The Personal and Industry Advantages of NASF Membership

POSTED: January 26, 2018

Many times, “benefits” or advantages of membership can be broken into two groups – Personal and Industry. What do I get and what does the industry get for being a member of NASF? Below are just some of the many advantages of being a member of NASF.

Personal Value:

  • Access to credible, up-to-date regulatory information
  • Access to world-class industry training provided by the NASF/AESF Foundation
  • Networking opportunities during top-notch professional events: SUR/FIN, Leadership Conference, and Washington Forum
  • Opportunity to gain leadership experience in the industry: local and national NASF boards
  • Discounted member rates for industry training and events
  • Complimentary access to technical articles located at
  • Complimentary membership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)

Industry Value:

  • Contribute to industry standards and guidelines to support quality
  • Influence legislation and regulation on local, state, and national level
  • Promote greater public awareness for the industry in your communities
  • Participate and gain access to industry surveys
  • Ability to support student education and encourage entry in the field
  • Sponsorship opportunities across many industry programs

CATEGORIES: NASF Membership Benefits

Call for SUR/FIN 2018 Abstracts Extended to January 12, 2018

POSTED: December 21, 2017

Submit an abstract today for the 2018 SUR/FIN Technical Conference. NASF has opened the online submission for papers and informative presentations on key, technical information for the surface finishing industry.

General Abstract Topics:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Advances in Surface Finishing Technology
  • Light Material Finishing
  • Research Sustainability
  • Electronics Sustainability
  • Tech Responses to Reach and Environmental Regulations
  • Applications, Equipment or Technology Improving Productivity/Efficiency
  • Waste Management/Environmental
  • Surface Modifications/Surface Treatments

Abstract Submission Deadline is December 15, 2017 January 12, 2018.

To submit an abstract today, visit or contact us at


NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship

POSTED: December 14, 2017

Award Amount: $1,500.00
Application Deadline: February 6, 2018

Each year, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and the AESF Foundation awards financial scholarships to academically well-deserving students studying in the areas of: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry.

Each scholarship award is in the amount of $1,500.00 and requires:

  • A statement describing applicant’s career objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors
  • A professional resume
  • Official undergraduate or graduate transcript

Students are judged on four major factors: (1) Academic record, (2) Personal Statement, (3) Working Experience, and (4) Extracurricular Activities. Selection is based on, but limited to: career interest in surface finishing, academic achievement, motivation and potential.

To qualify for the undergraduate scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

To qualify for the graduate scholarship, students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited university.

To learn more about the NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship Program or to submit an application, click here or contact Annika Mikkelsen at Deadline to submit an application is February 6, 2018.


Leadership Spotlight: Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh

POSTED: December 14, 2017

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

CATEGORIES: Leadership Spotlight, NASF Chapters, NASF National

Leadership Spotlight: Jeff Brassard

POSTED: October 16, 2017

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.

CATEGORIES: Leadership Spotlight, NASF National

The 2018 NASF/AESF Foundation Course Catalog is Here!

POSTED: October 16, 2017

Download the catalog here with in-depth description of courses, pricing, and our 2018 training schedule.

The Four Training Platforms:

Home Study – The Home Study program is a wonderful way to take Foundation courses if you are unable to attend our In-Person training or wish to have time to study the materials before taking the optional exam. All courses are able to be taken as Home Study courses, can be started at any time and are completed at your own pace. Home Study courses are great for individuals who are self-starters and enjoy reading through course materials to complete a course.
Web-Based – Web-Based courses are a simple way to receive training without the travel. Web-Based courses are scheduled throughout the year and are hosted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between noon and 2pm ET online with a live instructor. Each session is recorded and available to review for 30-days after the original posting date. Web-Based courses are great for individuals who want live instructor interaction but need the flexibility of time.
In-Person – In-Person training is offered throughout the year in particular locations across the country. In-Person courses range between 2-4 days in length and are located no more than 10 – 15 minutes from the chosen city’s airport.
Custom – If you have a group of 10 or more employees you would like to train in a particular course at your facility, we can send an instructor to you. Mix and match modules from any courses we offer or host an entire course directly to your employees at a time decided upon by you. Custom Courses are a great option for companies who have a large number of employees they wish to train on a particular subject.
To learn more about NASF/AESF Foundation training contact: Matt Martz at


NASF Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

POSTED: September 25, 2017

With the goal of encouraging students to engage and continue their study in the field of surface finishing, each year, the NASF/AESF Foundation awards scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate level students who major in the areas of chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, metallurgical engineering, materials science engineering, metallurgy, or materials sciences.  We are pleased to announce awarding scholarships to two graduate level students for the 2017 school year: 

Nivyan Musavvir
Masters Degree Program: Materials Science & Engineering: Corrosion Engineering
Texas A & M University

Baraka Lwoya
Doctoral Degree Program: Chemical Engineering: Polymer Engineering & Surface Coatings
Tulane University

NASF is now accepting applications for our 2018 Scholarship Program. For deadlines and applications, please click here.

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Leadership Spotlight: James Sullivan

POSTED: September 13, 2017

James SullivanJames Sullivan is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Schumacher Companies in Houston, TX which consist of: The Schumacher Company, Dixie Electro Plating and Spraymetal Inc., all serving the Oil & Gas industry. With 42 years of plating/metal finishing and management experience, James is responsible for all of the Schumacher Companies activities.

James started his finishing career in Fort Worth, TX in 1975 working with plating/finishing companies mostly serving the Aerospace industry. In 1994 James relocated to Chicago, IL. Where he ran several plating job shops as General Manager working with industries such as: Aerospace, Injection Mold & Tool and the Optics Industry.

James has held positions such as: Masker, Plater, Anodizer, Lead Plater, Plating Supervisor, Production Manager, Lab Manager, Outside Sales, Plant Manager and General Manager all with job shops within the finishing industry. James has hands-on experience with many types of plating and anodizing processes including wet spray Mil-spec priming. Further, James has a thorough knowledge of waste treatment and compliance issues facing our finishing industry.

As VP/COO of the Schumacher Companies which is one of the larger Hard Chrome job shops in the country, James is constantly involved with regulatory and compliance challenges facing the finishing industry. For the last many years, James has been very active attending most of the NASF events such as: The Washington Forum, SUR/FIN and the Leadership Conference.

With 42 years of job shop experience, James has a well-rounded knowledge of the constant challenges facing platers/finishers and what is needed to meet these challenges.

James also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for 6 years and is a current Board member with the National Association For Surface Finishing since 2016 and also a Board member with his local chapter the Texas Association Of Metal Finishers now for several years. James has been married for 36 years and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. In his off time James enjoys spending time with family.

CATEGORIES: Leadership Spotlight

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

POSTED: August 4, 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 If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Jeff Hannapel at 202-257-3756 or

CATEGORIES: Events, NASF National

Leadership Spotlight: Rebecca Bennett

POSTED: August 4, 2017

Becky BennettRebecca Bennett (a.k.a. Becky) started at Precision Plating in April of 1973, in the Chemical Laboratory while attending college at night to get a degree in Business Administration. When she started, the EPA and OSHA had only been in existence for about 2 years and in a few short years of employment, Becky worked her way into the Environmental and Safety areas. She created all the regulatory procedures and training programs currently in use at Precision Plating and conducts the majority of the Safety Related Training Programs for all 3 shifts.

Precision Plating has always been a family owned business and was started by Robert Zacharias in 1904. The company started out electroplating picture frames in gold and silver, switching to electroplating military parts as America entered into World War II in 1941. The company was bought by Jim Belmonti in 1989; Jim’s 3 children took over the operation in 2008. Precision Plating is primarily a precious metal electroplater specializing in reel to reel operations, even though one third of the business contains traditional rack and barrel operations. In the last 15 years, Precision Plating has also secured many jobs requiring tri-metal (Cu, Sn, Zn) electroplating.

Becky was asked to join the Chicago Metal Finishers Institute (CMFI) in 2002 and was nominated by her peers to represent the CMFI on the National Association of Metal Finishers (NAMF) in 2005. Becky had the honor to serve as President of the CMFI in 2011 and worked on the committee that helped to structure the joining of the CMFI with the Chicago AESF. The two groups have since changed their names to the Chicago Midwest Chapter of NASF. While on the national NASF Board, Becky has had the opportunity to work on the Job Shop Committee and the GAC.

Becky has worked with the Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation (CSFF) golf committee for the past 3 years; with the money earned from the golf outing, the CSFF has been able to provide complimentary industry training courses for Chicago Area Members. She was part of the committee that coordinated the first, very successful Sustainability Summit for the Chicago Area in 2016 and is again part of the committee preparing for 2nd Annual Sustainability Summit to be held in Lake Geneva, WI on October 12th – 13th.

Becky is the oldest of five siblings and has two daughters and three grandsons. Becky’s hobbies are photography and scrapbooking and loves to work in her yard as she finds it is therapeutic after a long day in the plating facility.

CATEGORIES: Leadership Spotlight

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