Management

Tom Wells

Tom Wells

General Manager

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.

Rocky Prior

Rocky Prior

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.

Kurt Heinzelman

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.
 
 
 
 
 

Shaun Julian

Shaun Julian

Senior Technical Sales Representative, Eastern Region, GMZ EAST

Shaun began his Sales and Marketing career within the chemical industry in 2001. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from Rider University. Shaun joined E. W. Kaufmann Co. in 2010 as Technical Sales Representative responsible for servicing the CASE markets in the Central/Northern NJ, Metro NY through Eastern Upstate NY territory. His previous position was with Halocarbon Products Corporation managing the sales and marketing of inert lubricants for chemical processing and specialty fluoro-chemicals used in the synthesis of Industrial Resins, Microelectronics and Agricultural markets. Prior to this, he was the Northeast Technical Sales Representative with E.M. Sullivan Associates for over 9 years selling into the Coatings, Adhesives, Inks, Metal Working, and Construction industries. Shaun is active in numerous technical organizations including Past President of the New York Society of Coatings Technologies and part of the team to merge with Metropolitan New York Coatings Association where he is also Past President. He is also an active Board Member within the Eastern Coatings Federation, who is responsible for putting together the biennial Eastern Coatings Show.

Tom Rudeau

Tom Rudeau

Senior Executive Technical Sales Representative EAST

Tom started his business career at Rudeau Industrial Sales in 1984. He joined E. W. Kaufmann Co. in 1996 as a regional salesman. Tom has a degree in Marketing from Kutztown University. His background includes technical sales of raw materials to the coatings, inks, and adhesive market place.  Tom is responsible for all of E.W. Kaufmann’s major accounts and acts in a liaison capacity with key principals. Tom has 30 years’ experience in the CASE industry.

 

Sales Team

Dana Sherman

Dana Sherman

TSR (Technical Sales Representative)
Tel: (703) 408-6676
Email: dsherman@gmzinc.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.

Mark Bauza

Mark Bauza

Tel: (330) 416-0696
Email: mbauza@gmzinc.com
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.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Tel: (267)-347-2932
Email: jbrown@gmzinc.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 Kashian

Peter Kashian

Tel: (508)-951-2612
Email: pkashian@gmzinc.com

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.

C DiComo

Charles Di Como

Tel: (201)-638-6796
Email: cdicomo@gmzinc.com
Customer Service Representative: Amanda Hunt

Charles has over 15 years’ experience in the chemical industry. He has a BA in Biology, minor in Chemistry from Caldwell College and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. His last position was with Archway Sales/Nexeo Solutions selling into the CASE industry. Charles has 10 years of experience in the ink industry working for Sun Chemical in various technical and sales roles. Charles joined EW Kaufmann in 2015 and he is responsible for the Central/ Northern NJ, Metro through Eastern Upstate NY territory.

Andrew De Fusco

Senior Technical Sales Representative
Tel: (215) 514-0045
Email: adefusco@gmzinc.com
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.

Kip Peterson

Kip Peterson

Technical Sales Representative
Tel: (401) 525-6381
Email: kpeterson@gmzinc.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).