Keynote and Special Guest Speakers

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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.

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Special Guest Speaker Dan Pickard

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.

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Panel discussion "Advancing the Bio-based Coatings Market"

Panel Speakers listed below:

Sandeep Bhatt

Sandeep Bhatt is currently President and Business Director of DSM Specialty Resins for North America. Prior to his current role, at DSM he managed global architectural business as business director and worked as commercial director for North America.  

Before  joining DSM, Sandeep worked for Cabot corporations globally managing various specialty chemicals segment. He loves to hike with his family and friends.

Andrew T. Carroll

Andrew is the vice president of the industrial coatings business for the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Andrew began his PPG career in 1991 and has held a range of diverse, impactful leadership roles, including R&D chemist automotive OEM clearcoats and electrocoat; technical manager, automotive OEM electrocoat, in Marly, France; account management and business management roles in automotive OEM coatings and PPG TrueFinish light industrial coatings; and director of mergers and acquisitions for industrial coatings. Recently, he was global director of technical and product management for industrial coatings.   In March of 2020, he then stepped into his current role as vice president, industrial coatings, Americas.

Andrew earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Penn State and an M.S. in electrochemical engineering, business management and product development from Case Western Reserve University.

Bryan Danek

Bryan Danek is the North American Sales Director & Global Key Account Director for Croda’s Smart Materials business focused on bringing valued innovations with performance and sustainability into the CASE and Polymer markets. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Polymer and Coating Chemistry, Bryan worked in the technical side of the polymer and paint industry followed by 15 years of various commercial roles within the specialty chemical sector ranging from Applications and Technical Service Specialist to Commercial Business Leader.

Jeff Janos

Jeff attended Indiana University at Bloomington where he obtained his Master of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

Jeff joined Polynt Composites in November, 2019.  He has over 38 years of coatings experience at various companies including Rust-Oleum, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Ameron, BASF and Stepan.    He has expertise in formulating urethane, epoxy, polysiloxane, alkyd and water-based acrylic coatings for the general industrial, architectural & flooring markets.

At Polynt, Jeff is a senior technical service representative and uses his expertise for customer formulation development and testing.   He also interfaces with research and development to assist in the design of new resins for architectural and industrial applications.