Columbia Chemical Brings on Technical Account Manager

Columbia Chemical Brings on Technical Account Manager

July 31, 2020
Curt Sotera standing in front of a white wall

Curt Sotera will focus on providing technical service to Columbia’s customers, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in Ohio and the Northeast U.S.

Columbia Chemical has hired Curt Sotera as technical account manager with responsibility over Ohio and the Northeastern U.S. territory. He will focus on providing technical service, support and expertise to Columbia’s existing customers, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in the region.

Sotera brings 18 years of technical sales and service experience to the role and an extensive background in the surface finishing industry. He is no stranger to Columbia Chemical, having worked for the company from 2005 to 2013 in both technical field support and internal work in the service and quality control lab. While away, he gained experience as the general manager of a plating shop overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations, ranging from staffing and production to job quoting, wastewater compliance and customer satisfaction.

“Having Curt back at Columbia Chemical is a win for both us and our valuable customers,” says Columbia President Brett Larick. “His professional experience provides him with the unique benefit of understanding plating from a variety of angles, starting with the chemical makeup to the technical and operational functions to the important end-user aspects. He will make an immediate impact in technical service and support in the field.”

This article was featured on the Products Finishing website July 2020.


For more than 40 years, Columbia Chemical has established a reputation for delivering superior plating chemistry and the highest level of expertise to help solve customer’s plating challenges, enhance plant efficiency and control costs. Customers benefit from being a part of Columbia’s unique Finisher’s Advantage program, which provides the highest level of technical support, custom lab analysis, and comprehensive account service. For more information on our products and services, contact us at 330-225-3200 or visit our web site at