Emily Peck, senior chemist, leads MicroCare Corp.’s laboratory research and development on new, safer industrial cleaning fluids. Source | MicroCare Corp.
40-Under-40 award recipients were chosen by Products Finishing from reader nominations based on leadership and industry involvement.
Products Finishing’s 40 Under 40 award program recognizes young professionals in the finishing industry. The program’s emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership — whether for a current employer or overall involvement in the industry. This year, PF editors combed through a long list of nominees with a wide range of skill sets. The finalists include engineers, chemists, general managers, operations manager and sales professionals, to name a few. Whether focused on the business side or on the shop floor, the common thread between them is that they all are innovators and trailblazers striving to be the next generation of leaders in this industry.
Operations Manager, Bales Metal Surface Solutions
Angelo Magrone has been in the metal finishing industry since 2012, having worked for a supplier of equipment (Serfilco), a supplier of chemicals (Asterion LLC) and now for Bales Metal Surface Solutions. He also serves on numerous NASF commitees.
Arthur “Artie” Thomas
Controls Engineer, GEMA USA Inc.
Arthur “Artie” Thomas, P.E., has worked with Herff Jones, Toyota, Hurco, and now Gema. At Hurco, he redesigned lathe products, improved processes and provided new ideas and solutions for customers.
Ben Lawhorn has been in the finishing industry for 12 years at anodizing and precision hard coating facility Global Metal Finishing (formerly East East DyeCom). He started as a sales manager, and now supports most roles in the company.
Vice President, Alliance Industrial Masking Inc.
Christopher Gray founded Alliance Industrial Masking (AIM) in 2008 and was the sole employee for 3 years. In 2011, he was able to expand the business, but remains involved with every aspect of the company.
Director of Sales, Pioneer Metal Finishing
David is a key leader at Pioneer Metal Finishing, where he was worked since 2007. He has completed Sandler leadership and sales training and participated in the Leadership at Pioneer Program.
Dean Bell has been with his family company, Precision Finishing, since 2013. In his time there, he has learned the business from the ground up to provide customers with solutions.
Director of Operations, MacDermid Enthone Inc.
Dean is one of the youngest members of the executive team at MacDermid Enthone, and has worked with the company since 2005.
Scheduling Foreman, Columbia Chemical
Doug started in the industry 12 years ago as a production assistant. He has received Columbia’s STAR employee award and is a member of the internal environmental committee.
Product Specialist, Atotech
Dustin Evans has been in the plating industry since 2012, and he now provides technical expertise for plating lines at Atotech. He is a certified as a TS 16949 Internal Auditor, as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Director of Quality and Engineering, AeroDynamics Inc.
Emerson has been in the industry since 2014, after he graduated with a bachelor’s in engineering from Cornell. He started at AeroDynamics as process engineer in 2018 and quickly moved up to his current role.
Senior Chemist, MicroCare Corporation
Emily has been with MicroCare since 2016, and commonly presents at tradeshows and other finishing events. She published over 15 technical articles in trade journals last year, and she is the VP of membership for the Surface Mount Technology Association.
Chief Operating Officer and VP Quality Assurance, Houston Plating
Eric started in the industry as a forklift driver in 2001 and has worked his way up to his current role. He is a Level 3 NACE-Certified Coating Inspector.
Industrial Coatings Technical Manager, PPG Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
Ivan has been in the industry for 12 years at PPG. His responsibilities have grown to include managing departments, monitoring production and introducing new technologies to Mexico and Central America.
Finishing Supervisor, Siemens Industry Inc
Jason came to Siemens from the environmental field. In his two years in the field, he has passed the CEF exam and the South Carolina Physical Chemical wastewater exams for the "D" and "C" level.
Vice President, Elkem
Jeff has been in the finishing industry since 2009, working at a wire electroplating company (Elkem). He is also on the board of the Masters’ Association of Metal Finishers and President of the Wire Association International.
General Manager, Hohman Plating
Jim holds a PhD in chemical engineering and has worked at Atotech and startup Modumetal. He has worked at Hohman for one year and has already made an impact.
Plating Manager, Continental Diamond Tool Corp.
Jordan has been in the finishing industry for 15 years. He recently completed the AESF Foundation’s Certified Electroplater-Finisher program and the CAF – Airline and Aerospace certification. He is working towards Master Surface Finisher certification.
Plating Process Manager, SRG Global
Josh has been in the finishing industry since 2009, when he started as a line technician at SRG, a coatings manufacturer. Now, he is the plating process manager.
National Sales Manager, Walther Trowal LLC
Josh has 10 years of experience in the mass finishing industry with Walther Trowal. His expertise includes process development and improvement, finishing applications for 3-D printed parts and shot blasting.
Lab Manager, Calvary Industries Inc
.Josh has worked at Calvary for his 7 years in the finishing industry, where he started as a lab technician and rose to become lab manager.
Juan Manuel Milian Valencia
Senior Project Engineer, Chemical, Kohler Co.
Juan has been in the electroplating field for over eight years. He is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt and was Green Belt of the Year in 2016.
Global Marketing - Sustainability, MacDermid Enthone Inc.
Julie has been with MacDemid Enthone for five years, where she has implemented global software and driven brand awareness, among other accomplishments.
Quality Manager, Saporito Finishing
Keith has been at Saporito Finishing for nine years, where he maintains documents to continue meeting NADCAP and ISO 9001:2015 certifications and attending NADCAP conferences.
Vice President, Five Star Plating
Kilby Garcia has been in the finishing industry for almost ten years, where he has helped move Five Start Plating from a small anodizing company to a full metal finishing shop.
Chemical Engineering Manager, CEF-3, Master Finish
Matt has been in the finishing industry for seven years with Master Finish. He has obtained a CEF-3 and teaches as an adjunct at Calvin College for Chemical Engineering.
Production Manager, COVENTYA Inc.
Matt has been in the finishing industry since 2007. At Coventya, he has risen from production technician to material resource planner to his current role.
Vice President, DeFelsko Corporation
Michael has spent 11 years at DeFelsko Corporation, a manufacturer of coating thickness gages and inspection instruments. He is an active member of the Society of Protective Coatings (SPC), the International Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), the Powder Coating Institute (PCI), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
CEO, Miles Chemical
Mike has been in the industry since 1999, and he has helped grow Miles Chemical from a small, three-person operation to a finishing supplier with almost 100 employees.
Operations Manager, American Metal Coatings
Michael has been in the finishing industry since 2014. He started as an office manager but has transitioned into an operations role for American Metal Coatings.
Marketing Manager, Dynamix Inc.
Mike started out as a chemical sales rep but has been working in the finishing industry for just over a year. He is a member of the Canadian Association for Surface finishing.
Senior Sales Perfectionist, Plateco Inc.
Monique has worked at Plateco, a zinc plating company, since the summer following her eighth-grade year. She has been there full-time since 2015 and is an ISO 9001:2015 auditor.
Program Manager, Dynamic Software Solutions
Nate manages implementation of DWOS (Dynamic Work Order System), an application designed specifically for the metal finishing industry. Nate has been able to use his real-world knowledge of Supply Chain Management and the aerospace industry to improve customer efficiency, optics, and quality management while maintaining existing business processes and workflows.
Head Chemist and Laboratory Manager, AeroDynamics Inc.
Owen is the head of the Environmental, Health and Safety committee at Aerodynamics. He is also certified as a Level II Wastewater Operator, Hazardous Waste Coordinator, HAZWOPER and DOT
Packaging Coatings Group Leader, Jamestown Coating Technologies
Ryan has been in the industry for 16 years. He started out as a part-time intern and now works as a full-time formulating chemist.
Regional VP of Sales, Americo Chemical
Scott started in the finishing industry as an intern in 2004 and has worked up to his current role. He is on the board of his local CCAI chapter and he is a member of the Porcelain Enamel Institute.
Director of Engineering, Palm Technology Inc.
Shane started working in metal finishing working part-time at Palm Technology, a finishing supplier. In 2011, he took a full-time role and worked as a designer, engineer and project manager.
Project Engineer, Therma-Tron-X Inc.
Tim started his career at a manufacturer of nuclear products (Oldenburg Group), then began working at Therma-Tron-X in 2013. He has since become a mentor for the new generation.
Tom J. Dobmeier Jr.
Process Engineer, McGard
Tom started in the finishing industry in 2005, working weekends in high school. He has worked at McGard since 2011 and has obtained ASQ SSBB and CEF-3.
Marketing Director - Industrial Coatings, Axalta Coating Systems
Vanessa has been working with Axalta in the industry for more than six years, building a global brand and bringing in acquisitions.