June 21 & 222023 DETROIT, MICHIGAN - Usa 1st International Conference on Automotive Body Finishing in North America

Committee Members

Adam BACKHAUT

Paint Manufacturing

LUCID MOTORS

Scott BARNETT

Director – Application Engineering, Robotics and Automation

3M

Scott currently leads the 3M global abrasives application engineering team that is focused on engineering of robotic abrasive processes in collaboration with system integrators and end using customers.
He has been with 3M for 41 years within various abrasives related businesses and has held a variety of roles including new product development, technology development, business leadership, acquisition integration, and for the past ten years, application engineering.
Scott has a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and is a certified Black Belt in both Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma methodologies.
Scott enjoys playing golf, often with his wife Lisa, when weather or travel allows and his new passion is spending time with his two young grandchildren, Julie and Bradlee.

Nadia BENHAMIDA

Senior Polymers and Coatings Engineer

HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER

Nadia BenHamida is the Senior Coatings Material Engineer at Hyundai, with responsibility for North and South American manufacturing plants. Her primary role is quality auditing to ensure production quality, evaluation of new colors for future vehicles and coating development that improves quality and customer perception of Hyundai and Kia vehicles. At Rhetech, she formulated and developed new plastic materials for interior and exterior automotive application. And previously at EAG she developed dry erase coatings widely used today in homes, offices, schools, appliances and other products.
Nadia Benhamida is a global citizen; she received a Chemical engineering degree from North Africa, M.S. Applied Chemistry Engineering degree from Europe and a M.S. degree in Polymers and Coatings Engineering from USA. She enjoys yoga, hiking and traveling. Her philosophy is: “Together we achieve more”.
In the dawn of the 4th industrial revolution the auto industry is being challenged more than ever before; Nadia believes that the response and contribution need to be global involving all stakeholders from public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

Marc BRILL

Director of Sales

GIFFIN

Steve COATS

Vice President – Automotive Sales & Marketing

SAMES-KREMLIN

Vernon COMEAUX

Manufacturing Engineering - Paint Operations Senior Manager

FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES

Carl DOEKSEN

Global Robotics / Automation Director

3M

• Carl Doeksen is the Global Robotics & Automation Director at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, MN where he leads teams to accelerate full robotic, and fixed automation, solutions for 3M’s industrial customers around the world. Prior to joining 3M, Carl spent 4 years at Honeywell’s Sensors & Signal Processing Laboratory.
• Carl has a BS in Finance from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) as well as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (DMAIC and DFSS). He has held multiple International Leadership positions for 3M (UK, DE, CN) and has spent most of his career in international operations.
• He’s active in the Robotics Industry, serving on the Board of Directors of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA/A3) as well as the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Marcom and Suppliers Committees.
• Carl and his wife Kelly have two young daughters and they currently live in Austin

Rich EVERLY

Vice President Paint

BMW SPARTANBURG

Cassiano FABRIS

CEO

WENKER

Greg FREZELL

Technical Director Americas

NIPPON PAINT AUTOMOTIVE COATINGS

David GEORGE

Surface treatment technical manager

HENKEL

Yuko GIDCUMB

Engineering Material Development Leader

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA

Chris HALL

Strategy and Standards, Paint Group Leader

Honda

Tim HAYES

International President

SURCAR

Jeffrey JONES

Vice President Automotive OEM coatings

BASF

Jon KARR

Vice President Paintshop Automation

FANUC

Nancy LOCKHART

Global Product Manager-Color

AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS

As a leading industry expert in automotive color, Nancy remains at the cutting edge of coatings development in color forecasting as well as enabling the latest developments in color science and product innovation to design colors for the future of the automotive industry. Her passion is to create excitement around coatings color and the impact on global automotive consumer preferences and product innovation.
Her distinguished color career began in color formulation and development at Axalta’s technology center. There, she received hands-on experience designing and applying colors. Her knowledge in coating science and respect for nature have influenced her view into automotive color inspirations.
Nancy leads a team to release Axalta’s global color trend report and Axalta’s Automotive Color of the Year. As an automotive color historian, she has knowledge coatings technologies and trends and works to publish Axalta’s Global Automotive Color Popularity Report. In keeping with today’s mobility trends, innovation and governance around functional coatings and sustainability are in the forefront of her work in color.
Nancy works on sustainability efforts at Axalta in the Mobility group. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Earth Science from Western Michigan University and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Paint & Coatings magazine.

Xavier MAURY

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Director America

PLASTIC OMNIUM

Patrick MCKERNAN

Chief Engineer VOME - Global Paint Engineering

FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Mike NELSON

Paint Process Manager

ABB

Ryan ODEGAARD

Director, Global Paint Vehicle Systems Engineering

GENERAL MOTORS

Jim PAKKALA

Director of sales and estimating

GALLAGHER-KAISER

Paul SIKORA

Vice President & General Manager

NALCO WATER

Sanghamitra SIRCAR

Global Product Manager Top Coats

AXALTA

Joshua SUDBURY

Director of Sustainibility-NA

NIPPON PAINT AUTOMOTIVE COATINGS

Dennis TALJAN

General Manager, Automotive OEM Services Automotive Coatings

PPG

Alexander WEITEN

Vice President

DÜRR SYSTEMS

Kenny WHITE

North American President

SURCAR