizing PLENCO's Finite Element Anaylysis capabilities.
Andy Stroh is a Vice President and partner at Cornerstone Composites, a Milwaukee, WI molding firm. He joined the industry in 2014 after serving in the die casting industry for over a decade. Cornerstone was formed through a merger between Wisconsin Thermoset Molding and Rose Polymer. Andy is an executive team member with primary responsibility for customer relations, new business development and industry advocacy. During his career in manufacturing he has lead teams of associates in nearly every facet but focuses on sales, engi-neering, operations. Andy holds a degree in business administration from St. Norbert College in Greenbay, WI. He is an enthusiastic be-liever and spends his time promoting the use of thermosetting com-posites in mechanical and structural part applications.
Paula Watt is the Director of Outreach for the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. She joined the University after 30 years of industrial research and technical management experience in the polymer industry. She has a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron, an M.S. in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. Paula has authored numerous technical publications including two book chapters. She has prepared winning grant proposals and has been Principle Investigator for multiple industry/university collaborations. Paula served as the Industrial Advisory Board Chair for Kent State Ashtabula’s Technology Department, as Chairman of the Industrial board of EPIC’s Composites Center of Excellence and on the Polymer Ohio Board of Directors. She also served on the ACMA Educational and Biocomposites sub-committees, as a Business Mentor for a UA I-corp sites team, on NSF SBIR proposal review committees and she has been an adjunct professor at Kent State University.
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