President’s Message

President’s Message

A message from the Cleveland SPE section (s003) 2017-2018 President:

Greetings to all plastics and polymers industry professionals and students. We are ready to embark on another great year with the Cleveland section of SPE. I will be serving at the helm of this year's activities, as president for the 2017-2018 year. I have been working with the Cleveland section on the Board and chairing various committees for a few years now. I have been active in the polymers community for over 15 years, functioning in Technical and Commercial roles. I am looking forward to doing my best to help lead the group into another enlightening and enjoyable year for the Cleveland section membership. 

We have a strong year of events planned in conjunction with our colleagues at the Akron section. Currently, the Cleveland activities schedule includes 2 plant tours and speakers from local industry leaders. In an effort to reach some of the members that are more constrained by distance, this year's Cleveland sponsored events will be closer to the greater Cleveland area. We hope this year to start the planning process to utilize the electric buzz around Cleveland, generated by the championship Cavs and AL Champ Indians, to bring SPE division events to the area. Additionally, we plan on continuing our support of the next generation of industry members with our scholarship and Plastivan activities. 

As always, I would like to welcome any new Cleveland area plastics and polymer industry people to the section. Please stop in at one of the meetings and introduce yourself. We are always looking for active members to serve on our Board of Directors and committees, so any current or prospective members that would like to help in planning and executing this year's and future events and activities, please let us know. I am excited and ready to start this year with the group and I hope to see and meet you all at this year's events. 

Ron Raleigh 
Society of Plastics Engineers – Cleveland Section