Gema USA Inc. announced that Chris Merritt has been promoted to vice president of Gema North America. In his new role, Merritt will be leading strategic development and growth initiatives within North America. He has more than 38 years of service with Gema in multiple positions. Since 2006, he has been the general manager of Gema North America. Merritt is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering technology as well as illustration. Entering the finishing industry in 1984, he started as an engineer within the powder equipment group of Ransburg Gema, a division of the Ransburg Corp. Merritt’s extensive work experience includes successful positions in sales, engineering, and management.

Throughout his career, Merritt has been an active participant and leader within the powder coating industry. As a published author and speaker about powder coatings, he actively presents at a variety of technical conferences and training classes. Merritt is a member of several industry associations, and is a supporter of the powder coating industry trade association, The Powder Coating Institute (PCI). He has served in a variety of leadership roles within PCI and is currently serving on the PCI board of directors executive committee. Merritt also is holder of several U.S. patents related to the powder coating industry.

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