In his role as vice president of R&D, Shook was responsible for technology and innovation activities, including new products and new process developments.
What all his roles at Pilot had in common – they challenged him and pushed him to innovate.
“When I started at Pilot, I was 25 years old with a brand new master’s degree and a pregnant wife,” Shook said. “I was thrilled just to have a research job. I never dreamed it would last me 40 years, but the job has been continuously challenging and renewing, with something new always coming down the pike.”
Early in his career, Shook helped develop Pilot’s Aristonate products, oil-soluble sulfonates used in the manufacture of metalworking fluids, which have wide usage in industries including automotive. He also played a key role in Pilot’s Calfax line of disulfonate products, which are used extensively in the manufacture of latex for paint, pressure-sensitive adhesives and more. Pilot is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of both oil-soluble sulfonates and disulfonate products.
Shook will stay involved with Pilot as a consultant, but his retirement plans also include a new adventure. He and his wife, Cathy, sold their house and purchased an RV, in which they plan to “amble around the country with no schedules.”