Western Coatings Societies Board of Directors

John Pitt

WCS President and Treasurer and Insurance

John has been active in the CASE market since 1972 when his career began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada marketing organic & inorganic pigments for Dominion Colour in Canada and the USA markets.

Marketed organic pigments/flushes/dispersions for Sun Chemical-Pigments Division in the Canadian Market.

Relocated to Southern California in 1996.

Transwestern Chemical 1996-2008 soliciting pigments, resins and specialty chemicals for CA/AZ markets.

Chemical Distributors Inc. 2008-2011 soliciting Chromaflo Dispersions as well as organic pigments.

Lintech International 2012-2017 as West Coast Sales Manager and Territory Rep for CA/AZ. Specialist in organic pigments to CASE, inks & plastic markets.

Enterprise Specialty Products 2017 to present marketing foam control products on the West Coast.

Residing in Corona, CA. John is an avid golfer and still enjoys playing competitive slow pitch softball. Being Canadian, played many years of ice hockey and officiated this sport at a high level for over 30 years.

John is married to his lovely wife Yara for 46 years and has 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren and enjoying the endless summer weather that the West Coast offers.

Eric Jenkins

WCS Vice-President, Sponsorships

Eric was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) living throughout Washington and Oregon.  After gaining a BS in Biology with emphasis in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2006, he cut his teeth in specialty chemical distribution at ChemPoint, a Univar company located in Bellevue, WA.  ChemPoint began as a .com startup and flourished into one of the most profitable division of Univar with an e-commerce platform.  After 7 years of working his way thru the corporate ladder in sales and management roles, Eric was bit by the traveling bug and took a hiatus to travel around the world for life experience.  After returning stateside, he wanted to gain his legs in outside sales and took an opportunity with Brenntag Specialties, Inc.  After 4 years entrenching himself in the PNW ACES/CASE industry, he joined Pacific Coast Chemicals in 2018 as a Sr. Account Manager during a change management phase to Ravago Chemicals.

Throughout his career in the CASE industry, he’s been a part of the Pacific Northwest Society of Coating Technologies (PNWSCT) and has handled the Portland Chapter for the last 5 years.  He’ll be stepping into the Presidency this Fall and focusing on adjusting to a virtual platform as well as handling the postponement of the 2020 CoatingsFest Symposium to 2022 due to the COVID pandemic.

Eric is married and resides in the Portland, OR area.  He has a beautiful 3 year-old daughter that is a common topic of conversation.  He enjoys old Chevy trucks, BBQ’ing, golfing, and hiking.

Jerome Jacobs

WCS Secretary, Student Programs

Jerome Jacobs is the newly elected Secretary of the board for the Western Coating Society (WCS).  He is currently serving as President of the Golden Gate Society Coating Technology.  In that role, he helped to promote paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, educators, and students through technical presentations, technical documents, job assistance and scholarships for Northern California members.

Jerome Jacobs earned his BS degree in biology from the University of California and an MBA from Golden Gate University.  Currently, he is employed by J Rettenmaier USA, a family owned global company that mills cellulose fibers for food, pharmaceutical, filtration and industrial industries, for 11 years.  In the industrial industry, these fibers are found in paints, coatings, thickeners and carriers.  He has 10 years working as a manager in the production of medicine for Baxter and Bayer Healthcare Corporation.

Prior to that, he owned a company providing point of care HIV 1&2 rapid diagnostics test kits for the continents of Africa and South America. He was responsible for supply and trading, shipping, as well as business strategy; business development; and worked with the Minister of Health in their testing procedures.

He looks forward to serving as secretary for WCS.



Babette Turk

Public/Member Relations

Babette Turk is the Chief Financial Officer and founder of Turk International, LLC, a chemical distribution company serving the coatings industry in Western United States and Canada. Prior to founding Turk International LLC, Babette worked for chemical distribution companies PT Hutchins and JF Shelton as well as multi- national corporations Time-Warner, British Telecom, Telecom Italia and AT&T. This is Babette’s seventh term volunteering for the Western Coatings Symposium and her fourteenth year as volunteer Yearbook Chairperson for the Los Angeles Society for Paint and Coatings Technology.

Babette has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Finance from California State University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Coating’s Formulation and Testing Certificate from California State Polytechnic University. Babette is married and has three children.

Betty-Ann Prior

WCS Director

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Betty Ann spent most of her informative years in Ontario Canada and in beautiful Lahr Germany. A graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Betty Ann received her first introduction to paint and coatings while interning at All Color Paint in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

With approximately 20+ years’ experience now, she has worked for PPG in Automotive Coatings, Akzo Nobel in Wood Finishes and Specialty Polymer Inc. as the Senior Applications Chemist. Betty Ann is now with Ames Research Laboratories Inc. serving as the Director of Innovation and part of the management team of a Women Owned Business.

Betty Ann has served on the PNWSCT as the Secretary, Board Member and Scholarship Chair for six years. She is proud of the fact that Scholarship Committee has successfully given away up to $15,000.00 annually for three consecutive years in scholarships or fellowships to students and employees of the paint industry in the Pacific Northwest. This is Betty Ann’s first year as a Board Member for the WCS but is looking forward to becoming a contributing member of this great group of people.

Larry Teachout

WCS Technical Program Co-Chair

Larry was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Larry started in the coatings industry with Flint Ink in 1988 after having graduated with BS in Chemistry from the University of Michigan – Flint.

In 1989 while at Flint Ink, he developed the industries first zero VOC non hydrocarbon oil based printing ink system using soybean oils. Larry earned a Masters Degree in Polymers and Coatings from Eastern Michigan University in 1992.

Over the years he has developed polysiloxane emulsions, aerospace and automotive polyurethane topcoats, epoxy primers, and colorant dispersions. He has worked for such companies as Pratt & Lambert and Deft Coatings. During this time Larry developed IR reflective and radar evasive coatings, fluorinated topcoats, and direct to metal coatings for Boeing, Lockheed, and Raytheon. In 2005 Larry was granted a patent for the development of a zero VOC direct to metal fluorinated topcoat with anti-corrosive properties based on Praseodymium Oxide to replace strontium chromate pretreatment of metals, as well as eliminating the need for primers. In 2005 he moved on to Behr Paints where he is currently working as Senior Technical Director.

Larry earned a Master Degree in Business Administration from California State University – Fullerton in 2008. He is a past president of the Los Angeles Society for Coatings Technology, and has been a Board member and Co- Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Western Coatings Societies since 2003.

Besides enjoying his escape from Michigan to sunny Southern California, Larry enjoys golf, travel, hiking, and ice hockey. Larry has been playing ice hockey for over 50 years as a goalie.

Kevin Egan

WCS Director, Technical Program Co-Chair

Kevin Egan is a Research Fellow at Behr Paint Company in Santa Ana, California.  Born and raised in “South Detroit”, Kevin graduated from Wayne State University in 1986.  Later that same year, he began his career in the automotive coatings industry with BASF-Inmont in 1986.  During that time, Kevin learned the joys of working as a supplier to major automobile manufacturers and led new color development and product launch teams for Ford, Chrysler, Honda and Subaru.

After 20+ years in various technical positions at BASF, Kevin saw the light and moved to the promised land of Southern California to work for Behr Paint Company in 2009.  Kevin has continued work in color science at Behr, through his involvement in the Low VOC colorant introduction at The Home Depot and color formulation work for major architectural paint retailers.

During his career at Behr, Kevin is a Past President of the L.A.S.C.T. and served on the Board of Directors of the L.A.S.C.T. for six years.

Ted Garrett

WCS Director

Ted Garrett was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started his coatings career over 32 years ago with DeSoto Inc. in their Aerospace Coatings R&D lab located in Berkeley, California. There he formulated 2K polyurethanes and epoxy coatings. He ultimately took over all Technical Service for the entire U.S. He then joined Dexter Midland as a chemist and eventually became Aerospace Lab Manager heading up their aerospace R & D lab in Hayward, California. Ted started his career in chemical sales with Harrison & Crossfield, which later became HARCROS Chemicals, and finally Synergistic Performance Corporation. It was during this time he was transferred to the Pacific Northwest to help increase sales in the region. A few years later he joined Pacific Coast Chemicals in the Northwest as a territory manager.

Ted is now the Director of Sales for his current company, JF Shelton Company and has been with them for 25 years. JF Shelton Company is a leading west coast specialty chemical and packaging distributor.  Ted is a current member of ASCT, PNWSCT, past member of the the Golden Gate Society for Coatings Technology (GGSCT), and past Vice President of ASCT.

Ted has been married for over 40 years to his wife Robyn. He has two children and four grandchildren.