NPCA Focuses on Industry Changes at Annual Meeting

By Tim Wright | December 15, 2006

Edward J. Donnelly Jr. honored with 2006 NPCA Heckel Award.

At its 119th annual meeting in Nashville, the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) gathered, allowing its members to catch up with each other and hear about the association's achievements during the year as well as the challenges it faces moving forward.

At the opening session of the annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 30, Andy Doyle, NPCA president, and Edward J. Donnelly Jr., NPCA chairman for 2006, spoke to attendees gathered at the Gaylord Opryland.

"Over the years the paint and coatings industry has witnessed many changes, including an increased rate of mergers and acquisitions, more stringent VOC regulations and it has felt the impact of emerging markets among other things," Donnelly said. "It is important that the association adapts to these changes that are shaping the future of our industry."

To ensure that the association does adjust to these changes, Donnelly unveiled NPCA's four-tier strategic plan that it will use to help guide it over the course of the next few years. The plan includes four major areas of focus: technical research development; legal reform, advocacy and litigation support; public relations and outreach; and lastly, grassroots activities and lobbying.

"We are confident that the new strategic planning process will help improve success in the future," Donnelly said.

Doyle talked about the success of the Hazard Communication Standard and NPCA's Industry Labeling Guide, and noted the tenth anniversary of the Coatings Care Security Program was this year.

Another important event that occurred during the year was when President Bush reduced the tariff on nitrocellulose, Doyle pointed out. "The reduction of this tariff amounts to annual savings of between one and $2 million for NPCA members," he said.

Donnelly said that further inroads were made with regards to industrial coatings regulatory initiatives and HAP controls.

One area of major focus for the NPCA continues to be the regulation of VOC emissions. "AIM is a high priority for NPCA," said Donnelly. "The EPA is considering revisions to the AIM coatings rule, which will result in even lower VOCs."

Following Doyle and Donnelly, Peter Diamandis, a pioneer and leader in the commercial space arena and chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, delivered the keynote, "The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it Yourself." Diamandis discussed his mission to spur innovation by creating contests that get entrepreneurial innovators and inventors to help create and break open new markets and thinking. His first prize, the ANSARI X PRIZE was a $10 million private space flight competition. His goal is to use his proactive prize model to enable technological breakthroughs in other areas including energy, the environment, genomics, nanotechnology, medicine and poverty.

Edward Donnelly Jr. Earns Heckel Award

The George Baugh Heckel Award is the NPCA's highest honor, and fittingly, Doyle presented Donnelly, NPCA chairman and group vice president for DuPont Coatings & Color Technologies, with the Heckel Award

Donnelly took on the role of NPCA chairman of the board in 2005. Before that, he chaired NPCA's Association Finance Strategic Planning Subcommittee. Under his leadership, the subcommittee took on the task of examining the association's dues structure, operating revenue and expenses, non-dues revenues and member consolidation policies.

During his tenure, Donnelly recommended changes that will allow the association to meet the needs of its membership over the next five years. According to NPCA, determining the financial needs of an association based on the value of services the membership requires is a demanding and crucial behind-the-scenes operation that Donnelly deftly directed. In his role, he maintained a judicious approach to changes that would have an effect on dues, ensuring that any such variation would have to be across-the-board, affecting all membership classes equally. His focus and effort earned him NPCA's Industry Achievement Award in 2004.

Donnelly has spent close to 40 years working in the industry, with the last 37 at DuPont. He began his career working in a research lab and went on to accept a number of positions within the company. Some of his greatest accomplishments followed the company's acquisition of Ford's North American paint operations, including leading the integration and transition team and coordinating all functional activity. Donnelly also developed strategy for DuPont's global finishes business and was lead negotiator with Hoechst for the $1.9 billion Herberts acquisition. He organized and led the due diligence process and was the initial leader of the integration team developing both DuPont and Herberts' functional team transition programs. Donnelly also led DuPont's General Managers Development Program.

Additionally, Donnelly was responsible for DuPont's NASCAR Motorsports Program and sponsorship, with Hendrick Motorsports, of the #24 DuPont car and Jeff Gordon.

Industry Statesman Awards

In addition to the Heckel Award, the NPCA presented nine influential leaders with its Industry Statesman Award, ,given in recognition and appreciation of long and devoted service to the paint and coatings industry, Peter Flood, James Kassner, W. Thomas Pettijohn II, John Stauffer, Thomas C. Sullivan and Kenneth Zacharias were presented with the award at the luncheon, while Roy Bever, Dana Johansen and Malcolm C. MacKinnon were honored posthumously.

Bever was with Ashland Distribution for 43 years. By age 41, Bever had been elevated to marketing manager with responsibility for one-third of the industrial chemicals and solvents division sales and operations. He was a longtime member of NPCA's Management Information Committee and served as chair for two years. In that time he received two of the association's Industry Achievement Awards-the first in 1996 for helping to develop and earning a first-time profit for the Paint and Coatings Review and Forecast; the second in 2000 for his leadership and efforts in successfully lobbying the U.S. Treasury Department to totally exempt mineral spirits from its threatened excise tax.

Flood, former chairman and CEO of the Flood Company, served as a member of NPCA's Board of Directors and as chairman of NPCA's Architectural Coatings and Membership Committees. Flood took on various responsibilities for major NPCA programs, and in 1994 was recognized with NPCA's highest honor, the George Baugh Heckel Award, given for his outstanding achievement and leadership of NPCA's membership recruitment and retention activities.

Johansen was general manager of Specialty Chemical Sales, Inc. He served on the Architectural Coatings Committee, Industrial Coatings Committee and as vice chairman of the Industry Suppliers Committee. Johansen held technical and sales positions with Lawter International and Johnson Polymer before moving to Specialty Chemical Sales.

Kassner, former vice president of business development for Bayer MaterialScience, has spent more than 30 years in the coatings industry, beginning in the early 1970s at Hilton Davis Chemical Company, where he was later director of chemical development. He served for eight years on NPCA's Industry Suppliers Committee to harness industry support for the technical community. He is now concentrating on his own consulting business, which focuses on increasing the productivity of R&D.

MacKinnon was chairman of the board and former president of United Gilsonite Laboratories (UGL). Under his leadership, UGL grew to become a leader in the paint and coatings industry. He was very involved in NPCA activities, serving on NPCA's Board of Directors and several committees.

Pettijohn, retired partner and president of Wayne Pigment Corporation, spent the first 15 years in industry working for Titanium Pigment Corp. and NL Industries in various regional sales positions. In late 1984, he joined Wayne Chemical Corp., becoming minority owner and vice president a few years later. He was a member of NPCA's Industry Suppliers, Architectural Coatings and Industrial Coatings Committees for many years.

Stauffer, former technical director of Rohm & Haas Company's Paint Quality Institute, worked for the company for 38 years. Stauffer was a member of NPCA's Management Information Committee from 1980-1990. He was also a member of NPCA's Paint Consumer Research Program from 1999-2006. He also served on the FSCT's Publications and Joseph J. Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committees.

Sullivan, retired chairman and CEO of RPM, Inc., served as NPCA's Chairman of the Board and received the association's George Baugh Heckel Award in 2003 for his leadership during his tenure as NPCA chairman. During his chairmanship, NPCA negotiated a milestone agreement on behalf of industry with state attorneys general establishing lead exposure warnings and education and training programs signed by 51 state AGs and counterparts in May 2003. He also propelled the association into the tort reform arena, making NPCA a persuasive proponent of asbestos litigation reform.

Zacharias, NPCA's senior director of industry affairs and member services, has been with the association for 27 years. Before joining NPCA, he was a technical sales representative for Haynes Coatings (Whittaker), now Rohm & Haas, and also was a chemist for Kerr Glass Manufacturing and Dutch Boy paint division of NL Industries in Philadelphia.

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