Anthony Robles

Anthony Robles
Keynote Speaker

Anthony is a three-ti3me all-American wrestler who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg. A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Business Communication, he was also awarded the 2011 NCAA “Best Wrestler of the National Tournament Award”.

Robles is the recipient of the “Jimmy V Perseverance Award” at the ESPN ESPYs and he has also received the NFL “Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award”. Robles is a Nike athlete, the first signed to an agreement after having retired from active participation in a sport. He is currently ESPN's NCAA wrestling analyst and expert and is the wrestling analyst for the Pac-12 Network as well. He was inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012 and is the author of Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion. In 2013, President Obama appointed Robles as a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Additionally, Robles was a member of the Presidential Delegation to the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games.

Robles lives in Chandler, Arizona. The script for a feature film chronicling his life story has been completed and the film is currently in pre-production.

Dr. Céline Bellehumeur
(Senior Research Engineer for NOVA Chemicals)

Céline completed her Ph.D. degree from McMaster University and has been involved in the plastics industry ever since. She is the author of over 80 scientific publications, including a book chapter on resin design for rotational molding applications. Céline has also worked in the areas of injection molding, rapid prototyping and powder processing as it applies to gas phase manufacturing process. In her current role, Céline carries out research activities towards the development of new resins.

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Dr Joe Butterfield

Dr. Joe Butterfield
(Senior Lecturer - School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queens University Belfast)

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Rick Carlson

Rick Carlson
(VP of Sales for Solar Plastics Inc.)

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Daven Claerbout
(Director of Business Development for Dutchland Plastics)

Daven is a current shareholder of Dutchland, the company his parents founded in 1967, and has been involved with nearly every aspect of the business since 1983.

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Carmine D'Agostino

Carmine D'Agostino
(Technical Service Specialist for NOVA Chemicals)

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Chris Gick

Chris Gick
(PE Market Dynamics for NOVA Chemicals)

Chris has worked since 1983 in a variety of technical and sales and marketing posts for the polyethylene resin operations of Nova Chemicals Corp. He relocated from Calgary, Canada, to become director of industry dynamics at Nova's operations center in Pittsburgh. In that role, he is charged with understanding and interpreting those broad issues that impact corporate profitability and business strategies. Other recent positions Gick has held include market manager for blow molding and rotational molding resins and, most recently, leader of the technical services team responsible for film resins technical service and product development.

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Dan Grimes

Dan Grimes
(Research & Development Engineer for Centro Incorporated)

 

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Henry Hay

Henry Hay
(Technical Service and Application Development Specialist for NOVA Chemicals Corporation)

Henry joined NOVA Chemicals in 1985 after graduating with an honors diploma in Plastics Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton Alberta Canada. He has worked in Technical Service since 1990, and has specifically been involved in rotational molding technical service since around 1999. His experience includes industrial and resin design, technical support, and project leadership. He lives in Calgary, Alberta Canada with his wife Janice. They have two grown sons and a lovely granddaughter.

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Owen Hodges

Owen Hodges
(Director of Product Management for Nexeo Solutions)

Owen Hodges has been Director of Product Management for Polyethylene at Nexeo Solutions since 2011. He joined Nexeo shortly after TPG capital bought the distribution assets from Ashland Chemical. He brings 20 years of plastics industry experience including Total Petrochemicals and Chevron Phillips. Past roles include in plant operations, supply chain, product development, technical service, marketing, and sales. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Dru Laws

Dru Laws
(Senior Vice President - Seljan Company)

Dru Laws is a passionate rotational molding professional with success creating award-winning products, improving manufacturing processes, and contributing regularly to industry magazines. Laws is a regular presenter at conferences world-wide and a lecturer at Universities. Laws is currently the Vice President for Seljan Company currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Rotational Molding.

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Martin Spencer

Martin Spencer
(Managing Director – Unique Roto)

Most recently, Martin was chairman of the BPF Rotomoulding group for 5 years and represents the BPF on the ARMO committee. But Martin trained as an electrical engineer and started work in composites, producing kayaks and boats for use in international competition. From there he formed a company to produce composite foam sandwich paddles. As the kayak market moved from composites to rotational molding, Martin started designing in 1981. In 1993 he along with several other engineers formed Rototek. The company established itself as a high quality rotational molder with a reputation for innovative processing and products. The company produces products such as hospital furniture, sailing dinghies, kayaks, road signs, building products, industrial components, technical tanks and sports equipment for many different market sectors. Rototek operate 5 rock and roll ovens, three bi-axial carousels and a Leonardo oil heated machine and has spent many years developing control software to enable very close control of the process.

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Michelle Travis

Michelle Travis
(Industrial Marketing Manager for EMD Performance Materials)

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Oliver Wandres

Oliver Wandres
(Owner - Maus GmbH)

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And many more to be announced!