September 24th-26th brought beautiful weather and a crowd from the metal finishing industry to Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The 3-day event included a golf outing, networking opportunities, and many informative speakers. An update was given from the NASF, as well as updates on the state of the U.S. and Michigan economies, the Affordable Care Act, and Advocacy. Additional discussion topics included Electroless Nickel, Global Surface Treatment Directions, Regional Economic Development, a Decorative Trim Corrosion Workgroup Update, and Passing on Family-Owned Businesses to the Next Generation.
The evenings were filled with socializing, cocktails, and dinner. Thursday’s keynote speaker was Ruth Holmes from Pentec, Inc. Ms. Holmes is a renowned handwriting specialist who entertained the group with stories of her unique career and high-level court cases. Attendees at the event also received a personal handwriting analysis.
Friday’s keynote speaker was Tom Walsh from the Detroit Free Press. Tom delivered an entertaining presentation filled with hi-lights from his career as a newspaper reporter, including his story about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Thank you to all the presenters and attendees, and to our Sponsors, American Plating Power, Atotech International LLC, Columbia Chemical, Coventya, Dynapower, Enthone, Haviland, KCH Engineered Systems, KC Jones Plating, Palm Commodities, Pavco, Univertical, Wagner Enterprise, and Walgren, who made the 2015 Midwest Seminar a complete success. Plans are being made for the 2016 Midwest Seminar – the date will be announced soon.
The Michigan Chapter of NASF (MINASF) will be hosting their annual auto show meeting during Industry Preview Week of the North American International Auto Show on January 13th, 2016. The day will start at 11:30am EST, and take place at the Butzel Long Office in Detroit. Featured as part of this meeting will be a special presentation by Mike Wall, Director of Automotive Analysis at IHS Automotive.
This is a popular event, so mark your calendar and Save the Date. Registration and meeting details will be coming soon. Stay tuned to the MINASF Events page for up-to-date information.
On March 28th, the Michigan Chapter of NASF gathered in Grand Rapids for the annual Technical Session. There were 50 people in attendance. The speakers included:
1) John Thompson – MacDermid – “ Trends in Plating on Plastic.”
2) Blair Vandivier / Pat Burgio – Asterion – “A Cleaning Primer: The Essentials of Cleaning.”
3) Jamie Flesch – Dipsol of America – “Managing Change: A Supplier’s Perspective on Qualifying Zinc-Nickel as a Cadmium Replacement for Aerospace.”
4) Brian Harrick – President of MINASF Board and member of NASF Board of Directors – MINASF update and NASF update.
That evening, over 140 people attended the dinner / dance. Fun was had by all. The annual day of events is always something members and friends look forward to attending. The MINASF would like to thank all the speakers for their informative presentations. Thanks also to Greg Grieves, John Mulder, Mark Siegrist and Jim Hankinson for their efforts in making this event possible!
The Michigan Chapter of NASF gathered on January 14, 2015 in Detroit at the offices of Butzel Long. Over 50 members and guests were in attendance. Beth Gotthelf, attorney for Butzel Long and MINASF Board member, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Newly elected MINASF Board President Brian Harrick introduced the new board members and spoke about the goals of the new Chapter. Speaker Mike Wall from IHS Automotive gave a presentation to the group titled “Automotive Industry Outlook: Navigating a Volatile Global Environment.” The attendees enjoyed lunch and networking before heading over to Cobo for the North American International Auto Show during Industry Preview week.
The Michigan Chapter hosted their first event at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, and it was an overwhelming success! The attendance was excellent with over 50 golfers on Thursday and over 90 seminar attendees on Friday. The speakers from around the state and Midwest were exceptional. The content covered economic, policy, healthcare, technical and association topics. There was something for everyone at this event. The keynote speaker on Friday evening, Rob O’Neill, (a highly trained Navy SEAL), was terrific and his “NEVER QUIT” presentation was inspirational. The learning and networking that took place exceeded all expectations and the initial feedback was positive for this event to return next year! A special thanks to all who helped organize this event, in addition to all the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who made it a great success!
Officials from the College of Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan along with members of the NASF Michigan Chapter have announced the winners of the Detroit Bright Design Challenge.Students from the College were asked to explore innovative ways to incorporate bright finishes as a premium design element related to SUV’s and the Chrysler brand image, a brand that gave new meaning to Urban Luxury with its Chrysler 300 luxury sedan. Scholarships awards were presented to the following students:
- Yizhang Lai
- Yu-Chen Chen
- Sijia Wan
- Pranay Raton- Honorable Mention
What is the Bright Design Challenge?
The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) believes that the future of surface finishing depends on the innovative ideas of our youth. We consider it the responsibility of those currently serving the industry to foster and nourish these ideas. As part of this mission, and to spotlight the impact we have on millions of products and households, the National Association for Surface Finishing each year proudly presents The Bright Design Challenge. This groundbreaking creative program is produced as part of the association’s “Surface Technology Initiative” to proactively promote our surface finishing industry.
About College for Creative Studies (CCS)
Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) educates artists and designers to be leaders in creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising Design, Advertising: Copywriting, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design. The college also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.