Detroit Colour Council Officers

Cari Coffer - Past President

Color Experience: Over 18 years working as a Craftsmanship and Appearance Engineer. Currently employed by Mahindra North American Technical Center in Troy, MI. Previously, Cari was an Appearance Engineer at BOS Automotive Products, Inc. in Rochester Hills, MI.  Cari manages all customer accounts for Appearance and Color/Grain/Gloss and manages all suppliers worldwide to develop new products/colors. Previous employment in the industry was at Venture Industries and Magna, where she was responsible for similar functions.

Education:  Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and dual Masters Degrees in Marketing and MBA from Walsh College.

Lisa Benedict - President

Color Experience: Over 30 years of automotive design working at General Motors.  Currently employed with the Design Quality Appearance team.   Lisa manages several vehicle lines for Appearance definition, responsible to coordinate appearance attributes with materials engineering, global design and the release communities.  Through her career with General Motors she has held several positions all related to color and appearance engineering.  Lisa also dabbles in freelance residential interior color consulting and design.

Education:  BBA  and  AA Residential and Commercial Design Management – Northwood University, Midland, MI

Major areas of study included material and textiles for commercial and industrial uses, and architectural design and layout.

Jeff Alspach - Vice President

Color Experience:  Jeff Alspach has been working with color in 3 different industries for over 30 years. He has mainly worked in R&D serving sales, marketing, advertising, and manufacturing. He has played many roles such as color control and development, process engineering, programming, and color systems development. He currently works for Axalta Coatings as Principal Manufacturing Improvement Design. He continues to serve on the DCC board and is chairman of the SAE color and appearance committee to update SAE J1545 and J361. He also is a member of ASTM, ISCC, and SAE.

Frank Pizzo - Treasurer

Position: Treasurer

Color Experience: 20 years in the Automotive Coatings World and 4 years in the General Industrial Coatings market.

Bio: Currently employed with BASF as the General Motors Color Program Manager, responsible for new BASF Color Developments and secondary matches with GM Design and Engineering groups from inception through launch.

Sabrina Morris - Secretary

Color Experience: Sabrina has worked in automotive coatings for 5 years. She is currently employed with Axalta Coating Systems as a Color Product Engineering Specialist serving the Light Vehicle OEM segment. In this role she is responsible for managing the development of new exterior body colors. This includes color styling, automotive color trend analysis, color matching, color formulation and adjustments, material testing, and color standardization.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Engineering Sciences from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

Christie Navarre - Board

Color Experience: Over 12 years working with color formulation of coatings and quality control in the automotive industry. Currently employed by Thierry Corporation in Royal Oak. Manages all customer accounts for the paint division and plasma treatment technology. Responsible for operations and quality control for the production of OEM exterior and interior paint color standards. Also responsible for quality control of interior masters of all commodities.

Previous employment in the industry was in the R&D lab at Kay Automotive Graphics, where she was responsible for color matching and formulation.

Education:  Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University.

James Hall - Education

Color Experience: Works as an engineer for General Motors in the Vehicle Systems – Paint organization.

Responsible for exterior body color development. Includes assembly plant color processing, durability testing and color standards. Previous color engineering assignments in GM’s Interior Engineering organization and GM Design. Past President of the Detroit Colour Council. Current Chairman of Detroit Colour Council Education Committee. Worked with Bill Longley to create the Detroit Colour Council Metallics Course.

Education: Bachelor Degree from Wayne State University.

Don Castle - Board

Color Experience: Over 50 years in the automotive business. 40 years with GM. Considerable experience with trim products.
Last 15 plus years in Sales( JS Chamberlain & Assoc., Inc ) which included painted automotive plastic products
Memberships at this time – ESD, MI.State Bar, AARP

ME from GMI (Now Kettering).
JD from Detroit College of Law (Now MSU).

Tracy Metivier - Membership

Color Experience: Over 8 years working in various color focused positions in the Metro Detroit Area. Currently employed by General Motors Company, Design Center in Warren, MI. With this position she manages the Appearance Definition database and is responsible to coordinate appearance attributes with materials engineering, global design and the release communities. Previously, Tracy was a Craftsmanship, Color and Appearance Specialist with FCA, Auburn Hills, MI. Tracy got her initial start at The Parade Company in Detroit working on projects involving precise color mixing to create and build company logos for custom exhibits at events including NAIAS. Additional companies she has been part of include Autoneum, Novi, and Benecke-Kaliko, Auburn Hills, involving similar color and design responsibilities. From time to time Tracy also works on freelance photography, interior design, and graphic projects for pleasure.

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Furniture/Design major focus from The College For Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Bob Santine - Website

Color Experience:  Bob has over 25 years experience in color measurement instrumentation sales, training, and support. Currently employed by X-Rite, Inc. as the Midwest Region Industrial Sales Director.  Previously held a similar position with HunterLab.  Past President of the Detroit Colour Council.