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The Board of Governors

The affairs of SSPC are managed by a Board of Governors composed of thirteen (13) elected members, plus a non-voting Secretary and Treasurer, and ex-officio members.

The composition of the Board is based on the demographics of the organization, as follows:

  • 3 members elected from individuals representing Facility Owners (individuals who are employed by public or private sector owners of assets who are responsible for the maintenance of coatings of heavy or light industrial structures and surfaces).
  • 2 members elected from individuals representing Coating Material Suppliers (individuals who own, are employed by, or represent firms that manufacture or distribute coatings, linings and or the raw materials used to manufacture these products).
  • 3 members elected from individuals representing Other Product Suppliers (individuals who own, are employed by, or represent firms that manufacture or distribute equipment, abrasive or peripheral products for use in the protective coatings industry).
  • 3 members elected from individuals representing Coating Contractors (individuals who own or are employed by contracting firms specializing in the removal or application of coatings and linings, either in the field or shop).
  • 1 member elected from individuals representing Other Service Providers (individuals who own, are employed by, or represent firms who provide services such as engineering and consulting, that support the protective coatings industry).
  • 1 member shall be elected from the international membership. An international delegate shall be from any demographic. An International delegate can be from any country outside North America.

Current Board Members

Effective July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

Officers Board Members

L. Skip Vernon
CLT, Inc.
P.O. Box 639
Tijeras, NM 87059

Gunnar Ackx
Managing Director/Senior Coating Consultant
SCICON Worldwide bvba
St-Sebastiaanstraat 20
8200 Brugge, Belgium

Brian Skerry
Vice President
Global Director - Corrosion Programs
The Sherwin-Williams Company
4440 Warrensville Center Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

James R. King, Jr. 
Immediate Past-President
John B. Conomos, Inc.
P.O. Box 279
Bridgeville, PA 15017

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Ex-Officio Board Member

Bob McMurdy
Chief Executive Officer 
Mohawk Garnet, Inc.
808 Highway 17 East
Wahnapitae ON P0M 3C0

Ex-Officio Board Officers

William M. Worms - SSPC Staff/Secretary
Executive Director
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
Email: worms@sspc.org

Barbara B. Fisher - SSPC Staff/Treasurer
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
Email: fisher@sspc.org

Paul Vinik
State Structural Material Engineer
Florida Department of Transportation
5007 N.E. 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609

Benjamin S. Fultz
Chief Materials Engineering Technology 
Bechtel Corporation
P O Box 2166
Houston, TX 77252

Jay Kranker
Western Region Sales Manager
P.O. Box 13161
Palm Desert, CA 92255

Garry D. Manous
General Manager of Coatings
Brock Industrial Services
1500 S. Schoolhouse Road
New Lenox, IL 60451

Ahren Olson
Marketing Manager - Corrosion Protection
1 Covestro Circle
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Victor A. Pallotta
Vice President
ARS Recycling Systems, LLC
4000 McCartney Rd. 
Lowellville, OH 44436

Sam B. Scaturro
Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors
17 Florida Ave
Patterson, NJ 07503

Joseph Walker
Vice President
1893 Rochester Industrial Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Joyce A. Wright
Protective Coatings-Process Improvement
Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding
4101 Washington Avenue, Bldg. 86/3 Dept. 007
Newport News, VA 23607



SSPC's day-to-day operations are run by five directors who oversee different parts of the organization. The Executive Director is the head of the organization with the other four directors reporting to that position.