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October 19, 2023

Start Time

02:15 PM

End Time

03:15 PM

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Buying MCM: What the Industry Has In Store For You

Metal Composite Materials are an ever-developing product category in the world of metal construction materials.  Often, they can be seen as confusing.  Join leaders of the metal composite materials (MCM) industry as they de-mystify the world of MCM.

Discover everything from what’s new and coming soon in the product category, MCM specific codes and how the code requirements can be met, and high tech finishes currently available.  The panel will discuss how these products address ASTM fire codes (including the upcoming ASTM E-84).

Learn about the current and future MCM systems available in the market including how they can be added into rainscreens, and the importance of MCM Fabricator Certification. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Find out which building codes affect metal composite materials
  • How metal composite materials react in fire testing and how mcm materials can affect the combustibility of a building
  • Learn how various high-tech finishes affect a metal composite material wall system
  • Discover various MCM wall systems and how they integrate into a building
  • MCM materials being integrated into rainscreen systems

This session is FREE to attend and located in the Best Practices Learning Center located inside the Expo Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Tom Seitz

Tom Seitz

Director, MCM Alliance, Metal Construction Association (MCA)

Tom Seitz serves as the Executive Director of the MCM Alliance at the Metal Construction Association (MCA). He is responsible for proactively bringing together industry-leading, MCM manufacturers, fabricators, and suppliers to collaborate and promote their technical expertise to architectural, engineering, and building owner markets. He partners with and supports MCM members as they accomplish their goals, make an impact, and drive the industry forward, faster. His goal is to lead the acceleration of MCM panel system market demand with clear and concise education. Seitz’s ability to lead and grow the MCM is fueled by his 45 years of experience in the architectural facade industry. He has expertise in sales and marketing with steel, aluminum, glass, and curtain wall materials in a variety of North American markets as well as management experience with companies including: E.G. Smith, Flour City Architectural Metals, H. H. Robertson Company and 3A Composites.

Samuel Chastain

Director of Commercial Operations, Alfrex, LLC.

Samuel Chastain started in the Metal Composite Industry in 1994 with Alcoa Architectural Products (formerly Reynolds Metals) in sales and business development for the South American region.  In the 2000’s his roles migrated into global marketing, product development, and strategic analysis – culminating in a three-year assignment in Europe. After six years with Alucoil North America as its General Manager, he spent time on the MCM fabricator side of the business before settling at Alfrex, Inc in Buford, GA.  At Alfrex, Inc he holds multiple roles including responsibility for sales in the Southeast region of the USA, marketing, technical services contact, and currently chairs the Technical Committee of the MCM Alliance.

John Triffonoff

John Trifonoff

Vice President, East Coast Metal Systems

John Trifonoff is an accomplished professional serving as the Vice President of East Coast Metal Systems (ECMS), a leading provider of custom architectural metal solutions for interior and exterior envelope systems. With a rich background in metal fabrication, John embarked on his career in the HVAC industry before joining ECMS in 1994 as a dedicated sheet metal apprentice. Throughout his tenure, John has exhibited unwavering commitment and expertise, propelling him through various roles within the company. His journey has encompassed diverse responsibilities, providing him with invaluable insights into all aspects of metal fabrication production, sales, management, and plant operations. As Vice President, John assumes comprehensive oversight of ECMS’s impressive 60,000-square-foot fabrication facility. In addition to his extensive experience, John boasts a range of notable credentials. He holds a contractor license and possesses a multitude of metal fabrication certifications, demonstrating his dedication to professional excellence. Furthermore, John’s contributions to the industry extend beyond his daily responsibilities. He has actively served on numerous boards and committees, leveraging his expertise to shape the metal fabrication landscape. John is a valued member of the Metal Construction Association (MCA), where he is a Board Member and participates in the Marketing and Technical Committees.

Juedeman Dutch

Kevin “Dutch” Juedeman

Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Arconic Architectural Products

Dutch has 33 years’ experience in the architectural aluminum market in both Glass and Glazing Systems and Aluminum Composite Material (ACM). For the past 22 years he has been associated with the Reynobond brand of ACM as produced by Arconic Architectural Products LLC. He currently serves as the field sales representative in the southeast, but he has held a wide variety of roles during his tenure with the organization in operations, procurement and engineering.

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