Loudon, Tennessee -- Dimitri Dounis, corporate director of marketing and foam research at Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., based in Hickory, North Carolina, has been elected president of the Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA), the trade association of US flexible polyurethane foam manufacturers and suppliers.
His term began 1 Jan 2011.
"Dounis has been active in the polyurethane foam business for many years. His passion and extensive knowledge of the polyurethanes industry, from foam manufacturer and chemical supplier perspectives will be a great asset to the association. We will certainly benefit from his leadership," said Bob Luedeka, PFA executive director, in a PFA release.
Dounis is credited with the creation and development of the world's first commercial bio-content flexible polyurethane foam.
Before joining Hickory Springs ten years ago, Dounis worked as a research scientist for a polyurethane chemical supplier, and has published a variety of technical papers.
Dounis succeeds Steve Riddle, president of NCFI Polyurethanes in Mount Airy, North Carolina, who served back-to-back terms as president of the PFA.
As president, Dounis appointed two associate/supplier representatives to the PFA executive committee: Bill Worms of Bayer MaterialScience, and Sandy Kushner of Air Products and Chemicals.
Other PFA Executive Committee officers for 2011-12 are:
1st vice president: Tom Mikkelson, Tempur Production, Duffield, Virginia
2nd vice president: David Prilutski, FXI Foamex Innovations, Inc., Media, Pennsylvania
Secretary: Joe Progar, Advanced Urethane Technologies of West Chicago, Illinois.
Treasurer: Lynn Knudtson, Future Foam of Council Bluffs, Iowa.