2018 Presenters

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Bill McHugh

Executive Director, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association

1002: Chicago Energy Code & Rooftop Reflectivity Code Requirements - Chicago


Martha e. Marrapese
Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Martha has earned a global reputation for her work with companies with industrial biotechnology and nanotechnology platforms. She is a recognized authority on chemical regulation and premanufacture approval under the evolving Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Her involvement in the federal policy process regularly brings her before Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of companies, consortia, and trade associations.

1003: 3 Things Every Roof Coating Manufacturer Needs to Know about the New TSCA Law

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As a Board Certified Construction Lawyer, Trent focuses his practice on all aspects of construction litigation and arbitration, including OSHA defense, lien law, bond law, and bid protests, as well as construction document review and drafting. He routinely represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, developers, and others in the construction industry in a variety of matters. Trent is the General Counsel for the National Women in Roofing (NWIR), the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association (FRSA), Florida Irrigation Society (FIS) and the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association (FRACCA).  He routinely advocates for contractors at the state Construction Industry Licensing Board and is active in molding contractor-friendly statutes, rules and regulations on the local and state levels.  Trent has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the field by his peers and the construction industry and has received numerous honors and distinctions as identified below. He is the editor and primary author of the Amazon best-selling book OSHA Defense for the Construction Industry.

1004: OSHA Inspection & Citation Process


thomas j. taylor, PHD
Exec. Director Building Science, GAF

Thomas J Taylor, PhD is the Executive Director of Building & Roofing Science for GAF. Tom has over 20 year’s experience in the building products industry, all working for manufacturing organizations. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Salford, England, and holds approximately 35 patents. Tom’s main focus at GAF is roofing system design and building energy use reduction. Under Tom’s guidance GAF has developed TPO with unmatched weathering resistance.

1005: Urban Heat Islands and Cooler Infrastructure: An Experimental High-Albedo Roof Coating Study

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Jason Carlson
Staff Chemist, UL LLC

Jason Carlson is a Staff Chemist and technical lead for potable water system product evaluations at UL, where he has worked for the past 10 years. Jason has presented on potable rainwater harvesting requirements at the ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association) annual conference and has lead live educational webinars for UL customers and the general public. He has been involved with task groups for ARCSA and the drafting of the CSA/ICC B805-201 Rainwater Harvesting Systems Standard. Before UL Jason worked at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC and at Scientific Control Laboratories in Chicago, IL. Jason has a BS degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN and a MA from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL. Jason currently resides in Bend, Oregon.

1006: Coating Transparency: Environmental Product Declarations and Harvested Rainwater Quality

Hans Haas
Technical Service Director, AB Specialty Silicones

Hans Haas is currently Technical Service Director at AB Specialty Silicones, and has over 35 years experience in Product Development in adhesives, sealants and coatings with Loctite, Henkel and Permatex. He received a BS Chemistry from the University of Akron. He is inventor/co-inventor on over ten patent in a broad range on technologies. The last 25 yrs he has concentrated on silicone technology in both moisture cure and addition cure chemistries.

1007: Exploring Primers for Silicone Roof Coatings over TPO Membranes

Brent Crenshaw
Scientist, EPS Materials

1008: Formulating Roof Coatings for Adhesion and Asphalt Bleed-through Resistance

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Tamer Tezel
Technical Solutions Manager, Organik Kimya

B.S Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, TURKEY, 2007
M.Sc. Physical Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, TURKEY, 2009
M.Sc. Process Business Management, University of Warwick, UNITED KINGDOM, 2010

Technical Services Specialist, ORGANIK KIMYA, 2010 – 2013
Advanced Application Engineer, 3M TURKEY, 2013 -2017
Technical Solutions Manager – Construction Solutions, ORGANIK KIMYA, 2017 –

1009: Effects of Silane Modification of Styrene Acrylic Polymers for Construction Applications

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Joseph Rokowski
Technical Director, Insulating Coatings Corporation/Astec Re-ply

2002: Dirt Pickup Resistance: The Influence of Testing Parameters and Formulation Variables on Performance


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Ed Buczek
Senior Product Manager, Henry Company

Ed Buczek is a Senior Product Manager at Henry Company and has been in the commercial roofing industry for over 20 years in various roles within R & D, Technical Services, Marketing and Product Management . Ed received his Bachelors of Science degree from Bowling Green State University. Ed has been a contributor to several industry publications and is an active member of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association.

2003: Establishing ASTM D7281 Standard Test Method for Determining Water Migration Through Roof Membranes as Appropriate for Roof Coatings


Jouko Vyorykka
Research Scientist, Dow Europe Gmbh

Dr Jouko Vyörykkä is a Research Scientist in Dow Construction Chemicals R&D organization. He has over 10 years of experience in developing and formulating waterborne coatings for applications ranging from packaging to coatings for various cement based substrates. In his current role his main focus is in development of new waterborne dispersions and technical support for customers in EMEAI. In addition, he is technical leader in global flooring market management team, which is responsible for flooring market strategy and innovation pipeline.

2004: Waterborne Roof Coatings Meeting European Waterproofing Standards



Sridhar Iyer
Technical Specialist, BASF

A seasoned technology professional, with in-depth technical expertise in numerous industry segments, an exemplary record of developing new business/markets, proven credentials in leading teams to winning aspirations, a spotless record of creating & managing safe work environments, and a career track record of accelerating continuous innovation with outstanding sales impact. Recognized for talents in fostering successful collaborations, skillful in managing the interfaces of various business disciplines (R&D, Applications, Marketing, Customers), and building consensus to achieve defined revenue targets.

2005: Accelerating Film Formation of Acrylic Roof Coatings