Scott Bastian is heading Relationship Development for Gilbert & Pardue Transaction Advisors (GaP). He has 20+ years as an experienced global business leader with a history of driving growth and business transformation through operational excellence on behalf of organizations in the chemical, coatings, distribution, industrial, and materials sectors. Scott’s experience includes officer and board roles along with executive leadership/sponsorship positions in both global safety & global operations. He has provided strategic direction, optimized global operations, expanded the technology base, and driven global market penetration within the Americas, APAC, and EMEA regions.
Prior to GaP, Mr. Bastian served as Global President of the Industrial Solutions Business for Hallstar, a privately-held company that provides polymer modification solutions to the adhesive, aerospace, agricultural, coatings, elastomers, lubricants, sealants, and thermoplastic markets. Scott delivered near-immediate improvements in organizational performance and employee morale by closely aligning decision making with strategic business goals. He developed business operations and management tracking systems to ensure that all aspects of the organization operated efficiently and created a brand-new, 3-year strategy to pivot to a more profitable and sustainable business model.
Mr. Bastian also served as Hexion’s Business Director of Epoxy Specialties (Americas) / GM Site Leader – STBC (Houston). As business unit leader, Scott led a team with P&L accountability for a ~$300M business, improving revenue by 1.5-2.5X GDP growth rate in targeted segments through diversification of product portfolio and optimization of distribution channels. He concurrently managed day-to-day operations, budget, CapEx, and site expansion at Hexion’s 115-employee STBC site. As a member of Hexion’s Senior Leadership Team, he was selected to help support the Company through a $2B+ divestiture, a complex global initiative that required collaboration, precision, and the ability to manage multiple moving parts in a high-expectation environment. Scott also co-developed Hexion’s Global Strategic Analysis for an annual procurement spend of ~$3B in raw materials (to support the ~$9.5B enterprise). He served on a seven-member task force that analyzed strategic trends impacting the chemical industry and the Company and then used this framework to help make critical business decisions.
Earlier in his career, Scott served as PPG’s Global Manager for the Engineered and Pretreatment Products businesses. He led a team that turned around five non-profitable product lines, transforming them to become two highly-profitable business units – one of which yielded 35+% EBITDA margin within a three-year period.
Mr. Bastian holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Winona State University. He also holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance as well as an M.P.M. in Project Management and Quality from the Keller Graduate School of Business (KGSB). In addition, Scott has completed post-graduate courses specific to International Business Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is an avid learner and continues to participate in executive courses at Georgetown University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Babson College.
Scott serves as an advisor as well as a subject-matter expert for the global coatings and resin industry. In his free time, Scott enjoys family, fly-fishing, and coaching hockey, along with sharing time with friends at his local church. Scott continues to support his community as well as past colleagues through active coaching and mentoring programs.