2019 Mid-Winter Conference and Exposition

January 24 - 25, 2019

St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater

Florida Finishers Corp, Inc. is proud to present the 9th Annual Mid-Winter Conference and Exposition.  This event will be held on January 24th and 25th, 2019 at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.  Plans are still underway, so watch this page for updates to the speaker schedule as things come together.


Marriott Hotel is offering our special group rate:
St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater  for 209.00 USD  per night
Start date: 1/20/19
End date: 1/29/19
Last day to book: 1/4/19



Individual Registration
$ 125
  • Event Registration
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Luncheon on Thursday


2 or More from the Same Company
$ 100
  • Same as Single Registration
  • Discounted Registration Fee
Best Deal!


$ 275
  • Same as Single PLUS
  • 1 Registation Included
  • Additional Registrations $100 ea
  • Table Top Exhibit Space
  • 1/2 Page Ad Space


$ 500
  • Same as Single PLUS
  • 1 Registration Included
  • Additional Registrations $100 ea
  • Table Top Exhibit Space
  • FULL Page Ad Space
  • Logo on All Signage
  • Logo on FFC Website


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

  • 4:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Exhibitor Set Up

Thursday, January 24, 2019

  • 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Registration and Check In
  • 7:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Exhibitor Set Up
  • 9:00 - 9:15
  • Welcome and Open Conference




  • 9:15 - 10:00
  • NASF Regulatory Update
Jeff Hannapel

Mr. Hannepel has over 20 years experience in environmental regulatory issues and has advised industry and government clients on numerous regulatory, compliance, legislative, and enforcement matters

  • 10:00 - 10:45
  • The Origin of Regulatory Rules for the Surface Finishing Facility
Jim Collins

Jim has been in this business for 40 years. Jim is responsible for technical service for the finishing industry from a surface finishing standpoint as well as trouble shooting environmental related issues that present themselves to our industry. He is a CEF, a registered industrial wastewater professional teaches numerous classes throughout the country.

  • 10:45 - 11:00
  • 11:00 - 11:45
  • Solid And Hazardous Waste Management Responsibilities For Finishing Operations
Don Stillwaugh

Don Stillwaugh has worked for Pinellas County for over 17 years and has been an environmental compliance inspector for the County’s Solid Waste Department for the past 9 years. He is originally from the Chicago area.

  • 11:45 - 12:30
  • 16 Years of Waste Savings Using Modified Acid Pretreatment
Dustin Colina

Mr. Dustin Colina is owner and President of Allbright Stainless Steel Electropolishing Inc. Located in Clearwater, FL, Allbright is a six-employee, 3,000 sq ft shop that has simultaneously reduced waste generation and cut operating costs by combining a proprietary chemical addition to its electropolishing tanks with standard filtration techniques.

  • 12:30 - 1:30
  • LUNCH - Provided as part of your Registration
  • 1:30 - 2:15
  • Advanced Water Recycling Technology
Brian Greene

Brian Greene, President of Plating Specialists, Inc. (PSI), has over 21 years of metal finishing experience. In addition to day-to-day operations, he has expanded the Plating Specialists, Inc. footprint through acquisition and expansion of PSI divisions such as Capital Equipment Development and Disaster Recovery and Remediation. His areas of expertise include technical service of proprietary chemistry, plating and waste treatment equipment design and disaster recovery consultation

  • 2:15 - 3:00
  • Cybersecurity for Advanced Manufacturing
Scott Zimmerman

Mr. Zimmerman has 27 years of IT and Cyber Security experience and is the Chief Information Security Officer, Principal Advisor at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) in Johnstown, PA. He is a published author and, is frequently asked to speak on topics related to cybersecurity. He has specialized expertise in cybersecurity, cloud computing, compliance and systems engineering.

  • 3:00 - 3:15
  • 3:15 - 4:00
  • How to Improve Your Profitability by Tuning Your Revenue Engine
Dino Eliadis

In 2005 Dino was approached by a national association to develop a program to teach business owners how to better manage the business. This was the birth of the SPARC Business Growth Framework and ultimately Business Growth Simplified brand. His first book Business Growth Simplified: How to Rapidly Create a Self-Sustaining business was published in 2016.

  • 4:00 - 4:45
  • A Tankful Tomorrow
Curtis Goad

Curtis Goad, CEF, is President of GOAD COMPANY, located in Kansas City, Missouri. Curtis has authored several published articles, has a patent on detecting leaks in full tanks to prevent downtime, and multiple patents and patents pending on tank lining and plastic welding technology breakthroughs.

  • 4:45 - 5:30
  • Navigating ISO 9001, AS9100 and Nadcap for Metal Finishers
Chris Paris

Christopher Paris is founder of Oxebridge Quality Resources, an ISO 9001 and AS9100 consulting firm. He has consulted for SpaceX, GKN Aerospace, Lufthansa and more than 300 companies around the world.

  • 5:30 - 7:00
  • RECEPTION - Exhibits Open

Friday, January 25, 2019

  • 7:15 - 8:30 am
  • FFC Board Meeting
  • 7:30 - 8:30
  • Registration and Check In




  • 8:30 - 9:15
  • Capital Equipment: The Ideal Buying Process and New Technology Update
Ben Stratton

Ben Stratton joined Corrotec Inc 2013 as the third generation of the Stratton Family operating the company. Corrotec Inc designs, builds, installs, retrofits and services surface finishing lines and components.

  • 9:15 - 10:00
  • Decontaminable Coatings
Rob Mason

Rob Mason is a Subject Matter Expert in corrosion, material degradation, program management, and coatings (inorganic and organic). He has over 30 years cumulative experience in surface engineering, coatings R&D, and testing and evaluation methodology development and execution.

  • 10:00 - 10:15
  • 11:15 - 11:00
  • The Latest in Rectifier Controls
George Viola

George Viola is a senior sales engineer at American Plating Power with over 30 years’ experience in the plating industry. George’s many years of experience includes all aspects of rectifier engineering, applications, and sales. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Hartford. He will speak about the various ways of communicating with rectifiers including data logging and data storage.

  • 11:00 - 11:45
  • Additive Manufacturing Repair Methods for Metallic Components
Rob Mason

Rob Mason is a Subject Matter Expert in corrosion, material degradation, program management, and coatings (inorganic and organic). He has over 30 years cumulative experience in surface engineering, coatings R&D, and testing and evaluation methodology development and execution.

  • 12:00
  • Conference Adjourned

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!​


  • Agmet
  • Compex Software, Inc
  • EPSI Masking
  • Gannon & Scott, Inc.
  • Fischer Technology
  • Hanna Instruments
  • Sidasa Engineering
  • Hendor-PE
  • Reliant Aluminum
  • Serfilco
  • Univertical
  • Water & Waste Water Equipment
  • Metal Chem, Inc.