Members as of February 2021
Aline Alroy: 32 years sales experience in the field of polymer melt filtration for High-Technology Corporation.
Glenn Anderson: Executive leadership positions with 34 years of plastics processing equipment experience (Injection molding, blow molding extrusion), with the last 29 years at Milacron LLC.
Roger Avakian:: Retired from PolyOne as first CTO and first PolyOne Fellow. Has over 44 years of industrial experience including 19 years at PolyOne and 20 years at GE Plastics. Currently holds 84 issued US patents with several pending patent applications in polymer blends, additives, composites and bio-polymers. Is a member of SPE and ACS.
Walt Bassett: A global leader in plastics R&D for 30+ years. Developed numerous materials and formulations that have solved hundreds of technical problems in the medical device, aerospace, transportation, housewares and construction markets for GE, Novartis and Millipore.
Glenn Beall: Author, seminar instructor, consultant, inventor (35 patents), and businessman since 1957. Founded Glenn Beall Plastics and Glenn Beall Engineering, is an industry activist, a Distinguished Member of the SPE and PPA, Fellow of SPE and British Institute of Materials, and a member of the Plastics and Rotational Molding Hall of Fame.
Roland Bechtel: Manufacturing and business executive with 45 years of experience in domestic and foreign business enterprises, primarily with Milacron Inc. in the plastics and metal cutting processing, machinery and tooling technologies, development, engineering and production.
David S. Bernardi
Richard C. Bopp
Harri J. Brax
Gail R. Bristol: Employed for 33 years in plastics association management by the Society of Plastics Engineers, including establishment of The SPE Foundation and multiple years as Managing Director of SPE. (By-Laws Committee Chair)
Terry Browitt: 40 years involvement in the Plastics Industry. Founding President of Terinex International Limited, a plastic raw material supply company based in Canada. SPE President 2001-2002.
Mark A. Bruner: Over 40 years in the plastics industry with wide ranging roles from sales to CEO, managing companies from resin producers to those producing colors and compounds; and, more recently advising private equity firms.
David Caldwell: Ten years at a custom injection molder in plastics. Recruited by a growing packaging company in Wisconsin to fix problems with a new dispensing closures. Spectacular marketing resulted in becoming the world class manufacturer with 39% of the global market.
Jim Callari: Plastics industry journalist since 1987, first with Plastics World magazine; has been with Plastics Technology Magazine since 1997.
Eric Carlson: 30 years’ experience in the plastics industry, primarily with Toray Plastics (America), Inc. Experience with both BOPP & BOPET.
Frank M. Chapman: Inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame for his work with PTFE and other fluoropolymers. Inventor or co-inventor of 16 U.S. patents and several foreign patents.
Brenda Clark: 36 years as a mold designer starting in CT and moving to NC. Currently 15 years as Engineering Manager with HASCO America. Past Chair of SPE Mold Technologies Division 2017-2018, and Mold Designer of the Year 2019. Member of SPE, Plastics Industry, and PPA. Several published articles about mold design and build. Enjoy working to support educational funding, supplies for mold building and training assistance for the next generations.
Daniel Cykana: 53 years in plastics extrusion. After 14 years at Northland Plastics and 35 years at Bemis Manufacturing. Holds 16 patents in extrusion processing and die design. SPE member for 40 years and teaches seminars around the world.
Bob Dealey: Operates Dealey’s Mold Engineering LLC, over 40 years expertise specializing in injection molds, injection molding, and intellectual property expert witness services.
Dennis Don: With Bamberger Polymers since 1974 having served in several positions over the years. Currently Co-CEO and President working in their Houston offices.
Joseph Dooley (Joe)
John W. Doub, Jr. (Jack): Executive VP & Director of Drying, Conveying & Blending Auxiliary Systems with 35 years at Novatec, Inc.
David Der Hagopian
Paul Dumesnil: 34 year plastics sales professional with 11 years of producer sales experience, Monsanto Co. and Huntsman Corp. The majority has been spent with various companies within the distribution side of the business. (Membership Committee Chair, Board of Governors)
Tony Eagan: Chairman and Publisher at Peninsula Publishing. 40 years of experience, establishing Plastics News and Plastics Machinery Magazine as plastics industry leading trade publications. Recipient of the SPI National Board of Directors Appreciation Award.
John Ferncombe: Chemical Engineer/MBA for 42 years in the plastics industry, initially in resin production and compounding at BASF and Northern Petrochemicals. Independent consultant for 24 years in value-added recycling of post-consumer plastics into premium applications for original equipment manufacturers and plastic processors worldwide.
John J. Fitzgerald
Dick Flannagan: Started Mold Making career 1962 and Started Stan Cast Inc. 1971. Currently manufacturing Molds in China thru second start up company Molds International & Consulting Co., Inc.
Robert D. Forger
Norman E. Fowler
Michael Friend: Mechanical Engineer with over 40 years of “hands-on” experience in processing and manufacturing products with engineering materials. With partners led two “greenfield” start-ups and worked full cycle from inception to ultimate successful transition of capital. Currently working with Private Equity to help with capital formation.
David Furholmen: Owner of plastics molding and mold making business in the Chicago area for 32 years. The educational programs of the SPE-Chicago Section were of importance in learning basics of plastics engineering and tooling that were lacking in prior academic background. Due to this, has special interest in the continuing education program of PPA.
Jay L. Gardiner: President of Gardiner Plastics, Inc. 45-year veteran in Resin Distribution and Strategic/Management Consulting. President of the Plastics Academy. International President, Society of Plastics Engineers (1996-97). Past Chair – Plastics Institute of America. Member, Plastics Hall of Fame
Stanley J. Glover III
Clare Goldsberry: 35 years in the plastics industry in marketing/sales; journalist for plastics industry trade publications.
Harry R. Greenwald
Alexander Guthrie (Sandy): 39 years in the plastics extrusion industry. Executive leadership roles in Sterling Extruder, Merritt Davis and ADG Solutions focusing on plastics recycling machinery, films, sheet, profile, tubing, compounding, and wire and cable.
Greg Hannoosh: Advertising, PR, and marketing communications expert with over 30 years of experience, the past 21 years as Founder and President of Next Step Communications Inc., a leading marketing consulting firm serving plastics industry processors and suppliers.
Robert Hare: 40 years of experience in design, manufacture, application, sales and management of Injection Molding Machines. (Board of Governors)
David R. Harper: 17 years employed by Kusan a large plastic molder and 20 years with Bayer. International president of the S.P.E. in 1995.
Dennis L. Hayford: Now retired, a mechanical engineer by education, and sold all thermoplastic materials for many years. For 15 years, Dennis was the Executive Director at the Polymers Center of Excellence, a not-for-profit polymer education and contract research facility. (Board of Governors)
Stefan A. Hershfield: Process engineer executive prior to forty years of experience as President of a group of three companies. Experienced in start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Al Hodge: 42 years in the plastics industry with a career dedicated toward continuous extrusion process. Corporate leader with a full understanding of machine design and process knowledge in single screw and twin screw extrusion. (Past President & Board of Governors)
Stephen Mark Hoenig: 39 years plastics professional, mostly with The Dow Chemical Company, holder of 26 patents in polyolefin resins and applications. (Investment Committee Chair)
Wendy Hoenig: Executive leader with 34 years of experience in global new business development and R&D leadership at The Dow Chemical Company, private equity firms, and start-up companies in the plastics, coatings, and nanotechnology industries. (Secretary and Communication Committee Chair)
Richard (Rick) Hoeske: Started 40 year plastics career as apprentice moldmaker at Marland Mold. Received BS Degree from Lowell Tech Institute (now UMass Lowell) and was employed at DuPont and Becton Dickenson before his 31 year tenure as V.P. of Engineering at Nypro.
Hermann-Gunther A. Hoyt
William A. Humphrey: 40 years with R. C. Molding Inc., a custom plastic injection molder. From the floor to President, bought the founding partners out and relocated the company in 1994. Joined SPE in 1968 and served in all offices at the NY chapter level and the Executive board. International SPE President in 1999-2000.
Jim Hynes: Career began in 1963 in sales with Union Carbide. In 1986, started a recycling program of injection molded parts rejected from Minneapolis/St. Paul Fortune 500 companies. In 2002, the company was sold to his nephew and it continues to thrive.
Robert R. Jackson
John D. Jungjohann
Jo Nell Kelly: 41 years with Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc., positions in credit, logistics, pipeline, exploration & production, customer service & international shipping. Involved in mentoring programs with Total Polymers, TWICE (Total Women’s Initiative for Communication & Exchange), & Texas Executive Women’s Association.
Robert J. Lammie: – Worked in the Plastics Industry for 47 years. He sold resins for Sinclair Koppers, Chemplex, and sold Masterbatches for Ampacet for 41 years. He lived in Europe for 7 years with Ampacet. He rose to the position of Vice – President Sales – North America and Export.
Jerry R. Lirette
Robert Malloy: Plastics engineering consultant and Professor Emeritus and Former Chair in the Plastics Engineering Dept at UMass Lowell. Professor at the Algerian Petroleum Institute. Author of many patents and publications on plastics processing and product design.
Vivian E. Malpass: 36 years in product development of engineering thermoplastic materials and processing at Borg-Warner and Ferro Corporations. 20 years plastics consulting with 35 publications, SPE technical presentations, seminars, and conference organization. Past President of PPA, SPE International, and SPE Sections. Established Polymer Ambassador K-12 educational program.
Daniel W. McGuire, Jr.: 39 years in plastics industry. Co-Founder of General Polymers, first authorized Distributor of thermoplastics in North America. Former President of PPA. Member of International Plastics Hall of Fame.
Dennis I. Meade :47 years industry experience with a focus on Color and Color Compounding. Member of SPE since 1971 serving as Board Member and Officer in the Firelands, Detroit and Cleveland Sections as well as 12 years on the Color and Appearance Division Board.
Kishor S Mehta: SPE Fellow and Distinguished Member with 54 years of experience in Plastics Industry including design, processing and teaching. Started two Plastics processing plants from scratch and worked for American Can, Johnson & Johnson, Continental Can, Xerox and Bayer.
Jeff Mengel: CPA and consultant for Plante Moran for 39 years. Produced the North American Plastics Industry Study continuously since 1995 – a broad benchmarking report of the plastics processing industry. Conducts transitional (versus technical) consulting, including business strategy, profit improvement, leadership transition, and transactional support. (Treasurer)
Wolfgang Meyer: Plastics industry executive with 47 years of experience in application development, sales management, and as CEO of the U.S. operation of injection and blow molding equipment manufacturers, Battenfeld, Kautex, and W. Müller (President & Board of Governors).
John D. Michael
Erika G. Monte: Executive Vice-President and Co-Owner of Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc. and company Product Champion to industry worldwide at trade shows and conferences. Listed in Who’s Who in American Women.
Salvatore J. Monte: President & Co-Owner of Kenrich Petrochemicals, Inc. and inventor of 1.5-nanometer heteroatom titanate and zirconate coupling agents with 31-patents and 450+ ACS CAS Abstracted “Works by S.J. Monte”.
Bruce Muller: 50 years working in the plastics industry. Former owner of Accurate Color and Accurate Compounding. Currently the owner of Plastics Consulting, specializing in rotational molding and outdoor weathering of plastic parts.
David Murdock: Corporate Executive with 33 years in the plastics industry. Experienced in sales, engineering, R&D and business development management ranging from executive management positions at fortune 500 firms to President of private corporation. Holder of 9 patents in plastics machinery, materials and processing. (Board of Governors)
Matthew H. Naitove: 45 years as an editor at Plastics Technology magazine, from cub reporter to chief editor (29 years), and currently executive editor.
Lance Neward: 50 years plastics involvement as moldmaker, molder, manager, consultant and entrepreneur in molded part design, mold design, molding and facility design. (Vice President, Education Committee Chair, Board of Governors)
Rick Nice: 50+ years in plastics raw materials sales and management, starting with Union Carbide in 1965, Reed Plastics, Ashland Chemical, Performance Polymers, and Diamond/Network Polymers. President of Chicago SPE, 1989. Now “semi” retired as an independent agent.
William J. Norris
Gary D. Oliver
Ernest T. Oskin
Greg Osterholt: More than 25 years in the plastics industry, currently the Director of Sales & Marketing-Polypropylene for Phillips 66.
John Perdikoulias: Cofounder of COMPUPLAST with over 30 years of experience in polymer processing equipment engineering with emphasis in flow simulation for single and multi-layer die optimization, extruder single screw optimization, profile die optimization, thermoforming and blow molding simulation.
Scott Peters: 40 years of experience in mold making and mold design and a decade of international factory management in Mainland China with a diverse staff and operation including molding, assembly, PVC over PE extrusion and fabric weaving.
Stephen Petrakis: Vice President, Industry Affairs, Equipment Council, Plastics Association. A 45 year veteran of the Plastics Industry. Held various positions and ownership in a number of prominent companies in the plastics industry. Currently serving the entire industry world wide.
Robert Petrus: Over 50 years in plastics industry. Last position President, Lewis Plastics Co Inc. Retired 2021.
Donald P. Qually
Dan Raher: 42 years and counting, plastics sales professional. Working with three major polystyrene producers: Nova Chemicals, Huntsman Chemicals, and Deltech Polymers. Involved with many plastics associations, and ongoing plastics initiatives.
Donald D. Rainville
Gary Reed: In the plastic industry for over 40 years. Worked for Fina Oil and Chemical Company for 26 years, then in 1999 joined Aristech Chemical as Senior Vice President of Polypropylene. Joined Plastic Express in 2004 as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Ashby Rice: Retired chemical engineer. 40 year career in R&D developing and commercializing technologies for plastics and elastomers, including latex coatings and water conditioning. He worked for The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont Dow Elastomers, and for various companies as a consultant one of which was an electrochemical process for producing basic chemicals from carbon dioxide. (Board of Governors)
Don Rosato: 45 years global plastics industry executive (DuPont, Celanese, GE Plastics) in R&D, manufacturing, commercial development, marketing/sales, leading to DARPA based defense electronics company founding. Extensive technical marketing publishing, online presentations, and consulting.
Raymond E. Ross
Paul H Rothschild: Member of PPA since 1980. 24 years combined experience R & D and as executive in plastic packaging company and 16 years as President of leading large part blow molding company. Former chairman of The Plastics Institute of America.
Wylie Royce: (Fund Raising Chair)
John A. Schmidt
Larry Schneider: Forty plus years in product design and consulting for all plastic processes. Holder of fourteen patents. President of Schneider Plastics, Inc. since 1999.
Edward Schott: Worked 46 years in polyethylene starting with field sales for GOCHEM. Moved to Houston prior to our sale to Chevron in 1984 and supervised customer service and logistics then moved into nonprime and distributor sales. Continued when Chevron Chemical merged with Phillips Chemical in 2000. Worked briefly in export selling cumene and propylene tetramer as well as PE, returning to domestic PE after two years in export.
Nick Schott: Professor Emeritus, UMASS Lowell Plastics Engineering Department. Retired after 39 years of service in 2010. He was Department chair for 18 years and was named a Fellow of SPE.
Rick Shaffer: 30 years of experience in executive management and designing and implementing injection molding solutions. Worked at Westfall Technik and Flex, served as President of the US division of Netstal, and was V.P. & General Manager for the US division of Demag.
Phil Shoemaker: Executive leader with thirty-five years of experience in plastics compounding, processing machinery, and management positions.
Charles A. Sholtis
Jay Smith: Started at Fordem Company in 1963 and grew to become President in 1967. In 1982 created DRG Medical Packaging. Named President of DRG in 1989. In 1999 purchased Teel Plastics where he is currently Chairman. Teel has won many accolades in the plastics industry, including Top 25 World Class Plastic Processor, winner of Wisconsin Manufacturing Safety Ward, and Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year.
Samuel H. Smith, Jr.
Steven R. Sopher: Technical Director working at JSP for the past 26 years. Over 30 years of experience in the Plastics Industry. Author of over 40 publications on Expanded Thermoplastic Foams. (Secretary, Website Committee Chair)
Martin Stark: A 50 year veteran of the Plastic Industry. VP of Battenfeld Injection Molding Machines – US Operations President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Bekum America Corp Blowmolding Machines. Active Member with various Leadership Positions at Plastic Ind. SPI Member of the Plastic Hall of Fame 2018.
Scott Steele: Product Design and Development Leader with 37 years of experience creating new blow molded products for beverage market brand owners and extending the blow molding process to utilize new materials including recycled content.
Maureen Steinwall: Owner of Steinwall, Inc., a precision thermoplastic injection molding company located in Minneapolis. Plastics Hall of Fame 2015 honoree. (Board of Governors)
Stuart D. Swain: 42 years’ experience in thermoplastic raw material compounding, in the capacities of Laboratory, R & D, Product Development, Sales, Sales Management, and Vice President of Technology. Experience at companies such as RTP, Ampacet and most recently Chroma Corporation. (Board of Governors)
Kurt W. Swogger, PE: 45 year professional chemical engineer with 36 years as a senior executive at The Dow Chemical Company and 9 years as Founder and CEO for Molecular Rebar Design, a high tech materials company.
Richard S. Varga: Chief Technical Officer for RJF International and BF Goodrich with 42 years of experience in rubber, plastics, environmental, and intellectual property in new product development.
Isobel Wayrick: Business entrepreneur with life-long career in plastics and electronics. Association involvement with SPI, SPE, and PPA.
Donald C. Williams
Vince Witherup: Retired Vice President of Sales and Marketing from Conair after 40 years and currently County Commissioner of Venango County, PA.
Mark Wolverton: Technical Support and Application Development with thermoplastics and their composites to meet customers’ needs with novel processes and technologies.
Timothy W. Womer: Plastics industry for 44 years with 19 US patents and 3 patent applications in screw design, plastics processing and other plasticating components. SPE international president in 2006-07 and inducted in the Plastics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Harold Wrede: Retired plastics industry executive. Started career with Union Carbide in process development, followed by 40 years in the plastics extrusion machinery business with Egan Machinery Company and later Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering and Battenfeld Extrusion-China, retiring as chairman.