North American team recognized for industry leadership at CPI conference

North American team recognized for industry leadership at CPI conference

More than 50 Covestro colleagues met customers and networked with industry leaders at the American Chemistry Council’s annual Center for Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) technical conference.

October’s event in Atlanta, Georgia, was a chance for our experts to debut new research, give technical presentations, moderate panels and teach professional development classes.

“CPI provides a great opportunity to highlight our expertise and keep up with industry trends,” said Christine Bryant, Senior Vice President for the Polyurethanes Business in North America. “I’m so proud of our colleagues for their efforts in making this event so successful. We really are ‘Pushing Boundaries’ in the polyurethanes industry.”

With more than a dozen presenters, moderators, and instructors, Covestro was very well represented at CPI. Congratulations go to two colleagues who won awards for their presentations – Tim Feeley (American Chemistry Council’s Diisocyanates Panel Update) and Steve Aprahamian (Fast Demolding Technology Via New Chemistries for Insulation Foam in Appliances).

However, they weren’t the only Covestro colleagues to receive well-deserved recognition. Every year, CPI honors individuals who provide outstanding leadership and help advance the interests of the polyurethane industry with the prestigious “Distinguished Leadership” award.

This year, four individuals were recognized, including two Covestro colleagues – John Sebroski and Richard Skorpenske.


Richard Skorpenske receiving the award from Lee Salamone, Senior Director of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry

Skorpenske, the head of Advocacy and Sustainability activities within the polyurethanes business at Covestro, has chaired, participated in and led many activities at CPI throughout his career. His leadership and vision have helped shape the organization and its strategy for years.

Sebroski, a principal scientist in the Environmental Analytics group, has more than 30 years of experience at Covestro. As part of his work with the CPI Spray Polyurethane Foam Emissions Task Force, he has led efforts to develop standard methods of measuring spray polyurethane foam (SPF) emissions. His contributions help support the use of SPF in sustainable construction and provide information related to indoor air quality.

Covestro colleagues welcomed our customers to a fantastic evening of dinner and live music at Georgia Aquarium. Covestro brought along the Move Makers Band from its North American headquarters of Pittsburgh to keep guests dancing all night long. In addition, guests toured the state-of-the-art aquatic exhibits, including whale sharks, puffins, penguins and stingrays.

Looking for more photos? To check out our employees’ tweets during the event, visit the #CovestroCPI hashtag on Twitter.

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