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.

 

THERMOSET COMPOSITES

 

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

MARC IMBROGNO,

SPE Thermoset Division Chair

ABOUT

DIVISION CHAIR

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.

 

PAST CHAIR

Len Nunnery, Executive Vice President for Citadel Plastics Engineered Composites Division (formerly Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc. / BMCI).  Previous positions held at the company over his 20 year career there have been Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, Director of Sales and Director of Quality.  Len has written numerous technical works, holds a patent in gas assist molding technology and is a specialist in organic growth brand development.  He resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Shelane, and enjoys travel, hiking and horseback riding.

 

TREASURER

Greg Spaeth, Treasurer for SPE Thermoset Division, 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.

 

SECRETARY

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).

 

AWARDS CHAIR

Richard Faulk is Manager of New Business Development for Citadel Plastics' Thermoset Division and has been with the company since 2005.  Mr. Faulk has over 25 years of experience within the field of thermoset polyesters. His work experience covers all aspects associated with manufacture and sale of bulk molding compounds; from plant management, sales and marketing and new business development.  In his current capacity, his main focus is to work with original equipment manufacturers in developing new applications where BMC materials provide value. Mr. Faulk has been an active member of the SPE thermoset BOD since 2007.  He resides in St. Charles with his wife, Kim, and their three sons.

 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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.

 

Jeremy Baxter is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Suburban Plastics, a privately owned custom molder of thermosets, thermoplastics  and engineered composites. He joined Suburban in 1994 and from 1998-1999 managed the start-up of their Grenada, Mississippi facility.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Western Illinois University.  Mr. Baxter resides in Elgin, Illinois, with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Stan Pilat has been in the molding and plastics arena for over 25 years.  Prior to that Mr. Pilat worked for Westinghouse Electric after graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI.  He is currently [Stan Pilat] Manager of Business Development at Parkway Products LLC and is responsible for thermoset and thermoplastic molding and materials.  Mr. Pilat manages all sales and customer efforts for the industrial, electrical, transportation and many other markets.  His knowledge of the electrical and industrial markets have helped the growth of thermoset materials at all companies he has worked with, including fabricators of insulation material and also most recently with Mar-Bal Inc. where Mr. Pilat spent almost 14 years as Sales Director.  He and his wife,  Lori, have three children.  Stan lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and works out of his home office and travels throughout North America and Latin America.

 

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.

 

Ben Soltisz, Distribution Manager, Composite Resins at Ashland Performance Materials, has been with Ashland for little  over a year. Prior to Ashland, Mr. Soltisz worked at Dow Chemical Company for seventeen years where he held various sales, marketing and business management roles. He holds a BS in Ceramic Engineering from The Ohio State University. Mr. Soltisz became a SPE Thermoset BOD at the beginning of 2012. He resides in Marysville, Ohio, with his wife.

 

Kevin Sweeney, Vice President of Business Development at Bo-Witt Products, has recently rejoined the Thermoset BOD. Prior to his recent recess from te SPE Thermset BOD, he had served for 15 years and was Councilor for SPE for six years. Bo-Witt is an engineered solutions company, composites molder and CNC metal component manufacturer in Edinburgh, Indiana.  Kevin has over 30 years of experience in product, composites and tool design, as well as material selection, project management, metal to plastics conversions, design for manufacturability, and lean manufacturing. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University.

 

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 40 plus 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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