President’s Message – December 2020

Dear PSCT Members,

I want to thank Dr. Christy Martin from INEOS Pigments, who gave an excellent presentation on pigments relating properties to coating performance. She offered a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities that exist between pigment producers and coating formulators.

Unfortunately, due to the rise in COVID 19 cases and respecting Allegheny County’s stay-at-home order, we reversed our decision announced at the October meeting to hold our annual holiday gathering. We are saddened not to meet this year but know it is the best decision for our members and the community.

As we spend more time at home this holiday season, it is an excellent opportunity to nudge high school seniors and college students to begin the PSCT Scholarship application. The application can be found on the PSCT website. Any questions surrounding the application process can be directed to Karen Hollertz, our Scholarship Committee Chair. She and other members of the committee very generously donate their time to this essential duty.

As this year comes to an end, I hope everyone enjoys this rare moment in history when life has will slow down as we approach the holidays. I sincerely wish everyone a joyous Christmas and Hanukkah!

Chris Chaousy

PSCT President 2020-2021

President’s Message – November 2020

Dear PSCT Members, A very special thank you to Dr. Gary Horacek, who not only had connection problems causing him to begin his presentation from his car but after losing connection in the car, he went inside a public community building to complete the presentation.  Talk about going above and beyond.  Thank you for your efforts and for offering a fantastic presentation on Anti-Microbial Coatings, separating the hype from the facts. This month we are lucky to have Dr. Christy Martin from Ineos who will present on relating properties of pigments to coating performance.

Last month was our first hybrid meeting and it was a success.  We will be providing the same options in November, please feel free to join us in person or online.

I would like to thank Julia Buar for putting together a survey, and also those that responded on whether they would attend an in-person traditional meeting or social event in December.  We received 38 responses to help guide the board in making the best decision for the group.   An announcement will be made at the November meeting and through an email blast on our plan for December.

Lastly, I would like to wish all of our members a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Although this year has been difficult, there are still many silver linings and blessings for which we are able to be thankful.

Chris Chaousy

PSCT President 2020-2021

President’s Message – October 2020

Dear PSCT Members,  I am grateful for all those that participated in making this year’s golf outing a huge success. A special thank you goes out to our sponsors and Chris Gehly, who organized this event. As many of you know, the money raised at this event makes it possible to offer scholarships each year.

It is exciting to get back to our regular meetings, which kick off with Dr. Gary Horacek presenting anti-microbial coatings, separating the Hype from Facts. The presentation will be offered virtually and in person. The virtual option will follow past protocol. For those who feel comfortable, we are providing an opportunity to watch it on the big screen at Roland’s. For those attending in person, dinner will follow the presentation. Although many will not physically attend meetings this year, please don’t forget to join or renew your membership. Also, consider passing along a membership form to a friend or co-worker. From my time in the Marines, we were told repeatedly, “Leave It Better Than You Found It.” I believe this applies to our organization as the future of PSCT is in our hands.

Chris Chaousy

PSCT President 2020-2021

President’s Message – May 2020

Dear PSCT Members,

PSCT’s first online meeting featured an excellent presentation by Mike Toth, the NAFTA Regional End Use Manager for Wood Coatings & Additives at BYK USA. The presentation had something for everyone, from those interested in the consumer market and additives for wood coatings to laboratory tests that are generally applicable. Mike graciously shared his slides and notes with us. Please see the PSCT web site’s home page at http://paintsociety.com if you are interested.

There will be one more online PSCT meeting this year. Shanti Swarup, Associate Fellow at PPG, will discuss innovations in polymer synthesis and their application in new automotive painting processes at the May 18th meeting. Dr. Swarup has had fantastic career at PPG. In addition to being the named inventor on 550 global patents and publications, he has been the recipient of numerous awards from PPG and other organizations. We are honored to feature Dr. Swarup as our final speaker for the PSCT year. Note that the meeting will begin at 4 pm. We hope that you can attend!

I was glad to be PSCT President this year. The board members are very helpful and friendly folk with a wealth of experience, and they all work together to forward the objectives of the organization. There are some openings for committee heads. If you would like to volunteer your time to help this worthy Society, please let a member of the board know.

Cheryl Roberts
PSCT President 2019-2020

President’s Message – November 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Kurt Olson, a PPG R&D Fellow, for taking the time last month to share his expertise in new coatings technologies. It was fascinating to hear about innovations such as coatings that can keep an airplane cool and paints that know when corrosion is starting. His slides may be found on the PSCT website.
If you have a student in high school or in college, consider having them apply for the Hiram P. Ball Scholarship, and if your student has a STEM major, the STEM grant as well. See the application found at the end of this newsletter for the requirements. The golf outing, which is held every year in September, is the sole fund raiser for the scholarship and grant. Note that the date of the 2020 golf outing has been set for September 9, which is the Thursday after Labor Day. If you might be interested in chairing the 2020 golf outing committee, please talk to someone on the board.

The November 14 meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Loveday of Gamry on EIS and other electrochemical methods. We hope to see you there! Please forward this newsletter to your associates in the Pittsburgh area who do work in this area.

Cheryl Roberts
PSCT President 2019-2020

President’s Message – October 2019

Dear PSCT Members,
I would like to thank the golfers and business sponsors who attended and supported the September Golf Outing. I would like to also extend a large than you to Art Kasson for organizing the event and Conley Resort and Golf Club
for hosting. Without this event, we would not be able to support our future scholarship recipients.

We have an interesting lineup of speakers planned from companies including PPG, Kennametal, Ashland, and Gamry Instruments. See elsewhere in this newsletter for the meeting/speaker schedule. Note that the first meeting will be held October 7, which is the first Monday of the month. Kurt Olson, a PPG Research Fellow, will be speaking about innovation as a growth engine in the coatings industry. The meeting will be held at Roland’s Seafood Grill on Penn Avenue in the Strip District. I look forward to seeing you there.

Cheryl Roberts, PSCT President 2019-2020

President’s Message-May 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Thomas Sames of Lanxess Corporation for taking
time out of his schedule to come and speak to all of us about In-Can
and Dry-Film Preservation of Paints and Coatings. This was an excellent
overview of technologies that are present in the field and some of the
challenges facing formulators as we try to produce the best products for
our customers. It was very informative.

Thank you to all who donated to the Hiram P. Memorial Scholarship and
STEM Grant this year. Also, a special thanks to Karren Hollertz, Scholarship
Chair, and the rest of the scholarship committee comprising of Deb Longhini, Bill Hawk, Gary
Balint, and Cliff Schoff for donating their time this year. Lastly, congratulations to the following
scholarship recipients this year: Caleigh Anderson, Angela Roberts, Kristopher Stewart, Andrew
Meshanko and John Sherbondy. John was also awarded this year’s STEM grant.

Lastly, I would just like to thank everyone for having me as their PSCT President this year. We had
a great year, with a bunch of wonderful speakers and topics. It is with this I pass the torch off to
Cheryl Roberts, our 2019-2020 PSCT President. Thank you and I look forward to continuing my
contribution in the future.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message-April 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Tony Moy of BASF for taking time out of
his schedule to come and speak to all of us about dispersant
technologies. Dispersant chemistry is something that was relatable regardless of the type of coatings each of us are involved.
The data shared showing the benefits of choosing the correct
chemistry and concentration was educational. I also heard many
comments stating how much this talk was enjoyed regardless of
the formulation experience of the individual. Tony’s presentation
has been uploaded to the website for reference.
I would like to remind the group that if you have a student that
qualifies for the scholarship, please ensure that the applications
are turned in by the Friday, March 15th deadline. The application
can be found at the end of this newsletter or on our website at
paintsociety.org.

I am excited to announce that the spring social event will be held
at LumberJaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh in Millvale on Monday,
May 6th at 6pm. Please join us as we learn how to throw axes
and compete in a single elimination tournament. Pizza, beer,
wine, and soft drinks will be provided. More information will be
included in the newsletter and the website.
Lastly, come and join us at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip
District on Monday, March 11th. This month’s speaker is Jerry
Powers of Chromaflo Technologies. Jerry will be discussing Low
VOC Colorants.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message-March 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Tony Moy of BASF for taking time out of
his schedule to come and speak to all of us about dispersant
technologies. Dispersant chemistry is something that was relatable
regardless of the type of coatings each of us are involved.
The data shared showing the benefits of choosing the correct
chemistry and concentration was educational. I also heard many
comments stating how much this talk was enjoyed regardless of
the formulation experience of the individual. Tony’s presentation
has been uploaded to the website for reference.
I would like to remind the group that if you have a student that
qualifies for the scholarship, please ensure that the applications
are turned in by the Friday, March 15th deadline. The application
can be found at the end of this newsletter or on our website at
paintsociety.org.
I am excited to announce that the spring social event will be held
at LumberJaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh in Millvale on Monday,
May 6th at 6pm. Please join us as we learn how to throw axes
and compete in a single elimination tournament. Pizza, beer,
wine, and soft drinks will be provided. More information will be
included in the newsletter and the website.
Lastly, come and join us at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip
District on Monday, March 11th. This month’s speaker is Jerry
Powers of Chromaflo Technologies. Jerry will be discussing Low
VOC Colorants.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019

President’s Message-February 2019

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Michael Jeffries of Covestro for taking time out of his schedule to come and speak to all of us about isocyanate technologies. The various types of chemistries that can provide the unique functionalities that are necessary in different types of coatings was something completely new to me. I hope everyone who came out in January found this presentation beneficial and informative.
I am proud to announce we have filled all spots on the Scholarship Committee for this year’s Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM Grant. The committee will be once again led by Karen Hollertz. Thank you for donating your time for such a great cause. Also, if you have a student that qualifies for the scholarship this year, we urge you to check out the application attached to the end of this newsletter or on our website at paintsociety.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 15th.
I am also happy to announce that in honor of President’s Day in February that we will be taking the time to honor Past President’s of the Society. If you have served in the office of PSCT President, we will be offering the dinner and presentation at the Retiree price of $15. We will also be recognizing those who attend before dinner.
Lastly, come and join us at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip District on Monday, February 11th. This month’s speaker is Tony Moy of BASF. Tony will be discussing dispersing agents.

Chris Gehly
PSCT President 2018-2019