Student To Represent Greater Cleveland At State Chemistry Competition

 

Cleveland, OH – March 4, 2017 — A seventh-grader from Cleveland has won a county-wide chemistry competition and will move on to compete at the state level. Alex Masgras from Menlo Park Academy bested a field of 28 fifth- to eighth-grade students to become the Greater Cleveland You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion. Local students came together in Cleveland to compete for the top prize. Alex Masgras will represent the greater Cleveland area at the state-level competition.


Developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), the Challenge is an exciting question-and-answer competition that motivates fifth- to eighth-grade students to sharpen their knowledge of chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. Students compete for prizes at the local and state levels and the ultimate prize of a trip to Washington, D.C. to vie for college scholarships. The Challenge program relies on partnerships between community members, including industry, schools, universities and community organizations, that seek to foster student engagement with science.


The 2017 Greater Cleveland Challenge was held at the Great Lakes Science Center and was sponsored by Palmer Holland, Inc. in North Olmsted, OH for the fifth year. After correctly answering dozens of chemistry and general science questions over multiple rounds of competition, Alex Masgras was declared the Challenge Champion. He will advance to the Ohio State Challenge in Toledo on April 29, 2017. The following top-placing students have also earned a chance to compete at the state level: Thomas Banko and Galvin Morgan. Each of the top finalists was awarded gift certificates to the Great Lakes Science Center.


“Congratulations to all of the participants in the State Challenge and especially to the Champion who is advancing to the next round of the You Be The Chemist® Challenge competition!” stated Eric R. Byer, secretary and acting executive director of CEF. “The Challenge requires focused dedication studying chemistry concepts. The students’ hard work and science acumen was evident today. We are so impressed with the wealth of science knowledge participants displayed. We hope the flame of curiosity now burns bright inside each contestant to continue discovering the broad world of chemistry and science. From the air we breathe to the food we eat, chemistry touches our lives in infinite ways every day. Participation in events like CEF’s Challenge inspires future leaders to become part of the exciting, innovative science industry. I wish this year’s Champion good luck at the National Challenge in Washington, D.C. this June.”


The winner of the state competition will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Challenge, held on June 19. At the national level, state winners from across the country will vie for the title of Challenge Champion and a total of $18,500 in college scholarships.


For more information about the You Be The Chemist Challenge® competition, please visit CEF’s website at www.chemed.org.


About the Chemical Educational Foundation®
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) works closely with industry to enhance science education opportunities for our youth. CEF founded the You Be The Chemist Challenge® in 2004.

Announcing Our New VP of Marketing and Southern Regional Sales Manager

     

Palmer Holland is pleased to announce that it has named Russ Bachman as Vice President of Marketing and Gus Munoz as Southern Region Sales Manager.


Russ Bachman brings more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry to his new role. He has been with Palmer Holland since 1999 as an Account Manager and a Regional Sales Manager for the Central Region and the Southeast Region. Prior to Palmer Holland, Bachman was involved in chemical manufacturing for 21 years and was awarded the State of Ohio Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Science Environmental Clean-Up Honor in 1995. He is also a former president of the Cleveland Coatings Society.


Bachman’s key responsibilities will include defining and implementing sales tactics that accomplish and enhance Palmer Holland’s principal partners’ strategies. He will be heavily involved in the planning and executing of expansion strategies that directly influence Palmer Holland’s growth plan, which combats recent market consolidation within the manufacturing and distributor base. In Bachman’s new role, he will add an unrivaled depth of talent and resourcefulness that will help Palmer Holland continue to leverage its flexibility in order to find opportunities in the marketplace.


Gus Munoz joined Palmer Holland in 2013 as the Southwest Region Sales Manager and has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Through an upcoming realignment, he will become the Regional Sales Manager for the entire Southern Region which will include what is currently the Southeast, Southwest, and West Coast territories. His professional affiliations include all regional paint & coatings associations in Dallas, Houston, and Oklahoma, the Thermoset Resin & Formulators Association and the LIFT Institute of Food Technologies.


Munoz will be focused on building upon Palmer Holland’s successes in the Southwest and West Coast territories, expanding on new product lines, identifying new business potential, and continuing to be a great resource for new and transplanted sellers.


Palmer Holland is very excited to transition Bachman and Munoz into their new roles. They each have the industry expertise, energy, and exceptional leadership skills that will undoubtedly continue to fuel Palmer Holland’s growth.


For more information, please email info@palmerholland.com or visit the Palmer Holland website at www.palmerholland.com.

Welcoming Eric Kielts To The Palmer Holland Team

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Kielts as Business Manager for the lubricant and metalworking markets.


Eric's key responsibilities will include developing and executing on Palmer Holland’s principal partners’ strategies. In his role, he will interface with the Palmer Holland sales team and its principals to implement sales and business action plans. He will work closely with Focus Chemical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Palmer Holland, to develop specialty products tailored to solving unmet customer needs in the marketplace.


Eric's extensive technical experience in the lubricant and metalworking markets includes 27 years at Wallover Oil Company in Strongsville, Ohio. His experience comes from holding positions in technical product development, sales management, laboratory management and, most recently, as Wallover’s president.


Eric is also a former board member and Metalworking Lubricants Committee Chair of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA). His industry knowledge, energy, and proven leadership skills will undoubtedly be valuable assets as Palmer Holland continues to solidify its presence in the lubricant and metalworking distribution markets.


We are extremely happy to welcome Eric aboard!

Palmer Holland Approved to Sell Dow PARALOIDâ„¢ Nationwide


We are proud to announce, effective immediately, Palmer Holland is approved to sell Dow Coating Materials’ PARALOID™ resin line throughout the entire United States. Also included in this territory expansion is DCM’s MAINCOTE™ AEH and PARALOID™ Edge products.


PARALOID™ is Dow Coatings’ polyol, thermoset and thermoplastic resin line. Dow uses a unique polymerization process for the manufacturing of solid grade PARALOID™ Resins. Unlike suspension polymerization processes used by other manufacturers, the Dow solution/extrusion process is surfactant-free. The result is remarkable - a family of PARALOID™ Resins that are less water-sensitive, offering exceptional wet film and resistance properties.


Contact you Palmer Holland Account Manager today for orders, samples, or info requests!


About Dow Coating Materials
Dow Coating Materials leads innovation in technologies that help advance the performance of paints and coatings. Its water-based acrylic emulsion technology revolutionized the global paint industry, and was named a historic chemical landmark by the American Chemistry Association. Dow Coating Materials offers a broad portfolio of binders, dispersants, rheology modifiers and surfactants for a wide variety of end markets. Highly experienced, full-service technical teams support our products, and it continues to strengthen its global supply chain through manufacturing excellence and reliable supply.

For more information on Dow Coating Materials, visit http://coatings.dow.com/en/products/paraloid

 

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