KTA Unveils Trimber Retirement, Appoints Worms
On Monday (Nov. 9), coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator, Inc. (Pittsburgh) announced via emailed press release the retirement of its current President, Kenneth A. Trimber, which goes into effect on Dec. 31.
Trimber, an icon in the coatings and corrosion industry, has been working at KTA since 1968, when he worked on a part-time basis until his graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1974. Over the course of his 52-year career, Trimber has amassed many certifications and has been the recipient of a variety of prestigious awards.
Trimber is a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector Level 3 (Peer Review) and SSPC Certified Protective Coatings Specialist. He is a Past President of the SSPC, and has served as the Chairman of the Commercial Coatings Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Surface Preparation, Chairman of the Visual Standards Committee, Chairman of the Task Group on Containment, and was a member of the Standards Review Committee. He is also Past Chairman of ASTM D1 on Paints and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications. He has been formally recognized by industry associations/publications on numerous occasions including being selected by JPCL in 2004, 2009 and 2012 as one of the Top Leaders and Thinkers in the Coatings & Linings Industry. Trimber was also named the SSPC Honorary Life Member in 2015, which is awarded by the SSPC Board of Governors and recognizes “long-term activity on behalf of the organization.”
On the announcement, KTA CEO, Dan Adley, said, “We value Ken’s leadership and friendship and will miss his daily presence in the corporate office. We are, however, pleased that he will stay on in a part-time consulting role and continue as an active member of the KTA-Tator, Inc. Board of Directors.”
Slated to take Trimber’s place is none other than Bill Worms, former Executive Director of SSPC: The Society of Protective Coatings. Worms officially joined KTA on Oct. 1 as the company’s new President and CEO-Elect. In adjusting to his new role, Worms is slated to work closely with CEO Dan Adley for the duration of the transition. Near the end of December 2021, Adley also plans to retire to part-time status and Worms will officially become KTA’s next CEO.
Regarding the new role and KTA, Worms said, “I am honored to be joining such a preeminent organization as KTA, and I look forward to working with my fellow co-owners to position our organization for future growth, success, and sustainability.”
Prior to joining the KTA team, Worms worked as the executive director at SSPC for five years where he was responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the association. Before working at SSPC, Worms also held VP Commercial Operations, VP Flex Foam Raw Materials of the Polyurethane Business Unit, and Management of Sales & Marketing, Advertising, and Materials Management positions at Bayer Materials Science, where he was employed for 26 years.
“Bill is an excellent addition to our executive team,” added Adley. “His great business acumen and diverse experience, visionary and strategic thinking skills, and collaborative leadership style meld perfectly with the client focused, innovation driven, employee-owned culture of KTA.”