Visit Orlando President and CEO Gary Sain passed away unexpectedly on the evening of May 4th at an event in Orlando. Sain and his organization had worked closely with SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its president, Bill Carteaux, when SPI decided to move its triennial NPE event to Orlando after four decades in Chicago. In an interview prior to NPE, Carteaux described how closely SPI and he had worked with Visit Orlando and Sain, with the two leaders developing a strong friendship.
In a release, Carteaux said, "From a personal perspective, I will miss our friendship dearly. On behalf of SPI Sr. Vice President of Trade Shows and Conferences Gene Sanders and the rest of the SPI staff, I want to express my deepest condolences to Gary's family, loved ones and the staff at Visit Orlando."
PolyOne has hired Christopher J. Murphy as its vice president, research and development and chief innovation officer, replacing Cecil Chappelow, who is retiring after a 38-year career in the specialty chemicals industry.