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

STEPHEN BARKER

Director, Sales & Marketing 
Deeside, UK

30 years of Liquid Crystal experience: 1985 – present. Ofrex/Rexel – Product Manager (1980-83 ); Ofrex/Rexel  -National Marketing Manager (1983-85 ) ;     B&H Colour Change– MD  (1985 – 92);  B&H Liquid Crystal Devices Ltd – MD (1985 to 2000); LCR Hallcrest Ltd – Director of Sales & Marketing (2000 to present)
Education:  Business BA.

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

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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