October 8-10, 2018  | Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort | Phoenix, AZ

Speaker Information

Jonathan Franklin, head of Appellate, United States at Norton Rose Fullbright, will address whether a new Justice will change the balance and direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. Franklin has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, served as counsel on the merits in 15 cases argued before the court, and represented parties and amici curiae in numerous other cases at the certiorari and merits stages. He has also argued numerous cases in federal circuit courts throughout the country. His cases have involved a  range of issues, including constitutional law, administrative law and procedure, foreign sovereign immunity, and intellectual property, contract, tort, civil rights, insurance, antitrust, labor, telecommunications and international law.

David Wasserman, U.S. house editor and senior election analyst for the non-partisan Cook Political Report, will provide attendees a political update. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. Wasserman’s analysis and data-driven forecasting looks at both national and local trends,  and what the future holds for American elections. Wasserman served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2016, 2012, and 2008. His commentary has appeared in Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and RealClearPolitics.

Robert Fry, chief economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, will  offer his analysis and forecast for the the global economy. He regularly publishes a monthly newsletter, Current Economic Conditions, and addresses the economic outlook to help guide decision-makers at manufacturing companies and analysts at financial institutions. Until retiring in June 2015, he was senior economist at DuPont, where he analyzed the global economy and its impact on DuPont, and published a monthly newsletter sent to thousands of DuPont employees.  In 2005, he and his colleague won the prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecasting Accuracy.

John Beagle, CEO and co-founder of Grace Matthews, will address trends in the coatings and specialty chemicals industries, particularly differentiation and consolidation. Beagle has been the lead investment banker on over 100 engagements, advising clients across the entire chemicals and materials spectrum. Before joining Grace Matthews, he was a research engineer in Digital Equipment Corporation’s Advanced Semiconductor Development group, subsequently acquired by Intel. John was part of the R&D effort at Digital that developed the patented Alpha chip technology — then the fastest commercially available microprocessor.


Steve Sides, ACA vice president of Global Affairs and chief science officer, will provide an update on international issues important to the coatings industry, including the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) proposal to classify titanium dioxide as a carcinogen and the industry’s advocacy efforts, as well as an update on biocides and microplastics. For more than 30 years, Sides managed the association’s compliance and regulatory efforts for health, safety and environmental control, including air pollution, water quality/waste management, hazardous materials management, industrial hygiene, safety and fire protection, and product safety. Since 2015, he has focused on ACA’s growing international affairs activities and science and technology platform.