[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, results will be posted soon.

2018 SPE CAD Board of Directors Election – Candidate Bios

[one_fourth]Candidate[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Education[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Professional Experience[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Reason for Candidacy[/one_fourth_last]








Ed Ford (Incumbent)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Bachelors Degree, Engineering, University of Delaware in 1996[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]

Ed is currently the General Manager; STEERLife and Pharmaceuticals, which is the Life Sciences Division of STEER World and is responsible for the management of pharmaceutical development and equipment business for North and South America.

Ed has thirty-seven (37) years’ experience in the Color Masterbatches industry with twenty years on the manufacturing side, including the Engineering Manager of the Americas for Clariant Masterbatches, then seventeen (17) years on the sales side for the twin screw extruders used in the Masterbatches industry with positions at STEERAmerica, Leistritz, and others.

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Ed currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Color and Appearance Division (CAD), sharing the position of CAD Technical Program Chairman for last year’s ANTEC and RETEC for the Color and Appearance Division. 


[one_fourth]Jack Ladson (Incumbent)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]University of Rochester – Optical Physics

MIT – Graduate Studies in Mathematics [/one_fourth] [one_fourth]For the last ten years I am President and CEO of COLOR Science Consultancy.  We at Color Science Consultancy deliver deep expertise across many industries, providing innovative ways of thinking and solving business challenges.  End results improve manufacturing processes, lower manufacturing costs and increase product quality.  We apply color, color science, spectroscopy, digital colorimetry, digital photography, CCM, standards, and specially designed computer products to solve problems.  My interests are reducing manufacturing times and global color control. [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]I am actively involved in the operations of the CAD.   I currently chair the Public Interest Committee and the Membership Committee. I participate on the Awards Committee, Education Committee, Technical Resource Committee, and Technical Content Review Committee.    I want to continue contributing and making a difference in the CAD.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Sharon Ehr (Incumbent)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]_____[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]_____[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]_____[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Mike Willis (Incumbent)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]M.S. Organic and Polymeric Chemistry, University of Cincinnati 2007
B.S. Chemistry, University of Cincinnati 1994
B.S. Natural Sciences, University of Cincinnati 1992
A.S. Pre-Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati 1990[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Technical Manager, Advanced Applications-Plastics Lab

Sun Chemical[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]I am running for re-election to the CAD BOD for a second term. In my first term I have thoroughly enjoyed being the technical co-chair for two RETEC conferences. This purposeful action was in-line with my goals and interests for being a productive board member. This interaction and collaborations with many of the industries professionals is helping us advance the scientific understanding, knowledge share, and educational opportunities for future generations interested in the coloring of plastics. Color and appearance is a complicated aspect of various plastics used in automotive, medical, packaging and fibers. These industries benefit from the proactive works of CAD through collaborative efforts. It is these activities that I would like to continue to help promote, therefore I respectfully submit my name for consideration for re-election to the CAD BOD. Thank you.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Alex Prosapio (Incumbent)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Bachelor of Science, Dominican College[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Key Account Manager  Sudarshan

Past Positions – Account Manager Cappelle Pigments (2010-2017)

Technical Sales Rep for BASF (2003-2008) and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (1996-2001)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Having just completed my first term, I would like to continue serving on the CAD Board of Directors. I was technical program co-chair for 2016 RETEC in Ponte Vedra, and will also look to be the technical program co-chair for the upcoming 2018 RETEC in Charleston. In addition, I would like to continue my current work on the Technical Resource, Technical Education, and Strategic Planning committees. As I enter my 23rd year in the industry, I value the opportunity to work with a great group of people to help educate both current and future generations in the science of color.[/one_fourth_last]








Earl Balthazar (Incumbent)[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Attended Louisiana State University[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Color technologist well versed in color science, human color perception, and industrial applications of color, with thirty years of experience in color system sales and support, color matching and quality control, and color lab management in compounding and masterbatch environments.  I have assisted internal and external customers in achieving the best results in producing and assessing colored products, and have extensive expertise in establishing instrument-supported color matching and quality control programs.  My current role is as a Senior Applications Engineer with Datacolor helping clients in all color-using industries (plastics, paint and coatings, ink, textile, etc.) to understand the intricacies and importance of color, and assist them in implementing the necessary controls and processes to improve efficiencies.[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Coming from a polymer coloring and compounding background, and now teaching color theory and computer-aided color matching in the industry I have always felt that I represent the “where the rubber meets the road” color user, and will continue to bring that perspective to the CAD BOD table.  As a member of the SPE and the Division since 1987, I have seen – and benefited from – the great value that CAD provides to its members in terms of networking opportunities, technical content, and educational programs; and I wish to continue working on the board to help develop that value for our members.

I have been a member of the CAD Board since Y2000, and served as Division Chair in the 2010-11 operating year.  My other contributions include active participation in many board and committee activities; serving as the Chairperson for the Hurricane Katrina-displaced CAD RETEC® 2005 in Charlotte, and managing our return to New Orleans as the CAD RETEC® 2014 Chair.  I served 8 years on the SPE Global Governance Council representing my local section (and keeping CAD interests in mind), and several years as president in two geographic SPE sections.  I am an Honored Service Member of the Society, and in 2015 was presented by the Division with the Terry Golding Outstanding Achievement Award.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Mayur Kumbhani[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]University of Massachussetts – Dartmouth & Lowell[/one_fourth][one_fourth]Mayur has joined Modern Dispersions Inc in 2013 as a research and development manager immediately after finishing his graduate studies.  He started his career in textile chemistry as an undergrad in India.  He came to the US as a graduate student in 2003 to pursue career in textile chemistry at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  After graduating he joined University of Massachusetts Lowell for his doctoral studies in the field of plastics engineering, where he has also functioned as a lab manager for thermal characterization lab for the department.    During his career as a student, his work was published in several journals in the field of fiber reinforced polymers.   He is an active member of SPE, and currently serves as a president elect and technical program chair for Eastern New England SPE (ENESPE) chapter.  His research interest lies in the field of fiber reinforced polymers, color matching in textiles and polymers, additive manufacturing, polymer rheology and transitions, polymer structure and property relationship.[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]I have been involved with the color world since past twenty years.  My initial contributions were in the field of textiles as an undergrad, where I did learn a whole lot about dyes and pigments used in textile industries in India.  After coming to the US, I did manage to work with the same textile field of coloring and finishing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  I was actively participating in the textile coloring and finishing society as a member of American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorist (AATCC).   I did transition from the field of textile to plastics during my graduate studies, where I did learn the similarity between the usage of dyes and pigments in the field of textiles and plastics.  I have continued my journey in the field of colors as a research and development manager for Modern Dispersions Inc. (MDI).  MDI is an industrial leader in the field of carbon black filled color concentrates and compounds.  I am very passionate about the different aspect of dyes and pigments in the field of textiles and plastics.  As an individual, I will bring energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work to the SPE color and appearance division. [/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Kimberly Williamson[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Berry College & Georgia Institute of Technology

Bachelor’s Degree, Physics

Bachelor’s Degree, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Kimberly Williamson has worked in the Plastics Industry for over 10 years. Her functional experience includes: facilitation, application of Lean manufacturing principles, process optimization, sustainable process improvement, and application of color technology. Mrs. Williamson moved from process improvement to color development at Techmer PM nearly three years ago and is working alongside Brian West, VP of Color Technologies.

Mrs. Williamson is actively involved in workforce development and benchmarking industry best practices in the East Tennessee area. She helped found a Manufacturing Roundtable where local businesses come together to discuss and improve issues that are common to all members. She also serves as the chair for an advisory board for Pellissippi State Community College where national curriculums are being developed to improve workforce development.[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]It is my belief that continued success in any industry comes from collaboration and forums where all members of a group can learn from one another. The Color and Appearance Board is a leader in making sure this happens for the polymer industry. To ensure its future, new members must come on board to keep the legacy and all that it provides going for many years to come.

As I progress through my career, I want to grow and learn as an individual, as well as contribute positively to the success of both Techmer PM and the polymer community as a whole. Being a part of the Color and Appearance Board would allow me to accomplish that goal. If elected, I would bring a strong work ethic, people skills, organizational skills and writing / speaking ability to the group to aid in accomplishing the board’s goals.

Thank you for your time and consideration.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Daniel M. Martelli[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]BA History Sacred Heart University[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Heubach Color (Pigments), Plastics Industry Manger, NAFTA
PolyOne Corporation – Market Manager PET, PET Product Manager, Marketing Manager Packaging Business Unit

Brant Beach Yacht Club – Board of Trustees

Board Member, Treasurer – S.A.F.E. Sailing for Every One Foundation – a charitable organization whose mission was to bring the experience of single handed sailing to Wounded Warriors, and inner city youth at risk.


Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
Brant Beach Yacht Club
Founding Member – S.A.F.E Sailing for Every One – Foundation

Publisher, Writer & Editor of Brant Beach Yacht Club’s 16 page Monthly news-letter: “The Flag Bag”[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Twenty five years ago when I learned that you could take a Gas and turn it into something you could hold in your hand I was hooked and ever since the plastics industry has been my passion. Before the advent of the internet I would read the annually published Modern Plastics Encyclopedia from cover to cover to learn about the latest plastic industry innovations and trends. It covered everything from screw design, plastics processing, equipment, thermoplastic resin, pigments and additives.

My career in plastics began as a Technical Sales Representative at NovaChem selling high performance purging compounds. From there I went to PMS Consolidated who became PolyOne where I held various titles beginning as a Territory Manager, PET Product Manager, PET Market Manager, and then Marketing Manager for Packaging Business Unit. My current role is as the Plastics Industry Manager, NAFTA for Heubach Pigments. I have been so fortunate to be involved with the third largest industry in America, serving the finest firms in Plastics. Twice I have circumnavigated the globe, and crisscrossed this country. With my broad base of friends, present and former colleagues and customers in this industry I would contribute to bringing a positive energy to the SPE base by engaging a wide base of industry professionals in this valuable association. I know how to build excitement and I am a tireless contributor, it would be my great honor to serve on the Board of the SPE CAD.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Jonathan Morrison[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Sir Sandford Fleming, International Trade[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Distributor Sales Manager & Sales Representative[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Jonathon Morrison is a Sales Professional who partners with customers to provide color solutions, person to person. Spending the past 23 years in various Order Processing, Logistic and Management roles at DCC, Jonathon knows its the strong connections with the people you are trying to help and the people making it happen that gets the job done. Jonathon studied International Trade at Sir Sandford Fleming. In his free time Jonathon enjoys spending time outdoors with friends snowmobiling in the winter and golfing and boating in the summer.

I’d like to take over the Fun Run from my colleague Bruce Clatworthy for the CAD RETEC shows.[/one_fourth_last]









Scott O’Brien[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Indiana Wesleyan University, Masters of Business Administration

Northern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Air Force Community College, Associates of Science, Air Transportation Management[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Heubach Color, Regional Sales Manager 2015 to present

Hydro Systems, Account Manager 2011-2015

Sun Chemical Performance Pigments Division, Account Manager, Inside Sales, Customer Service, Production Technician and Sample Clerk 1997-2011

US Air Force Reserves, Retired NCO Air Transportation Management 1995-2015

[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]I would like to be considered for the position because I have a passion for the plastics industry and enjoy working with the SPE members. I’m also interested in recruiting young military veterans into the plastics industry, networking and learning about new technology.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]George Iannuzzi[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]_____[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Sandream Impact LLC, Senior Sales Manager

Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU)

Sudarshan North America

More details of George shows his experience in the effect pigments, color, as applied to Plastics, Printing and Coatings.

Previously, George worked for EMD Chemicals as the Market Development Manager for the PPS group.  Prior to that, George worked for Clariant Masterbatch at their Colorworks design center in New York City. He was responsible for helping to develop new and interesting packaging utilizing effect pigments. In addition, for 12 years, he was a Senior Sales Account Manager for Engelhard and Mearl where he exceeded all performance goals for effect pigments, organic, and complex inorganic pigments. He has served in a leadership role to The Color Marketing Group on their Executive Committee as Vice President and on their Board of Directors for almost 10 years.
[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]With 25 plus years in the industrial segment of color and effects, George has demonstrated an affinity for color and design with vast application experience.


Through my last 25 years in various industries, I live by this quote by Monet “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment”. I feel I have contributed to support the most popular color trends in packaging, automotive and cosmetics.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Elizabeth Serdar[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]B.A. Degree, Chemistry

University of Cincinnati

MBA courses, University of Illinois Chicago[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Sales Representative, Omya Inc.

Elizabeth started with Omya Inc. in 2009, and worked as an Inside Sales Representative in the Plastics Division out of Omya’s corporate office in Cincinnati for 18 months. She continued her successful career with Omya where she was promoted to Sales Representative in the Plastics Division for the Midwest Territory, and moved to Chicago, IL. She was again promoted after 22 months to Sales Representative for the Midwest Territory for Omya’s Calcium Carbonate and Specialty Chemical Distribution divisions, covering the plastics and coatings industries. She has demonstrated much success in her current position by growing revenues within her territory from 6 million to more than 8 million dollars within the past year, which represented a 21% growth rate in 2017 versus the previous year. She has enhanced her business education by attending MBA courses at University of Illinois Chicago, and attending more than a dozen professional development training seminars. She attended both Plastics and Advanced Plastics training courses at Omya Switzerland headquarters. She is an active member of the SPE and Chicago Paints and Coatings group, representing Omya at tradeshows throughout North America[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]Elizabeth thrives on building relationships both internally and externally of Omya Inc., putting her customers first, and growing her technical knowledge of calcium carbonate and the specialty chemicals that she promotes. She is thus interested in becoming a SPE CAD board member to further grow relationships and contribute to the plastics color industry. She has strong organizational skills, and can contribute to planning successful CAD tradeshows, increasing her peers’ and customers’ experience and benefits at such shows. She will use her keys to success of leadership, being a positive team player, and perseverance to contribute to the SPE CAD board.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Todd Waddle[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]Bachelor’s Degree, Kent State University School of Technology-Polymer Science

Executive MBA, Kent State University

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]M. Holland, Market Manager – Color and Compounding

As market manager, compounding and color for M. Holland, Todd Waddle is exploring new trends within the color and compounding market, and identifying new business opportunities. He works with product managers to highlight emerging technology and introduce new products and services that create value for clients. Todd works closely with account managers to forge new levels of relationships across the U.S. in the polymer and additive manufacturing industry, and cultivates a robust network with major industry associations and events.

Todd started his career in the mid-1990s with Glastic Corp., a subsidiary of Kobe Steel, as project engineer, where he managed key international OEM accounts. In 1998, he joined Premix Inc., the nation’s largest thermoset compounder and custom molder. Todd worked in technical and product development roles at Premix until 2008, when he moved to sales and marketing. Through several acquisitions Premix became part of A. Schulman, where he most recently served as commercial director for engineered composites.
[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]As the Market Manager, Color and Compounding, at M. Holland, I have the benefit of regularly interacting with many of our 4,000 processor clients and over 20 suppliers, which provides diverse insight into trends within the plastics industry. Additionally, I have the unique experience of having worked both in technical and product development roles as well as sales and marketing. 

There is a lot of change within our industry, and with change comes opportunity. I believe that by tapping into the collective knowledge of our industry peers, we can all keep ahead of trends and seize opportunity. I am currently a member of the Cleveland chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), where I serve as co-chair of our membership committee. I feel a keen responsibility to represent the Polymer industry as an interesting, fun, and desirable to the next generation of industry professionals.

Thank you for the opportunity to be considered for a CAD Board position. If elected I will work hard to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and attracting new technology, ideas and people to our conferences, papers, presentations and mission.


2018 SPE CAD Councilor Election – Candidate Bios

(Vote for One Candidate)



Bruce Mulholland (Incumbent)[/one_fourth][one_fourth]BS Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute[/one_fourth][one_fourth]32 years with Celanese in the field of coloring plastics, particularly engineering resins.  Currently Global Color Technology Manager for Celanese.[/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]As a past chairman of the CAD and current Councilor, I have been involved with many activities which have moved our industry and our division forward.  I feel strongly that the CAD brings many benefits to our membership and I wish to continue to be involved with this great organization. As Councilor, I get to serve on the broader governance of SPE.  I am currently chairman of the Bylaws & Policies committee of SPE.[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]Jack Ladson[/one_fourth] [one_fourth]University of Rochester – Optical Physics

MIT – Graduate Studies in Mathematics [/one_fourth] [one_fourth]For the last ten years I am President and CEO of COLOR Science Consultancy.  We at Color Science Consultancy deliver deep expertise across many industries, providing innovative ways of thinking and solving business challenges.  End results improve manufacturing processes, lower manufacturing costs and increase product quality.  We apply color, color science, spectroscopy, digital colorimetry, digital photography, CCM, standards, and specially designed computer products to solve problems.  My interests are reducing manufacturing times and global color control. [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last]I am actively involved in the operations of the CAD.   I currently chair the Public Interest Committee and the Membership Committee. I participate on the Awards Committee, Education Committee, Technical Resource Committee, and Technical Content Review Committee.    I want to continue contributing and making a difference in the CAD.[/one_fourth_last]