ASC Announces the Class of 2023 Inductees into the Adhesive & Sealant Hall of Fame
November 6, 2023 – Alexandria, VA – Today the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announced the induction of three outstanding individuals into ASC’s Adhesive and Sealant Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals who, through their career in the adhesive and sealant industry, have made significant contributions to the betterment of the industry ASC represents. These industry “giants” are well known throughout the industry for their substantial commitment to it.
A special ceremony honoring the three inductees was held October 24, 2023, during the ASC Executive Leadership Conference at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. You can view pictures of the conference and ceremony online.
The 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Known for his entrepreneurship, strategic vision, approachable demeanor and mentorship of many adhesive and sealants leaders, Ted Clark embodies the definition of an industry giant. His dedication to delighting customers led him to rise through the ranks of his company from the shop floor to CEO, without having a college degree. Through his years in the industry,
he recognized that there were many small to medium sized, specialty application focused, technology differentiated companies that would benefit from the scale of a larger organization. He had the vision to acquire these companies over a 15-year period and built and ran Royal
Adhesives & Sealants, a global company with $650 million in revenue. After the sale of Royal to H.B. Fuller in 2019, Ted joined the executive team and was instrumental in their strategic planning process and growth. Ted also served on the ASC Board for many years and has been a frequent speaker at ASC conventions and leadership conferences. Ted has mentored and impacted many throughout the industry and is always willing to listen and give advice. He is well-respected, well-liked and someone who is fun and inspirational to be around.
Dr. Selim Yalvac
Dr. Yalvac developed the “Rolls-Royce” of hot melt adhesives. His work includes numerous patents throughout his 40+-year career in the industry, retiring from Dow in 2016. His work to develop innovative products has led to the development of adhesives still in the market today. During his career, he was appointed to run various teams to launch metallocene polymer-based adhesives. Today, these polymers are used in various case and carton sealing, graphic arts, nonwovens, and woodworking applications. He also supervised the teams that launched metallocene polymer-based diaper construction and core stabilization adhesives. Today, they are being exclusively used by one of the largest diaper manufacturers in the world. Dr. Yalvac was also a regular presenter at ASC conferences, sharing his knowledge with industry peers. Among additional highlights of his career include 58 publications and conference presentations, 42 U.S. patents issued and 500+ international patents, and 125 Dow Research Reports.
Known for his passion for adhesives and sealants, David Nick began his 20-year career at Lord Corporation in 1962 as an R&D chemist in their adhesives and coatings division. He held various technical and marketing positions leading to Manager, International Marketing. Following Lord, he joined Carboline Corp. 1981-1984, managing their international business. He formed DPNA International, Inc., publishing the first global market analysis focusing on the adhesive and sealant industry. DPNA built a market study for the ASC titled “The North American Market Report” (2005); a companion analysis of the Asia region followed. Dave became a frequent speaker at ASC, also covering industry markets at similar conferences in Europe, Asia, and South America. He contributed to the Annual specialty chemical investment analysis for Standard & Poor’s, as well as partnering with the World Bank on industry investment projects. As a member of SME, he became an advisor to NASA on adhesives and sealants use in aerospace projects. Upon retirement in 2015, he assisted the ASC in developing the “World of Glue” lesson plan and video educating elementary students on adhesives & polymers and their common properties and uses. Dave holds a BSci degree from Allegheny College and has completed courses in international law and commerce (Case Western Reserve).
“Each of our inductees—Ted Clark, Dr. Selim Yalvac, and David Nick—deserve our gratitude for their many contributions benefitting the adhesive and sealant industry,” said Bill Allmond, ASC President. “As only the second round of inductees into the Adhesive and Sealant Hall of Fame, they set the example of what it is to be an industry ‘giant’ for others to follow,” he said.
To learn more about ASC’s Adhesive and Sealant Hall of Fame or to nominate someone, please visit www.ascouncil.org/asc-hall-of-fame.
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 110 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, distributors, and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.