gary-avalon

Chief Operating Officer

Areas of Expertise

Adhesives & Plastics:

  • Pressure sensitive hot melt- and solvent-based rubber block copolymers (SBS/ SIS), modified acrylics, and hydrocolloids for various consumer healthcare, medical and industrial applications
  • Poly vinyl chloride (PVC) resins and compounds for rigid and flexible film applications.
     

Product Development:

  • Single/ double-coated, self-wound and transfer tapes for fastening and bonding applications such as disposable infant / adult incontinent products, consumer / professional wound care, electro-medical, transdermal drug devices, thin film dressings.
  • PVC compounds and plastisols for various commercial applications such as bottle closures, blood bags, wire & cable and potable water pipe. Aerosol-based cleaners, disinfectants, and lubricants for janitorial and automotive markets.
     

Process Development:

  • Process optimization of adhesive compounding, coating, winding and slitting, variability and scrap reduction, plastic compounding, extrusion and injection molding, SPC/SQC, DOE, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and GMP.
     

Business:

  • Business management, Strategic planning, New business development, R&D management, Technical marketing, Process Engineering / Production management, Quality Assurance, Environmental / Regulatory affairs.
     

Markets:

  • Consumer healthcare / Wound care / Professional medical tapes
  • Automotive / Appliance  / Aerospace PS tapes
  • Industrial PVC plastics
  • Food grade / medical grade PVC films
     

Industry Experience

39+ years in Research and Product Development, Business Development and Management, Production and Quality Control with:

Diamond Shamrock Plastics: 1975-1981
Avery Dennison Corporation: 1981-2000
Hi-Port Aerosol: 2000-2001
Chemsultants International: 2001-Present

Academic Background

B.S. in Bioengineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Technical and Management Training

Opportunity Analysis / Multi Generation Product Planning - Avery
Strategic Thinking and Planning - Avery
ISO 9000 (BVQI) / Crosby Quality College
cGMP standards – GMP Institute
Statistical Process Control – Avery
Basic / Advanced Pressure Sensitive Technology - PSTC
Kepner Tregoe – Problem solving / decision analysis – Diamond
Managing Technical Innovation – California Institute of Technology
Effective presentation skills – University of Cincinnati
High Performance Polymer blends – Case Western Reserve University
Accuracy and Quality in Extrusion Processes – Northwestern University
RCRA hazardous waste management – Lake Erie College
Statistical Experimental Design (DOE) – DuPont
CGMP - NuPathe

Patents

Bandage for sustained delivery of drugs; US Patent # 4,655,768
Cohesive tape system; US Patent # 5,085,655
Refastenable adhesive taping system; US Patent # 5,690,628
Release films formed by coextrusion; US Patent # 5,700,571
Stretchable mechanical / adhesive closure for a disposable diaper; US Pat. # 6,419,667
Z-fold diaper fastener; US Patent # 6,524,294

Something you’d never know about Gary from his resume: 

“As a young man I studied classical piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Music School Settlement. I was slated to go to The Juilliard School in New York but decided to pursue a career in Engineering, keeping piano as my hobby. I’ve been married to Cindy for 30+ years. We have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I also enjoy cooking, fishing, and family vacations.”