Honored Service Member

At ANTEC® 2019, SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals recognized two members as Honored Service Members for their contributions to the Society. According to SPE Bylaws, “To be elected an Honored Service Member, a candidate shall have demonstrated long-term, outstanding service to, and support of, the Society and its objectives; shall be sponsored, in writing, by the Board of Directors of at least one Section or Division.” Only 316 members, including these inductees, have been elected to this prestigious status since it was established in 1992.


This year’s Honored Service Members are:


Scott Heitzman, nominated by the SPE Color and Appearance Division, has over 30 years of experience in the pigment and color industry. He is currently employed by Sun Chemical Corporation. During his career with Sun Chemical, Scott has held positions in Technical, Purchasing, Product Management and Sales. He holds degrees in Construction Technology & Industrial Technology from Morehead State University. Scott has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1987 and currently sits on the board. Scott is a very active member of the board (most recently manages the NTF, serves on several committees and has chaired RETEC and ANTEC conferences…) He is interested in continuing his efforts in providing greater value to current members and open opportunity for new members to get involved.



Edwin Tam, nominated by the SPE Bioplastics and Renewable Technologies Division and SPE Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group, is currently the Director, Marketing & New Business Development, for Teknor Apex Company. Edwin is responsible for marketing and new business development of Teknor Apex. Edwin has held various positions in Technical, Applications Development, Market Development, New Business Development, Marketing and Sales in plastics industry.

Edwin has received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University.

Edwin has been very active in SPE for the past 30 years. In the past, he has served as Board members, SIG Chair, TOPCON Chair and ANTEC Chair in Thermoplastics Elastomers SIG, Bioplastics SIG and Additives Manufacturing/3Dp SIG. Edwin was one of the early founders of SPE Bioplastics SIG, now Division; he also founded the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing SIG five years ago. Edwin has also served as ANTEC 2017 & 2018 overall TPC Chair. Edwin believes in promoting plastics as a career for NexGen, he has served in The SPE Foundation for the TPE SIG Scholarship Committee for over 8 years. The TPE SIG has given out scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students every year in the last 8 years. It is an honor and a privilege to serve at SPE and Edwin likes to continue his active involvement with the society.