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Columbia Chemical appoints Mark Schario as Product Manager/Automotive

� Columbia Chemical (Brunswick, OH) has named Mark Schario to the position of Product Manager/Automotive. As Product Manager/Automotive, Schario will oversee and manage the Columbia Chemical product line along with assisting the sale team by providing his technical expertise with troubleshooting and analytical reporting. He will also play a key role in coordinating the development of products to meet specifications required by automotive companies. Schario will continue to work with the Columbia Chemical sales team to maintain and develop both new and existing automotive approvals.
Schario brings more than 30 years of industry experience, specializing in automotive and aerospace finishing. He currently serves as chairman of ASTM B08 Committee on Metallic and Inorganic Coatings. He is a member of the National Association for Surface Finishing and has earned the designation of CEF/Certified Electroplater-Finisher.
Columbia Chemical appoints Matt Schario as Technical Support Representative
� Columbia Chemical (Brunswick, OH) continues its commitment to providing its customers and partners with the most knowledgeable and experienced technical support team by adding Matt Schario to the position of Technical Support Representative. Schario’s responsibilities will be divided between routine day-to-day analysis, troubleshooting, visiting shops, collecting samples and installing new baths and processes.
Schario attended Lakeland Community College and Kent State University and holds a degree in chemistry. Schario began his early start in the metal finishing industry while still in high school. He now brings more than ten years of industry experience with specialization in laboratory analysis.
Columbia Chemical Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zinc plating additives. For more information, Phone: (330) 225-3200; Web:
Stephen Leonetti appointed Industry Manager, Enthone Energy & Hydraulic Systems
Mr. Stephen Leonetti has been appointed Industry Manager - Americas, Energy and Hydraulic Systems by Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics (West Haven, CT).  Mr. Leonetti’s primary focus will be on the development of oil, gas and energy sector business for Enthone wear resistant coatings products.
Mr. Leonetti comes to Enthone with more than 30 years of experience in the metal finishing industry.  Throughout his career he has held sales, sales management and senior management positions in the specialty chemical industry.  He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Haven, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry.  Mr. Leonetti has been active in several industry trade associations including national leadership positions in the MFSA and AESF.
Josh Erd appointed Account Manager, Enthone U.S. Western Region
Mr. Josh Erd has been appointed Account Manager, U.S. Western Region by Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics (West Haven, CT). Prior to joining Enthone, Mr. Erd previously held sales positions with Eli Lilly & Company, Roche Diagnostics and Synthes Spine.  He served four years in the United States Marine Corps and, having recently completed Officer Candidate School, is now an officer in the United States Army Reserves.  Mr. Erd also spent two years in South Korea as a volunteer missionary and is fluent in Korean.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising/marketing from Brigham Young University in Utah.
Enthone appoints Jim Meade Global Marketing Manager, Electronics Materials
� Mr. Jim Meade was recently appointed Global Marketing Manager, Electronics Materials by Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics West Haven, CT). Mr. Meade is responsible for the global marketing of Enthone process and application solutions to the photovoltaic and connector markets. 
Mr. Meade comes to Enthone with more than 25 years of plating and specialty chemical experience.  He began his career at Sel-Rex, a plating chemistry company subsequently acquired by Enthone in 1989.  Prior to joining Enthone, Mr. Meade served as Global Business Manager for OMG’s electronic packaging and finishing group, where he was responsible for the connector, leadframe and passive components markets.
A graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Mr. Meade earned Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry.  He is an active member of the American Chemical Society and the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF).
Raymund Singleton Receives ASTM International Francis L. LaQue Award for Work on Corrosion Testing Standards
ASTM International (West Conshohocken, PA) Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals has presented Raymund Singleton, president of Singleton Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio, with the Francis L. LaQue Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of corrosion testing and evaluation.
A member of ASTM International since 1984, Singleton serves as vice chairman of membership on Committee G01 and as vice chairman of Subcommittee G01.05 on Laboratory Corrosion Tests, as well as chairman of Subcommittee G01.05.03 on Cabinet Corrosion Tests. He is also a member of Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications and the Joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion. Since 1998 he has served as the author and instructor of the ASTM Technical Professional Training Course on Corrosion Testing. Committee G01 recognized his work with a Certificate of Appreciation in 1996 and he received the ASTM Award of Merit and title of fellow in 2003.
Established in 1947, Singleton Corp. is a major manufacturer of accelerated corrosion test chambers and of “barrel-type” metal finishing equipment for bulk finishing of metal parts by electroplating, phosphating, black-oxidizing, metal cleaning and related processes. Singleton has gained worldwide recognition for his work on the use of laboratory corrosion tests and the development of equipment for these tests, and he holds U.S. and international patents for both corrosion testing equipment and metal finishing equipment. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, in 1971, and has been president of Singleton Corp. since 1979.
In addition to ASTM International, Singleton is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, where he is also active in corrosion testing standards development, the National Association for Surface Finishing, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the Steel Structures Painting Council and the Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network in Cleveland, Ohio. He has authored several publications on corrosion testing, including the barrel plating and accelerated corrosion testing sections of the Metal Finishing Guidebook and Directory and the cabinet testing section of the American Society of Materials (ASM) Handbook.
Technic Appoints Felix Schwager as Research & Development Director
� Technic (Cranston, RI) has announced the appointment of Dr. Felix Schwager as Research and Development Director for Technic’s ATD division in Plainview, NY.  Dr. Schwager’s primary responsibilities will involve leading the Plainview R&D team in the development of advanced specialty chemical products.  He will interface directly with other Technic global R&D locations to facilitate best practices across all chemical product platforms.
Since 1991, Dr. Schwager has been actively involved in key management and development positions with Dow Chemical, Rohm and Haas, Shipley and LeaRonal.  During that time, Dr. Schwager was involved in expansion of R&D lab facilities, staffing and services as well as customer workshops and technical programming designed to showcase areas of technical expertise.  Dr. Schwager has also performed a variety of management roles in overseeing productivity increases, technology-transfer and consulting as well as overall site management.
Dr. Schwager received his Ph.D. from ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and performed his postdoctoral studies at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California in Berkley where he also served as a Staff Scientist.
Says Rob Schetty, Vice President, Technic ATD, “Dr. Felix Schwager is a highly renowned scientist in the field of research in electroplating chemistry and we are excited to have him join the Technic team.  We look forward to Dr. Schwager leading our research and development efforts as we continue to offer new and innovative electroplating and ancillary processes for our customers around the world.”