Meet the Experts

Sandra McClelland, Chair of the ACC Plastics Division Auto Team, is a Transportation Business Development Manager specializing in high performance materials for Solvay Specialty Polymers. With over 25 years of experience, she is also an Honored Service Member and recipient of the Society of Plastics Engineers President’s Cup. She is located in the Detroit area.


Brian Baleno is the Global Automotive Business Manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers. He has over 13 years of experience with specialty polymers including high performance semi-crystalline and amorphous polymers. Brian is located in Alpharetta, Georgia.



Jack Cahn, Polymers Account Manager for Total Petrochemicals and Refining, Inc., is located in Clarkston, MI. He has over 26 years of plastics industry experience concentrating on polyolefins.



Melissa Cardenas is a Global Lead OEM Market Development Manager with LyondellBasell Industries. She has over 25 years of experience in the automotive plastics industry, with a focus on polyolefin materials. She resides in the Metropolitan Detroit area.




Jose Chirino specializes in high performance materials for LANXESS Corporation. With over 15 years of polymer experience, he is Technical Director for the Americas and is located in Pittsburgh, PA.



John Lemanski joined Dow Automotive Systems in 1999 and served in several commercial roles, including market development for chassis, powertrain and plastics. Automotive polymers, system integration and industrial design have been his focus for over 30 years. John resides in the Detroit area.



Matthew Marks (Auto Team Chair Emeritus) is SABIC’s Automotive Technical Development leader for the Americas region. In this role, he leads a team of specialists in North and South America in collaborations with industry to develop solutions involving a range of automotive applications. His experience, which spans 20 years, includes working with stakeholders in the automotive and mass transportation markets to support the regulatory community, foster cooperation and promote progress. Matthew lives in the Metropolitan Detroit area.


Mansour Mirdamadi is a Chief Engineer at Dow Automotive Systems, and over twenty-four years has brought expertise in design, engineering analysis, and applications of polymeric materials and adhesive joining to automotive applications. He hails from the Detroit area.



Marianne Morgan is BASF Corporation’s Automotive Industry Liaison Manager for engineering plastics and specialty thermoplastics.  She has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and is from Rochester Hills, MI.



Gina Oliver is a Senior Director for ACC's Automotive Team and has over 16 years of experience in strategic business planning. Gina has a background in planning, regulatory and product support within the global automotive sector. She is located in the Detroit area.



George Racine (Auto Team Chair Emeritus) is Senior Marketing Advisor, Opportunity Identification, New Product Platforms, with ExxonMobil Chemical and has been involved in the polymers industry for over 30 years including roles in automotive sales and market development. He is from Houston, TX.



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