Gema recently announced Chris Merritt, General Manager for Gema USA Inc., is celebrating 35 years of service with the company. Merritt is responsible for managing the powder coating business within the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Entering the finishing industry in 1984, he started as an engineer within the powder equipment group of Ransburg Gema, a division of the Ransburg Corporation. His extensive work experience includes successful positions in sales, engineering and management. Throughout his career, Merritt has been an active participant and leader within the powder coating industry. As a published author and speaker about powder coating, he actively presents at a variety of technical conferences and training classes and is a member of several industry associations, including the powder coating industry trade association, The Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Merritt has served in a variety of leadership roles within PCI and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as the Past President. He holds several U.S. patents related to the powder coating industry.