Landon Mertz is the Chief Executive Officer of Cerion Nanomaterials and is a member of its Board of Directors. Under his leadership for over 10 years, he has overseen a period of expansive business growth and investment into innovations to make advanced expertise in custom nanomaterial design, scale-up & manufacturing accessible and cost-effective for use by industry. Landon has been frequently recognized for his work and is a passionate champion of advancing the growth and maturity of the nanomaterials industry. He is the Chairman and board member of the Nanomaterial Industries Association (NIA), the leading trade association representing users and makers of nanomaterials. He is also a frequent keynote speaker, moderator, panelist and contributor within the industry to organizations including the National Nanotechnology Initiative, Nanotechnologies Industry Association, Advanced Material Show, Nanotechnology Show and Ceramics Expo. He is also regularly featured in industry magazines such as Wired, R&D Magazine, Specialty Chemicals Magazine and others. Mr. Mertz has over 20 years of experience building and monetizing new, innovative businesses across a diverse set of industries. Prior to Cerion, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Festival Network, a firm who develops and acquires large-scale, multi-day music festivals in geographically unique destinations around the globe. Prior to Festival Network, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Intermedia, an experiential event marketing firm that produces events, meetings and product launches on behalf of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies.