Dr. Marc Strand received a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from Missouri Western State College in 1981 and his Ph. D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University Of Tennessee in 1987. He joined Eastman Chemical Company in 1988. He has spent most of his career with Eastman Chemical Company working on various aspects of polyester chemistry. Dr. Strand currently holds over 20 patents. Marc has also been a musician for most of his life. He started leading worship in his father’s church at the age of 15. He has conducted several musical events in the Tri-Cities including the Sound of Music, the Bristol Passion Play and the Liberty Celebration. He is married to Becky and they have three children, Kristie, Sarah, and Jonathan.