Keynote and Special Guest Speakers

Eastern Coatings Show

Keynote Speaker - Sarah Eckersley


Sarah Eckersley (The Dow Chemical Company) is the global director of R&D and TS&D for Coating Materials, Monomers & Plastics Additives. Sarah is responsible for the development and delivery of innovations aligned to business strategy. She collaborates with marketing and commercial organizations to identify high-value initiatives for growth and profitability. Sarah is passionate about developing technology that is relevant to the marketplace. This means relentless external focus on customers and seamless collaboration with the other functions, most especially marketing.

Sarah also held positions within Dow as the global R&D director for Pharma & Food Solutions and global R&D director for Performance Packaging in Performance Plastics.

Sarah received her B.A.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 1986 and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Waterloo in 1992.

Eastern Coatings Show

Special Guest Speaker - Dan Pickard

US Trade Policy, Priorities and Predictions

Dan Pickard (Full Bio) is an attorney with the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC.  He counsels U.S. and international clients on the laws and regulations governing international trade, with particular emphasis on import remedy, anti-bribery, national security, and export control issues.  He is a partner in the International Trade practice as well as the Co-Chair of the National Security group at Wiley Rein.  He is listed by Chambers Global as one of the “Leaders in Their Field” for his work in Trade Remedies & Trade Policy and is also listed by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in International Trade.

He represents and advises clients in matters related to trade remedy investigations (including antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard cases), U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, anti-boycott measures, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Dan provides comprehensive international trade law compliance guidance, including assessing and resolving sensitive national security matters; developing corporate compliance programs; establishing compliance with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and mitigating Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) issues; conducting internal investigations relating to potential violations; and appearing before the relevant agencies in connection with investigations, licensing, and enforcement actions. He also teams with the firm’s Election Law & Government Ethics Group to provide guidance pertaining to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Dan represents clients before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and International Trade Administration (ITA), the U.S. Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA, formerly the DSS), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Eastern Coatings Show

Special Speaker - Michael Levely CPIM, CRCMP

(THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY) Supply Chain Challenges

Michael Levely serves as the Supply Chain Director for Dow’s Coatings, Monomers, and Plastics Additives businesses in North America.  In this role, Michael is responsible for leading Supply Chain strategy and execution for end-to-end planning to fulfillment.  

Prior to his current role, Michael served as Supply Chain Director for the Performance Silicones segment in Dow Consumer Solutions.  There he was responsible for leading the supply chain and customer service organizations in alignment with service level, productivity, inventory, and cost-to-serve goals. 

Michael joined Dow Corning in 1996 as a high school co-op.  He moved into Supply Chain shortly thereafter and has held various regional and global roles in operations, EHS, logistics, planning and product management. 

Michael holds a degree in Business Management from Northwood University and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He is a member of American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), holding a certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).  Michael is also a Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional (CRCMP).