FOCUS 2022: Focus on the Future

For an entire generation of paint professionals, the FOCUS conference has provided a forum to discuss pressing issues that affect the coatings industry. From developing technologies and productivity improvements to emerging test methods, FOCUS has been a leading forum to share ideas and grow networks. As technologies continue to evolve and improve, so does FOCUS.

The 2022 theme, Focus on the Future, will include topics such as durability improvements, the paintshop of the future, and sustainability. The conference will be held in-person at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan; however, a hybrid option may be added.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 5th for this special event.

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Why attend FOCUS?

The Detroit Society for Coatings Technology

  • John Boisseau, Eastman Chemical
  • Bernadette Colonna, Covestro
  • Vernon Comeaux, Stellantis
  • Paul Deskovitz, Retired
  • Sarah Hodapp, General Motors
  • Deanne Jensen, PPG (Secretary)
  • Diane Langer, BASF
  • Jon Lawniczak, Eckart
  • Vijay Mannari, Eastern Michigan University (President)
  • Lorrie McQuiston, PPG (Co-chair)
  • Brian Okerberg, PPG
  • Lincoln Simoni, AkzoNobel
  • Keith Stricker (Treasurer)
  • Jeff Tish, Anderson Development
  • Jake Welland, Axalta Coatings (Co-chair)
  • Marcy Zimmer, Ford


The Detroit Society for Coatings Technology has been presenting FOCUS – the premier automotive coatings conference – for over 40 years. Check out scenes and details from recent FOCUS conferences.