The American Coatings Association (ACA) announced that John A. Gilbert, Ph.D., chief research and development officer at Behr Process Corp., will deliver the keynote address at ACA’s 2023 CoatingsTech Conference. The conference will be held June 26-28, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, in Cleveland, Ohio, and embrace the theme, “Coatings Technologies: Adaptation in a Complex World.”

Gilbert joined Behr in 2007. Under his direction, the Behr team released the Ultra, Marquee, and Dynasty paint lines. Recent product releases from his group include several pro-contractor paint lines, a stain-blocking ceiling paint, a deck restoration product, a roof coating line, and an all-acrylic exterior stain line. His industry career began in 1985 when he joined BASF Corp. in Southfield, Michigan. Gilbert spent 22 years in the automotive coatings area at BASF in various product development roles in electrodeposition coatings, primers, basecoats, and clearcoats. From 1990 to 1992, he was assigned to BASF’s European automotive coatings group in Muenster, Germany.

Gilbert attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, receiving a BA in chemistry in 1980. He continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving his Ph.D. in 1984.

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