Meet the Team

Russell Booth

Managing Director Of European Business
Deeside UK

25 years experience in the Thermochromic Materials Industry 1987 to 1991 - Production & Set Up Hallcrest Liquid Crystal Division 1992 to 1998 – International Sales Manager, 1999 to 2001 – VP of Operations, 2002 to date – Managing Director of European Businesses LCR Hallcrest.
Education: HND in Business

Rocco Sapienza, Jr.

VP Operations North America
Glenview, IL

25 years experience in Liquid Crystal Industry: Production Assistant for Hallcrest, Inc., from 1986 to 1992; Sales Representative for Hallcrest, Inc. from 1992 - 1995. Founded Liquid Crystal Resources, Inc.(currently LCR Hallcrest) in 1998; Acting VP of Operations for LCR Hallcrest from 1998 to present.
Education: BS in Finance - Illinois State University

Toby Armstrong

General Manager
Deeside, UK

18 years experience in the Thermochromic Materials Industry 1997 to 2003 – Hallcrest Irreversible Laboratory Manager 2004 to 2007 – TMC Hallcrest Technical Sales Manager 2008 to date – TMC Hallcrest General Manager of UK Operations.
Education: BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry

Chris Chapman

R&D Manager
Deeside, UK

35 years’ experience in Thermochromics. 1981 to date -Development of thermal melt chemicals in Thermax range. Laboratory manager for irreversible chemicals. 1986 -1990 -Development of cholesteric and chiral nematic liquid formulations and inks. Development of low temperature Chillchecker indicators. 1982 to date - Thermal paint development and calibration work. Development of colour change crayons. 2000 – date - Chromazone thermochromic production, development of inks. Development of Kromagen irreversible thermochromics. R&D management for irreversible products including interests in melt chemicals, irreversible and reversible indicators, hydrochromic indicators. Regulatory compliance work including safety data sheet preparation. Health and safety in laboratories and production – COSHH.

Philippe Marrec

Head of Thermochromics
Deeside, UK

17 years’ experience in the Leuco Dye based thermochromic materials. 2004 -2006: RD manager for the ChromaZone range at TMC Hallcrest. 2006-2010: Technical Sales manager for the ChromaZone Range at TMC Hallcrest. Head of Thermochromics for ChromaZone range at TMC Hallcrest 2010 to date.
Education: PhD in organic chemistry

Christopher Rowland

Researcher, Liquid Crystal
Deeside, UK

40 years experience with Liquid Crystal Materials; Development Technician – BDH Chemicals/Merck Ltd. (1973 – 1976); Laboratory Manager – BDH Chemicals/Merck Ltd. (1976 – 1987); Development Chemist – Hallcrest, Inc. (1987 – 1991); Technical Manager – Hallcrest Ltd. (1991 – 2004); Technical Manager – ISP Microcaps Ltd. (2004 – 2006); Researcher Liquid Crystal – LCR Hallcrest (2006 – present).
Education: BSc Chemistry – University of Hertfordshire MRSC

Mike Parsley

Scientist, Liquid Crystal
Poole, UK

32 years experience in Liquid Crystal industry: Senior Research Scientist – ICI plc (1979 – 1982); Product/Marketing Manager Thermochromic Liquid Crystals – BDH/Merck Ltd. (1982 – 1987); Technical Marketing Director – Hallcrest, Inc. (1987 – 1993); President – Hallcrest, Inc. (1993 – 1996); Executive VP – Hallcrest, Inc. /Managing Director – Hallcrest Ltd. (1996 – 2004); Site Director/Director Global Business Development – ISP Microcaps Ltd. (2004 – 2006); Scientist Liquid Crystal – LCR Hallcrest (2006 – present).
Education: PhD Physical Chemistry, BSc Chemistry & Physics – University of Exeter MRSC

Kelly Atkin

Customer Service Administrator
Deeside, UK

8 years’ experience within the TMC/LCR Hallcrest Sales and Customer Support Department (2007 – current).
Education: Business Administration NVQ – Coleg Cambria

Paul Krueger

Operations Manager
Glenview, IL

24 years experience in Liquid Crystal Industry: Chemist for Hallcrest, Inc. (1990 to 1992): Lab Manager for Hallcrest, Inc. (1992 – 1998); Founding team member of Liquid Crystal Resources, Inc., (1998); LCR Hallcrest Operations Manager (1998 – Current)
Education: BS in Chemistry - Illinois State University

Charles Sapienza

Director, Engineering and R&D
Glenview, IL

40 years manufacturing engineering experience: Project Engineer - Sargent and Lundy (1974 - 1980); Controls and Automation Project Engineer Abbott Laboratories ( 1981 - 1985); Manager Equipment Engineering - Abbott Laboratories (1985 - 1990) Manager, Manufacturing Technology Development, Abbott Laboratories (1991 -2010); Director, Engineering and R&D - LCR Hallcrest (2010 – current).
Education: BS, MS Engineering, University of Illinois.

Chris Kelley

Laboratory Manager
Glenview, Illinois

8 years experience in the Thermochromic / Photochromic Industry; Chemist - Color Change Corporation (2007-09); Thermochromic / Photochromic Chemist LCR Hallcrest (2009 to 2013); Laboratory Manager - LCR Hallcrest (2013 to Current)
Education: BS in Chemistry – Illinois State University

Jason Symons

Operations Manager
Tampa, Florida

15 years of experience in the Liquid Crystal Industry: Chemist - Hallcrest, Inc. and LCR Hallcrest (1999 - 2008); Quality Manager - LCR Hallcrest (2008 - 2014); Operations Manager, LCR Hallcrest (2014 - Present)
Education: BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Romano

Director, Sales and Marketing
Glenview, IL

13 years of Liquid Crystal Experience: Sales Representative - Mead Johnson (1975-77); Gambro - Sales Representative (1977 - 1978); Product Manager Dialysis - Gambro (1979-1981); Director of Marketing - Gambro (1981-1983); Division Manager - Gambro (1983-1985); Vice President Sales - Biosearch (1986-1990); President - Beech Medical (1991-1999); Vice President Sales - Medical Indicators (2000-2005); Director Sales and Marketing - LCR Hallcrest (2006-Present).
Education: BA, St. Leo University, MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Peter Rigby

Sales Executive
Deeside, UK

10 years experience within the sales department of LCR Hallcrest/B&H Colour Change
Hot metal composition/paste-up artist/typesetter. Apple Macintosh operator and software trainer. Marketing department at MBNA. Account executive Keatings Gravure.
Education: City and Guilds in Hot Metal Composition/Typography

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