Ponte Vedra, FL

Keynote Speakers


Monday 12 September 2016

8:30 am

Theresa Patton

InVisiOSM Design Manager for North America at PolyOne

“InVisiOSM Color Inspirations 2017, a collection of four influential and emerging color trends which have been masterfully executed in polymer featuring unique special effects”

2016Key_PattonTheresaTheresa Patton is the InVisiOSM Design Manager for North America at PolyOne where she endeavours to enable customers make inspired and informed decisions with regards to Color, Material, and Finish. She is an active member of the Color Marketing Group.   She and her colleagues in Europe work across various industries to identify and interpret social, economic, and creative catalysts likely to influence CMF direction in the future.  She earned a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in Industrial Design.  She has extensive experience delivering innovative solutions through inspired applications of color & form and has earned several national awards for her design solutions.  Theresa is supportive of the fine arts as well by serving on the board of the Fireland’s Association of Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio since 2012.


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Monday 12 September 2016

3:30 pm

Betty Puckerin

Senior Global Manager Color Technology, Ampacet Corporation

Specifications and Test Methods

Betty2014Betty Puckerin has worked at Ampacet Corporation for 26 years.  She started as a color chemist and worked briefly as a development chemist while completing her chemistry degree at Indiana State University.  In 2011, she earned a MBA from Indiana State University.   As a global manager, Betty manages internal color management systems, coordinates global color projects and colorant qualification.  Betty has served on the CAD Board of Directors for several years and completed a rotation through the executive committee, ending as Past-Chair in 2015.  Betty co-chaired the CAD RETEC 2015 in Indianapolis with Scott Heitzman and has volunteered to chair the Education Committee.

The Specifications and Test Methods presentation is a collaboration of the Education Committee and the CAD Board of Directors.  The project was originally led by Steve Goldstein, who is greatly missed by the Education Committee, CAD Board of Directors and colleagues in the color and plastics community.

CAD Education Committee: Jeff Drusda, Steve Esker, Jack Ladson, Bruce Mulholland, Betty Puckerin, Jim Rediske, Brian West


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Monday 12 September 2016

4:00 pm

Dr. Weiping Yu

Scientist/Physicist NASA

“A New Understanding of Theory of Light and Colors”

2016Key_WeipingYuDr. Weiping Yu is a scientist/physicist at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Yu holds a doctorate in Engineering Physics and is a pioneer researcher in theoretical and applied physics and the founder of the Universal Particle (Uon) Theory of Everything.   Dr. Yu is a contributing member of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences, universities, and communities.



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Tuesday 13 September 2016

8:30 am

Greg Autore

Color Specialist – Designer

“Color Perspective”

2016Key_AutoreGregGreg Autore – A thirty year veteran of the Toy and Juvenile Products Industry with work spanning design, development, sales and marketing. As president of Purple Suit, Inc., a product development firm, his creative touch is always in demand to develop and market unique children’s products.  Among the classic toys he has influenced are: Star Wars, Marvel Superheroes and Disney Princesses.  He has also directed creative input of animated shows like Princess Gwenevere and Jewel Riders.  Whether making a toy, a sippy cup, a package or an animated show, color is one of the key tools he uses to create successful product.


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Tuesday 13 September 2016

3:00 pm

Willem De Vos

CEO, Society of Plastics Engineers

The Future of plastics in our connected world”

Willem De Vos became CEO of the Society of Plastics Engineers in January 2012.

2016Key_DeVosWillemSPE is a Knowledge and Networking organisation active in the plastics industry world wide, SPE is active in 30 countries and has about 30 divisions and 70 regional sections with members in 84 countries around the world. He is Master in Chemical & Polymer Engineering from the university of Gent, Belgium He also holds Executive MBA from the Vlerick Management School in Belgium and is a certified London Business School Senior Executive Program holder. He is a resident of Belgium and speaks Dutch, English, French, German, and some Italian. He began his career in 1991 at Eurocompound, a leading European supplier of rubber emulsion compounds and coatings to the textile, automotive, and paper industries. In 1996, he transferred to Recticel, a world leader in the manufacture of polyurethane products. He started as the sales manager of the automotive materials division, and became the business unit manager a few years later, overseeing plants in Detroit, Michigan, and Belgium. In 2004, he was appointed business unit director of Recticel Interior Solutions. Based in Germany, he was responsible for several European and Asian car brands. In addition to his responsibilities in Europe, he set up Recticel’s first factory in China, and was as a board member of a Japanese joint venture. In 2008, Mr. De Vos joined Vitalo, a leading global supplier of plastics packaging and thermoformed plastic components, as their vice president. In October 2009, he became Vitalo’s CEO. As head of the Vitalo Group, he oversaw an enterprise with worldwide factories and sales offices, including locations in Europe, the USA, Mexico, India, Thailand, China, Japan, and the Philippines. Mr De Vos currently holds several non-executive board positions and is an advisor to boards of some institutions and companies. He is also a renowned speaker at conferences around the world on diverse topics in the Plastics Industry.


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