LA MIRADA, CA – HORN, a distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients, announced that industry expert Darin Shields has joined the company’s technical sales team. As Senior Account Manager, Shields now supports HORN’s Industrial Division by offering his formulation skills and proficiencies to two of the company’s key business units, HORN Coatings and Building Materials and HORN Advanced Materials.

Shields brings to HORN more than 20 years of industry know-how with expertise spanning formulation, direct and specialty distribution sales as well as sales and business management from professional experiences at previous posts including Specialty Polymers Inc. As a dedicated industry advocate, Shields recently retired his 10-year post as board member of the Western Coatings Societies where he helped to build the Western Coatings Symposium and bringing this key industry conference to Las Vegas. Currently, Shields is an 18-year board member of the Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology in which he also serves as Treasurer.

Based in the state of Washington, Shields’ sales territory includes key accounts in the Pacific Northwest.