2018 Speakers

Meet the expert speakers who presented in 2018.

  • Bill Black

    Sales Engineer Spherix Mineral Products

    Bill Black is a Sales Engineer at Spherix Mineral Products (A Division of The SEFA Group). In his current role, Bill is responsible for Sales/Marketing of ASC microspheres in the Rubber, Silicone, Plastics, and Coatings markets.

  • Dr. Mark Buckingham

    Strategic Chemistry Manager Sugru

    Dr Mark Buckingham, Strategic Chemistry Manager at , is responsible for the development of new formulations of mouldable adhesives.  Previously, he has led a wide range of advanced materials and technology development projects at both small and large companies including 3M.  Mark has a DPhil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

  • Terry Chapin

    Rubber Technologist Elastomeister

    Terry Chapin received his B.S. from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio in June 1980. He majored in mechanical engineering and minored in math and civil engineering.

    After 33 years, he retired from Delphi as a senior materials engineer, working primarily in the area of silicones, elastomer parts and foam products development. He was previously senior rubber technical and cost leader at Delphi, after working as a tool engineer for rubber and plastic molds at the Delphi Packard Division for more than 20 years.  He is now working for himself as a consultant and instructor.  His new company is Elastomeister, and his position is Rubber Technologist.

    Terry has been involved in the rubber industry for more than 30 years, working with rubber companies all over the world. He has held previous engineering positions at Paxson Machine Company, EMCO Wheaton and Commercial Shearing. He holds two U.S. patents. Terry has been an active technical speaker for university level continuing education instruction, rubber conferences and technical in-plant venues for more than 25 years.

  • Patrick Ellis

    Consultant Smithers Rapra

    Patrick Ellis qualified at the Borough polytechnic as a Plastics Technologist in 1959. He worked for Shell Chemicals first in the field of epoxy resins and later in the development of expanded polystyrene. He left Shell in 1963 to join Borg-Warner Chemicals, where he was responsible for the development of wide ABS sheet, particularly for small marine craft. In 1970 he joined GEP as Area Sales Manager and in 1972 he moved Monsanto to develop their position in the European automotive industry. In 1976 he joined Hercules Europe as Technical Manager responsible for injection and blow moulding PP business.

    When Hercules and Montedison formed Himont, he was appointed European Market Development Manager. Later Neste Chemicals bought the Himont Belgium operation, when was asked to become part of Neste Polypropylene as Business Development Manager. In 1991, he left Nest to set up his own consultancy business, where he has carried out numerous single and multi-clients’ studies on polyolefins processes and catalysts, compounding of polyolefins and thermoplastics elastomers, as well as a number of global elastomer studies. He has recently finished a global elastomer study for Smithers and as well as one on global thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and another on the European market for fibre reinforced thermoplastics (FRT).

  • Rick Finnie

    President M.R. Mold & Engineering Corporation

    Rick Finnie is owner of M. R. Mold & Engineering Corporation. His career started during his teenager years as a tool and cutter grinder servicing the metal working industries. In 1977 he transitioned to the mold making industry. After 8 years rising from apprentice to lead mold maker he started M. R. Mold & Engineering Corporation in 1985 with 1 employee.  Today, M.R. Mold employs 30 highly skilled tradesmen and is globally known for its expertise and experience in liquid silicone rubber (LSR), gum stock rubber and plastic injection molds for OEMS and job shop molders.

  • Gabriel Geyne

    Application Engineer SIGMASOFT Virtual Molding

    Gabriel Geyne is an Application Engineer at SIGMASOFT Virtual Molding. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Masters’ degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He was a trainer at the UMASS Lowell Fundamentals of Plastics Testing seminar. His Master’s thesis involved signal conditioning noise of injection molding machines for an in-cavity multivariate sensor capable of measuring temperature, pressure and velocity of the melt. Gabriel has 4 years of experience in simulations of thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, LSRs, and MIM using Sigmasoft Virtual Molding. . 

  • William Inman Jr

    Technical Service & Development Dow Silicones Corporation

    William Inman has been employed with Dow Silicones Corporation for 25 years. He is currently in Technical Service & Development providing technical product assistance for Dow Silicone Elastomers. Inman has devoted his entire career to healthcare, working in Bio-Analytical, Applications Engineering/Technical Service, and Sales Development. He has also spent time working with electronics, food and beverage, and infant care applications, among others. He holds significant experience in both chemical and physical characterization of materials, as well as product development and manufacturing of silicone elastomers and extrusions used in medical devices.

    Inman graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2000, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, with minors in Biology and Physics.

    Primary Responsibilities:
    Develops and maintains momentum business, while delivering new business growth. Sharp and insightful understanding and monitor of key market trends, customer demand, and competitive activity. Additionally, works with internal sources to facilitate innovative solutions to meet customer needs and expectations.

  • Ted Johnson

    Senior Staff Chemist Elkem Silicones

    Ted Johnson has a B.S. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Oneonta.  He has worked in the field of silicone rubber for over 40-years.  He has worked in areas product development of HCR (high consistency rubber for both molding and extrusion.  He spent 13 years as a technical service representative and product development chemist for LSR (liquid silicone rubber).  Prior to that he spent 4 years as a marketing manager for silicone rubber in the automotive and wire and cable markets.  Mr. Johnson joined Elkem in November of 2016. 

  • Raymond Lee

    President & CEO Shenzhen Square Silicone Co., Ltd

    Raymond Lee is the President and CEO of  Shenzhen Square Silicone Co., Ltd, the first enterprise self-developing and producing injection molding liquid silicon rubber on a large scale in China.

  • Kurt Manigatter


    Kurt Manigatter is CEO of ELMET GmbH, a worldwide well known LSR Mold-, Molding- specialist and also known as supplier for LSR dosing systems. Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree and is graduate of Höhere Technische Lehr- u. Versuchsanstalt in Waidhofen/Ybbs, Austria. He started his carrier as designer in a shipyard and was responsible for development of automation of technical processes, to build ships as automatically as possible. After 9 years empirical knowledge he changed to the mechanical industry to develop drive concepts. After additional 5 years he changed into his passion, the mold making and automation branch. 3 years he was employed at the market leader for LSR molds. He quit his job and founded ELMET GmbH. He is known as an expert for LSR solution and frequent lecturer and part of the advisory board at the silicone elastomers and molding conference.

  • Gerry Meyer

    Sr. Manager Materials Science & Technology GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers/ PolyOne Corporation

    Gerry Meyer is Senior Manager of Materials Science & Technology of GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers/Polyone Corporation.

  • Lynn E. Momrow-Zielinski

    President & Co Founder Extreme Molding

    Lynn is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  She has a B.S. In Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering.  Lynn started her career as a Development Engineer at Mobil Chemical Company in the Plastics Packaging Division.  She then spent 8 years at GE Silicones in Production Management and Technical Global Marketing Management roles.  Lynn left GE to become a General Manager for Chemfab Corp which was acquired by Saint Gobain.  She was the World Wide General Manager of Lab Products at Saint Gobain before leaving in 2002 to start Extreme Molding.  Lynn and her business partner Joanne Moon Duncan are co-owners and active Managing Partners of Extreme Molding in Watervliet, NY.  Extreme Molding is a contract injection molder of both Thermoplastics and Silicones specializing in infant care, pet care and high end consumer products.  Lynn resides in Albany NY with her husband Mark, two orange cats Divot and Hobie and Schnoodle Winnie.  Lynn likes to golf, curl, hike, read, play the guitar and is a history buff in her spare time.  

  • Robert Pelletier

    Technical Sales of Dosing Systems Elmet NA

    Mr. Pelletier received a BBA from Western Michigan University and an AS in Science from Schoolcraft College and has taught many classes on Liquid Silicone Rubber Dispensing. He has worked in the LSR & RTV industry for over 23 years mostly in sales and marketing but has been involved with machine programming and development, technical writing and product literature. His knowledge of the systems is largely based on his hands-on approach and enjoys passing this information onto the customers via training classes, customer installations and technical seminars. His current role as Technical Sales of Dosing Systems of Elmet NA allows him to interact directly with customers both domestic and foreign, industry experts and suppliers throughout the world. His world travel offers a unique perspective of the entire LSR market and its diverse segments.

    Mr. Pelletier is married and has two sons and a daughter and enjoys Coaching, Skiing, Golfing and spending time with his family in his time off.

  • Erick Sharp

    President & CEO ACE Products & Consulting LLC

    Erick Sharp has been working in the silicone and rubber industry for fifteen years. Erick specializes in raw material and process technology of elastomers.  During his time in the industry Erick has held a number of key roles within Lauren International, Edgetech UK and Portage Precision Polymers.  Erick has commissioned six custom mixing lines globally.  Erick has a strong history of developing and certifying international raw material sources for the North American rubber market.  In 2015 Erick launched ACE Products & Consulting LLC which provides independent lab services, expert consulting and product services for the elastomer industry.  Erick has a degree in Industrial Engineering.  He has presented at several international and regional conferences.

  • Agnes Steckler Ph.D

    Technologist NuSil Technology LLC

    Agnes Steckler, NuSil Biomaterials R&D Technologist, joined NuSil’s team over two years ago, bringing solid material science and engineering expertise.  Agnes has a background in chemical and biological engineering with a Master’s degree from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. After working a few years at the Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands she earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which she followed with a one-year postdoc at Aalto University in Finland. Agnes has a passion for science which she enjoys applying as she collaborates with customers to deliver novel specialty silicones.

  • Maxim Tchoul PhD

    Principal Scientist OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

    Maxim Tchoul received his PhD in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 2008, and spent 2 years at the Air Force Research Laboratory as an NRC Postdoctoral Scholar. He joined the Osram Sylvania Lighting Research Center in 2010.  With background in polymer chemistry, composites and nanostructured materials he is actively involved in implementing advanced polymers into new LED products. He is currently a Principal Scientist at the R&D organization of Osram Opto Semiconductors. His research interests include novel polymers and nanocomposites for lighting applications, in particular thermally conductive polymers, optical resins with high thermal conductivity and polymers with high thermal stability.

  • Dr. Hans Peter Wolf

    Manager Research & Development, Silicone Rubber Dow Silicones Deutschland GmbH

    Dr. Hans Peter Wolf studied Chemistry at the University Frankfurt and completed his Ph-D. in inorganic Chemistry 1988 with the dissertation work about „Gasphase reactions on Raney Nickel and with shock cooled zinc“.

    He started his career at Dow Corning in November 1988 and worked as research and TS&D chemist for direct process and automotive market until 1991. From 1992 -1996 he worked in the supply chain organization as Upgrade Engineer and later as Elastomer Production Leader in Wiesbaden. Between 1997- 2007 he was Manager of the application technology and technical service team for silicone rubber in Europe.

    Since 2008 he is Global Research and Development Manager for Silicone Rubber.

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  • Rick Ziebell

    Vice President of Technology R.D.Abbott Company, Inc.

    Rick A. Ziebell, is a Graduate of Chemical and Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic University with advanced studies in Polymer Science and is a multiple patentee in silicone rubber technology. With over thirty years of experience in both rubber fabrication and raw material technologies, he lectures the accredited Two-Semester Basic Rubber Technology Course for The Los Angeles Rubber Group (TLARGI) and the Advanced Rubber Technology courses for ACS Rubber Division. He holds the position of Vice President of Technology & Innovation at R.D. Abbott Company, a leading supplier of rubber polymers and chemicals in North America.