More than 160 attendees enjoyed the NCCA Fall Technical Meeting at the new Omni Nashville hotel in downtown Nashville. We have reviewed all the evaluations that attendees completed, and it was widely considered to be an excellent and beneficial conference. In case you didn’t attend, here are a few photos of what you missed.
Technical Presentations: John Smith of AkzoNobel kicked off our technical presentations, speaking on “Evaluating the Damage Resistance of a Coating.” As one attendee wrote, “Enlightening presentation. It was good to see pictures of lab instruments, how they are used, and the outcome of testing.”
The 2014 NCCA Trade Show, featuring 20 exhibitors, seemed to have the best attendance and activity in years. “Excellent way to the start the Fall Technical Meeting,” said a member. “Everybody wants to connect with others we have not seen for awhile and talk.”
Safety Award Winner: On the final day, Ed Musingo (left), the chair of our Environmental Health and Safety Committee, presented the NCCA Safety Award to the Steelscape plant in Kalama, Wash. Chris Carlson (center) and Jeff Lindeman (right) received the honor on behalf of the company.
Popular Panels: The meeting featured a two-hour panel discussion on passivates. As one attendee commented, “Exceptional presentation of a subject I was eager to learn more about.” Pictured (from left): Kate Foster of Henkel, Ed Musingo of Bulk Chemicals, Marcus Schinzel of Chemetall, and David Kelley of TecCoat.
Grand Finale: Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics closed the meeting with a luncheon keynote presentation on the latest economic outlook. “This is the first time I’ve heard him,” wrote one member. “I understand why NCCA loves him – high energy, very engaging!”
___ If you’ve been wondering if NCCA membership is worth it, you need to come to our 2015 Annual Meeting. The dates are April 20-22, 2015, and the place is the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz.
For more information about the benefits of joining NCCA, go to www.coilcoating.org.