Our goal is to drive innovative products into the marketplace, providing better sealing and adhesive solutions for our customers. We have focused on building our technical capabilities in R&D and operations by investing in our people and in new capital equipment. We have added significantly to our technical staff and to our to R&D capabilities, which now provides us the opportunity to become the ideal technical partner for joint product development. Some of our successes are listed below.
We have expertise and the ability to develop new products in the following areas:
A globally minded innovation, new product development, and operations leader with demonstrated expertise in technology leadership and technology partnerships, research and development, polymer science and engineering, tire and rubber technology, PVC, color science, project/change management, and strategic planning. Tom has 30 years of technology leadership experience. He served on executive leadership teams as R&D Vice President, Tarkett North America and as R&D Director, Americhem, and worked 20 years with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in R&D leadership roles in the US and Europe. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science & Engineering from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton Business School and he is licensed to practice law in Ohio.
Hands-on Chemical Engineer with 25 years of industrial experience in the rubber and plastics industries, focusing on solution, bulk and emulsion polymerizations working in research, technology, and manufacturing for Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Fiberstars, and Omnova Solutions. Strengths include a focus on identifying critical process parameters and developing a pathway for providing engineering solutions. Brian has extensive knowledge of equipment design, installation and startup of chemical processes, having driven products from inception through scale up to global production facilities in Europe and China. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Hands-on Chemist with thirty years of experience in a variety of silicone and other product development technologies for automotive, construction, and architectural markets. He has worked at several companies including Procter and Gamble, Three Bond International, Haartz Corp., Red Spot, Inc., and most recently, at Omnova Solutions developing stain resistant acrylic latex ionomers, water base latexes and solvent borne coatings for direct adhesion coatings to low energy substrates such as PE, PP, TPO. Barry holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Cincinnati.
“Slava” has ten years of experience in silicone product development, working most recently with The Henry Company. Key developments include solvent free spray grade silicone coatings, silicone sealants, mastics, and a variety of construction products.
Terry joined Novagard in 2000 and has driven our ISO9001 and IATF 16949 certifications. He has significant experience in all Novagard PVC foam and silicone product lines, and leads our quality improvement and regulatory compliance efforts. Terry holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve.
Ryan has developed numerous products within the silicone product lines including formulating silicone grease and compounds as well as silicone RTV products. He has explored multiple cure chemistries within the RTV’s, including single-component moisture cure materials, UV-curable materials, and two-component platinum catalyzed compounds. He has investigated oxime and alkoxy based chemistries within the single-component moisture cure materials as well as dual cure systems and base polymer synthesis and modification. Ryan holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Ohio University.
Shelby develops our PVC foam formulations for Novagard’s Foamseal product lines. She has expertise in adhesives, Prop 65 compliant formulation development, and significant experience in performance testing of our PVC and silicone products. Shelby is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Physics.
Julio is responsible for the quality testing of PVC foam and RTV as well as incoming inspection of raw materials and finished goods. He carries out data analytics involving PVC foam formulation, scrap data analysis, and improvements of new products. Julio is bilingual with Spanish as his primary language. Julio obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from Rutgers University, completing research in organic chemistry involving the synthesis of nonlinear polar compounds.
Jacob is responsible for all ranges of quality control in our plant whether it be testing and collecting data on finished goods, apply problem solving on chemical formulations, or projects creating statistical models helping to reduce scrap and to improve efficiency of our business model. He devotes efforts to both EHS and regulatory compliance. Jacob received a B.S. in Environmental Molecular Science from The Ohio State University.