Plastic Processing and Plastic Compounding Expert with Far East Consulting Experience

Technical Consultant #768


Expertise

  • 30 years of plastics testing and consulting businesses with continuing Asian technical and business contacts.
  • In-depth technical and operations knowledge of plastics processing and compounding.
  • Formulations expert in polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), nylon, polycarbonate (PC) and alloys, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and other engineering resins.
  • Process design and experience in single screw, twin screw and FMC compounding.
  • Expert in process and light stabilization of polyolefins.
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) plastics flammability testing facilities and analysis.
  • Technical positions in several major plastics companies, including Union Carbide, Arco Chemical, Ferro Corporation and ShinKong Synthetic Fibers Corporation.
  • Significant Far East technical and marketing experience.
  • Excellent leadership and management skills.
  • Proven technical track record including improved sales for clients.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Senior Research Scientist, 2011 - Present

  • Manage and coordinate the technical aspects of the company's DOE grant project in CO2 foaming of polymers for efficient thermal insulation systems.
  • Arrange compounding trials at vendor locations discovers partners to conduct foaming trials, consult vendors to order raw materials.
  • Organize company initiatives in testing of polymers and plastics.
  • Attend major industry trade conferences to promote company products and services.

Undisclosed Company, Consulting Director, 2009 - Present

  • Created and founded consulting company specializing in plastics for oversees global customer projects.
  • Meeting with multinational customers as needed, and creates/delivers solutions based on sales and technical needs; developing research and preparing reports.
  • Manage financial initiatives and accounts payable/receivable.
  • Create marketing presentations to deliver at trade shows, customer locations, and major industry conferences.
  • Manages key projects and prepares comprehensive client reports.
  • Assist clients to understand the plastics industry as an educator with the Gerson Lehrman Councils.

Plastic Science LLC, Smyrna, DE, Managing Director, 1999 - 2008

  • Founded and built company from the ground up. Directed business initiatives, budgets totaling $1million, cash flow, vendor/employee payments, and $400 thousand in P&L/growth.
  • Established pricing and objectives. Devised company policies, procedures, and strategies.
  • Developed new business channels and followed up with customers to promote satisfaction.
  • Applied for, developed, and negotiated contracts.
  • Coordinated trade show exhibitions and developing/managing marketing campaigns.
  • Ensured regulatory and ISO 17025-2005 laboratory compliance.
  • Secured additional capital/credit to facilitate company growth.
  • Recruited personnel, managed disciplinary issues, and trained employees in plastics/polymers and testing processes.
  • Oversaw employee human resources activities, including payroll, time cards, and time off.
  • Identified and procures cost-effective equipment, monitored pending testing requests, and analyzed/approved testing results. Managed key projects and prepared comprehensive client reports.
  • Increased revenues through leveraging testing and consulting services, which enabled project pricing to range from $50,000 to $100,000.
  • Established PlastiScience as a UL Testing site for flammability and RTI testing under the CWTDP.
  • Secured a multiyear exclusive contract with ASTM for molding samples under the flammability proficiency test program.

Derritech Consultants International, 1993 - 2006

  • As Consulting Director, worked on site in, Hong Kong, Taipei, Taiwan and Smyrna, DE.
  • Created and founded consulting company originating in Asia.
  • Oversaw global customer projects, met with multinational vendors and customers as needed, and created/delivered solutions based on sales/technical needs; developed research and prepared reports.
  • Managed financial initiatives and accounts payable/receivable.
  • Created marketing presentations to deliver at trade shows, customer locations, and major industry conferences.
  • Consulted a client on a $27 million Kuwait investment by researching and supporting the development of a global sales and operations, technical, and marketing business report; investor proceeded with the projects based on provided recommendations.
  • Successfully drove sales for North American multinational clients, including Dow Chemical, Eagle-Picher and Specialty Minerals, etc.
  • Provided effective technical service and sales consulting for Fortune 50 chemical companies in engineering plastics formulations, and chemical additives for plastics formulations.

Bay Resins, Inc., Vice President Technology, 1994 - 1996

  • Directed Research and New Product Development departments for compounding company, featuring nylon 6 and 6,6 compounds and also blends.
  • Managed 20 employees, including quality assurance laboratory, color laboratory, and new product research and development.
  • Successfully managed technical, marketing and sales cross-functional teams to introduce new products and maintain current line.
  • Emphasis was on automotive sector; significant interaction with engineering.

Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corporation, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 1990 - 1993

  • Plastics Division, Marketing Development, Manager
  • Marketing and technical development of filled and reinforced PP.
  • Expanded PP business by times.
  • Developed markets for lawn furniture, appliances, flexible TPO, and flame retardant (UL) for electrical and electronics.

Ferro Corporation, Filled and Reinforced Plastics Division, Technical Director, 1986 - 1990

  • Organized and managed a research and development department staff expansion to 23, including product development, pilot plant and color lab.
  • Responsible for technical budget of $1 million.
  • Achieved product expansion for new chemistry for fiber glass coupling, high gloss mineral fillers, and filler master batch technology.

Alloy Polymers, Inc., Technical Manager, 1985 - 1986

  • Reporting to President, managed all technical functions of this toll compounding company, including QA, product and process development, and customer process trials.
  • Assisted in planning and installation of 2 ZSK-90 and 1 ZSK-53 twin screw compounding lines. Skilled at process design for compounding of engineering plastics, including nylon 6 and 66, SAN, styrene and EPR alloys, PET, PBT, phenoxy, PC and liquid crystal polymers.
  • Created screw designs for each job.

Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Group Leader, Polyolefin Additives, 1984 - 1985

  • Project planning for technical service and new applications development of Irganox┬« antioxidants, Tinuvin┬« and Chimassob┬« line of light stabilizers.
  • Expert in process and light stabilization of polyolefins.

Arco Chemical Company, Senior Research Scientist, 1979 - 1984

  • Product and applications development for PP compounds, including new random copolymers, developing lab tests for QA, formulations for medical packaging, and paintable TPO bumper formulations.
  • PE wire and cable applications, especially for foamable HDPE, black jacketing LDPE and LLDPE compounds.
  • Significant customer and sales interface experience were developed.

Union Carbide Corporation, Project Scientist, 1974 - 1979

  • PE wire and cable applications, including semi-conductive copolymers, cross-linking of PE, EVA and EEA copolymers.
  • Studied thermal degradation kinetics of PE, and environmental stress cracking of PE copolymers.

U. S. Army, Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam

  • Specialist 5, Finance Specialist - Promoted 5 pay grades in 19 months of active duty, was records Team Chief, Officers Finance Records, 1st Cavalry Division.

Accomplishments

  • Secured a Government Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Multi-Schedule Contract; PlastiScience was the only GSA contractor offering plastics and polymer testing services.
  • Obtained Underwriters Laboratories (UL) flammability testing status for an external lab to improve testing services. Increased growth by 25% through instituting enhanced testing processes, including Relative Thermal Index (RTI) testing.
  • For Dow Chemical saved $1 million in research costs for two projects by decreasing development time and efficiently utilizing expertise.
  • Captured $500 thousand in consulting contracts over a three-year period through aggressively negotiating with clients.
  • Fueled sales growth by 100% in two years by revamping and improving processes to enhance PBT product line quality and compete with world class GE Plastics Products.
  • Increased production capacity by 200% through recommending and successfully managing the implementation of key quality improvements.
  • Improved efficiency and reduced product development time by 30-40% through effectively training personnel.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society, Rubber Division, Polymer Chemistry Division, Plastics Division
  • Society of Plastics Engineers, Electrical and Electronics Division and Polymer Modifiers and Additives Division
  • Kiwanis Club of Newburgh, IN
  • Solid Waste Subcommittee, Evansville Chamber of Commerce Environmental Planning

Awards

  • Won two Ferro New Product Development awards (Product line: PP compounds of minerals and fiberglass, and managing the development in Nylon 6 and PC).

Education

  • Ph.D. Polymer Science, University of Akron, OH
  • B.A. Chemistry, Earlham College, Richmond, IN
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