2020 Advisory Board

This program is shaped by a panel of expert advisory board members who know this industry inside and out. These experts lend their experience and expertise to the program, ensuring a relevant and industry-leading event. Meet the Advisory Board members!

  • Chris Claussen

    Chris Claussen

    Silicone elastomer Global Marketing Manager for Healthcare Momentive Performance Materials

    Chris Claussen has over 19 years of elastomer expertise.  Chris currently is the silicone elastomer Global Marketing Manager for Healthcare at Momentive Performance Materials.  Chris has held other leadership roles within Momentive over the last 13 years, including Regional Marketing Manager for Consumer Goods(North America), Field Market Developer(Healthcare & Consumer) and Account Manager. Chris holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

  • Mark Hammond

    Silicones General Manager GW Plastics, Inc.,

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  • Mike Fil

    Business Development Manager Extreme Molding

    Mike graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (’10), and as captain of the 2009 RPI Football team.

    Mike’s tenure with Extreme Molding began in 2009 as an intern, and he then joined full-time in 2010 as Production Manager/Design Engineer. Mike has held many different roles within the organization, including Operations Manager. At the start of 2018 - he transitioned into a Business Development and Engineering Management role.

    Mike’s primary focus is to grow top line sales and bring customer's products to market faster than the competition, while maintaining profitability. Mike's degree in engineering and experience managing production help him assist customers in successfully taking their product from inception, through design for manufacturability, production, packaging, and introduction into the market.

    Mike most enjoys being a husband, father of two, participating in sports year-round, fishing, and the changing seasons of Upstate NY

  • Rick Ziebell

    Vice President of Technology and Technical Fellow R.D.Abbott Company, Inc.

    Rick is a Technical Fellow for R.D. Abbott Company and has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the rubber industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from California State Polytechnic University and has advanced training in Material Science. He has worked for both raw material suppliers and fabricators. He holds several patents in silicone technology and has an ongoing instructorship in rubber technology.