Scott Balogh takes the helm as ACMA’s chairman of the board with a lifetime of industry experience and a vision for the future.
In the mid-1990s, Mar-Bal Inc., an integrated compounder and molder of BMC thermoset composite products, had the opportunity to work on a large project with Whirlpool. There was one hitch: The Fortune 500 company wanted components to be white, the up-and-coming color preference for home appliances at that time. “We joked we could give Whirlpool a handle, door vent, or console panel for an oven range in black, black or Henry Ford black,” recalls Steve Balogh, executive vice president of Mar-Bal. “We had to take our technology and figure out a way to mold white components.”
Steve’s brother Scott, now president and CEO of Mar-Bal, took on the challenge. He turned to material suppliers for solutions, but was initially told that their high-temperature white paints could only be used on metal. “If you tell Scott something can’t be done, he’s going to ask why,” says Steve Balogh. “Then he’s going to figure out how you can do it instead of why you can’t.”
Scott worked tirelessly alongside material suppliers and Whirlpool to tweak an electrically-conductive paint made for steel to be compatible with composites. “We got it done, got approval from Whirlpool and painted millions of parts,” says Steve. “It was a game changer for us as a company, helping us dominate the thermoset segment of the appliance industry.”
The tenacity and vision that Scott has in relation to Mar-Bal will soon benefit the composites industry as a whole, when he begins his two-year term as ACMA’s chairman of the board in July. “Scott is a true leader, not only in his company, but in the industry,” says Tom Dobbins, CAE, president of ACMA. “He is highly respected by his colleagues on the board of directors and the ACMA staff. I look forward to a very productive two years for the association with Scott at the helm.”
A Family Affair
It’s not an overstatement to say that Scott Balogh was born to be in the composites industry. Mar-Bal was founded in 1970 by his parents, Jim and Carolyn, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Scott and his younger brother Steve spent summers as teenagers working at the family company. “We started in the finishing department because there’s no heavy equipment there,” says Scott. “We de-flashed electrical equipment parts with Wheelabrators® or hand files – no pretty appliance or automotive parts like we make today.” As the brothers got older, they ran compression molding presses and molded electric standoff insulators.