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Expert Bios

Linda Adamson, Architectural Technical Services Manager, North America

Linda Adamson

Architectural Technical
Services Manager

Linda has more than 30 years of formulating experience, with a special emphasis on new binder technologies for architectural coatings. She and her team develop starting-point formulations and product notes, provide technical support, host customer visits, and offer ongoing insight into interior and exterior paint formulation and performance. When Linda’s not in her lab, you may find her examining test panels at the Dow Exposure Station in Spring House, PA, or delivering a technical presentation at a coatings industry event.

Linda has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Philadelphia University.

John Calderaio, Manager, Dow Exposure Station

John Calderaio


John is a 27-year veteran of Dow Coating Materials and manager of the Dow Exposure Station in Spring House, Pa. In that role, he oversees a dedicated team of panel readers and technicians who track and rate the performance of thousands of test-paint formulations through on-site inspections and through the proprietary Dow ExposureVision™ System.

John began his career with Dow at the acrylic emulsions plant in nearby Bristol, Pa. He has held positions in Research and Sales Service and Technical Service, contributing to synthesis scale-up and applications for Architectural, Industrial and Construction Products.

John earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Delaware Valley College and an MBA from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Stan Cook, North American Field Market Manager, Architectural Binders

Stan Cook

Field Market Manager
Architectural Binders

Stan works closely with paint and coatings formulators, bringing new ideas and innovations to meet the needs of a broad customer range, from family-owned independent formulators to global paint producers.

Stan joined Dow in 2003 as a scientist in the Architectural and Functional Polymers business, where he served as applications and development leader, responsible for projects including Dow’s Traffic Paint Binder business as well as several other Industrial Coatings applications. Prior to his current role, he was Traffic Paint Market Manager, where he was responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of strategic marketing for Dow’s Road Marking and Traffic Paint business.

Stan holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College and a master of engineering degree in polymer science and engineering from Lehigh University, both in Pennsylvania.

Paul Doll, Senior Scientist

Paul Doll

Senior Scientist

For the past 20 years, Paul has been developing high end innovative inks and coatings that deliver valuable market solutions. He holds several patents and is the author / technical contributor of numerous scientific publications and two reference books. In 2011, he received the coating industries prestigious Shelby F. Thames award. Paul obtained his B.S. degree in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, grew 2 start-up companies, and then joined Dow Coating Materials in 2008 where he currently serves as a Senior Scientist.

Dave Fasano, Application Scientist, North America

Dave Fasano

Application Scientist

During his 30-year career, Dave has developed and supported a wide range of products for the paint, coatings and building industries, most notably ROPAQUE™ Opaque Polymers and EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymers. In addition to light scattering, opacity and pigmentation, Dave’s areas of expertise include rheology, dispersion and film formation. He holds six U.S. patents in paints and coatings, and has several pending applications.

Dave earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Nebraska.

Rusty Johnson, Global Account Executive

Rusty Johnson

Global Account Executive

Paint and coatings customers – from worldwide manufacturers to family-owned independents – rely on Rusty and his wealth of knowledge for information regarding the competitive landscape and critical issues facing today’s coatings industry.

Rusty began his coatings career in 1992. Most recently, he was the field marketing manager for Architectural Binders.

Rusty earned a business administration degree with an emphasis in finance and management from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

Melinda Keefe, Ph.D., Research Scientist, North America

Melinda Keefe, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Melinda joined Dow in 2001 in Research and Development. She has worked in several areas of R&D, including Corporate R&D and the Dow Advanced Materials Division. Her work has focused primarily in the synthesis and testing of new binder and plastic pigment systems for Paper Coatings and Architectural Coatings.

In 2008, Melinda initiated a collaboration with the art conservation community to leverage Dow’s capabilities to provide critical solutions to the field. The collaboration between Dow, the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and the Tate in London has identified several new approaches to cleaning fine artwork. These new formulations are being trialed and used within the broader art conservation field. The collaboration continues as new materials for cleaning fine artwork are being developed at Dow.

Melinda has a B.S. in chemistry from Penn State and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Northwestern University.

Kai Luo, Commercial Director, Greater China

Luo Kai

Commercial Director

Kai joined Dow in 2001 as marketing development and sales manager for packaging and converting adhesives s in Greater China. In 2006, he undertook the role of sales manager for Architectural Coatings in China, followed by a promotion in 2009 to Architectural Coatings Commercial Manager, Greater China.

Kai earned his bachelor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology, and his MBA from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and the University of Northern Virginia.