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CHEMEON Leadership Team
Imagine the advantages of teaming with a company having expertise to coordinate any or all aspects of your project. Think about sharing your challenges and working together on a collaborative, sustainable solution with knowledgeable, highly trained scientists and experienced professionals. Partner with a leader in environmentally responsible coatings and surface technologies. Partner with CHEMEON.
 
 
CHEMEON is a people-based organization. We focus on creating synergistic and symbiotic relationships with our customers and employees, which has been instrumental to our growth and success. This also ensures respect, innovation, creativity and an ongoing corporate culture displaying entrepreneurship, authentic communication and shared leadership.
 
Thanks to our team of highly trained and motivated individuals, who support our superior standards and maintain the strictest compliance to specifications, we provide our customers with a unique level of personal service and excellence in customer satisfaction.

 

  Meet our Leadership Team
Madylon Meiling

Madylon Meiling
Owner and CEO

Madylon Meiling, Ph.D., is a recognized leader and facilitator of collaborative partnerships that are both successful and sustainable. Dr. Meiling has more than fifteen years of experience as a corporate consultant and executive coach, specializing in leadership development, team learning, emotional intelligence, and organizational culture and change initiatives with Fortune 100 Companies.
 
She has graduate degrees in Education, Organizational Development and Leadership, and post doctorial studies in Group Dynamics.  
 
Madylon is well known for her generous philanthropic work in the Lake Tahoe Basin and has established herself as a great champion of education and community development. She is the Founder and Chairman of the Board for Lake Tahoe SummerFest, a unique and extraordinary classical music festival in Lake Tahoe. Madylon is on the board for Pet Network Humane Society and actively supports other non-profit organizations in Incline Village, NV. Read more.
Dean Meiling

Dean Meiling
Executive Vice President
and CFO

Dean Meiling spent most of his successful career in the investment business. Prior to retirement he was a Managing Director of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). During his career, Dean was involved in a broad range of activities including securities analysis, client relationship management, investment strategy development, marketing and regulatory compliance.
 
Prior to joining PIMCO in 1976, Dean handled private placement debt investments at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and performed common stock analysis for a New York-based mutual fund family. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison (BBA - Finance) and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (MBA - Finance).
 
In 2013, after many years of successful private equity investing, Dean formed Metalast Surface Technology LLC (now CHEMEON) to reinvent his investment in specialty metal finishing chemistries. Read more.
Ted Ventresca Ted Ventresca
President and COO

Ted Ventresca is a process driven, team building executive with a management focus on client needs and new business development. He is recognized as a digital media pioneer and credited for consistent revenue growth, operating and staff efficiencies through the integration of sales, marketing and communications.

Ted comes to CHEMEON Surface Technology from Washington DC and New York City where his international work with industry, government, media and commercial entities supports the future vision and growth of the company. A former Managing Director for Intervox Communications, SVP Global Content Marketing for WorldSpace Satellite Radio, NVP for CBS Radio Networks/Westwood One and Chairman of the Radio Committee of the International Radio and Television Society in London and New York, Ted has been responsible for the management and growth of global teams and benchmark event development in Dubai, Singapore, London, South Africa and Italy. He is also the publisher of FedMil.com  "The Business of Federal and Military News.”

Ted holds the distinctions of being the first American Media Executive named to by The British Phonographic Society to The Voting Academy of the prestigious Brit Awards and his nine years hosting a daily satellite radio breakfast show and programming a global music channel was the only live satellite radio broadcast aired globally, nationally, and online via WorldSpace, XM, AOL, DirecTV and United Airlines. He is an Emmy® award honor recipient for voice-overs and can still be heard on PBS programming nationwide.

Sjon Westre
Vice President Technology

Dr. Sjon Westre will lead CHEMEON’s development of environmentally responsible coating and seal alternatives to hexavalent chrome for use on light metals. His focus will include the creation and optimization of new conversion coating and anodizing chemistries and processes, development of analytical procedures, and management of the CHEMEON Laboratory, Training Center and Technical Support Group. Dr. Westre will also oversee the expansion of the CHEMEON laboratory team to accommodate the growing demand for CHEMEON Research and Development of advanced corrosion protection surface technology for light metals. 

Dr. Westre received his Ph.D. in Physical chemistry from The University of California at Davis and a BS degree in Chemistry with a Physics minor from Cal State, Sacramento. Prior to joining the CHEMEON team, Dr. Westre spent the last decade as Senior Scientist for Modern Industries in Phoenix where CHEMEON chemistry and technology has been in use for a number for years. Prior to that Dr. Westre was Technical Director of METALAST International LLC where his innovations included anodizing process development and QPL certification for the patented Trivalent Chrome Pretreatment that is now known industry wide as CHEMEON TCP-HF. Prior to that Dr. Westre was Research Scientist at Mosaic Industries in Silicon Valley where he developed custom hardware and software for trace gas detection instruments. Sjon began his career as an analytical chemist at Analytical Associates, Inc. in Sacramento. 

Dr. Westre has published numerous technical papers in the fields of Molecular Physics and Analytical Chemistry. He is credited for the creation of CHEMEON’s training program “Anodizing Best Practices and Troubleshooting.” He also lectured at technical conferences as well as acted as an instructor for undergraduates at UCD.

Byron Estes

Byron Estes
Vice President Global Solutions

Byron Estes is a hands-on, results-driven manager experienced in plant operations, production, inventory control, quality assurance, technical sales and training in the manufacturing and metal finishing job-shop sectors. In his position as Vice President Global Sales, his duties include directing the national Regional Sales Managers in regional territories across the United States, as well as developing sales and marketing programs and strategies to Global Suppliers and Domestic and International Manufacturers and Metal Finishers.
 
Byron’s career has spanned over 50 years in the manufacturing and metal finishing industries. He has managed plant operations in both manufacturing and metal finishing facilities. His positions in the manufacturing sector have included Production Manager, Inventory Control Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and Operations Liaison. His positions in the metal finishing industry have included Quality Assurance Manager, Environmental Director, Operations Manager, Vice President Sales and Vice President Technical Support. He has taught plant operations including production, quality assurance, tooling and manufacturing sales, and has taught technical courses in Aluminum Anodizing, Trivalent Chromate Conversion and Titanium Anodizing. 
 
Byron was an air traffic controller and in CIC Radar Operations and honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, attended the University of Minnesota, and completed numerous courses in quality assurance, management strategies, operations & sustainability management and a few courses in the natural sciences.
 
Byron has been married over 45 years and is an avid museum-goer, reader of spy and mystery novels, and a below average golfer.