Alumnus Ben Mitchell ’79 Keynote Speaker at NY Conference

January 17, 2012

(Urbana, OH)    Urbana University alumnus Benny (Ben) Mitchell ’79 is slated to be a keynote speaker at the 2012 Facades & Design Summit, scheduled for Jan. 23-25 in New York.

The Facades & Design Delivery Summit program will offer “expert knowledge on innovative materials that top firms are using,” and participants will “hear from cutting-edge architects and find out about new developments in energy efficiency technology,” stated the sponsor, the International Quality and Productivity Center.

Mitchell is scheduled to speak on Jan. 24 on the topic, “From North America to The Middle East—Facade Performance, Constructability & Aesthetics.” The presentation will include an overview of liquid versus powder, mica versus metallic, chrome versus chromate-free pretreatment, the use of heavy metals in paints, field-repair options including compliant technology, and a discussion about the choice between paint and anodize.

Mitchell joined Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc. in 1990 as a lab technician, and also has worked as fluoropolymer product manager with The Valspar Corp. As manager of Extrusion Coatings Americas, he manages the fenestration coatings business for residential and commercial building products for the Americas and the Middle East and Asia-Pacific markets.

Although his position at Akzo Nobel blends science and sales, Mitchell credits community relationships and personal attention to some of his professional success. 

He states, “My educational experience at Urbana University and work in the community of Urbana was a tremendous base to launch my professional career.  While at Urbana University, I balanced my class schedule with work and sports; that can be just as challenging as balancing a hectic business schedule with personal life now.  Some of the relationships with coaches and professors helped open doors to job opportunities that were instrumental in launching my career.  I can draw a direct line from my current position to my experiences at UU and relationships developed there. You simply cannot get the same level of one on one attention and involvement with staff and community at a large university you can at Urbana.”

Mitchell is also a lifetime member of the Urbana University Alumni Association. 


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