Tom has been with a Azelis Americas company since 2005. His most recent responsibility was as Vice President in the Specialty Ag distribution company ADAPCO. Prior to being a Vice President at ADAPCO, Tom was the National Sales Manager for 2 years. During the last 7 years at ADAPCO, Tom lead ADAPCO’s effort to grow top line sales and achieved gross profit growth of 50% and EBITDA growth of more than 400%. Tom has a Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University and received his MBA from Colorado State. He began his career in Cincinnati as Production/Maintenance/Plant engineer with Henkel and then became a Marketing Spec./Brand Manager with Cognis Corporation. In addition to his stellar business career, Tom served as an officer for 11 years in the United States Army Reserves and completed one tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Company Commander.
Senior Vice President – Sales
Rocky has over 29 years of experience in the CASE industry where he has held a diverse range of leadership positions in research and development, sales, marketing, and general management. Prior to joining GMZ in 2014, Rocky was the Americas Sales Manager for Air Products Specialty Additives and most recently their Epoxy Additives business. Rocky began his career with ICI Paints as a formulation chemist before moving into other technical leadership positions. Rocky is also an entrepreneur and was Co-Founder and President of Southern Diversified Products which developed the world’s first high performance, non-toxic paint. Rocky holds chemistry degrees from the University of Akron and Baldwin Wallace College.
Vice President-Sales, GMZ Eastern Region
Kurt has over 25 years of experience in various sales leadership roles. Prior to joining GMZ in 2017, Kurt
was Sales Director for Michelman responsible for their Printing and Packaging business in North and South America selling into the functional barrier coating, flexible packaging and digital printing marketplaces. Prior to this Kurt spent over 10 years with International Paper’s supply chain divisions: xpedx and Saallfeld Redistribution specializing in paper, packaging and facility supply wholesale and direct distribution. Kurt has a BS in Marketing from Xavier University.
TSR (Technical Sales Representative)
Tel: (703) 408-6676
Email: email@example.com Customer Service Representative: Patti Paul
Dana has been in the chemical raw material business for over 35 years. He began his career in 1978 with D. N. Lukens in Westboro, Massachusetts selling to the paint and coatings industries. He continued as sales representative with A. B. Kohl Sales in Towson, Maryland covering the Mid-Atlantic region selling to the paint and coatings, plastics and rubber industries. He has experience in color, functional and extender pigments in addition to specialty additives. Dana joined E. W. Kaufmann in 2005 and is responsible for Delaware, Maryland and the Virginia territory. His CASE experience / expertise has been largely in the pigment, resins and additives sector, ie: Ti02, functional, extender pigments, as well as wetting agents and thixotropes.
Tel: (330) 416-0696
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Customer Service Representative: Elaine Freeman
Mark has over 23 years of experience in the CASE industry, where he has held positions in research and development, technical service and sales. Prior to joining GMZ, he managed the Mid-West region for AlphaGary (Mexichem) specialty compounds. He began his career with Kalcor Coatings as a formulator/chemist before moving to technical service and sales roles. Mark holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Cleveland State University.
Email: email@example.com Customer Service Representative: Sarah Herdman
Jim has over 35 years’ experiences in the CASE industry, starting with Ludlow Specialty Papers in 1979. He has a BS in Biology and an Associate’s degree in Chemistry from Westfield State University and an MBA from Western New England University. His last position was with Cabot Corporation acting as the Performance Segment Market Manager for the fumed silica and carbon black pigments for both North and South America. Prior to Cabot Corporation, he was the Industry Manager at DSM Neoresins+ where he managed the technical marketing for the Industrial aspects of their North American business and applications laboratory for the Industrial Metals and Plastics markets in North America. In this role at DSM Neoresins+, Jim and his team introduced numerous new waterborne acrylic and urethane polymers as part of the “Stage Gate” initiative. Prior to DSM Neoresins+, Jim was the Laboratory Manager and formulator of coatings, inks and adhesives for a division of RPM Corporation and Whittaker Corporation. Jim joined Azelis Americas with Monson Companies in September of 2010 and joined E.W. Kaufmann Company on October 1, 2013. He is responsible for the New England territory including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
Peter has over 27 years’ experience in the chemical industry, 12 of which have been in the CASE industry. He has a BS in Chemistry from Clark University. His last position was with Monson Companies as an Account Manager. Prior to this, he was the Senior Chemist with Worthen Industries – Upaco Adhesives Division. He was responsible for development of new products and maintenance of existing products. Peter joined E.W. Kaufmann Company on October 1, 2013.
Andrew De Fusco
Senior Technical Sales Representative
Tel: (215) 514-0045
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Customer Service Representative: Patti Paul
Andrew De Fusco has over 35 years’ experience in the Coatings Industry, beginning in 1980 upon receiving a BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. He has worked in R&D and technical service for a number of major chemical companies, including Union Carbide Corporation and Air Products Polymers. A significant part of his past employment has been in the development of new emulsion polymers for the Architectural Coatings Industry. In his new role with E.W. Kaufmann Company, he is serving as a technical liaison with principals, providing technical assistance to sales, and identifying opportunities to bring technical projects to the Azelis Americas Technical Centers.
Technical Sales Representative
Tel: (401) 525-6381
Email: email@example.com Customer Service Representative: Patti Paul
Kip comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in Chemical Distribution. He began with ChemCentral in 1999 which became known as Univar, working as a Sales Representative in their Specialty CASE business. He joined Archway Sales in 2011 as their Technical CASE Sales Representative covering a major portion of New England and Upstate NY earning multiple Top Salesman recognitions. Upon purchase of Archway he became Technical Sales for the Specialty CASE unit of Nexeo Northeast. Kip is a graduate from both Mankato State University and University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business. Kip’s primary responsibility within EW Kaufmann will be TSR covering Southern New England (Southeast MA, RI & CT) along with Eastern Upstate NY (East of Syracuse).