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When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Muskegon Community College - Sturrus Technology Center - Room 226
388 West Clay
Muskegon, Michigan  49442
United States
Contact: Dale Mulder

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Join the CCAI West Michigan Chapter for the Paint & Powder Seminar on Wednesday, May 16.  This day-long seminar will be held at the Muskegon Community College Carolyn I and Peter Sturrus Technology Center in Muskegon, MI.  You won't want to miss this informative an interactive seminar! 

The seminar will begin with a presentation from Dan Sheeran of DuBois Chemicals/American Finishing Resources on "Paint Line Efficiencies".   Dan will provide information on proper paint line density and tool cleaning frequency and impact.   Following Dan, will be Brendan Johnesee with Coating Equipment Technology discussing "All Things Liquid".  Our final presentation of the morning will be presented by John Cole from Parker Ionics.  John will discuss important  powder coating techniques and their impact on preventing rejects. 

The afternoon session will focus on virtual reality and simulation training for liquid and powder applications. This program will explore why it is important to the health of our industrial economies to invest in technology to aid industrial skills development, in the same way companies invest to drive production operations.  We will talk about how virtual reality and simulation training tools leverage industrial skills training resources by increasing practice time and feedback, without the cost of materials and environmental hazard. As an illustration of the power of innovative technology-based training tools, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the hands-on simulation of SimSpray™, virtual reality spray painting and coating training system.


8:00 AM
8:30 AM
8:45 AM
Paint Line Efficiencies
Dan Sheeran, DuBois Chemicals/American Finishing Resources
Application Engineer
9:30 AM
All Things Liquid
Brendan Johnesee, Coating Equipment Technology
Sales & Customer Service Manager
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
All Things Powder
John Cole, P.E., Parker Ionics
President & CEO
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
Virtual Training Leslie Solomon
Skilled Trades Training LLC
3:00 PM
Question & Answer


Cost:  Members - $150 / Non-Members - $200 (includes a one year CCAI membership)

Registration:  Click here to register on-line or contact Bob Warren at

Thanks Muskegon Community College for hosting this seminar!



Dan Sheeran
Dan Sheeran has been an Applications Engineer for Dubois Chemicals / American Finishing Resources for 8 years. Dan does designing for paint lines, consults on paint line density, fixturing, carting, cleaning of paint line fixtures and overall paint line efficiencies.  Dan received his BBA in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. Dan was the 2016 Growth Sales Person of the Year and was on the 2016 Presidents Council. His territory – Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, parts of Illinois and Iowa. Dan handles from small to very large OEM’s such as GM, Honda, Toyota Industrial, Cummins, etc.  When not working Dan enjoys reading books about American Military history, working out in the yard, travel, and enjoying a great cigar at his favorite cigar bar.  Dan has recently expanded his territory to help build the business at the American Finishing Resources facility in Eldridge, IA as well as to continue to build the business at his facility in Indiana. Dan can be reached at

Brendan Johnesee
Brendan started in the industry in 2009; however you can say his experience extends beyond that. He has grown with the coating industry as he studied and worked with his father, developing his skills early on in industrial distribution. Since youth, he was mentored and began building his knowledge in the business. Brendan now serves as the Sales & Customer Service Manager of Coating Equipment Technology, Inc. where he works with a range of equipment, from small scale hand-held paint systems, to complex production scale systems for larger global corporations. These installations include low pressure, air assisted, non-contact marking, mold release & adhesive spray equipment. He is well known in the industry for not only his expertise, but his customer centric approach. He manages and supports unique client’s needs, ranging from vast areas of the liquid spray business, with expertise in liquid spray systems and solutions. Brendan has spent many years implementing, troubleshooting, and testing spray systems of all sizes and complexity, offering his knowledge and support to his peers and clients.

John Cole
John is President and Chief Operating Officer of Parker Ionics in Westland, MI.  Parker Ionics is a leading manufacturer of powder application equipment and recovery booths.  Prior to joining Parker Ionics he worked at Kolene Corporation where he was Vice President Engineering and Development.  John is a Past President of the Powder Coating Institute and has been a member of their Board for the past 8 years.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in both Michigan and North Carolina.  John has authored many articles on powder coating and paint stripping as well as presented many papers on the same subjects.  He conducted a field study on grounding and the impact on successful powder coating that has been accepted as an industry standard and was presented at various trade shows.

Skilled Trades Training LLC ( brings leading technology based industrial skills training solutions to education, industry and workforce development.  Leslie is a recognized expert in strategy, planning, operations and corporate development for growth stage companies; she serves on the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS).


VRSim ( are the creators of virtual reality, interactive simulations for training in manufacturing and construction industries.  VRSim is the power behind training systems in welding, spray painting, construction and manufacturing.  Our products have proven success among schools, workforce development and leading global organizations including The Boeing Company, Daimler Truck NA, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the U.S. Navy.


SimSpray™ ( is the immersive virtual reality coatings simulation that assists in the teaching of spray painting, powder coating and blasting fundamentals and is designed to augment traditional training methods. SimSpray™ engages trainees to develop the necessary coatings application skills faster, without material cost or environmental hazard.