Leadership Spotlight: Waasy Boddison

Waasy Boddison is President of American Plating Power, LLC (Fort Myers, FL.). He holds a B.S Degree in Electrical Engineering. Waasy has been actively involved in the metal finishing industry for 18 years, serving currently as the President of the Florida Finishers Association. Waasy is an active member of the NASF, having served on the Sur/Fin committee for 10 years, including as Chair; he participated for 3 years on the NASF nomination committee, and has served since 2016 as an NASF board member. He also serves on the membership and education committee for the AAC.

Waasy originally became involved with the NASF for education, networking, and the belief that “you give back what you take.” He is enthusiastic about continuing to help the metal finishing industry grow and create new opportunities.

 

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Leadership Spotlight: Kyle Hankinson

Kyle HankinsonKyle Hankinson is the President of KCH Engineered Systems. For nearly 40 years, KCH has been a technology leader in the design and manufacture of industrial ventilation systems and wet process lines for various markets within the surface finishing industry.
Kyle is a second-generation owner at KCH, which was started by his Father Ken Hankinson in 1979. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University, along with Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot Ratings in Helicopters and Airplanes with the FAA. He is a Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF), and is very active within the Surface Finishing industry. Kyle has served on the NASF Board of Directors and SUR/FIN® Steering Committee for several years now. Kyle also represents the surface finishing industry on the American Society of Safety Engineers, Z9 Committee for Industrial Ventilation Standards. While on the NASF board, Kyle has focused much of his efforts toward growing the NASF organization and SUR/FIN® Tradeshow through expanding its reach into areas such as the Southeastern US. He also believes “If you build it, they will come” strongly supporting continued development and growth of the AESF Foundation’s training program.
Kyle served in the US Army for nearly 10 years as an Aviator and Pilot in Command of the AH-64D Helicopter, and is currently in an inactive status with the Ready Reserve. He often talks of how critical our industry is to the people and machines that perform the very dangerous missions of the United States Military.

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NASF Launches 2018 Industry Awards Program

During SUR/FIN 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the Surface Finishing Industry. These volunteers work to further the association on both the local and national stages so the next generation of professionals have even greater support and opportunities. This recognition of key leaders who have gone above and beyond, demonstrate what is unique and admired about our association and I hope you will join us at the NASF Annual Meeting held during SUR/FIN to thank those for their efforts.

NASF will recognize a number of well deserving individuals to receive the following awards:

Award of Merit
Outstanding service of a local and/or national nature – Recipients truly deserving of this award have given a great deal of time, effort and devotion to the industry on either a local or national level.

Taormina Award
One of NASF’s most prestigious awards given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry. Past award winners have been among the most dedicated individuals to improving our industry.

August P. Munning Award
Given to a supplier member who, in the opinion of his peers, has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the Association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—his great interest, hard work, dedication and selfless devotion to the metal finishing industry.

Scientific Achievement Award
Recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in the establishment of fundamental research in the Society.

Presidential Award
Focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.

NASF will be accepting nominations for these awards until March 30th and will be approved by the NASF Awards Committee.

Submit Your Nomination Today!

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Leadership Spotlight: Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh

Bob BaughAlmost a quarter century ago, Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh retired from his position as President of Precise Hard Chrome, A Dover Company, and became Executive Director of the Texas Association of Metal Finishers. While running Precise Hard Chrome, Bob was an active member of the Association, served on the Board of Directors, and eventually served as TAMF President. He was an absolute perfect fit as Executive Director for our small group and he transitioned to executive director quickly and smoothly.

A smooth transition into becoming executive director went unnoticed by most because that is how Bob was trained. Efficient and effective leadership honed by a 23-year career as an Air Force and Army aviator. Bob retired at the rank of Major, which speaks to his abilities but he also retired with proficiency in everything Army Aviation had in it’s inventory. He flew everything from the famous UH1-Huey to his personal favorite, the OV-1 Mohawk, a twin turbine, armed observation bird.

Bob served his country proudly in Viet Nam and earned a degree in Aeronautical Science as well as his MBA along the way. After his military service, Bob entered the industry and spent 15 years in Sales and Management positions for Precise Hard Chrome, a significant hard chrome provider in Waco, Texas. Precise Hard Chrome manufactured high quality hydraulic cylinders used in lift components of equipment and commercial construction. He spent his last 5 years with Precise Hard Chrome as their President and of course joined the TAMF almost 25 years ago after retiring once again!

His last day as TAMF Executive Director will be December 31, 2017. It is with great sadness we say good by to Bob, but in hopes of seeing him at least once a year on the golf course, we have extended him ED Emeritus status and have asked he and his lovely wife Gay, join us at our Summer Conventions or any regular meeting he would like. Bob Baugh is such a good man, such a good friend, and we will miss him dearly.

Written by J. Kelly Mowry, TAMF President

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Leadership Spotlight: Jeff Brassard

Jeff BrassardJeff Brassard is currently the General Manager of Palm Commodities International, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Umicore North America. Jeff has extensive experience in the surface finishing industry gained over 40-years working within the industry on a global scale, both as an electroplater and a supplier. He worked for a major proprietary chemical supplier for 23 years before joining Palm Commodities in 1997. Prior to this, he worked for a job shop in New England that offered a wide variety of plating and surface finishes, during which time Jeff served as their technical manager for a number of years. Jeff believes the industry is strengthened through education and communication and supports the industry by currently sitting on the NASF national board.

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NASF 1000 Fundraiser Nets Over $1,700 at SUR/FIN 2017

Don Walsh from Uyemura was the lucky winner of the 50/50 raffle in the NASF 1000 at SUR/FIN’s Industry Night. He happily donated most of his winnings to increase this year’s contribution at SUR/FIN to over $1,700. GAC member and NASF 1000 promoter, Ray Lucas, saluted Don for his generosity and wished him well as he heads into retirement.

Thanks to the support of industry leaders the NASF 1000 fund has grown to $400,000. While the NASF 1000 was initially envisioned as a 5-year commitment, industry’s support continues. The NASF 1000 was established to ensure that the industry would have funds to mount significant challenges to – or defend against – regulatory, legislative or activist group actions that threaten our livelihoods and our industry. All of the funds from the NASF 1000 program are used exclusively to support specific legal and related projects and initiatives that fall outside our day-to-day public policy and government affairs activities.

For those who have contributed to the NASF 1000 fund regularly, thank you for your support and leadership. On behalf the other leaders in the industry, we ask that you make a commitment today and join the NASF 1000. Contributions to the NASF 1000 fund are literally an investment in guaranteeing the future of our industry.

More information on the NASF 1000 program is available on the NASF website at NASF.org/1000. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Jeff Hannapel at 202-257-3756 or jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com.

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NASF Presents Awards to Industry Leaders During Annual Trade Show Event

On June 20, 2017, The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) presented industry awards at the 2017 SUR/FIN® Manufacturing and Technology Tradeshow and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center. The association recognized volunteer leaders whose service, commitment and contribution has advanced both the association and the industry.

NASF Presidential Award
Michael Kelly, Asko Processing Group

Mike Kelly receives the 2017 Presidential Award The Presidential Award focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.
This year we were pleased to present this award to Michael Kelly. Mike has been in virtually every position within the NASF and is known across the community as going the extra mile in the call of service for the industry.

Silvio C. Taormina Memorial Award
Rick Delawder, SWD, Inc.

Rick Delawder Receives the 2017 Taormina AwardThe Silvio C. Taormina Memorial Award is an honor given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry over the years.

We were pleased to present this award to Rick Delawder for his unparalleled dedication and performance on both, national and chapter level in support of the finishing industry.
Rick has served on the NAMF, CMFI board for many years and has been a NASF board member going up through all the leadership positions, and has served as NASF President. His leadership as President helped continue to guide the association to great growth and stability. Rick has served in many leadership capacities within this local industry association over the years. It is clear that Rick is not serving for his own benefit rather he is serving for the good of the association.

August P. Munning Award
Waasy Boddison, American Plating Power

Waasy Boddison receives the 2017 August P. Munning AwardThis award is given to a member who has significantly contributed to the future wellbeing of the NASF/AESF and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning. This year, we were pleased to present this award to Waasy Boddison.

Waasy has been a significant contributor to the industry through development of advanced rectifier technologies, while also participating on numerous NASF committees and being President of the Florida Finishers Corporation. Waasy currently is sitting on the national board of the NASF.

Scientific Achievement Award
Dr. Per Møller, Technical University of Denmark

Dr Per Møller Receives the 2017 Scientific Achievement AwardThe Scientific Achievement Award recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in the establishment of fundamental research in the Society.

This year, we were very pleased to recognize Dr. Per Moller for this prestigious award. His accomplishments in the technology of surface finishing and his contributions to our industry are both wide and in depth. Most notably, he has contributed the modern “bible” of our industry, the two-volume Advances in Surface Technology, as important to the engineer today as Blum and Hogaboom’s Principles of Electroplating and Electroforming was in the 1930’s.

Awards of Merit

2017 Award of Merit Recipients Betty Lou Mueller, Frank Dunigan, and Nancy ZapataThe Award of Merit is given to members of the industry who show meritorious service and achievement on both the local and national levels. We have three recipients of the Award of Merit this year:

Frank Dunigan, A Brite Company
for his outstanding contribution to NASF through SUR/FIN as an exhibitor, corporate member, NASF 1000 contributor and his regular participation in the Dallas branch of AESF for many years.

Betty Lou Mueller, Florida Finishers Corporation
for her tireless and selfless support of all activates within the Florida Finishers Corporation, including planning and execution of the annual Mid-Winter Finishers Conference.

Nancy Zapata, Control Electropolishing Corporation
for her dedicated work in the industry over the past 26 years and establishing the company, Electropolishing Corporation as a Minority Woman’s Business Enterprise. She has also been training her daughters to take over the company and has provided a foothold where women can be part of the surface finishing industry too.

2016 NASF Fellows

2017 NASF Fellows Ling Hao, Yinlun Huang, J. Kelly Mowry, Dr. Alan Rose, Donald Snyder, Not Pictured David Marsh, Jerry Wahlin, Joelie Zak The NASF Fellow is an award given to recognize outstanding service, contribution and long-standing commitment to the NASF/AESF for the advancement of the best interest of the surface finishing industry. The NASF Fellow honor is modeled after the AESF Fellow that was established in 1997.

  • Ling Hao, Lacks Enterprises
  • Yinlun Huang, Wayne State University
  • David Marsh, Marsh Plating Corporation
  • J. Kelly Mowry, Gull Industries
  • Dr. Alan Rose, Corrdesa LLC
  • Donald Snyder, Retired
  • Jerry Wahlin, AAA Plating & Inspection
  • Joelie Zak, Scientific Control Labs, Inc.

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Leadership Spotlight: Christopher J. Capalbo

Chris CapalboChristopher is the Vice President of Operations for New Method Plating Company, Inc. located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Chris is a third-generation metal finisher at New Method Plating, which was started in 1931 by his grandfather, Ralph Capalbo, Sr. and is currently owned by his father Ralph Capalbo, Jr. Chris has worked every job at their NADCAP accredited metal finishing job shop during his 20-year career, servicing various military, aerospace, municipal, locking device, and hardware industries.

Chris has been an active member of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Metal Finisher for most of his career. He has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Clerk, and is still on the Board of Directors as the National Director to the NASF. For the past 8 years, Chris has served as the Administrative Co-Director for the New England Surface Finishing Regional; the is the largest annual metal finishing trade conference in all of New England. He has worked as an ambassador to the metal finishing industry, making multiple presentations for the Toxic Use Reduction Institute in striving to work with and help them understand the willingness of our industry to achieve responsible sustainability.

Chris holds his Massachusetts Wastewater Operators license, as well as completing his Toxic Use Reduction Planner Certification. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hartford.

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Leadership Spotlight: Brian Kane

Brian KaneBorn and raised in New England, Brian Kane moved to Chicago in 1998 and in 2000, began his career at S&C Electric Company as a Safety & Environmental Engineer. S&C is a leading manufacturer of high voltage switchgear located in northeast Chicago, operating a wide variety of manufacturing processes, including a captive plating operation. Brian moved into S&C’s finishing operations as a process engineer, overseeing the plating, galvanizing and wastewater treatment operations. It was here that he first became an active member of the local Chicago Chapter after taking a local offering of the CEF course. Brian credits the camaraderie, information-sharing and technical presentations that kept him coming back. After holding several positions on the Board of Directors, Brian played an active role in the merger of the two surface finishing bodies in Chicago, forming both the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the NASF and the Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation where he now serves on both Boards. Brian is constantly amazed and inspired by the dedicated leadership and volunteer work done by the local and national chapter and Board members he has had the opportunity to work with. He enjoys active participation in the various chapter/NASF outings and social gatherings, including holiday parties, the science fair, golf outings, education summits and Washington Forum.

Married for 20 years with two beautiful kids (ages 11 and 13), Brian received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Brian held positions as a US Navy Nuclear Reactor Plant Test Engineer and then as a Product EHS Engineer for a semiconductor fabrication equipment OEM prior to moving to Chicago. Brian recently returned to S&C’s Safety & Environmental Affairs group as senior manager, driving continuous improvement of the safety and sustainability efforts. He sees now more than ever the critical role that an active and engaged trade organization membership can bring to the health and welfare of individual companies and the industry as a whole.

In 2016, Brian received the Award of Merit from NASF/AESF and the Charlie Geldzhaler Award from the Chicago Chapter. Brian was also elected President of the AESF Foundation’s Board of Trustees in June of that year. Brian thanks his fellow chapter and board member’s generosity, support and mentorship for his longevity and certainly any accolades. Brian’s vision for the AESF Foundation includes expanded course offerings and accessibility, improved technical and educational resources, continued excellence in research and scholarship activities, and expanded chapter outreach.

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NASF.org Employee Roster/Membership Profile Update

Are you receiving regular emails from NASF? If not, you may need to update your user profile at NASF.org. New features on the NASF website will allow you to …

For additional information on updating your personal or company member profile, contact NASF: info@NASF.org.

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