Author Bios

Barb Wehrle

Barb Wehrle is business development manager, adhesives with Henkel Corporation, North America, Transport and Metals, currently focusing on automotive interiors adhesive applications. Wehrle’s 30 year career at Henkel has included positions in research and development, technical support, global marketing and global key account management. In addition to automotive interiors, she has been active in metal forming, metal pretreatment, general industrial and aluminum beverage cans. Wehrle has a bachelor of science in biology and business from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Bill Fisher

Bill Fisher is the Global Market Segment Manager - Electrical/Electronics (E/E) Systems for Henkel Corporation’s Automotive group. Fisher leads Henkel's global strategic planning and overall management of the commercial pursuit activities associated with this rapidly growing Market Segment. He has over 35 years of experience in the Automotive E/E Systems industry, previously working with a leading Automotive E/E Systems Integrator in a variety of sales, engineering, and operational roles. Fisher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Process & Operations Management with a Marketing Minor from Bowling Green State University.

Bill Fristad

Dr. William Fristad is a Technical Director for Henkel currently in charge of cleaning and pretreatment chemistries for the coil industry. In his career at Henkel, Dr. Fristad has been involved in a wide range of organic, inorganic, environmental, and polymer chemistry areas while working in Minnesota, California, Michigan and Germany. He graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from College of St. Thomas, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ohio State University and a Postdoctoral in Inorganic Chemistry from Imperial College, London, England.

Bruce Goodreau

Dr. Goodreau is currently Technical Director of the Conversion Coating R&D group at Henkel Corporation in Madison Heights, Michigan. He received his BS degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in New York. He has worked at Henkel in the Research and Development department as a Research Chemist, Manager, and Director for 20 years. Bruce holds 8 US patents in the field of metal pretreatment. Bruce’s industrial experience includes work in the coil coating, general industrial and automotive market segments.

Chris Liddiard

Chris Liddiard is Director of Acoustics and Structurals at Henkel Corporation's automotive group. Liddiard brings over 20 years of automotive experience to Henkel, most recently in the areas of design, business development, technical sales, project management and global marketing. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, before starting his career in the defense, aerospace and coatings industries.

Chuck Evans

Chuck Evans is Corporate Vice President at Henkel Corporation’s automotive group. Evans leads sales, operations, strategic planning and overall business management for the company. He has nearly 30 years of experience at Henkel, previously serving in a variety of sales, marketing and technical roles. Evans earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and philosophy from Illinois State University and completed executive management studies at Harvard and Insead, France.

David Caro

David Caro leads the North America Surface Treatment Steering Unit at Henkel Corporation. Since his appointment in September 2014, he is responsible for Business Development and Technical Customer Service. Caro has over 16 years of international experience in automotive, and has been with Henkel since 2001. For the last three years, he was located in Dusseldorf, Germany, as Steering Unit Head A&S. Previous to this he was located in Spain where he held roles as the OEM Sales Manager and in project management. Caro has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and in Business Administration from IESE Business School, University of Navarra.

David Stotera

David Stotera is the Lead Acoustic Engineer for the North American automotive group at Henkel. He brings over 12 years of experience in acoustics and vibration, automotive quality and natural gas compression. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Letourneau University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, especially in warm climates.

Eric Slamans

Eric Slamans leads the global Steel & Coil and Metal Packaging (Metals) Steering Units at Henkel Corporation. He has responsibility for Metals sales, strategy and P&L. He has over 25 years of experience in the Metals business working in product development, sales, technical service, marketing, key account management, and general management.

Gina Oliver

Senior Director, Automotive Plastics American Chemistry Council, Plastics Division Gina Oliver is the Senior Director for ACC's Automotive Team and has over 18 years of experience in strategic business planning. Gina has a background in planning, regulatory and product support within the global automotive sector. Representing 14 major chemical companies, Gina is responsible for developing, managing and leading the Automotive Team’s strategic initiatives to increase the use of plastics through advocacy leveraging US legislative and regulatory opportunities, pre-competitive technical research, communications, demonstrating sustainability and preventing unwarranted product de-selection. Gina holds a Master of Business Administration and works in both Detroit and Washington, D.C.

Greg Ryba

Greg Ryba leads the North America Adhesives Steering Unit at Henkel Corporation and is responsible for engineering, business development and laboratory application technicians. He has over 25 years of sales, marketing and operations management experience. Mr. Ryba holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Central Michigan University.

Henkel Automotive

As the market leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings to the transportation industry, Henkel drives automotive designs forward by increasing performance, reducing weight and enabling sustainability. Backed by extensive design capabilities, a broad product range and technical expertise, the company delivers solutions to all segments of the vehicle.

Jim Vorderbrueggen

Jim Vorderbrueggen leads the North America Cleaners & Lubricants Steering Unit at Henkel Corporation and has responsibility for the C&L business. He has over 22 years of experience in automotive and metal forming industrial markets. Mr. Vorderbrueggen is a member of the FIA (Forging Industry Association) and NADCA (North American Die Casting Association) and is active within the metalworking industry.

Kevin Woock

Kevin Woock is Global Market Segment Manager at Henkel Corporation’s automotive group. Woock brings more than 20 years of experience in automotive and industrial body and paint shop processes, surface treatment and adhesive technologies, technical sales, product life cycle and global marketing leadership functions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Louisville, an MBA from the University of Dayton and in his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling and participating in FIRST Robotics.

Lawrence Kavanagh

Lawrence Kavanagh is President of The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). SMDI increases and defends the use of steel by developing innovative materials, applications and value-added solutions for customers in the automotive, construction and packaging markets.

Manish Dave

Manish Dave is Director of Surface Treatment, North America at Henkel Corporation’s automotive group. Manish brings more than 19 years of experience in automotive and industrial paint shop processes, as well as decorative and functional coatings. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from L. D. Engineering and Masters in Chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Mark Neuenschwander

Mark Neuenschwander is Regional Market Segment Manager at Henkel Corporation’s automotive group. Mark brings over 30 years experience in the area of powertrain, including tear down, tuning and build of engines. In his younger years, Mark was heavily involved in motorcycle motor sports racing. His passion now involves promoting Henkel technologies to help improve the performance and efficiencies in today’s automotive engines, transmissions and axles. Mark earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Robotics Technology from Oakland Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Lawrence Technological University.

Michael Robinet

Michael Robinet is Managing Director within the IHS Automotive consulting practice. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Global Vehicle Production Forecasts for IHS Automotive and functioned in several other capacities for CSM Worldwide. His responsibilities include global sales, production and capacity forecasting dynamics; future vehicle product program intelligence; platform/system consolidation and flexibility trends, OEM/component manufacturer manufacturing strategies and vehicle sourcing/logistics trends.

Mike Pogarch

Mike Pogarch is the Business Development Manager – Acoustic and Structural Steering Unit for the automotive group at Henkel. Pogarch interacts with Global Automakers and Auto Suppliers to promote structural solutions that enhance vehicle ride quality, vehicle durability and vehicle safety. He has over 30 years of experience in automotive structural adhesives and sealing solutions, advancing material design, application and performance into multi-material vehicle body structures. Pogarch earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management with a Business Law Minor from Western Michigan University.

Neil De Koker

Neil De Koker is the president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). Founded in August 1998, OESA represents suppliers of components, modules, systems, materials, equipment and services used in and by the original equipment automotive industry. OESA provides a forum for members to address issues of common interest, provides a voice for the industry and promotes the interests of the OE supplier community. The association currently represents over 400 companies with global automotive sales of more than $300 billion.

Paul A. Drzyzga

Paul A. Drzyzga, Jr. is the Business Director of the Sealing and Coating Business Unit at Henkel Corporation's Automotive Group. Drzyzga brings over 30 years of experience in automotive and related industrial body and component paint shop processes, surface treatment and adhesive solutions, technical sales and sales management and marketing and product management. He earned a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University, an MBA from the University of Dayton and in his free time enjoys skiing, boating and travel.

Scott Pergande

Scott Pergande leads the North American Adhesives Steering Unit at Henkel Corporation and has responsibility for engineering, business development and laboratory application technicians. He has over 18 years of experience in automotive and industrial adhesives, sealants and gasketing technologies. Mr. Pergande is a member of ASME, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Steve Hellem

Steve Hellem is the Executive Director of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP). He helped create SP and has served as the Executive Director since the organization was created in 2002. Steve has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic counsel and leadership to business associations and coalitions. One of his areas of expertise is working with companies to address global and domestic environmental, health and safety practices and activities as well as corporate sustainability programs. Steve has an AB in Political Science from the University of Missouri and a J.D. from the International School of Law that is today the George Mason University School of Law.

Tony Norton

Tony Norton leads the Americas-based Altair Product Design teams in the delivery of early concept (industrial design, design exploration, testing & prototyping) and advanced simulation driven design (cutting-edge modeling, optimization, methods development & automation) to its customers. Before joining Altair UK in 1996, he worked at both Ford Motor Company and GEC-Marconi Avionics. He moved to Michigan in 1999 to join Altair US, and holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Hertfordshire in England.