Our Industry Experts

World leader in developing surface finishing additives

We offer our customers more than just industry leading plating chemistries; we also offer them full access to our industry professionals for assistance and guidance. Surface finishing and plating can be as much art as it is science so experience in different aspects of the plating world sets our team apart from other companies.

Our research, sales and service team members have backgrounds that include product development management, plating facilities management, analytical laboratory management and general business development. Our diverse industry related experience is one of the tools that we use to be more of a partner to our customers rather than just a supplier. Read a little more on some of our industry professionals below and contact us with any of your plating chemistry challenges.


Brett Larick

Brett Larick

President
Brett joined Columbia Chemical in 1999 as U.S. Sales Manager and now serves as President of the company. He has over 22 years of experience in the surface finishing industry and is a member of the National Association for Surface Finishing. Brett has advised on product strategies and market trends with plating shops and distribution partners all over the world to help them grow their businesses. Brett holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


Mark Schario

Mark Schario

Executive Vice President, Global Business Development
Mark joined Columbia Chemical in 2010 as Vice President, Technologies and now serves as Vice President, Global Business Development for the company. He has over 30 years of experience in the surface finishing industry and is a member of the National Association for Surface Finishing. Mark also functions as the company’s top liaison to the automotive industry and is Committee Chairman to ASTM B08 on Metallic and Inorganic Coatings which has jurisdiction over 132 standards. He is a member of the National Association for Surface Finishing and has earned the industry designation of CEF/Certified Electroplater-Finisher. Mark holds an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


Jeff Boehmer

Jeff Boehmer

Director, Domestic Business Development
Jeff joined Columbia Chemical in 2015 as Technical Support Manager and now serves as Director, Domestic Business Development for the company. He has over 18 years of experience in the surface finishing industry with an extensive background in plating shop management and operations. He is a member of the National Association for Surface Finishing and has earned the industry designation of CEF/Certified Electroplater-Finisher . Jeff holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from Mount Union College.


Dr. Lawrence Seger

Dr. Lawrence Seger

Research and Development Manager
Dr. Seger joined Columbia Chemical in 2014 and now serves as the Research and Development Manager for the company. He received his Ph.D. from The Florida State University, and pursued post-doctoral research at the Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, where he investigated corrosion resistance on aluminum surfaces. Prior to joining Columbia Chemical, he spent 15 years at Sumitomo Bakelite where he designed photo lithographic materials for the electronics industry. Dr. Seger currently leads a team of chemists in Columbia’s drive to develop new products for corrosion resistant, functional and decorative surface finishing chemistries.