During the ceremony, John Televantos, Ph.D., was named as the newest inductee to the UTECH Hall of Fame.
Televantos spent much of his early career in research and development, going on to hold various executive-level positions within the chemical and polyurethane manufacturing industries before joining Arsenal Capital Partners in 2006 as EVP. He currently serves as senior partner at Arsenal and co-head of the Specialty Industrial Group, where he focuses on portfolio management and specialty industrials.
Three 2018 Rising Star Awards recipients were recognized for their contributions and impact in today’s marketplace: Fernando del Valle Fernandez, CEO of Grupo Valfer; Matthew Getty, VP of business and product development of Romeo RIM; and James Young, associate TS&D scientist at The Dow Chemical Company.
The award ceremonies kicked off a two-day conference, networking and entertainment on the show floor. Hurricane Florence forced organizers to close the show a day early.
“UTECH North America exceeded our expectations,” said Greg Cole, technical representative at StateMix. “We were able to have better conversations with both prospects and clients, which allows us to better identify their needs and find the right solution for them.”
Several new features to the UTECH North America program, including the “Ask the Experts” stand and a new mobile app, enhanced networking and educational opportunities.
“Because UTECH NA is the only show that is 100 percent polyurethanes, we wanted to develop a plenary program that touched all facets of the industry,” said Debbie Hershfield, trade show director, Crain Communications. “We received outstanding feedback regarding these new additions and look forward to finding more ways to enable our exhibitors and attendees to further connect in Chicago.”
At the “Ask the Expert” stand, exhibitors provided 15-minute educational sessions, enabling them to connect with attendees on a one-on-one basis. This additional learning opportunity complemented an already impressive line-up of sessions presented during the educational conference.
“Coming from Central America, we found that the educational sessions highlighting the current state of the polyurethanes industry help us forecast for the future by providing pricing information and challenges that may impact our business,” said Michelle Caceros, partner at Panacom, Guatemala.