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

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

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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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SUR/FIN Association Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, June 20th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
NASF Annual Meeting

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
NASF Awards Ceremony

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Chapter Leadership Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
NASF Job Shop Task Group Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

Wednesday, June 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NASF Supplier Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Technology Advisory Committee Meeting

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Industry Night at SUR/FIN

NASF SUR/FIN invites you to Industry Night for our Halftime Event: Tuesday Night Tailgate at the College Football Hall of Fame! Pull out your favorite college sweatshirt and join us to celebrate achievements and “tailgate” with other attendees, exhibitors and speakers.

When & Where:

Tuesday, June 20 | 6pm
250 Marietta Street, N.W Atlanta (next to the Convention Center)

$75 Per Person

  • Food & drinks included
  • Private access to the entire Hall of Fame
  • Custom high-tech experience customized to highlight your favorite team

To Register:

Reserve your spot while registering for SUR/FIN or download our flyer.

About the Hall of FameCollege Football Hall of Fame Logo

  • Dive into “game day” in the ultra-high definition theater
  • Test your skills on a 45-yard field replica
  • Hear stories of the football greats
  • Celebrate football fans and traditions
  • Learn about sacrifices made by players and coaches
  • Analyze football’s biggest rivalries
  • Call the shots as a game-day analyst
  • Show your spirit in fight song karaoke

For more information regarding Industry Night at SUR/FIN or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact us at (202) 457-8404 or

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Scott Fetter of Lockheed Martin Announced as SUR/FIN Keynote

Lockheed Martin’s Scott Fetter will join NASF at SUR/FIN® in Atlanta as a keynote presenter on Tuesday, June 20. Scott has more than 30 years of materials processes, environmental safety and occupational health (ESOH) work experience. He began his career with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Hazardous Waste Materials Management. Scott is currently a F-35 ESOH Lead with Lockheed Martin and has served as the F-35 Air System ESH Integration Lead since the late 1990s. He is responsible for coating-related systems such as pollution prevention, materials substitution, identification execution and regulatory compliance, including REACH.

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Automotive OEM Group Headlines SUR/FIN Sustainability Summit

Tanya Bolden, director of Corporate Responsibility Products and Services at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), will speak at the SUR/FIN Sustainability Summit on Monday, June 6, on emerging corporate sustainability trends for automotive OEMs and the supply chain. As leader of AIAG’s strategic programming, Bolden works with teams of volunteers from AIAG member companies to develop and implement guidelines and share best practices to help companies manage their legislative, regulatory, and customer requirements on issues such as supply chain sustainability, environmental responsibility and business ethics. She joined AIAG in 2010 from General Motors Co., where she was corporate responsibility manager, responsible for a range of global corporate issues impacting the company. She specifically was responsible for the social sector, including industry collaborations, stakeholder engagement, reporting, risk assessment and cross-functional leadership interface. Bolden worked at GM for 20 years in a variety of positions. She holds a bachelors of science from Michigan State University and a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University.

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Exhibition Space at NASF SUR/FIN is on Track for an Early Sell-out

Exhibition space at the NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference is now almost sold out, with only the last few remaining booths available.

The event, which returns to Las Vegas June 6-8, 2016, provides exhibitors with a unique opportunity to meet customers from throughout North American and the world. Industry suppliers know important it is to reach the right decision makers, and this annual three day conference has earned high marks for delivering that and more.

“There was a great deal of enthusiasm generated from last year’s show with over 88% of attendees stating they would recommend SUR/FIN to their colleagues”, states SUR/FIN 2016 Chairman, Mark Norton. “The inaugural ‘Boot Camp’ was quite successful and we believe this, as well as the exceptional conference sessions are the best indication of the success we aim to build on.” If your company is interested in exhibiting at this year’s SUR/FIN, we encourage you to act quickly. Space will sell out this year. Contact Cheryl Clark, Director of Events at or visit

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NASF SUR/FIN 2016 Exhibit Interest Spikes

Finishing industry leaders, pleased with the success of the 2015 NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing and Technology Tradeshow and Conference, are seeing a high level of enthusiasm and interest for next year’s event. Exhibit space requests for association’s 2016 Tradeshow have already exceeded those generated from this same time last year.

The 2016 event will be held at the South Point Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas. This venue played host to SUR/FIN a few years back and based on post-registration reports was popular with over 80% of attendees.

Overall, the performance of the business-to-business exhibition industry remains strong this year, posting a year-on-year gain of 3.8% as of mid-year 2015. This growth is the second highest rate since the second quarter of 2007 and also marked the 20th consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth.

Exhibit registration for the NASF SUR/FIN 2016 Trade Show is now taking place. Visit for complete registration information or contact Cheryl Clark, Director of Events at 302.436.5616.

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NASF SUR/FIN® Succeeds in Chicago with Strong Focus on Quality Programming

Initial SUR/FIN® attendee and exhibitor survey results now show that a sustained focus on delivering programs specifically geared to industrial finishing has been the driving force behind what is now known as one of the best industry conference and trade shows in the North American market.

“We recognize that it is thanks to the growing support and consistent commitment of our exhibitors and attendees that allows us to see such incredible gains,” said NASF President Erik Weyls of Coventya.

Although the survey results for the event were still coming in at press time, NASF leaders are pleased with the results thus far and have already begun planning its 2016 event.
NASF’s SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference attracts the best the finishing industry has to offer, which certainly motivates us to provide the best event possible to meet their needs,” said SUR/FIN® Chairman Mark Norton of Walgren Company.

The NASF SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference is open to suppliers, processors, OEM’s and qualified industry professionals.  The 2016 event will take place June 6-8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the South Point Hotel and Convention Center.  For details, visit

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2014 SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference Agenda Announced

Agenda features more than 90 speakers and 15 high impact sessions

The 2014 National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Tradeshow, the finishing industry’s highest regarded show, released its much anticipated agenda featuring more than 90 speakers and 15 comprehensive sessions.  Now in its 96th year, SUR/FIN provides the global industrial finishing industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment.  SUR/FIN is the longest running conference in the industry – and the only event produced exclusively by the National Association for Surface Finishing.

“We’re quite pleased with the response we received for papers,” said Brad Wiley of Rolls Royce, Chairman of NASF’s Technical Advisory Committee.  “This conference brings together the brightest minds and the latest technologies and processes available in the surface finishing industry today.  This conference, coupled with its a great tradeshow featuring more than 200 companies, remains the ‘go to event’ in the industry.”

This year’s SUR/FIN is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees, including surface finishing producers, industrial suppliers, service providers and researchers from around the world.  During the course of the event, they will attend session featuring information on:

  • Industry Sustainability
  • Light Materials Finishing
  • Finishing for Electronics
  • Aerospace Hexavalent Chromium and Cadmium Alternatives
  • Best Practices in Surface Finishing
  • Advances in Plating & Surface Finishing I
  • Regulatory Update
  • Hard Chrome Alternatives & Wear Resistant Coatings
  • Automotive Decorative Processes
  • Chemical Milling
  • Corrosion
  • Aerospace Aluminum and Organic Coatings
  • Functional Automotive Finishing Processes
  • Advances in Plating & Surface Finishing II
  • Clean Manufacturing and Processing

Find out how these and other industry topics are featured in this year’s agenda.  Visit to view the agenda and register online.

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