Oct. 15-16, 2019 | InterContinental Magnificent Mile | Chicago, IL
Stephen Claeys is partner at Wiley Rein LLP, focusing on international trade law and policy matters. His experience extends to bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, trade remedies and safeguards, foreign market access barriers, e-commerce and digital trade, agriculture trade, and customs enforcement. He has 25 years of experience advising members of Congress, senior White House and U.S. Department of Commerce officials, and clients on international trade law and policy. In that time, Claeys drafted and helped pass legislation on Trade Promotion Authority, amendments to the U.S. trade remedies law, reauthorization and restructuring of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement, and permanent normal trade relations with Russia.
Dave Jenne is vice president of Global Procurement at Benjamin Moore & Co., responsible for over $750 million in total spend across the corporation. He joined Benjamin Moore in 2013 after eight years at GAF Materials Corporation where he was executive director for Raw Materials Purchasing responsible for overseeing over a billion dollars in raw materials and energy purchases, as well as joint development projects, and new business opportunities with supplier partners. Jenne served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on a nuclear submarine in the Pacific. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Steve O’Neill is the Chief Marketing Officer for Benjamin Moore & Co., where he oversees all marketing, including customer segments, product, color & development, channel development & retail services, brand marketing, digital & public relations & events. Since joining Benjamin Moore in 1988, O’Neill has held a series of leadership positions in sales and business development. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Sales Operations, driving the implementation of the business plan across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he led the strategic development and marketing for the company’s global sales, expanding the brand to more than 70 countries worldwide. O’Neill holds an M.S. in Marketing from New York University, as well as a B.S. degree in Finance from Providence College.
Amy Crews Cutts is president of AC Cutts & Associates LLC, and is a credit market expert with over 25 years of economic analysis and policy development. From 2011 to 2018 she was the SVP-Chief Economist for Equifax; and before that she was with Freddie Mac over 13 years — the last eight as the as the deputy chief economist. In 2015 she won the Pulsenomics® Crystal Ball Award for Outstanding Performance in The Zillow® Home Price Expectations Survey for her forecast accuracy and is a participant in the Wall Street Journal’s Monthly Survey of Leading Economists. Cutts earned her M.A. and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Virginia and B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Trinity University in San Antonio. She is a Certified Business Economist®, via the National Association for Business Economics.
Michael Kucharski is the regional business unit director for Powders at Allnex, a supplier of resins and additives for architectural, industrial, protective, automotive and special purpose coatings and inks. He joined the company in in 2001, and since has served in a variety of roles, including sales, marketing, product line management, and as both a global key account director and sales director. Kucharski is a graduate of the Northwestern University Business School Executive Program.
Tabitha L. McLeish is global marketing director for General Industrial Coatings at The Sherwin-Williams Company. She has more than 22 years in the coatings industry, including experience in powder formulating, product management, business development, and roles in key R&D and global marketing leadership positions. McLeish holds a coating patent, and published numerous articles. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Gettysburg College and MBA from Alvernia University.
David Wawer is executive director of the Color Pigment Manufacturers Association. He has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical industry sector and more than 30 years in trade association management, currently serving as senior vice president of SOCMA’s Association Management Services. Wawer served in both staff and Executive Director roles for Chambers of Commerce in Waterbury, Conn., Chicopee, Mass., and Northern Rhode Island. He also served in regional trade associations, including the Boston Real Estate Board; Lexington, Kentucky Board of Realtors; and the Massachusetts Chemistry Technology Alliance.
Dan Murad is president & CEO of The ChemQuest Group, international business strategy firm in specialty chemicals. He joined the company in 1996, after working at Rohm & Haas Company as Industrial Coatings director for Europe. Prior to Rohm & Haas, he spent 13 years with Unocal Polymers where his career took him from technical service positions to director of marketing. He directed the sale of the Unocal Polymers Business to Rohm & Haas. Murad’s expertise extends to specialty and commodity businesses, strategic assessment and value creation, and marketing for profit. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Wabash College and MBA at William & Mary.
Paul Atzemis, director of Technical Service at Carboline, is the co-founder and co-host of the Carboline Tech Service Podcast. After earning a degree in Chemistry from John Carroll University, he joined the paint and coatings industry working as a formulator, plant chemist, and in paint sales. He worked for Sigma Coatings and The Sherwin-Williams Company, prior to joining Carboline in 2011. Atzemis is certified as a NACE CIP Level 3 Coatings Inspector.
Mike Muczyk, managing partner at CONNOR|CAITLIN Talent Solutions, has over 20 years’ experience in Operations, Supply-Chain Management and Human Resource Leadership within the Specialty Coatings, Banking and Consumer Goods arenas. Muczyk holds an MBA and is a graduate of the McCrystal Crosslead Program for Executive Leadership. He often states that “HR leaders must understand the true partnership opportunity that exists in not only speaking the language of business but offering the ROI for its leaders in Human Capital Management.”
Bob Sullivan is chair of the Advisory Board at CONNOR|CAITLIN Talent Solutions, where he counsels the company on its Leadership Development and Human Capital Initiatives. A certified Human Resources professional with over 20 years as Chief Human Resources Officer at various companies, he holds a masters in Organization Management. Sullivan is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Strategic Human Resources and Service Excellence Programs. A decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, he is a certified social and emotional intelligence coach and active member of SHRM National.
Jim Rees, Advisory Board member at CONNOR|CAITLIN Talent Solutions, is active across the coatings industry, also serving as a senior advisor to Orr and Boss. He retired from AkzoNobel in 2015 as division president and business unit managing director for Automotive and Aerospace Coatings and member of the Performance Coatings Business Area Board. Prior to AkzoNobel, he spent 20 years at The Sherwin-Williams Company, serving in several executive positions, most recently as vice president and director of the Transportation Coatings Business Unit.
Brad Miller is director of Advocacy and Sustainability for the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA). He serves on the NSF International Joint Committee for development of the ANSI/BIFMA Furniture Sustainability Standard, and member of the Technical Advisory Committee that advises Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) staff and board members on technical aspects of the council’s programs. Miller also served on U.S. EPA’s Governance Committee and Furniture Panel for their Pilot of Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for U.S. Federal Government Procurement.