2022 WCNY Coatings & Corrosion Forum Presenters:
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Russ Bachman

Senior Inspector/Project Manager KTA

  716-.692.4600, rbachman@kta.com


Russ Bachman is a Senior Inspector/Project Manager for projects throughout the State of New York and the surrounding areas. He has been employed with KTA for over 11 years. Russ is a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector Level 3 (Peer Review), an SSPC Bridge Coating Inspector (BCI) Level 1, an ASTM D4537 Level II Inspector ,and an SSPC C-3 Supervisor/Competent Person for Deleading of Industrial Structures with over 25 years of experience in the coatings and construction industries. Prior to his current assignment, he provided project management and inspection services on a project involving various bridges for the New York State DOT and the New York State Thruway Authority. Russ is an active member of several coatings-related organizations, such as SSPC, NACE, and ASTM and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. 

Melanie Diaz

NACE International-Senior Manager/Education Business Development

Results-driven, tenacious education/training and business development professional, with an entrepreneurial spirit and ability to grow business internationally in oil and gas, pipelines and corrosion industries. Over 25 years’ experience in global training, project management, accounting and auditing. Built and/or managed five training teams from inception for various organizations, supporting a multitude of educational products.

Currently, Senior Manager, Education Business Development of NACE International, responsible for researching and pursuing new business development educational opportunities, serving multiple industries and market segments. Also, responsible for the review and compliance of IACET requirements for the organization.

Previously worked for ASME as Sr. Education Manager for 7 years. Specific industry experience includes: oil and gas, pipelines, corrosion, ocean, offshore, automotive, waste management, information technology, and manufacturing.


Matt Nasca

PCI Level 2
Training Instructor for FTI




            Matt Nasca is currently a Bridge Painter by trade and has been involved in the Industrial Painting industry professionally since 1988. 

            Matt is certified under the SSPC as a PCI Level 2, a full status CAS and C-3. He is currently a member of the District Council #4 and the Society for Protective Coatings. (SPC)

            Matt Nasca has worked on some very high-profile jobs such as the Verrazano - Narrows Bridge, Ben Franklin Bridge, Francis Scott Key Bridge, Whirlpool Rapids Bridge and Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to name just a few.

            Matt is currently employed by P.S. Bruckel as a super-intendent and makes his home in Hamburg, New York. 


Justin Cigal

Coatings Consultant
The Righter Group

Experienced Coatings Consultant with over 22 years of experience in epoxy coating installation. Excellent reputation for resolving problems and improving customer satisfaction.


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Tim Bauman

Project Development Manger- Sherwin Williams

Tim Bauman has been involved in the coatings world for nearly 30 years.  Tim has worked for THE GLIDDEN COMPANY (15 years); PITTSBURG PAINTS (3 years); and THE CARBOLIE COMPANY (8 years).


Tim is a NACE Certified Inspector #7027 and a SSPC Protective Coatings Specialist #246-320-0915.  Tim has also taught the NACE International CIP Level 1 Course.  Tim began his paint career as a professional painter (8 years) in the late 1970's & early 1980's.


Tim has earned a Bachelors degree in Communications in May 1984 with a concentration in Business from John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH) and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis in May 2004.  


Tim is currently a Project Development Manager for Sherwin Williams whose headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio.  Tim is located in Warrendale PA at Sherwin Williams district Headquarters and covers the states of Pennsylvania, New York & West Virginia.


Tim is married, has two girls & enjoys music, motorcycles & working for Sherwin Williams.