[one_fourth]ABOUT THE ELECTIONS[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]CANDIDATE BIOS[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]VOTING INSTRUCTIONS[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]BALLOT[/one_fourth_last]

All polls are closed as of March 1, 2017!

Results will be posted soon

2017 SPE CAD Board of Directors Election – Candidate Bios

[one_fourth]Mercedes LandazuriMercedes Landazuri 1 [/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Sarah Lawrence College, BA. Voronezh State University, graduate coursework in Russian language & literature[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Managed a digital printing company before entering the specialty chemical industry in 2016.[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]In my short time in the industry, I’ve been very active in SPE. I’m on the board of the SPE Chicago section, where I’ve participated in event planning and been active in updating and promoting the section’s online presence. I’m also a member of SPE’s NextGen Advisory Board, where I’ve compiled a directory for NGAB members and am currently chairing the Pilot Our Future event for ANTEC 2017. Additionally within NGAB, I’m a member of the Pinnacle Award Task Force, where I’m working with a small group of fellow NGAB members to define metrics for a new Pinnacle Award. Most recently, I’ve been coordinating a women’s networking breakfast for ANTEC 2017. I look forward to contributing my skills and indefatigable nature to the Color & Appearance Division.[/one_fourth_last]

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[one_fourth]Mark Tyler (Incumbent)Mark Tyler[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Bachelors of Science in Business, Administration, Minor in Marketing, Franklin University

Associates Degree in Plastics Color Matching, Terra Community College[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]

Currently Position: Celanese Engineered Materials – Color Technologist Florence, KY.

Past Positions:
A. Schulman Inc.
Sharon Center, Ohio
For 16 years where I held various positions from color QC to Color Technical Manager

Allied Color Corp.
Broadview Heights, Ohio

Day-Glo Color Corp Cleveland, Ohio

[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Being part of the BOD for the last 10 years has been very rewarding for me and I hope to continue being part of a group and industry I strongly believe in. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and challenges this honor has presented me and will continue to serve the membership as it endures and grows.  I currently serve on the Communications Committee, Education Committee, Strategic Growth Committee as well as future ANTEC and RETEC Committees. I also am the Newletter Editor and manage E-Blast communications for the Division. I have been part of the SPE CAD as a student member, member and Senior member for the last 24 years and would appreciate the opportunity to continue to give back to the membership all that it has given me.[/one_fourth_last]

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[one_fourth]Austin H. Reid, Jr. (Incumbent)Reid[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Ph.D., Chemistry, Auburn University[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Chemours/DuPont, 32 years[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]

Austin has been in the TiO2 business for thirty-two years. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Auburn University. After a postdoctoral period under the direction of F. Albert Cotton at Texas A&M University, he joined DuPont in 1985. He has held numerous positions in R&D and in research and technical services management. He has worked at the Edge Moor, Johnsonville and DeLisle plants as well as at the Jackson and Chestnut Run Laboratories. His current position is Technical Fellow in Chemours (DuPont spinoff). He has been active in the Society of Plastics Engineers for thirty years, and was named a Fellow of the Society in 2002 and an Honored Service Member in 2004. He has served as the Chair of the Color and Appearance Division of the SPE and as a Vice President on the Executive Committee of the society. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Crystallographic Association, and AAAS.


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[one_fourth]Jeff Drusda (Incumbent)JSD 3[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]

B.A. Biochemistry

East Stroudsburg University

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Current: Silberline Manufacturing (1998); Technical Service Representative (since 2005)

Prior: Production Supervisor, Regency Thermographers/Taylor Corp. (1991-1998)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]

I have served on the SPE Color and Appearance Division BOD for several years, most recently on the executive committee. I would like to continue participation on the CAD board of directors to and promote our efforts with organizing this sections’ contribution to the plastics industry.

Previously, I served on the BOD and as treasurer for the Lehigh Valley SPE. In this role, I helped organize this section’s Annual Nanosymposium TOPCON since its inception.

Having worked many years in color-related industries, I have amounted experience and knowledge that can benefit the CAD. I would like to continue my efforts with the CAD BOD in order to provide value, education, and resources to the membership.[/one_fourth_last]

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[one_fourth]Matthew Billiter Matt Billiter[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]BS Chemical Engineering, West Virginia University[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]LANXESS Corp.[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]

I received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University in 2000. I started at Bayer Corporation shortly after and became a LANXESS employee in 2004 during the spinoff from Bayer.  I have a total of 16 years work experience with inorganic pigments at LANXESS.  I started as a technical service representative for the concrete market and later moved into a sales representative role in 2003.  I covered territories in the Mid South USA, Northeast USA, and Midwest USA before moving into sales management in 2013.  I started by covering the North America coatings market, added the North America mulch market in 2015, and added the North America plastics market on July 1, 2016.

I am interested in joining the CAD board because I fell that it would great opportunity to learn more about the plastics industry as it is my newest end market to cover for LANXESS. I also think it would be a great opportunity voice my opinions on color and meet colleagues in the industry that are also involved in the color field.


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[one_fourth]Dan Hunter2017-01-25 11.15.34[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]

Bradley University, BS Art, Drawing

[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Badger Color Concentrates, Inc.

Technical Director

Prior:  Clariant Masterbtach

Chroma Color

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I have been working in various technical and lab positions in the color concentrate industry for the last 25 years.  Honestly, I feel very lucky in that there has not been a single day that has gone by that I have not learned something new.  To that point, SPE CAD has been an amazing source of knowledge and experience.  I feel indebted to the group in this respect, and I would like to give back to SPE in whatever way I can.  Serving on the board would allow me to do so in a meaningful way.  Thank you.


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[one_fourth]Breeze Briggs(Incumbent) Breeze_HighRes[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Chemistry Education, Montana State University

PhD, Purdue University, Inorganic Chemistry

[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]BASF

Technical Specialist-Inks, Plastics, Transportation & Industrial Coatings

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As a newcomer to pigments I am eager to learn more about the color industry. I have had the chance to present papers at the last two RETEC conferences and the knowledge gained at these events have been tremendous. I would love to be involved in promoting the further education to those thinking about entering the field of pigments so I am running for the SPE board.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Sharon Ehr (Incumbent)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Coming Soon[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Uniform Color Corp.[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Coming Soon[/one_fourth_last]

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[one_fourth]Steve Esker (Incumbent)Steve Esker 1[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Terra Community College, Associates Degrees: Mechanical Engineering (1992)

Plastics Engineering and Color Matching Technologies (1994)

Mount Vernon College: Bachelor of Business Administration (1999)

[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Paramount Colors[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]I have served on the Board of Directors for the past 15 years. The BOD has allowed me to stay current with the new technologies and new innovations within the color industry. I enjoy working with the people around me making the entire Color and Appearance Division a success.  Since first elected, I have served as a past RETEC Vice Chair in Baltimore and many numerous Committees, including the Paper Review Committee.  I have also served as the Membership Chairperson for the Central Ohio SPE division for two terms with great success. I would like to continue my support for this great organization.[/one_fourth_last]

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[one_fourth]Todd McHenry (Incumbent)Todd[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]BS Biology 1995 – Grove City College[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]LANXESS Corp.

Technical Marketing Manager

Plastics and Specialties

21 years Experience

[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]I have been a CAD member for 5 years, and I have served on the CAD Board of Directors for 1 year. I am currently a member of the Endowment Committee and Technical Paper Review Committee.  I have learned so much from my time as a CAD member. It has truly been an honor to be a CAD Board member, and I want to continue to serve and support this great organization. [/one_fourth_last]