I just read your article on Bill Patient and you hit it on the head. As you know, before Bill joined Geon, he was at Borg Warner Chemicals. I had the honor and pleasure of working for him for a short period of time before the GE acquisition came through.
Bill's commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for people, the company and the plastics industry was clear in every effort he made and supported during this significant transition for so many people.
I wasn't there, but the passion reportedly surfaced in a "Khrushchev-style" reply in a meeting, when his passion became so apparent that he pulled off a shoe and pounded on the table. Again, I cannot attest to this and may be urban legend, but the gist of the story tells a lot about the man.
Thanks for the article and reflection on a really good man. We keep his family and friends in our prayers and will always have great memories to comfort us.
John W. Knapp
National accounts director
Ravago Americas LLC