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TRFA History

How we Began

Since 1957 the Thermoset Technology Division of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (formerly the Epoxy Resin Formulators Division) was the only organization dedicated to serving the needs and interests of thermoset formulators. In 2002, Division leaders concerned about its future direction initiated discussions about establishing a separate organization to better meet the needs of this industry and in 2003 formed the Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA).

The First Board of Directors of TRFA included Dilip N. Shah, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.; Jason Tuerack, Broadview Technologies, Inc.; John P. Cech, CVC Specialty Chemicals, Inc.; Peter W. Toohey, Degussa Corporation; James A. Steever, Rebus, Inc.; Marc-Antoine Pierre-Louis, Sealrez Inc.; and Charles M. Bartish, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. as Regulatory Affairs Representative. John Ulcar, Crosslink Technology, Inc.served as TRFA's first President.

TRFA hosted its first Annual Meeting and Technical Conference November 10-11, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, prior to the opening of the International Coatings Exposition sponsored by the Federation Society of Coatings Technologies.

On this page we are recognizing the dedicated leadership that has guided our first 10 years.

Charter Members of TRFA

A & C Catalysts, Inc.
Air Products & Chemicals
Broadview Technologies, Inc.
Cappar Limited
Chemroy Canada Inc.
Crosslink Technology Inc.
CVC Specialty Chemicals
Degussa Corporation
Duochem Inc.
HM Royal Inc.
Huntsman Corporation
Rebus Inc.
Royce International
Rutgers Organics Corporation
Sealrez Inc.
Sika Corporation
Stochem Inc.

TRFA Annual Meeting Chairmen

2012 - Orlando, FL - Bruce Burton, Huntsman Performance Products
2011 - Niagara Falls, Ontario - Griff Marshall, Dow Chemical Canada
2010 - San Antonio, TX - Dr. Krish Vora, 3M Corporation
2009 - Pittsburgh, PA - Dr. Jay Johnston, Bayer MaterialScience
2008 - Chicago, IL - Julie Mongeluzi, Dow Chemical Company
2007 - Savannah, GA - Dr. Terry McQuarrie, Glasforms Inc.
2006 - Montreal, Quebec - Daniel Bernier, Duochem Inc.
2005 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Scott Harvey, Chemroy Canada Inc.
2004 - Boston, MA - Rudy Hartenstein, Emerson & Cuming
2003 - Philadelphia, PA - Dr. Vinay Mishra, ITW Devcon

Technical Paper Presenters

Click here for a list of the technical paper presenters from 2003 through 2011.


 

TRFA Presidents

Jason Tuerack, Broadview Technologies, Inc. (2013)
Valerie Walker, Crosslink Technology, Inc. (2011-2012)
Dr. Vinay Mishra, ITW Devcon (2009-2010)
John P. Cech, CVC Thermoset Specialties (2007-2008)
James A. Steever, Rebus Inc. (2005-2006)
John Ulcar, Crosslink Technology, Inc. (2003-2004)

TRFA Board of Directors

Paul Anderson, ITW Performance Polymers (2012 - present)
Tim Atkinson, Pro-Set, Inc. (2007 - present)
Scott Harvey, Chemroy Canada, Inc. (2006 - present)
Dr. Vinay Mishra, ITW Devcon/Sika Corporation (2005 - present)
Julie Mongeluzi, Dow Chemical Company (2009 - present)
Pete Toohey, Evonik Corporation (2010 - present and 2003 - 2004)
Jason Tuerack, Broadview Technologies, Inc. (2003 to present)
Dr. Krish Vora, 3M Corporation (2012 - present)
Valerie Walker, Crosslink Technology, Inc. (2007 - present)
Charles Zarnitz, CVC Thermoset Specialties (2011 - present)
Dave Elmendorf, Sika Corporation (2009 - 2011)
John Cech, CVC Thermoset Specialties (2003 - 2010)
Jim Sally, Brenntag Canada (2010 - 2011)
Chris Andreola, Cabot Corporation (2009)
Tito Llopiz, Evonik Corporation (2005 - 2009)
Ellen O'Connell, Air Products & Chemicals (2006 - 2008)
Marc-Antoine Pierre-Louis, Sealrez Inc. (2003 - 2008)
Jim Steever, Rebus Inc. (2003 - 2008)
Gustavo Lescano, Huntsman Corporation (2005 - 2006)
John Ulcar, Crosslink Technology, Inc. (2003 -2006)
Charles Bartish, Air Products & Chemicals (2003 - 2007)
Stuart Hartman, Sika Corporation (2003 - 2005)
Steve Lohnes, Sika Corporation (2013 - 2015)
Dilip Shah, Air Products & Chemicals (2003 - 2005)
Nick DiGennaro, Huntsman Corporation (2003 - 2004)

Committee Chairmen

Academic Panel

Pritesh Patel, Air Products & Chemicals (2011 - present)
Chris Andreola, Cabot Corporation (2010)

Adhesives and Sealants

Melanie Chaney, Air Products & Chemicals (2011 to present)
Dave Hill, CVC Thermoset Specialties (2007 - 2010)
Darrel Bryant, Material Apps LLC (2004 - 2006)

Coatings, Civil Engineering, Flooring Committee

Dr. Rajesh Turakhia, Dow Chemical Company (2011 - Present)
Jamie Dinsmore, Univar Canada (2008 - 2010)
Stephen Wheeler, Rebus Inc. (2007)
Charlie Zarnitz, CVC Thermoset Specialties (2004 - 2007)

Composites and Tooling Committee

Pete Toohey, Evonik Corporation (2004 and 2010-present)
Tito Llopiz, Evonik Corporation (2005-2009)

Non-Epoxy Committee

Melanie Bisaccio, Cognis Corporation (2006)

Potting, Encapsulation and Electrical Committee

Hubert Monteiro, Royce International (2011-present)
Mangesh Rajadhyaksha, Huntsman Corporation (2004 - 2010)

Regulatory Affairs Committee

John Phillips, Cardno ENTRIX (2012 - present)
Julie O'Brien, Air Products & Chemicals (2009)