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Pigment and Coating Consulting for Automotive and Metal Coatings

Technical Consultant #1786


  • Over 20 years of experience managing both marketing and technical strategic projects, taking products and ideas from inception through commercialization to launch and profitability.
  • Transportation coatings and additives for NAFTA region automotive markets.
  • Development of new pigment for coatings.
  • Development and commercialization of pigment dispersion for automotive finishes.
  • Technology and development of non-stick finishes for cookware.
  • Developed family of zinc-rich primer using silicate-based binders.
  • Proven track record in assimilating diverse information, getting buy-in to achieve goals and communicating to broad constituencies.
  • Recognized for the ability to interpret and synthesize information and convert it into a strategic plan of action.

Presentations, Facilitation and Project Management

  • Training and lectures on pigment and coating technology to worldwide suppliers and users of pigmented coatings and inks.
  • Presented annual Automotive Exterior Styling Show to customer decision makers.
  • Delivered presentations about the future "Mega-trends" in the automotive coating's market to professional associations, Detroit Color Council and other management groups to educate them on the critical needs of the industry.
  • Presented numerous technical papers on coatings to industry trade groups and was recipient of "Best Paper Selection" at the Louisville Coatings Society.
  • Developed and implemented a new product documentation protocol which streamlined and legitimized the commercialization process.
  • Spearheaded the development and promotion of two products affording customers 20% cost savings.


  • Co-authored two patents: A novel water resistant coating for golf balls and unique styling for automotive finishes.


Independent Consultant, Present

Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Newport, DE, 1990 - 2009

Technical Service Manager, Coating Effects, 2005 - 2009

  • Managed laboratory staff of six for technical assessment and promotion of new pigments. Key customer contact for all technical service issues regarding pigments for coatings.
  • Instituted ISO-9001 guidelines for the department.
  • Provided training to internal and external customers world-wide.

Nafta Region, Newport, DE, Marketing Head-Transportation Coatings, 2005 - 2009

  • Managed staff of four for strategic positioning of four product lines with accountability for pricing and allocation of products.
  • Interfaced with leadership teams from product management, sales, technical service and research and development in managing several new product launches for all of North America.
  • Delivered presentations to key customers for strategic alliance implementation.

DuPont Company, 1987 - 1990

Senior Staff Chemist, Marshal Labs, Philadelphia, PA,

  • Developed and commercialized a line of pigment dispersion for automotive finishes.
  • Developed an environmentally compliant, non-isocyanate topcoat for the refinish industry.
  • Managed the manufacturing transfer of twenty vendor pigments without disrupting company's paint operations.
  • Implemented a dispersion simplification program to allow savings of $800 million.

Supervisor, Gainesville, FL, 1985 - 1987

  • Supervised Research and Development Laboratory staff four for ore analyses.
  • Initiated development of alternative analytical procedures for detection of iron and zinc in ore residues.
  • Managed the implementation of atomic absorption spectroscopy as a tool for quality assurance.
  • Converted a waste stream mineral by-product into a cost-effective filler pigment for coatings.

Research Chemist, Philadelphia, PA, 1979 - 1985

  • Initiated, developed, and optimized a new non-stick finish for the cookware industry.
  • Technically responsible for company's premier fluoropolymer coating.
  • Developed family of zinc-rich primer using silicate-based binders.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Detroit Color Council
  • Inter-Society Color Council, science fair judging, fund raising for the American Cancer Society.

Publications and Patents

  • Author of peered reviewed publications for the coating industry.
  • Co-author of 2 patents.


  • Ph.D. Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
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