Columbia Chemical has hired Dave Boogaard as technical sales representative, with responsibility for servicing new and existing accounts in the Southern Ohio, Kentucky and Central-Southern Indiana territories. He reports directly to Tom Alderson, sales manager, Americas.

Boogaard comes to Columbia Chemical with more than 16 years of experience in the plating industry, specializing in the development and application of corrosion-resistant coatings for the automotive, aerospace, military, and construction industries. Most recently, Boogaard served as technical director at Plating Technology, where he was directly involved with product development, technical guidance and training, and environmental compliance. Notably, he was responsible for managing the automotive approval process as well as delivering technical information presentations to the Detroit automakers and various industry segments.

“We are thrilled to have Dave as a member of the Columbia Chemical team," Alderson said. "His extensive knowledge of industry specifications, along with experience working directly with the OEMs, translates to solid value for our customers. His hands-on experience with Columbia Chemical's products and knowledge of the market are key in allowing Columbia Chemical to be responsive to our customers’ needs and a true partner in their success.”

Boogaard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from South Dakota State University. He has completed numerous programs from the MRA Institute of Management and is a certified member of several industry organizations, including AIAG and the National Association of Safety Professionals.