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Paul Duffy of Icynene and Peter Davis of Gaco Western Elected as Coalition's Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 30, 2011) - The  Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the new leadership team of the Spray Foam Coalition, formerly called the Systems House Group. The coalition formally adopted its new name this month and elected Paul Duffy, vice president of engineering at Icynene , as chair and Peter Davis, president and CEO of Gaco Western , as vice chair.

"The Spray Foam Coalition is establishing itself as a leading voice in the spray foam insulation industry. With this new leadership team in place, the coalition can continue its growing work in product stewardship, industry research and advocacy efforts. I am pleased to work with Paul and Peter to help the Spay Foam Coalition meet our strategic goals and expand our markets," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI.

"I am pleased to take on this new role as chair of the Spray Foam Coalition," said Duffy, "and to help our group establish itself as a strong actor and reliable resource for the industry and for those who want to learn more about spray foam. The new name, the Spray Foam Coalition, better reflects our focus and activities and will help direct our work over the next 18 months. I look forward to working with Lee, Peter, and everyone in our coalition."

"Our industry has a great opportunity to capitalize on the growth we have seen in previous years and help set the stage for long-term success. The Spray Foam Coalition will be a key player in that effort, and I am happy to be a part of our leadership team and look forward to our work together," said Davis.

The Spray Foam Coalition chose its new name to better represent the group's core mission of championing the use of spray polyurethane foam in U.S. building and construction applications. In addition to electing a chair and vice chair, the Spray Foam Coalition chose the following members to serve on the Leadership Committee: Lance Altizer of Johns Manville , Doug Kramer of LaPolla Industries , Dave Lall of DEMILEC USA , Jim Perkins of  SWD Urethane and Mike Sievers of BASF . The new leadership team will serve for 18 months.

Before becoming vice president of engineering at Icynene, Paul Duffy was president of BLP Engineers in Ottawa, Ontario. A member of several standards committees, Duffy is also a past president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) and current president of the Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET). He spent nearly 20 years leading a team of engineering and construction professionals. Duffy attended the University of Toronto where he studied civil engineering.

Peter Davis is an owner of Gaco Western, a family-owned and operated business, based in the Seattle area. He has served as the company's president and CEO since 1994. He is also a member of the board of the Seattle Theatre Group and a former chairman of the board of the Group Health Foundation. He attended Claremont McKenna College in California.


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