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Vote in the NASF Board Election
Ballots for the NASF Board Election were distributed to primary member contacts via email on Monday, November 20. Please mail or fax completed ballots back to NASF Headquarters by Wednesday, December 20. For questions or comments, please contact Matt Martz, NASF Membership Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher J. Capalbo
New Method Plating Company, Inc.
Christopher is the Vice President of Operations for New Method Plating Company, Inc. located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Chris is a third generation metal finisher at New Method Plating, which was started in 1931 by his Grandfather, Ralph Capalbo, Sr. and is currently owned by his father Ralph Capalbo, Jr. Chris has worked every job in their NADCAP accredited metal finishing job shop over his 20 year career, servicing various military, aerospace, municipal, locking device, and hardware industries.
Chris has been an active member of the New England Chapter of the National Association for Surface Finishing for most of his career. He served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Clerk, and is still on the Board of Directors as the National Director to the NASF. For the past 8 years, Chris has served as the Administrative Director for the New England Surface Finishing Regional. This is the largest annual metal finishing trade conference in all of New England. Chris has worked as an ambassador to the metal finishing industry, having done multiple presentations for the Toxic Use Reduction Institute in striving to work with and help them understand the willingness of our industry to achieve responsible sustainability.
Chris holds his Massachusetts Wastewater Operators license, as well as having his Toxic Use Reduction Planner Certification. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hartford.
KCH Engineered Systems
Kyle Hankinson is the President of KCH Engineered Systems, a national leader in the design and manufacture of industrial ventilation systems and wet process lines for the surface finishing industry. He has authored various articles of energy conservation techniques on wet process lines and has over 20 years of experience in our industry, traveling to many job shops and captive shops within North America.
Kyle holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University, along with Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot Ratings in Helicopters and Airplanes with the FAA.
Kyle is very active within the Surface Finishing Industry and is a Certified Electroplater Finisher (CEF). He has previously served on the local level as an AESF Branch President. Kyle has served on the NASF SUR/FIN Steering Committee for 7 years and also represents the surface finishing industry on the American Society of Safety Engineers, Z9 Committee for Industrial Ventilation Standards.
Kyle also served in the Army for nearly 10 years as a Chief Warrant Officer and Pilot in Command of the Apache gunship. He was a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the US Army Rotary Wing Flight Training Program, and deployed to Iraq and the Persian Gulf in support the war on terror, earning multiple air medals for missions flown. He often talks of how critical our industry is, to the people and machines that perform the very dangerous missions of the United States Military.
Kyle, and his Wife Maria, have recently welcomed into the world, their first newborn son, Ryder Kenneth Hankinson.
Steve Kocka is the current Business Director of General Metal Finishing, North America for Atotech. He has functioned in a number of positions with Atotech in his 17 year tenure. Steve has been in the GMF (General Metal Finishing) Industry for over 38 years operating in a variety of capacities, including but not limited to sales and technical service in all critical process groups, area and regional management functions as well as business management positions.
Prior to his employment at Atotech, Steve spent several years at local GMF distributors in sales, service and management positions, representing nearly all major suppliers of chemistry and equipment during this period. As regional manager for Circuit Chemistry, Steve developed a successful GMF group to provide chemistry and equipment in the mid 1980’s, before the sale of Circuit Chemistry to what was then Electrochemicals Inc.
Steve has served in a variety of postion’s of the AESF/NASF Upper Midwest Branch located in Minneapolis, MN. He served as Treasurer as well as Vice President during the early part of his career.
Mitchell T. Marsh
Finishing Services, Inc.
Mitchell T. Marsh is currently the President of Finishing Services Incorporated, Vice President of Marsh Plating Corporation, Vice President of Piedmont Plating Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors for DSM of Michigan and the Michigan Association of Metal Finishers. His 24 year career in the Metal Finishing Industry began as a Laboratory Technician and progressed thru the ranks of a Metal Finishing Job Shop servicing the automotive industry. His career has afforded him the opportunity to work extensively with regulators on all levels including: several POTW’s at the local level, Michigan DEQ at the state level, and EPA and OSHA on the federal level. As a board member of the Michigan Association of Metal Finishers, Mitch has focused on protecting the interest of our industry locally and nationally as well as the continuing education of our membership regarding new and current technologies. As the third generation of a metal finishing family that has actively supported the industry’s trade associations on both a state and national level for over 60 years, Mitch would consider it a privilege to continue that tradition of serving and promoting the surface finishing industry as an NASF Board Director.
James Sullivan is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Schumacher Companies and oversees all operations of the Schumacher Companies. He has over forty years of experience, including many years of management, in the plating/metal finishing industry, resulting in an excellent knowledge base of the industry. This experience allows James to be uniquely qualified to serve on the NASF Board.
The Schumacher Companies, one of the larger hard chrome companies in the United States, is comprised of The Schumacher Company, Dixie Electro Plating and Spraymetal Inc.
James began his finishing career in Fort Worth TX in 1975 working with plating/finishing companies that primarily served the Aerospace industry. In 1994 James relocated to Chicago IL after receiving an opportunity to further his career as a general/plant manager for plating shops that served the Aerospace, Injection Mold and the Optics Industries.
In addition, James has also worked in other capacities in the finishing industry, including: Anodizer, Lead Plater, Plating Supervisor, Lab Manager, Outside Sales. He also has experience with many types of plating and anodizing processes, including wet spray Mil-spec priming and painting and a thorough knowledge of waste treatment and compliance issues facing our finishing industry.
As VP/COO of the Schumacher Companies James, is well versed in regulatory and compliance challenges facing the finishing industry. For the last several years James has been very active in the NASF and has attended events such as: The Washington Forum, Sur/Fin and the Management Conference.
James also served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is a Board member with the Texas Association Of Metal Finishers.
Wolkerstorfer Company, Inc.
Steffen Wolkerstorfer is a fourth generation business owner of Wolkerstorfer Company, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. The company was founded in 1895 and specializes in testing, plating and painting for the aerospace and defense industries.
A graduate of St. Olaf College, Steffen has been a part of the family business for more than 25 years and active in NASF for the last five. She started on the production floor as a masker and racker, and has spent time in each department over the years. She currently holds the title of Vice President and manages the support services. Those duties include: purchasing, customer service, human resources, IT, accounting, chemistry/waste management, and quality assurance.