Atlanta, Georgia -- The US Center for the Polyurethanes Industry recognised the hard work and dedication of three long-serving members on important committees, during the organisation's annual technical conference, held 26-28 Sept in Atlanta.
At the opening ceremony, Jim Chapman of Bayer MaterialScience, Roy Pask of BASF and Jean Kasakevich of Dow Chemical Co. received distinguished leadership awards from Steven Snead-Smith of Evonik, current chair of the CPI steering committee.
Chapman and Kasakevich have both been particularly active in CPI's product stewardship activities on isocyanates, both taking leading positions in CPI activities here, and with the ACC's (American Chemistry Council's) diisocyanates panel.
Chapman has worked with the CPI for more than 30 years, and is about to retire from his BMS role as manager of product safety for polyurethanes and TPU.
Pask has volunteered with the CPI for over 35 years, and been an instructor for its Professional Development Programme, and served on various committees and taken an active role in planning, moderating and speaking at its conferences. Pask, an expert in testing polyurethane foams, will also retire from his role as supervisor for polymer physics at BASF later this year.
Snead-Smith will hand over his steering committee role to Gerry Podesta, senior vice-president of polyurethanes for BASF Corp. in North America.
PIC: l-r Chapman, Kasakevich and Pask with their CPI awards