Mike Crosby joined Chroma Color Corporation from BASF. His most recent role was Global Industry Manager for the Colors & Effects business. Previously, as President and CEO of C&U Americas, he delivered triple digit annual revenue growth and facilitated formation of a joint venture company. Over 30 years of chemical, industrial and automotive experience he has held progressive leadership responsibility over sales, marketing, manufacturing, and engineering in organizations ranging from private start-ups to billion dollar public corporations. These included NSK, a Japanese motion control company as well as Electronic Data Systems which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Mike holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA in International Business, as well as a lean champion certification.
Gretchen Dragich joined the Chroma Leadership team in April of 2023 as the Vice President of Supply Chain Management & Strategic Sourcing. Gretchen has spent over 30 years, focused on the Plastics and Chemical industry. She has held a variety of roles in Global Sourcing, Procurement, ERP Implementation Management and Supply Chain. She has worked for well known companies such as GEON, A.Schulman, LyondellBasell, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Gates Corporation, and Akzo Nobel. Gretchen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron.
Joe Herres joined Chroma Color Corporation in early 2023 as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Joe most recently was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Spartech, LLC where he led the commercial organization for the past 23 years. Joe’s plastics career began at Polymer Extruded Products in Newark, NJ where he started his career as an operations manager moving into the role of National Sales Manager as part of the transition team to sell the business. The business was sold to Spartech Corporation in 2003 where Joe continued in various leadership roles eventually taking over as the Global Sales Director responsible for the sales effort for the Sheet & Rollstock division. In 2013, the Spartech business was sold to PolyOne Corporation (Avient) and Joe assumed the role of Commercial Director for the Designed Structures and Solutions Division. In 2017, Arsenal purchased Spartech from PolyOne (Avient) and then in 2019 Nautic purchased Spartech from Arsenal and it was then sold in 2021 to The Jordan Company. Joe remained the Sales leader through all these transitions. Joe’s strong track record of providing the commercial vision, leadership and execution led to exponential growth and market expansion in Spartech’s evolution under the ownership of these various public and private equity firms. Joe’s depth of experience in the plastics industry with a diverse background in polymers and manufacturing processes, and his strong focus on customer needs drives success of the motivated teams he builds. Joe attended Washburn University’s Business Administration and Management program.
Jim graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree and has worked in the plastics industry for over 30 years. Jim started his career with the Teknor Apex Company where he focused on Total Quality Management, color-match turnaround, technical support, customer service, and department profitability. He gained valuable experience in thermoplastic production and laboratory process equipment involving color concentrates. After leaving Teknor, he went to work for PolyOne (now Avient). While at Polyone, Jim led lab team members in the development of masterbatch formulations in PET, Polyamide, Polyether Imide, Polycarbonate, Polysulfone, Polyphenylene Sulfide, Polyacetal, EMAC copolymers, Ionomers and other engineered thermoplastics. Jim also was instrumental in successfully integrating the acquisition of Wilson Color to PolyOne. Jim led teams to specify and purchase required lab equipment as well as other critical lab support activities. Jim’s efforts helped improve the technical competence and reputation of the location he was assigned which resulted in being awarded the Global Center of Excellence for laser marking (Fastmark™) and PET (ComPETe®) product lines. Most recently Jim was with Penn Color. In addition to his degree from the University of Massachusetts, Jim completed graduate level pre-requisites for Clemson’s MBA Program. Jim also served as a member of the Army National Guard. Jim is an accomplished professional in the plastics industry having co-authored “Color: Its Principles, Measurement, and Control”, Plastic Additives and Modifiers Handbook (1990) Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, New York as well as attending advance courses in “Color Science for Engineers” at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Laboratory.