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Meet the Prestige Judges: Don Schnell

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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As nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards roll in, PaintSquare will take the time over the next several weeks to introduce readers to the judges for the program, honoring the top people, products and innovations in the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry.

Don Schnell
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PaintSquare Prestige Awards judge Don Schnell has over 25 years of experience in the field of temporary climate control.

Representing the equipment-supplier sector is judge Don Schnell of Polygon US, a temporary climate-control provider. Schnell is currently a regional sales director whose primary responsibility is educating sales representatives about humidity and temperature control for industrial coating projects, commercial construction, water-damage restoration and other industrial and commercial applications.

Schnell has over 25 years of experience in this field and has helped to pioneer much of the dehumidification technology used today in construction-drying applications. He has published multiple articles on various aspects of climate control and presented technical papers at many national conferences and events.

Past Publications

Schnell has authored several articles for JPCL over the years, including “Climate Control in Shipyards” (February 2017), an article of his own design in which he interviewed technical representatives of multiple major shipyards about climate control, focusing on industry changes, innovations of the past decade and best practices by geographic region.

In the September 2016 issue of JPCL, Schnell authored “How to Properly Monitor Temperature and Humidity on an Industrial Coating Project,” a comprehensive guide to monitoring climatic conditions effectively at a coating project jobsite, educating the reader about what to measure and when, as well as what equipment to use and how to use it.

Schnell partnered with another PaintSquare Prestige Awards judge, Robert Ikenberry, to write “Psymplified Psychrometrics,” educating readers on the details about atmospheric moisture, or more broadly, psychrometrics, to help control surface cleaning and the application and curing of protective coatings, leading to more successful and profitable projects.

In addition to Polygon US, Schnell has worked for other leading suppliers of climate-control equipment including Munters Corporation, Dehumidification Technologies (DHTech) and Dryco, which was acquired by Aggreko in late 2016.

Schnell’s studied architecture and architectural drafting, both at North Dakota State University in Fargo. When he’s not working, he enjoys golf, bass fishing and woodworking.

About the Awards

The PaintSquare Prestige Awards are divided into three major categories: Top People, Top Innovations and Top Products. Each category includes a series of awards for people working in a given capacity and for products that fulfill a given role on a protective coatings project.

With a focus on the professionals who make the industry work and the coatings and equipment that are used every day in the field, the program is accepting nominations through June, but an early-bird discount for product and innovation nominations applies only through April 30. (Nominations for people are at no cost.)
Voting will commence after the publication of the fall issue of PaintSquare Press, in which nominees will be listed; winners will be announced in the winter issue of PSP.


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