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PCI Announces 2019 Board of Directors and Executive Officers

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) proudly recognizes the current Board of Directors and Executive Officers.  PCI is very fortunate to have the leadership of the following individuals:

President: John Sudges, sales manager, Midwest Finishing Systems Inc.
Vice President: Suresh Patel, sales director – Central America, BASF/Chemetall US Inc.
Secretary/Treasurer: Sue Ivancic, value added services coordinator, Nordson Corporation
Past President: Chris Merritt, general manager, Gema USA


(Pictured front row: PCI Officers, Chris Merritt, John Sudges, Suresh Patel and Sue Ivancic.  Back row: Trena Benson, PCI Executive Director, Tom Whalen, Ron Cudzilo, John Cole, Chris Beninati, Paul West, Rick Gehman, and Shelley Verdun.)

 PCI Executive Director Trena Benson remarks, “We want to recognize our three newly elected board members, each of whom have never served on our board before. Shelley Verdun, global product manager, PPG Industries; Tom Whalen, director, marketing and segment strategy, TCI Powder Coatings; and Rick Gehman, president, Keystone Koating LLC, who was elected as the Custom Coater board representative (Category 5 Director). We greatly appreciate their commitment to serve our industry in this new capacity and welcome the fresh perspectives they will bring to board’s efforts.”

In addition to the new board members and officers serving on the Board of Directors for 2019 are: Chris Beninati, sales manager, Elcometer, Inc.; John Cole, president, Parker Ionics; Ron Cudzilo, regional sales manager, George Koch Sons, LLC; Paul West, director of marketing, Sun Polymers International, Inc. and PCI Legal Counsel, David Goch, partner, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean. Their dedication to the organization benefits the powder coating industry on every level.