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Chemist Cooks Up Career Success Despite Obstacles

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Darren Swales, Ph.D., has been an active, engaged member of TAPPI ever since first joining in 1996. He admits his passion for volunteering was fueled in large part by a university professor, Michael J. Jaycock, who steered Darren toward TAPPI during his pursuit of multiple degrees in chemistry. An ironic twist of events considering it was another academic many years before who had advised Darren not to pursue studies, or a career, in the sciences. Darren soon learned that Professor Jaycock's advice was not without merit, attending his first conference upon relocating to the United States and joining shortly thereafter.

Ask Darren how TAPPI has assisted his career over the last 15 years and he replies simply, but enthusiastically: Networking! "The more you put into membership, the more you get out of it," he advises. As the Applications Group Manager Paper for Kemira Chemicals, Inc., Darren understands the concept of smart work producing great results. So exactly why was this Ph.D. in Chemistry told he would never excel in the profession he has achieved so much success in?

Find out the reason why by reading this month's Member Spotlight

Spotlight participants are recommended by fellow members and staff. If you would like to nominate a member (or even yourself!) just send their name (or names) to MemberSpotlight@tappi.org. We will forward a Spotlight Questionnaire to fill out and return. We look forward to seeing you in the Spotlight!


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