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Posted By ASC, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Media Contact: Matt Croson
(301) 986-9700 ext. 111

Record Crowd of 534 Registrants Ready for 2.5 Days of Education and Networking

EXPO Includes 71 Exhibiting Companies; Polyurethanes Short Course Over 75

April 10, 2013, Bethesda, MDThe Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announces that there are 534 industry professionals registered to attend its Spring Convention and EXPO being held April 21-23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA.  There are 11 days remaining for registration, and the event is already a record setting event, having eclipsed the 511 professionals that registered for the previous record year, set in 2011. 

“New speakers, new EXPO participants, a sharper focus on technical education with the Advanced Technology Track, and an improving economy are all coming together to drive value for the record number of participants coming to connect in Atlanta at the ASC Convention and EXPO,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC.  “Industry professionals looking for innovative approaches to chemistry formulation, business practices, keeping up with regulatory changes and wanting to connect with other leaders should consider reviewing the full array of sessions and plan their trip to Atlanta – there is still time.”

The ASC Spring Convention and EXPO is held every year, and features technical sessions, an EXPO, a Short Course focused on critical formulation types and several networking receptions designed to connect the industry.  In recent years, the ASC Convention and EXPO has evolved to included more speakers, key note addresses from industry leaders, a renewed emphasis on the EXPO, and the inclusion of a dedicated track of speakers focused on emerging research.

“The ASC Convention and EXPO has never been more focused on delivering value in new and different ways – including some big new ideas like the Advanced Technology Track - -and some nuanced such as focusing key note addresses on industry issues from an end users perspective,” adds Croson.  “If you’ve attended an ASC event, you’ll find a new energy and feel to the meeting than from years past, and if you are new to the industry than you will find an education and networking event that is without parallel.”

The ASC Convention and EXPO is developed in partnership with the Program Planning Committee (Convention) and the Marketing Committee (EXPO).  The following industry representatives have been active participants in evolving the Council’s programming and should be recognized for their efforts to develop value for both members, and the industry at large.


Board Liaison:  Mark Schneider, Albion Engineering

Membership Committee Chair:  Shamsi Gravel, Emerald Kalama Chemical

Program Committee Chair (Atlanta): Dan Murad, The ChemQuest Group, Inc.

ASC Staff Contact: Steve Duren, Senior Director, Member Services

Committee Members:

Eric Bartholomew, Avery Dennison Performance Polymers

Deb Bhattacharjee, Dow Chemical Company

Shamsi Gravel, Emerald Kalama Chemical

Larry Saidman, Nordson Corporation

Paul Shessler, SCHAETTI AMERICA, Inc.


Board Liaison:  Christopher Urheim, Dow Chemical Company

Marketing Committee Chair: Ingo Stohrer, Evonik Corporation

ASC Staff Contact: Malinda Armstrong, Senior Manager, Meetings & Tradeshows

Committee Members:

Edward Benoit, Avery Dennison

Duane Boothe, Gala Industries, Inc.

John Channon, H.B. Fuller

April Cullen, MWV Specialty Chemicals

Mike Fornes, Eastman Chemical Company

Kismet Fowler, Nordson Corporation

Iain Harvey, EPS – Materials

Danielle Hunter, Bayer MaterialScience LLC

Mims  Mathers, Bayer MaterialScience LLC

Norma Neonis,  DYNASOL, LLC

Doreen Paquette, Wacker Silicones

Jiansheng Tang, Firestone Building Products

William Turner, REXtac, LLC

Julie Vaughn-Biege, Emerald Performance Materials, LLC

“Any trade association mirrors the industry it serves, and it’s clear the economy’s improvement is helping draw a crowd to the upcoming event,” adds Croson.  “But it’s also clear that the ASC Spring Convention and EXPO have been held for 50+ years, and the work of the programming and marketing committee is playing a considerable role in making sure ASC’s events are member focused and the work they perform is paying off in the strong support ASC is having with this year’s event.”

For information about the ASC Spring Convention and EXPO, visit


The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 122 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit




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