AIMCAL Elects New Board

Fort Mill, SC – The Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) elected a new Board of Directors at its recent Management Meeting, March 9-12, 2008, at Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Springs, California.

Members of the 2008-2009 AIMCAL Board of Directors include Michael Engel, president; Elizabeth Josephson, vice president; Bob Connelly, treasurer; Past President Bill Yoder; plus six directors. Voters at the meeting elected Ron Schmidt to his first term as a director, re-elected Dan Bemi, Mark Montsinger, Gary Phillips, Danis Roy and Steve Sedlak.

Engel, who serves as chief operating officer of FLEXcon, North America, Spencer, Massachusetts, steps up from vice president. He began his career at FLEXcon in 1982 as a lab technician and has held a variety of positions including vice president, Performance Products and systems integrity manager, responsible for the company’s initial ISO 9001 certification. A graduate of Assumption College and the School of Industrial Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he is a certified instructor of statistical process control and a facilitator for business reengineering.

Josephson, most recently served as treasurer of AIMCAL and has been active in the association for more than 18 years with stints as chair of the Vacuum and Membership Committees. In 2001 she received the John Matteucci Technical Excellence Award*. Based in Manlius, New York, she is sales manager for Web Coating Products for Applied Materials, Inc., Fairfield, California, (previously Applied Films & Leybold Systems). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University and is an active member of the Society of Vacuum Coaters, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Connelly is president and chief operating officer of Madico, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts, a position he’s held since 1997. His background includes several years at Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Miami, Florida, where he directed startup of transdermal drug delivery manufacturing operations. Connelly has completed advanced study at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is certified in production and inventory control from DePaul University, where he also earned his undergraduate business degree.

Yoder, a long-time member of AIMCAL, has worked in the converting industry for 41 years. He currently serves as sales manager at Lamart Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, a position he has held since 1999. His background also includes 14 years at CPFilms Inc., Martinsville, Virginia, and 19 years with Facile Technologies, Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to serving on the board, he chaired AIMCAL’s Membership Committee for many years. In 1999, he received AIMCAL’s President’s Award for outstanding service. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.

Schmidt is vice president of New Market Development for Maxcess International, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The global company serves as the umbrella for several web accessory companies including Fife Corp., MAGPOWR and Tidland Corp. Schmidt began his career with Fife Corp. in 1976. He currently serves as president of the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA), an operating division of AIMCAL. He also serves as chairman of the CEMA Slitting and Rewinding seminar and co-chair of the AIMCAL AWEB Conference

Bemi, a regional sales manager for MEGTEC Systems, DePere, Wisconsin, joined the company in 1999. His background includes sales and marketing management positions at Wolverine Massachusetts Corp., Horsham, Pennsylvania; and Applied Web Systems, Elgin, Illinois. An active member of AIMCAL and CEMA, he currently chairs the AIMCAL Environmental Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Committee of the Flexographic Technical Association, Ronkonkoma, New York. He is a 2004 recipient of a John Matteucci Technical Excellence Award*.

Montsinger is responsible for product development, emerging technologies and new business development at Bryce Corp., Memphis, Tennessee, a flexible packaging converter. Previous positions include commercial and technical management assignments at leading film companies and involvement in the development of labels/decals, electrical insulation, window films, transfer metallizing films, flexible circuits and thermal laminations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration degree from Widner University.

As vice president, Sales and Marketing for Bakaert Specialty Films, LLC, San Diego, California, Phillips has global responsibility for Industrial and Display product sales from his office in San Diego. He joined Bakaert (then known as DTI) in 1993 after spending 10 years with Airco Coating Technology in England where he served initially as a design engineer and later as sales manager. With more than 20 years experience in the field of sputter roll coating and converting, he has authored several technical papers related to sputter deposition.

A 21-year veteran of the converting industry, Roy serves as general manager of Terphane, Inc., Bloomfield, New York, a position he has held since rejoining the company in 2004. An expert in barrier substrates, he has developed many products based on coextruded, coated and/or metallized polyethylene terephthalate. His background includes six years in Europe working for Rhone-Poulenc (now Rhodia, Paris, France), and Toray Industries, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. His involvement with AIMCAL began in the early 1990s via participation in the European Metallizers Association, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Sedlak, chair of AIMCAL’s Awards Committee, has been active in the association since 1998 when he joined ESK Ceramics – A Ceradyne Company, Saline, Michigan. He currently serves ESK as North American sales manager responsible for sales, marketing and technical support activities for evaporation boats used in the metallizing process. Prior experience includes stints at Vacumet Corp., Wayne, New Jersey; Dunmore Corp., Bristol, Pennsylvania; and Precision Coatings, Inc., Walled Lake, Michigan. He holds a degree in Business Management from Montclair State University.

* John Matteucci Technical Excellence Awards are given to the presenter of the most outstanding paper given in each track at AIMCAL’s Fall Technical Conference.


AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated, or laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. The international nonprofit trade association also includes a CEMA Division focused on the interests of converting equipment manufacturers. The group is headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA.

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