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Chemist Laboratory Testing Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.657

Illinois

Professional Summary

Experienced research and development director with sixteen years managing the efforts of new product development, product cost savings, product maintenance, technical service, technology sourcing, process engineering and quality assurance. Strengths in organization, planning and project control. Strong communicator of coatings technical language into commercial or marketing language. Experience in industrial coatings, trade sale and consumer paints and chemical specialty products.

Experience

Consultant and Expert Witness 1994-present

Chief Technical Officer, Roman Adhesives, Calumet City, IL 1997- 1999
Responsible for new product development, product improvements, quality assurance, technical services, process engineering.

Executive Director, PRA Laboratories, Eastern Michigan University 1995-1997
Full profit and loss responsibility and operational management of a consortium of 26 paint/coatings and suppliers companies. Provide group and individual product R&D and testing in the areas of industrial coatings, trade sales paints, emulsion polymers, solvent-based resins and analytical services. Staff member at EMU.

Instituted professional project management system

Instituted formal system for a pay-for-performance approach, through position descriptions, performance standards, salary administration system and performance appraisal system

Consultant, Northwestern University, Evanston IL 1994-1995

Private contractor for Northeastern Basic Industrial Research Laboratory, for PRA Laboratories, and for several small coatings and chemical specialty companies. Consulting and product development services.

Rust Oleum Corporation, Vernon Hills, IL 1976-1994

Technical Director 1985-1994
Provided for new product development needs as well as product maintenance and manufacturing support; provide strategic R&D planning for corporate goals. Direct a team of 20-40 professional chemists and technicians toward the goals established by the consumer business group. Provide for corporate quality assurance and process engineering services, and managed technical service and package engineering functions.

Developed and introduced into production 16 new industrial maintenance and consumer type do-it-yourself products over the five year period 1990-1994, resulting in revenues that were 20% of total sales.

Designed and directed strategic programs to assure that coatings products were complaint with VOC air quality regulations, resulting in product availability at all times.

Increased sales of industrial maintenance coatings business by $8 million from 1987-1993 through the development of water-based new products and high solids new products, using state-of-the-art technology

Designed and built new R&D center, which houses 30-40 professional chemists/technicians.

Reduced cost of product sold by $3 million during the five-year period from 1990 to 1994, through reformulation and process changes.

Designed product testing protocol for all new product introductions, Resulting in 30% reduction of complaints and recalls over period from 1990-1994.

Reorganized multiple technical laboratories into single technical department,with 40-50 professional and technical associates, thereby reducing costs by $500,000 annually.

Manager, Manufacturing Technical Support 1982-1985

Provided for the management of quality assurance, process engineering, facility engineering and standard product maintenance for over 700 sku’s of industrial and consumer paint products. Managed a staff of 20 chemists and technicians and engineers.

Manager, Coatings R&D
Managed specific new product development projects as requested by industrial or consumer business groups. Supervised a staff of five formulation chemists.

Group Leader, Resin Development
Supervised staff of three resin chemists in synthesis of new and improved resins for in-house use Designed and built new resin manufacturing facility.

Continental Can Company, Chicago, Il 1971-1976

Senior Research Scientist
Developed and manufactured new polymers which are used for ultraviolet curable inks and coatings. Developed processing techniques for UV-curable coatings in the metal decorating field. Synthesized additives and polymers for use in formulating interior and exterior can coatings.

Education

Loyola University, Ph. D Organic Chemistry, 1970

University of Minnesota, MS Organic Chemistry 1967

University of Illinois, BS Chemistry, 1965

Specialized Training/Courses

Completed courses in Crosby Quality Training and a variety of management training courses, such as executive Effectiveness Training, Focused Interviewing Techniques, Management by Objectives, Problem-Solving, Finance for the Non-Financial Executive, etc.

Professional Affiliations

National Paint and Coatings Association

Federation of Societies of Coatings Technology

American Chemical Society

American Society of Quality Control

National Association of Corrosion Engineers

Steel Structures Painting Council

International Aerosol Congress

Spray Paint Committee of NPCA

Adhesives and Sealants Council

Wall Paper Association

Academic Experience

Loyola University, Instructor of Organic Chemistry, 1978-79

Roosevelt University, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1976-78

Elmhurst College, Lecturer of Organic Chemistry, 1974-76

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