AKRON, OHIO — Scott Gordon, chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, will be the keynote speaker at Plastics News' upcoming seminar for plastics processors.
``Plastics News' Executive Seminar: Forecast for 1999,'' is scheduled for Nov. 17-19 at Chicago's Drake Hotel. Gordon is due to address the meeting at noon Nov. 18.
Gordon, who also is executive vice president of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Futures (USA) Inc., has been CME chairman since January.
``We're delighted to add a financial speaker with the prestige of Scott Gordon to our lineup,'' said Publisher Tony Eagan. ``He, like many others in our group, is a leading authority in his industry.''
The seminar is designed to provide plastics processors with the timely information that they need to prepare their companies for 1999.
Other speakers include:
Michael Paslawskyj, vice president of CIT Group in Livingston, N.J., who will speak on the plastics industry's 1999 economic overview.
Gary Stutzman, thermoplastics director for Chemical Market Associates Inc. in Houston, who will provide an outlook for polyolefin resins.
Edgar Acosta, polyester manager for DeWitt & Co. in Houston, who will discuss the outlook for polyester resins.
Staci Pursley, a market analyst for Phillip Townsend Associates Inc. in Houston, who will give an outlook for PVC resins.
Alexander Lidback, styrenics director for Chemical Market Associates Inc. in Houston, who will discuss the outlook for styrenic resins.
Austin Peppin, president of Peppin & Associates Inc. of Chesterfield, Mo., who will give the outlook for engineering thermoplastics.
Phil Sarnacke, business development manager for Phillip Townsend Associates Inc. in Midland, Mich., will speak on the outlook for the automotive industry.
Timothy P. Burns, president of Chagrin Falls, Ohio-based Cranial Capital Inc., who will discuss the outlook for the packaging industry.
David Scharfstein, management professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., who will give an introduction to risk management.
Tom Hammer, president of Hammer & Co. of Falls Church, Va., who will discuss risk management products from a company perspective.
Gene Kenyon, president of Shell Chemical Risk Management Co. in Houston, who will speak on hedging strategies and products available to plastics processors.
David Sedgwick, a principal of Alliance Pacific Group in Toronto, who will speak on mergers and acquisitions affecting plastics processors.
Samuel H. Smith III, president of Wentworth Capital Corp. of Portsmouth, N.H., who will talk about how to raise financing to grow your business.
Sean Deson, senior vice president of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette in New York, who will speak on identifying, valuing and financing acquisitions.
Moderator of the event is Frank Kelley, dean of the College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron in Ohio.
Registration is $895 per person, with a $100 discount for attendees who register before Oct. 14. For information on attending, call Nancy Parks at (330) 865-6134 or e-mail [email protected]