In 1986 the Golden Gate Section Board of Directors approved the establishment of a Hall of Fame in order to recognize the significant contributions made to the Plastics Industry by some of our local members. Since 1986, the Golden Gate Section has nominated and elected an individual, every year, based on the criteria of significant contributions to the Plastics Industry, long term service to the SPE and the GGS, and membership in the Golden Gate Section.
We are pleased to honor these elected members:
1986 WILLIAM STOESSER SR.
Founder of Stoesser Industries. Active in SPE for over 35 years. Close to 20 former employees of Stoesser Industries have been Board members of the SPE GGS and have followed William's lead in promoting SPE.
1987 KENNETH BENNER
Past President of SPE-GGS, and leader in SPE National Committee's. Ken was General Operation Chairman for ANTEC 1979 and has been active in SPE for over 20 years.
1988 RUSSELL GREEN
Former Monsanto sales manager and well know material supplier. Russ has been active in SPE for over 20 years and is consider a top consultant in the plastics industry.
1989 LOUIS TEMESVARY
Former SPE GGS President, Board Member, and Industry leader with expertise in Mold and Product Design. The SPE GGS has founded the Lou Temesvary Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor this captain of industry.
1990 PETER HUGHES
Former SPE GGS counselor, speaker, and Industry leader in field of Thermoforming. Pete owned Hughes Plastics and was active in SPE National.
1991 JAMES STUBSTAD
Former plastics expertise at Cutter Labs and currently renown speaker in field of plastics part failure analysis. Jim has tirelessly served both SPE GGS and National.
1992 BRANT NEWSOM
Former SPE GGS President, Board Member, and Industry leader for Eastman / Wilson George Meyer. Brant is one of the Bay Area's leading materials expert on polyolefins.
1993 GARY DAVIS
Manager of General Polymers, and active as a Bay Area material supplier for over 20 years. Past Board Member and supporter of all SPE GGS programs.
1994 PAUL APPELBLOM
Active Board Member of SPE GGS for 10 years. VP of Jatco Inc. and former SPE GGS Counselor. Paul has worked tirelessly on many SPE functions and actively supports SPE Education programs.
1995 MICHAEL LODICO
Former SPE GGS President and active Board Member for 20 years. Founded SPE GGS Hall of Fame and Tech Fair. Michael was ANTEC 1994 General Operation Chairman. Founder of Plasco Inc., a leading Bay Area plastic distributor.
1996 JOHN LaFOUNTAIN
Former SPE GGS President, Treasurer and active Board Member for 20 years, Owner of Bay Polymer Corp., a reprocessor of plastics, John has worked tirelessly to promote all SPE functions.
1997 RUTH BIRMAN
Former Secretary of SPE GGS and active Board member for over 12 years. Ruth has served on many program committees including ANTEC 1994. Ruth is currently Manager of Quality for Portola Packaging.
1998 TERRY QUASHNICK
Terry founded Quashnick Tool Corp. in 1973. Terry has been a leader in Plastic injection mold making and molding for 31 years, and a member of SPE for 21 years. As a custom molder he has specialized in the construction of complex injection molds. Terry works closely with his customers to problem solve and construct molds to produce plastic parts initially believed impossible. Education and training in the plastics field are extremely important to Terry, having trained 16 apprentices in 25 years in a state certified Tool/Mold Maker program.
1999 MARK MAHONEY
Mark earned his bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts, Plastics and Materials Technology at San Francisco State University while working in part as a fiberglass laminator. Upon graduation, Mark was a Sales Engineer for a custom molder and mold maker, Stoesser Industries. Mark went on to get his Master degree and taught Plastic technology at Delaware Technical College, then at San Francisco State University. Mark went on to fulfill a further ambition to study law.
2000 BRIAN SCAPPATICCI
Former President of the SPE GGS and councilor, serving over 7 years in that capacity. Brian has been involved with SPE for more than 25 years and has been an active GGS board member for more than 10 years. Brian has been active in both the Education Night and our annual Tech Fair since 1991. Brian is a manufacturer's representative for Die-Mold Machinery.
2001 RICHARD CHUNG
W. Richard Chung, Ph.D., Professor of the Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering at San Jose State University has been involved with the SPE for over 25 years. Richard has served on many GGS boards and sub-committees, including ANTEC, Tech Fair, and Education. Professor Chung's efforts to expand the education and knowledge of plastics to the Bay Area plastics industy is well documented in his work with the SPE GGS. He also has been very successful in graduating plastics engineers to serve locally in the industry.