SPE Announces 2013-2014 Executive Committee

Following longstanding practice, ANTEC® 2013 marks the beginning of one-year terms for new officers of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), it was announced today by Willem De Vos, SPE CEO. The Society installs Jon Ratzlaff as its new president, succeeding James S. Griffing. Ratzlaff is technical services manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. At ANTEC® 2014, Ratzlaff will be succeeded by the new president-elect, Vijay B. Boolani, who is president of Boolani Engineering Corporation in Mumbai, India.  
SPE has also announced the membership of its 2013-2014 Executive Committee:
Jon Ratzlaff, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Willem De Vos, SPE

Vijay B. Boolani, Boolani Engineering Corporation

Senior Vice President:
Raed Al-Zu’bi, Industrial Manufacturing Executive

Vice President/Secretary:
Dr. Jeffrey H. Helms, Ticona Engineering Polymers

Vice President/Treasurer:
Dick Cameron, Cameron Consulting

Vice President/Web Innovation/Communication:
Dr. Jaime A. Gomez, K-Tron

Vice President/Society Operations:
Gregory A. Campbell, Castle Research Assoc.

Vice President/Marketing:
Olivier Crave, O.C. Team

Vice President/Global Event Management:
Jimmy Masrin, Caturkarsa Megatunggal PT          
Biographic Sketches of New SPE President and President-Elect
SPE president Jon Ratzlaff is technical services manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP and resides in Oklahoma. He obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.  An SPE member since 1995, Ratzlaff held the positions of president-elect in 2012-13 and senior vice president in 2011-12.  He is an SPE Certified Plastics Technologist and one of the authors of the SPE Injection Molding Technicians Toolbox guide.  Ratzlaff served as chair of the SPE Rotational Molding Division in 2001-2002 and president of the Oklahoma Section in 2002-2003.  He served four years as chair of SPE’s International Committee (2004-2008) and notes that he is especially pleased to see the growth of the Society internationally since that time.
SPE president-elect Vijay B. Boolani is president of Boolani Engineering Corporation in Mumbai, India. He served as SPE vice president/secretary in 2009-2010 and as vice president in 2007-2009.  An SPE member since 1981, Boolani was Chair of the very successful ANTEC® Mumbai held in December 2012.  He notes that he strongly supports the introduction of new events not only in the Asia-Pacific region but throughout the worldwide plastics and polymer industry.
THE SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS (SPE) is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help companies in the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for over 70 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists, engineers, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics.

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