Management

Ray Chlodney, John Ragazzini, and Bob Taylor lead Valentus Specialty Chemicals, a holding company for strategic investments in the specialty coatings industry

  • Focused on businesses with a strong recurring revenue base with high customer retention resulting from high value-add coatings solutions
  • Preferred end markets include horizontal and vertical surfaces (interior and exterior) and protective maintenance for military, inland marine, pool, and other similar areas where reactive protective maintenance coatings technology is widely used

Raymond Chlodney, CEO
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  • President and COO of Spraylat for 13 years
  • Grew sales from $60M to $150M during tenure
  • Oversaw establishment of global footprint and international sales presence – set up manufacturing, R&D, blending, and sales facilities abroad
  • Over 30 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and coating industries
  • Prior leadership roles at Lilly Industries (currently Valspar Corp), Bayer Corp, and Benjamin Moore Paints

John Ragazzini, CFO
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  • CFO of Spraylat for 14 years
  • Extensive Fortune 100 background, experience with family-owned businesses
  • Prior leadership roles at Renaissance Cosmetics, James River Corp, and Ford Motor Company
  • B.S. in engineering from Princeton University and MBA from Columbia University

Robert Taylor, Board Member
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  • President and CEO of Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings North America from 2011 to 2013
  • Restructured into a profitable and cash positive unit within 18 months, which was divested to PPG in a $1 billion transaction
  • President and General Manager of Sherwin Williams Chemical Coatings division from 2000 to 2003
  • President and COO of Lilly Industries (currently Valspar Corp) from 1994 to 1999
  • Opened AkzoNobel’s first industrial coatings plant in Singapore in 1989, servicing major USA OEMs throughout SE Asia