We’re excited to welcome Bob Maley to the Induron team! Bob works from Port St. Lucie, Florida to service the entire state of Florida. Bob brings more than 40 years of experience to his role at Induron from both the contracting and consulting sectors of industrial painting. He has been actively involved on projects spanning most, if not all markets including architectural, institutional, water-wastewater, bridges and tunnels, storage tanks, conventional power, and historical renovation.
As a long-time member of various trade organizations, including SSPC, NACE, and ICRI, Bob has published and presented numerous technical papers, instructed courses, and served on various committees. For more than 30 years, Bob has been a NACE Level 3 Certified Coating Inspector. In fact, he was among the first group of applicants to achieve SSPC Protective Coating Specialist status in 1996. He is an SSPC Level 2 Certified Concrete Coatings Inspector as well as a Supervisor/Competent Person for deleading industrial structures.
To learn more about Bob, check out this Q&A:
Q: Tell us about your background, experience in the paint/coatings industry and how you came to work for Induron.
A: I have been employed in this industry for more than 40 years with about 25 years in the contractor/applicator world and 15 years in the consulting/engineering world. My experience has spanned virtually all industry segments working on projects across the United States and several other countries.
Working for Induron seemed like a natural progression as vendors/suppliers are somewhat of a link between contractors and engineers – a triangle so to speak. When I became aware that Induron was looking to actively pursue the Florida coatings market, the prospect of assuming such a role fit well with my desire to remain in the industry and in Florida. Following several phone conversations and a visit to Induron’s Birmingham facility, all the pieces fell into place.
Q: What are your responsibilities in your new role?
A: Specifically, expanding Induron’s business in Florida, which so far has been limited to a few market sectors. As the third most populous state in the country, Florida has a tremendous infrastructure, which presents limitless opportunities for Induron products.
Q: Are you seeing any new trends in the coatings industry?
A: Over the past 40 years, most trends have primarily been a result of mitigating safety, health, and environmental concerns as they relate to the coatings industry. Regulatory changes and other broad-based restrictions are constantly changing how coatings are formulated as well as how structures/substrates can be cleaned and prepared. Industry personnel are constantly challenged to not only stay current on federal, state, and local regulations, but also to maintain competence in related disciplines. Constant training and education has become a necessity, not an option.
Q: Why Induron? What’s your favorite thing about working for Induron so far?
A: Induron is large enough to compete on a national and global level yet small enough to interact with most of the staff. Rather than being cogs in the wheel, employees are encouraged to contribute beyond their individually mandated responsibilities. This fosters a true team effort. Although Induron is a relatively small player in a very large arena, being smaller than your competitors has its advantages. Reacting to industry demands and effectively communicating why and how Induron will satisfy these demands is relatively quick within Induron as opposed to those manufacturers with a complex corporate and hundreds, if not thousands, of field sales personnel.
Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: The most challenging part of my job will be familiarizing the Florida engineering community with the many advantages of specifying and utilizing Induron products on present and future projects. Secondly, and perhaps more challenging, I aim to enlighten contractors as to the numerous benefits which can be realized with Induron products, including but not limited to; application properties, cost, and unending support provided at all phases and levels.
Q: Tell us about a project you’ve worked on that you’re especially proud of.
A: My initial response would be the rehabilitation of the U.S. Capitol considering it is one of the most iconic structures in the world. However, I find it far more rewarding to identify a coating/lining “problem,”,provide a logical solution, and execute an effective plan that is equitable to all involved parties. I have worked through this process on numerous projects over the past 40 years – far too many to cite.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: No matter what the circumstance, be it personal or business, try to view, consider and understand the other parties’ position.
Q: If you could have dinner with any person living or dead, who would it be and why?
A: There are many, but if I had to choose one, I would have dinner with Winston Churchill. A fascinating person who despite his many peccadillos, steadfastly influenced world history.
Q: What person has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
A: My Father. Because by virtue of example, he instilled a positive work ethic and demonstrated the importance of perseverance and the value of integrity.
Q: Tell us a little about your family, pets and/or hobbies.
A: Collectively, my wife and I have six children, who are all adults busy pursuing their respective careers. We also have three lovely young granddaughters and a ten-year-old labrador retriever named Rondo. I enjoy travelling to various countries to take in the sights and experience the culture. While at home, boating, skiing, and watching/attending sporting events take up my leisure time.