PaintSquare Connect to Feature Warren Brand as Keynote Speaker on Nov. 11

November 10-12, 2020 – PaintSquare Connect, a free virtual event, will feature three days of content designed to foster business, education, and connections with the coatings industry. The curriculum features four concurrent tracks: Protective & Marine Coatings, Commercial Coatings & Solutions, Equipment, and Surface Prep.

PaintSquare is pleased to feature Warren Brand, Principal of Chicago Corrosion Group, as the keynote speaker for the Protective & Marine Coatings Track at PaintSquare Connect 2020.

Procurement: The Secret Ingredient to a Successful Paint Job
Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., EDT.
Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams

Every paint job in the history of the world has started with an idea—whether it involves making something beautiful, repairing something that has corroded, or maintaining the purity of a stored product (such as liquid sugar in a tank). As coating professionals, it is our job to make sure these ideas are viable from the start. We will review a case study where we were the lead consultant in the matter of a 96-inch-diameter x 31-inch-tall anaerobic digester tank. The interior coating had been in place, unobserved, for a little over 20 years. Learn what it took to access the tank for inspection and why we advised the client to leave the coating in place. We will also briefly review a second situation which led to a substantial coating failure of a concrete trench where a simple email chain and failure in procurement led to disaster.

Brand has owned an industrial tank lining company and has successfully participated in thousands of corrosion mitigation projects. After recognizing a need for vendor-neutral, unbiased, and highly technical consulting, he founded Chicago Coatings Group (now Chicago Corrosion Group) to help owners make optimal decisions about corrosion mitigation solutions and material choices. He is a NACE Level 3 Peer-Reviewed Coating Inspector and an SSPC Protective Coating Specialist. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and an MBA in entrepreneurship. He is a frequent blogger and Associate Editor for PaintSquare and writes for Corrosionpedia. Brand also owns Engineered Corrosion Solutions, a Midwest technical conference on corrosion.

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