About the Samson-Adler Award

The WCS Samson-Adler Distinguished Service Award was introduced in 2009. Named for Mr. Maurice Samson (Los Angeles) and Mr. Barry Adler (San Francisco) in recognition of their pioneering efforts during the earliest days of the WCS, the award distinguishes an individual for lifetime service to their society, the WCS and the coatings industry in general.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2016/2017 Samson-Adler Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 Western Coatings Show in Las Vegas, Oct 15 – 18, 2017.   This distinguished award is given to an individual from a Western USA or Western Canadian company who has made a significant contribution to the coatings industry over the course of their career.

Membership/participation in their local society or the WCS is considered but is not a pre-requisite.  The nominee’s contributions can be either technical or business.  They may be currently employed or retired.

To nominate a candidate, please submit the nominee’s name and a biography covering their history and contributions.  The winners will be selected by the Board of Directors of the WCS prior to the 2017 show.

Questions?  Please contact us at westerncoatings@earthlink.net or (714) 974-4511

Samson Adler Award Winners

Romer Johnson

2015 Winner

Romer Johnson has been involved in the paint and coatings industry for over 60 years.  Romer was born in Glendale, CA in 1935.  He attended Cal State LA and UCLA.

While attending college, Romer started working in the paint lab at WP Fuller Company.

After graduation, he went to work for Dunn Edwards Paint.  Romer then worked for a distributor, Paul W Wood. In 1966, Romer went to work for Dorsett and Jackson. Romer, along with two partners, purchased D&J in 1973.

Romer has been very active with the LASCT for over 50 years, serving on numerous committees. Romer joined the LASCT Board in and was the LASCT President in 1982-83.  Throughout his entire career, Romer has been supportive of the LASCT, WCS, and the paint and coatings industry. Due to his contributions to the Society and the industry, Romer was presented the “Honorary Award,” the highest honor bestowed on outstanding members of the Los Angeles Society.

Romer has four daughters, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Romer will retire from Dorsett and Jackson in January of 2016, after 60+ years in the paint and coatings industry.

Tony Rumfola

2014 Winner

Tony Rumfola has been a member of the LASCT for over 50 years, following memberships in the Houston and Dallas Societies. He is now 88 years old and he still makes a meeting or two per year. He started TCR Industries in 1975, as a one-man operation, concentrating on serving the paint, coatings and plastics industries, and later expanded into the fine chemical side of personal care: Pharma, cosmetics, nutraceutical, and food industries.

TCR now employs 33 employees. Tony is a two-time Past President of the Southern California Paint and Coatings Association, where he served from 1980–1981, and 1986–1987. During his first term, he was also the Chair of the Biennial Symposium, where he set the record for the Cal Poly Scholarship fund, somewhere around a $32,000 contribution.

TCR Industries has participated in every event that LASCT has had in the last 40 years or more, as well as supporting the WCS. TCR Industries has provided many donations to the Cal Poly SLO program.

Tony and TCR Industries stay active with the Golden Gate Society, sponsoring the “Old Timers’ Event,” which they have for the past 25+ years.

Spending time with his wife Bonnie, their two daughters, Lili and Annie, doggies of course, and their human kids (too many to mention), nine in all, 21 grandchildren and 20 greatgrandchildren.

Tony regrets not being able to attend this meeting and accept the Samson-Adler award due to health treatment schedules. His son, Sam who is CEO of TCR will do this honor for him.

Jarry V. Moore

2013 Winner

Jarry comes from a small town just outside of Holton, Kansas. He attended Kansas State College in Manhattan, KS and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He relocated to Tucson, AZ in 1962.

In Tucson, Jarry began his coatings career at Ohm Research where they primarily made roof coatings. In 1966, he relocated to the Phoenix area and began working for Rinchem. In 1972, Jarry took a position for Ribelin – well, from what we know, he took ALL the positions at Ribelin – he ran the office, the sales department and the warehouse. He only had one office girl at that time and no delivery trucks so they used common carriers.

25 years, eight salesmen, three office girls and several warehousemen later, Jarry retired from Ribelin but not before becoming one of the Founding Father’s of the AZ Society for Coatings Technology. Jarry was very instrumental in making sure that Arizona became an active society under FSCT. Jarry has been an inspiration, a teacher and a friend to all of the salesmen he took under his wing. He taught them a business philosophy that included how important it is to listen to the customer and that the customer always comes first.

The first Samson Adler award winner, Melinda Forbes, said, “I always considered Jarry – MR. ARIZONA! I had to compete against him in the 80’s and 90’s. I had the Rheox Line (now Elementis Specialties) of thickeners and Jarry represented R&H at Ribelin sales. He could single handily get every roof coater in the greater Phoenix and Tucson area to come to a Society Meeting if Rohm and Haas gave the talk! He truly helped his customers and Ribelin Sales should be eternally grateful to him for putting Ribelin on the map! He would help customers with their formulas and TRULY cared! Jarry was SO supportive of the Society and attended all the meetings.”

Andy Perez said “Jarry was an excellent teacher and very patient. Besides helping me with my questions about ”polarity CPVC,” emulsion v. dispersion, dispersant v. surfactant, the most valuable lesson he taught me was to spend time in the “lab” so that I could relate directly to what my customers were doing, so I hooked up with a willing customer on weekends, and actually made coatings. Boy was Jarry right! When you can relate from actual experience you gain empathy for your customer as well as losing the label as just an “order taker,” and by understanding what your customer is trying to accomplish, you can help him/her succeed. To Jarry, that was what it was all about!”

According to Chuck Ribelin, Jarry deserves this honor for without his dedication, training, educating and integrity towards everyone in the industry, Ribelin would not have the presence that it does today.

Since his official retirement in 1997, Jarry has enjoyed his other loves, wood working, golf and fishing.

John Buckinger

2012 Winner

John Buckinger was born 1933 in Portland, Oregon. John graduated in 1955 from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with a B.A. in Physics. He spent one year at RCA in New Jersey on Dew Line Project. John then spent nine years at Boeing Seattle and Cape Canaveral (Bomarc Missile Project, preliminary design Saturn moon rocket booster and later TV displays for aircraft control panels).

While attending college, John worked as stock boy, then paint maker and lab assistant for Miller Paint. He returned to Miller Paint in 1965 as Factory Manager, then V.P. of Manufacturing, becoming President from 1988 until retirement in 2001.

Prior to retirement, John converted Miller Paint to a wholly employee-owned company by establishing an ESOP (Employee Stock-Ownership Program).

John has successfully helped raise three daughters, one step son and one step daughter. He and his wife, Donna, currently spend time between Vancouver, WA and Palm Springs, CA.

Additional Achievements:

  • In 1986, John was instrumental in developing new CGI tint system and formulating over 1,400 colors for Miller Paint.
  • Treasurer of Color Guild International 1998-2000.
  • Assisted in creation of industry group known initially as “ABLA” (Associated Businesses for Legislative Action) for Oregon and Washington, which was later absorbed by NPCA as “PNWPC” (Pacific Northwest Paint Council) acting as Chairperson 1996-1996. John worked with both the DEQ and EPA formulating regulation guidelines, which he felt was better than fighting after the rules were in place. He implemented one of the first in-house hazardous material training programs.
  • Assisted in development of government operated “Metro Recycling” for counties surrounding Portland area. John supervised the first pilot batch as he offered Miller Paint’s factory for the project.
  • John and Miller Paint received “Spirit of Portland” award by the City of Portland for contributions of time and materials to Portland’s charitable and city improvement programs, such as “Christmas in April”, “REACH” and anti-graffiti efforts. John has been a long time contributor to local youth organizations, especially supplying paint when and where needed with no fanfare.

Dr. Dane Robert Jones

2011 Winner

Associate Dean & Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Dane Jones has been with California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, CA since 1976. He oversaw the development of both undergraduate and graduate polymers and coatings programs for Cal Poly’s chemistry department. Dr. Dane Jones has more than 30 years of experience in the polymers and coatings field.

Dr. Dane Jones directed several California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA funded VOC researches including:

  • VOC Analysis of Aerosol Coatings
  • Development of Solvent Database
  • Relationship of Hiding and VOC in Coatings
  • Development of an Improved VOC Analysis Method for Architectural Coatings

Dr. Dane Jones participated in the development of the national standard for recycled paint products. He also consults for global coatings and raw materials manufacturers.

Dr. Dane Jones received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for using Raman spectroscopy to study corrosion of rebar in concrete. He also used Raman and infrared spectroscopy to study fading of pigments used in coatings due to environmental oxidants. Dr. Jones helped Hearst/San Simeon State Monument for the restoration of ancient Roman sarcophagus.

The Polymers and Coatings programs of Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo developed by Dr. Dane Jones have successfully cultivated many chemists for the industry. Dr. Dane Jones’s outstanding dedication to his students has earned him the “Cal Poly Distinguished Teacher Award.

Dr. Jones’ enthusiasm to the coatings industry and his spirit of innovation gained the highest respect from his colleagues, his students and his friends in the coatings industry. Dr. Dane Jones’ contribution has made significant difference to the industry and will continue to inspire the next generation of chemists in our industry.

Dr. Dane Jones was the recipient of “2010 American Coatings Association Industry Excellence Award”.

EDUCATION

  • Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1969-1974.  Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1966-1969. B.A. in Chemistry (magna cum laude)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. “VOC Analysis of Water-based Coatings by Gas Chromatography and Solid Phase Microextraction”, with A. Censullo and M. Wills, Journal of Coatings Technology, June, 1997.
  1. “Direct Method for Analyzing Volatile Organic Compounds in Coatings”, with Max Wills, ASTM Standardization News, November, 2006.
  1. “Comprehensive VOC Analysis Method for Architectural Coatings”, with L. Brickweg, A. Guillermo and M. Wills, JCT Coatings Tech, January 2007.
  1. “Development of a Performance and Environmental Certification System for Recycled Paint Products”, with H. Sanborn, S. Cassell, B. Addelstone, M. Petruzzi, D. Darling and R. Fernando, JCT Coatings Tech, February 2007.

Melinda Forbes

2009 Winner

Employment Information:

I have worked in the Paint & Coatings Industry since 1981 (28 years).
I have spent my entire coatings career in sales & marketing.

  • JFShelton, Inc. ………………………………….. July, 2009 – present
  • Kronos Worldwide, Inc. / ……………………. Senior Account Manager, Western U.S.

Ribelin Sales, Inc.                                        (50/50 split arrangement)

  • Kronos Worldwide, Inc. ……………………… 2000-2009
  • Rheox / Elementis Specialties ………………. 1990-2000
  • Allo Colouring Company …………………… 1981-1990

Educational Background:

  • San Diego State University…………………… Bachelor of Arts Degree,
    Social Science and a
    California Elementary Teaching    Credential, 1974

Society and FSCT Accomplishments:

  • A.S.C.T. ……………………………………….. Education Chair, 1984-1985
  • A.S.C.T. ……………………………………….. President 1988-1989
    (Broke gender barrier as first woman)
  • Western Coatings Symposium ……………… Co-Chair, 1989
  • Western Coatings Symposium………………. Entertainment Chair, 1993
  • A.S.C.T. ……………………………………….. Society Liaison Representative, Current
  • FSCT ………………………………………………. Society Support Chair
  • FSCT ………………………………………………. Board of Directors, 2001-2004
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo …………………… Polymers and Coatings
    Industrial Advisory Council, Current

Honors and Awards:

  • Women In Coatings …………………………… Outstanding Leadership Award
  • A.S.C.T. ……………………………………….. Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Rocky Mountain Society…………………….. Honorary Member
  • 1995 Rheox, Inc. ………………………………. Co-Sales Representative of the year