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SSPC Announces 2019 Board Election Results

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2019 Board of Governors election.

Having four open positions in this election (out of 16 candidates), voters’ choice revealed two new members joining the board, while two others have been reelected.

Photos Courtesy of SSPC

From Left: Juan Caballero, Alison Kaelin, Ahren Olsen and W. Doni Riddle.

The new board members will serve a four-year term, which began on July 1, and ends on June 30, 2023.

Election Results

Juan Caballero, Owner and Principal Coatings Consultant and Inspector for Naval and Industrial Solutions, who had previously been serving as an ex-officio member of the board for the past year, will now be serving his first term as an International Representative.

Alison Kaelin is another newly elected member serving her first term on the board. Kaelin is the Principal of ABKaelin LLC and will be taking the position as Other Product Supplier.

Reelected to the board was Ahren Olsen, Marketing Manager—Protective Coatings for Covestro LLC. This will be Olsen’s second term, after having spent four years on the board. Olsen will be serving as a Coating Material Supplier. W. Doni Riddle, Senior Vice President of Sales at The Sherwin-Williams Company, was also elected for a second time on the board. Riddle previously served on the board from 2003-11, and will also be serving as a Coating Material Supplier.

New Roles

Having started the position on July 1, Sam Scaturro, of Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors, was elected to the vice president position at the board. At the same time, board President Garry Manous, of Atsalis Brothers Painting, became Immediate Past President; Joe Walker, of Elcometer Inc., became President; and Joyce Wright, of Huntington Ingalls Industries—Newport News Shipbuilding, became President-Elect.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2019 Board of Governors election.

Skip Vernon of CLT Inc. will also be serving the board as an ex-officio for the board, as his term has ended, but will continue to assist SSPC in the ongoing talks with NACE International. Other ex-officio terms have also been extended for Jim King of John B. Conomos Inc.

Members and ex-officios leaving the board this year include Gunnar Ackx of SCICON Worldwide bvba, Brian Skerry of The Sherwin-Williams Company and Kristin Leonard of ExxonMobil Research & Engineering.

About the Board

The SSPC Board of Governors consists of 13 elected members, a non-voting secretary and treasurer, and ex-officio members.

Members of the Board of Governors serve four-year terms and are generally limited to two terms unless required to stay on longer due to officer responsibilities.

SSPC is the only non-profit association that is focused on the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces, using high-performance protective, marine and industrial coatings.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 12:02 p.m., July 18, 2019, to correct the names of those leaving the board.


Tagged categories: ABKaelin LLC; Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors; Asia Pacific; Atsalis Brothers Painting; Business management; Business matters; Business operations; Covestro; Elcometer; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; NACE; NACE; Newport News Shipbuilding; North America; Program/Project Management; Sherwin-Williams; SSPC; SSPC Board of Governors; Z-Continents

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