Steve Raper has a BS in Chemistry from Marshall University. He started work at Columbia paint in Febuary 1972. He worked 20 years for small to medium sized paint companies and then went to work for Dry Branch Kaolin which became Imerys. He retired from Imerys in 2014 did consulting work. In August 2017 he joined Chemquest as Director of Product Development. He has been granted four patents in his 46 years in the coatings industry.