Keynote Speakers 2019

Dr. John A. Gilbert

Chief Research and Development Officer / Behr Process Corporation

Monday Oct. 21 at 8:00am in Champagne 3/4.

People, Place, Process and Products: The inner workings of development today.


What are some of the key enablers for doing product development in today’s environment?  This presentation is divided into four key topics: people, place, process and products.  A successful development program requires that each of these areas receive some attention from your company’s management team.  John will highlight some learnings from having spent over 30 years in product development and formulation.

Dr. Richard D. Jenkins

Global Group President / Arkema Coating Resins

Tuesday Oct. 22 at 8:30am in Champagne 3/4.

Innovation in Relationships Between Coatings Companies, Suppliers and Co-Suppliers


Recent trends in the chemical industry have been towards consolidation, less upstream flexibility, more frequent and unexpected raw material shortages, more constrained carrier capacity, and increased demand volatility. The consequences of such forces on planning and operating a reliable supply chain can no longer be affordably mitigated through an inventory–only approach.


Rather, coping with such pressures has led to innovation in relationships between suppliers, co-suppliers, and downstream customers.  Such innovation can take many forms: not only in better product technology and resultant formulations, but also increased intimacy between companies via relationships across multiple functions and hierarchical levels.  Operationally this means evolving from a classical buy-sell relationship across a firewall towards collaborative problem-solving by knowledgeable experts in real time in the right operational roles when life does not materialize as anticipated.


A case study illustrating the improved reliability and mutual value creation of such innovation will be presented.