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Leadership Spotlight: Brian Kane

POSTED: June 15, 2017

Brian KaneBorn and raised in New England, Brian Kane moved to Chicago in 1998 and in 2000, began his career at S&C Electric Company as a Safety & Environmental Engineer. S&C is a leading manufacturer of high voltage switchgear located in northeast Chicago, operating a wide variety of manufacturing processes, including a captive plating operation. Brian moved into S&C’s finishing operations as a process engineer, overseeing the plating, galvanizing and wastewater treatment operations. It was here that he first became an active member of the local Chicago Chapter after taking a local offering of the CEF course. Brian credits the camaraderie, information-sharing and technical presentations that kept him coming back. After holding several positions on the Board of Directors, Brian played an active role in the merger of the two surface finishing bodies in Chicago, forming both the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the NASF and the Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation where he now serves on both Boards. Brian is constantly amazed and inspired by the dedicated leadership and volunteer work done by the local and national chapter and Board members he has had the opportunity to work with. He enjoys active participation in the various chapter/NASF outings and social gatherings, including holiday parties, the science fair, golf outings, education summits and Washington Forum.

Married for 20 years with two beautiful kids (ages 11 and 13), Brian received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Brian held positions as a US Navy Nuclear Reactor Plant Test Engineer and then as a Product EHS Engineer for a semiconductor fabrication equipment OEM prior to moving to Chicago. Brian recently returned to S&C’s Safety & Environmental Affairs group as senior manager, driving continuous improvement of the safety and sustainability efforts. He sees now more than ever the critical role that an active and engaged trade organization membership can bring to the health and welfare of individual companies and the industry as a whole.

In 2016, Brian received the Award of Merit from NASF/AESF and the Charlie Geldzhaler Award from the Chicago Chapter. Brian was also elected President of the AESF Foundation’s Board of Trustees in June of that year. Brian thanks his fellow chapter and board member’s generosity, support and mentorship for his longevity and certainly any accolades. Brian’s vision for the AESF Foundation includes expanded course offerings and accessibility, improved technical and educational resources, continued excellence in research and scholarship activities, and expanded chapter outreach.



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Chapter Highlights at SUR/FIN 2017

POSTED: June 15, 2017

SUR/FIN Chapter Leadership Meeting:

We will be hosting a Chapter Leadership meeting on Tuesday, June 20, from 1:00PM – 2:00PM at the NASF pavilion and are encouraging all chapter leaders and administrators to attend. At this meeting, we will give a general association update, review the 2017 membership strategy and answer best practices questions.

SUR/FIN Job Shop Task Group Meeting:

We will be hosting a Job Shop Task Group meeting on Tuesday, June 20, from 2:00PM – 3:00PM, directly following the Chapter Leadership Meeting. We strongly encourage job shop owners and leaders to attend, as we will cover a range of topics pertinent to the industry on a local level.

SUR/FIN Association Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, June 20th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
NASF Annual Meeting

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
NASF Awards Ceremony

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Chapter Leadership Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
NASF Job Shop Task Group Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

Wednesday, June 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NASF Supplier Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Technology Advisory Committee Meeting



CATEGORIES: Events, NASF Chapters


REMINDER: Register Today for SUR/FIN Industry Night

POSTED: June 15, 2017

Tuesday Night Tailgate at the College Football Hall of Fame

We invite you to an exciting Industry Night event on Tuesday, June 20, beginning at 6PM at the College Football Hall of Fame. Tickets include food & drink, private access to the entire Hall of Fame and a custom high-tech experience which will highlight your favorite college team. Grab your favorite college attire and join us for this unforgettable experience!

When & Where:
Tuesday, June 20 | 6pm
250 Marietta Street, N.W Atlanta (Steps away from the Convention Center & hotels)

Cost: $75 Per Person

  • Food & drinks included
  • Private access to the entire Hall of Fame
  • Custom high-tech experience highlighting your favorite team

To Register:

Reserve your spot while registering for SUR/FIN or download our flyer.

About the Hall of Fame:

  • Dive into “game day” in the ultra-high definition theater
  • Test your skills on a 45-yard field replica
  • Hear stories of the football greats
  • Celebrate football fans and traditions
  • Learn about sacrifices made by players and coaches
  • Analyze football’s biggest rivalries
  • Call the shots as a game-day analyst
  • Show your spirit in fight song karaoke

For more information regarding Industry Night at SUR/FIN or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheryl Clark at (302) 436-5616 or cclark@nasf.org.



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Valuable Technical Resource at Your Fingertips: Explore STERC.org

POSTED: May 22, 2017

Did you know, as an active member of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), you have access to one of the most comprehensive online tools for surface finishing?

Launched in early 2017, NASF, in partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and continued grant funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched the Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (STERC.org).

STERC offers a fresh new look with additional menu options, an expanded library, combined training and education products from the AESF Foundation and NCMS, highlights of pending new rules and compliance deadlines, and other planned features. The STERC library is now home to thousands of searchable technical articles and papers from Plating and Surface Finishing (P&SF) magazine to SUR/FIN conference papers, as well as articles and papers from many other sources. Under the new partnership, the content of the library is included in your NASF membership.

STERC is a valuable one-stop resource for the latest compliance information and best practices for reducing pollution for the surface fishing industry. Like the old National Metal Finishing Resource Center (NMFRC), STERC will continue to include:

  • Easy-to-follow regulatory overviews
  • Tips on how to comply
  • Best-practice solutions that can help the environment while saving companies money
  • Industry calculators
  • Links to other useful resources

For more information on STERC, contact Jeff Hannapel at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com or Matt Martz at mmartz@nasf.org.



CATEGORIES: Business, Education, Government Relations, Law & Regulation, Research


SUR/FIN Association Meeting Schedule

POSTED: May 16, 2017

Tuesday, June 20th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
NASF Annual Meeting

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
NASF Awards Ceremony

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Chapter Leadership Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
NASF Job Shop Task Group Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

Wednesday, June 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NASF Supplier Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Technology Advisory Committee Meeting



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Industry Night at SUR/FIN

POSTED: May 10, 2017

NASF SUR/FIN invites you to Industry Night for our Halftime Event: Tuesday Night Tailgate at the College Football Hall of Fame! Pull out your favorite college sweatshirt and join us to celebrate achievements and “tailgate” with other attendees, exhibitors and speakers.

When & Where:

Tuesday, June 20 | 6pm
250 Marietta Street, N.W Atlanta (next to the Convention Center)

Cost:
$75 Per Person

  • Food & drinks included
  • Private access to the entire Hall of Fame
  • Custom high-tech experience customized to highlight your favorite team

To Register:

Reserve your spot while registering for SUR/FIN or download our flyer.

About the Hall of FameCollege Football Hall of Fame Logo

  • Dive into “game day” in the ultra-high definition theater
  • Test your skills on a 45-yard field replica
  • Hear stories of the football greats
  • Celebrate football fans and traditions
  • Learn about sacrifices made by players and coaches
  • Analyze football’s biggest rivalries
  • Call the shots as a game-day analyst
  • Show your spirit in fight song karaoke

For more information regarding Industry Night at SUR/FIN or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheryl Clark at (302) 436-5616 or cclark@nasf.org.



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NASF.org Employee Roster/Membership Profile Update

POSTED: May 10, 2017

Are you receiving regular emails from NASF? If not, you may need to update your user profile at NASF.org. New features on the NASF website will allow you to …

For additional information on updating your personal or company member profile, contact NASF: info@NASF.org.



CATEGORIES: NASF National


Leadership Spotlight: Bernard “Bernie” Haviland

POSTED: May 10, 2017

Bernie HavilandMarried with two adult children and a home in Ada, Mich., E. Bernard “Bernie” Haviland has been CEO of Haviland Enterprises, Inc. (HEI) for the past 10 years. Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1934, HEI, is comprised of two unique divisions, more than 250 employees and more than 600,000 square feet of chemical manufacturing and warehousing devoted to formulating, manufacturing and contract packaging, offering innovative chemistry for the industrial, pharmaceutical, food and swimming pool industries.

Bernie’s academic credentials include a BS in Economics and an MBA from Arizona State University. Throughout his career, Bernie has guided HEI in developing an international profile, sourcing globally and selling in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. As CEO, he has sold three companies and purchased another three to focus in markets where they could best compete. With the introduction of “Lean”, HEI has been able to change their culture from a top-down environment to one of shop floor empowerment. And finally, in 2012, they completed the transition to a 100 percent ESOP Corp.

Bernie believes NASF is an umbrella organization covering all aspects of surface finishing. At its base are local chapters that feed into a national organization. Legislation occurs at all levels of government so he reminds others that having a strong, local chapter is critical to the organization’s success. Speaking from many years of experience, Bernie affirms that involvement in local, as well as national issues will reward anyone willing to invest their time and effort with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.



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In Memoriam: David Marsh

POSTED: April 13, 2017

In recent days the industry lost an iconic figure in the passing of David Marsh, who died unexpectedly at his home in Bridgewater, Michigan.

Dave’s contribution to the advancement of the surface finishing industry was far reaching, both technologically and from an advocacy standpoint educating the regulatory community as to the importance of surface finishing in preserving the nation’s natural resources.  Not only was David one of the first job shop owners to embrace automation as a way to increase productivity and profitability, he was equally insightful in being one of the first finishers to offer his customers emerging technologies that would provide better corrosion protection than were possible with older technologies.  This helped Marsh develop a reputation for being able to apply consistent, high quality finishes that other shops had difficulty matching.

David’s many skills were quickly recognized by his peers in the surface finishing industry, resulting in him ascending to leadership positions in the industry’s various trade associations.  He was one of the individuals most responsible for coordinating the government relations efforts of all three trade associations at the time into a single group known as the Government Advisory Committee.

It was this committee that was involved in ground-breaking collaborative programs with the EPA, most notably the Common Sense Initiative, which was created as part of President Clinton’s Reinventing Government initiative.  David was also a well respected and vocal supporter of the need for trade association consolidation, which led to the creation of the National Association for Surface Finishing.

Several years ago David turned over the day to day management of the various finishing operations owned by the Marsh family to sons Matthew and Mitchell, but he maintained an advisory role as the family opened new plating facilities in the Southeastern United States and in the Midwest.  This change in roles for David afforded him more time to pursue his many hobbies, such as bird hunting, fishing, traveling in his motor coach, playing golf, training his hunting dogs, and ensuring his beloved “farm” in Bridgewater was maintained to his specifications.

A visitation will be held for friends and industry colleagues on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at the Polo Fields Country Club, 5200 Polo Fields Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.



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In Memoriam: Dick Crain

POSTED: March 31, 2017

Dick Crain headshotWe were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dick Crain, whose countless contributions and leadership to the finishing industry will be missed. Dick died peacefully on Mar. 26, 2017, at Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois at the age of 83.

“He was a champion of the industry, and he always put the good of the order first. He was one of the last who was a true gentleman,” said friend and colleague Blair Vandivier of Asterion this week. Many others who worked with Dick over the years would certainly agree.

Dick was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in Freeport, Ill., to Francis and Belva Wedding Crain. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1956 with a degree in chemistry. While at Western, he became a proud member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and was the chapter’s president during his senior year. Upon graduation, Dick married Susie Walton Sears in August of 1956. He taught high school science in Shannon, Ill., for two years before moving to Berwyn, Ill., and accepting a sales position at Industrial Filter and Pump Co. in Cicero, Ill.  He spent 30 successful years at Industrial, becoming vice president of sales. After leaving Industrial, Dick also applied his considerable skills and expertise with positions as general manager of Serfilco in Northbrook, Ill., and executive director of the Metal Finishing Supplier’s Association.

Dick was the author and inventor of three patents in the pollution abatement field. He also owned and operated his own consulting company, Monitor Consultants LLC. In retirement, he served as an environmental consultant for Indian Head Park, Ill., where he and Susie resided.

Dick enjoyed traveling throughout the world for work and with Susie. He also loved playing golf and gin rummy with friends at the La Grange Country Club, where he was a long-time member and the club’s president from 1985-1986. Most of all, he loved his family dearly.

 



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