ARM is excited to announce that Ron Cooke, Dr. Nick Henwood, and Ron Joannou Jr. have been elected to the Rotational Molding Hall of Fame. They will be inducted on November 8 at the ARM Annual Meeting.
Ron has spent the majority of his career serving the rotational molding industry. As the primary technical resource for one of the premier rotomolding resin suppliers, Ron has freely and openly shared his expertise with the industry. Ron has been a fixture at ARM events and conferences, national and local, for decades. He’s always willing and available to give a presentation or host a break-out session. He led the ever-popular “What’s Your Problem?” with fellow Hall of Famer, Sandy Scaccia, for years. Ron has actively participated and served ARM as chairman of multiple committees. Ron also served multiple years on ARM’s Board of Directors. Ron has been a true servant leader of this industry.
Ron recently retired from ExxonMobil, where he was an integral leader of their rotational molding business and is a recognized expert in the field of Rotational Molding. He worked on the development and optimization of ExxonMobil Rotational Molding grades from creation of catalysts, creation of resins, development of new resins, and helping rotomolders troubleshoot their own systems and processes.
Dr. Nick Henwood
Nick has 35 years’ experience in rotomolding and is recognized as an expert in the field. His rotomolding career started at Dow Chemical and later he co-founded his own material supplier company, Matrix Polymers. His passion for research has resulted in important product developments and significant contributions to our understanding of the process. In 2006, he sold his shareholding in Matrix and created Rotomotive, a company which focuses on R&D, technical consultancy, and training services.
Since joining ARM in 1994, he has contributed presentations, training seminars, and blog posts with members of the association. He has served on various ARM committees and was a member of the ARM Board in the early 2000’s. For the last 5 years, Nick has served as ARM’s Technical Director, where he has been instrumental in boosting our education and training service to members. In particular, he has facilitated multiple webinar series which are available online to members.
Nick is also a member of the British Plastics Federation, his local association, where he plays an active role. Over the years, he has contributed at many conferences worldwide, including ARMO groups in Europe, India, Australia and South Africa.
Ron Joannou Jr.
Ron has been an extremely active member of ARM and has served on numerous committees. He chaired the Process Optimization committee for many years and continues to conduct a tremendous amount of work on behalf of the committee. He has led a number of workshops and organized an overview of cooling fixtures for ARM. He also directed an initiative to share examples of rotomolders’ work instructions. He displays one of the key benefits of the association: members helping members. Ron goes the extra mile in all he does and is always willing to share his experience.
Ron joined Formed Plastics in 1979 working in the tool room and as both day and night shift supervisor. In 1992, he took over as VP of manufacturing (a job his father previously held) and has been in that role since. He is seen as a perfectionist by his colleagues and Formed Plastics is very thankful to have him as part of their organization. That work ethic is also seen in his support of the Association, where he has served as an enthusiastic judge in ARM’s student design competition for more than 15 years.
The Nomination & Election Process
- Nominations for the Hall of Fame were collected from the industry throughout the Spring.
- All nominations received from 2017 – 2022 comprised the longlist.
- The ARM Executive Committee elected a Hall of Fame Selection Committee comprised of six members of the Hall of Fame.
- The Selection Committee narrowed the longlist to a shortlist of five nominees.
- All Hall of Fame members voted on a ballot to elect inductees from the shortlist.
- All Hall of Fame members reunite at the Annual Meeting Awards Dinner to induct our new members.