The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announced the induction of three individuals into ASC’s Adhesive and Sealant Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the industry ASC represents.
The 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees are Ted Clark, Dr. Selim Yalvac, and David Nick.
Ted Clark is known for his entrepreneurship, strategic vision, approachable demeanor and mentorship of many adhesive and sealants leaders. His dedication to the industry led him to rise through the ranks of his company from the shop floor to CEO, without having a college degree. Through his years in the industry, he recognized that there were many small to medium sized, specialty companies that would benefit from the scale of a larger organization. He had the vision to acquire these companies over a 15-year period and built and ran Royal Adhesives & Sealants, a global company with $650 million in revenue. After the sale of Royal to H.B. Fuller in 2019, Ted joined the executive team and was instrumental in their strategic planning process and growth.
Dr. Selim Yalvac developed the “Rolls-Royce” of hot melt adhesives. During his career, he was appointed to run various teams to launch metallocene polymer-based adhesives. Today, these polymers are used in various case and carton sealing, graphic arts, nonwovens, and woodworking applications. He also supervised the teams that launched metallocene polymer-based diaper construction and core stabilization adhesives. Among additional highlights of his career include 58 publications and conference presentations, 42 U.S. patents issued and 500+ international patents, and 125 Dow Research Reports.
David Nick began his 20-year career at Lord Corporation in 1962 as an R&D chemist in their adhesives and coatings division. Following Lord, he joined Carboline Corp. managing their international business. He formed DPNA International, Inc., that published the first global market analysis focusing on the adhesive and sealant industry. He contributed to the annual specialty chemical investment analysis for Standard & Poor’s, as well as partnering with the World Bank on industry investment projects. As a member of SME, he became an advisor to NASA on adhesives and sealants use in aerospace projects.
“Each of our inductees—Ted Clark, Dr. Selim Yalvac, and David Nick—deserve our gratitude for their many contributions benefitting the adhesive and sealant industry,” said Bill Allmond, ASC president. “As only the second round of inductees into the Adhesive and Sealant Hall of Fame, they set the example of what it is to be an industry ‘giant’ for others to follow.
To learn more about ASC’s Adhesive and Sealant Hall of Fame or to nominate an industry leader, visit, www.ascouncil.org/asc-hall-of-fame.
For general information about ASC and upcoming events, visit www.ascouncil.org.