Rick Reichert is the Innovation Manager for the Advanced Organics business unit of OM Group (OMG).  OMG is a diversified company with businesses in specialty chemicals, magnetic technologies and battery technologies that serves the global composites market with raw material additives that also include accelerators and catalysts.  Mr. Reichert is responsible for identifying new technologies and processes for channel to market and new product development, managing the stage gate process from discovery through post launch review, and managing research and development for the Americas.  He has worked at OMG since 2004 and has over three decades of experience in polymer materials development and characterization, previously working for GenCorp in their Polymer Products and Corporate Research divisions and at Premix, Inc. in R&D and Quality.     He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Akron, a MS in Engineering/Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University, and a certificate in Innovation and Strategy from the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.  He has authored several articles in composite industry publications and co-authored patents on accelerators for curing of unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester, and acrylic resin.