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Coatings-Industry Veteran Brysacz Dies at 77

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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David P. Brysacz, a coatings-industry veteran who concluded his 54-year career with AkzoNobel in 2016, died on May 4. He was 77.

Brysacz, a Cleveland native, joined AkzoNobel in 2007 when the company acquired coatings and linings firm Ceilcote USA Inc. At AkzoNobel, he served as Central and West Coast Regional Sales Manager and as a Technical Support Representative. He retired from the latter position late last year.


David Brysacz served as Central and West Coast Regional Sales Manager and as a Technical Support Representative for AkzoNobel before retiring in 2016.

“Dave’s incredible depth of knowledge in chemical-resistant linings technology cannot be surpassed,” said Darryl Corbin, AkzoNobel’s Coatings and Engineering Services Manager. “Customers across the U.S., and even globally, repeatedly sought his expertise for both the coatings selection and application phases of their projects. He was greatly admired and will be sorely missed by hundreds of colleagues and customers alike.”

Varied Career

Brysacz, who lived in Stow, Ohio, for the past 25 years, earned his bachelor's degree in polymer sciences from Kent State University. He began his career at Ceilcote in 1962. He worked in several capacities, including sales, management, and as a construction superintendent. From 1981 to 1999, Brysacz held supervisory positions at Dudick Inc. and Ceilcote.

Brysacz specialized in advanced polymer coatings technology, which he helped bring to the chemical processing and power industries during the 1970s.

“Dave would go out of his way to spend days on the road with me to call on power-plant customers throughout the Rocky Mountain region,” said Brysacz’s longtime associate and independent business owner John Kenna of Kenna Power Sales Inc. in Denver. “He always treated their projects as if they were his own, and in his signature honesty would always say to them, ‘I can’t tell you what to do, but I can sure tell you what not to do.’ They always took his advice.”


Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Asia Pacific; Ceilcote; Coating Materials; Dudick; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Industrial coatings; Latin America; North America; Obituaries; Polymers

Comment from Randy Korthals, (5/25/2017, 2:22 PM)

RIP Mr. Brysacz.

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