President, Optima Chemical Group, LLC
Gene Williams is President of the Optima Chemical Group, LLC, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, toll services and custom manufacturing located in Douglas, GA.
Prior to being named President of the Optima Chemical Group in 2001, Mr. Williams served as the company’s operations manager, where he was responsible for completing plant construction, staffing and startup on new manufacturing operations. His responsibilities also include all day-to-day operations with the company, excluding R&D.
From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Williams served as a project engineer for Union Carbide, where he designed new chemical plants and oversaw major expansions to existing facilities. In this role, he incorporated manufacturing process requirements into facility design. Although based in Chicago, he traveled extensively to manage construction and start-up on site, with plant locations in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Puerto Rick and Tennessee.
Mr. Williams has a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from Southern Polytechnic/Georgia Institute of Technology, and his graduate studies for his Master’s degree in Engineering Management were done the University of Tennessee.
Mr. Williams is also active in his community, where he has served as President of his local Rotary Club, the board of directors for Junior Achievement, board of advisors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, standing appointment to his local Church Leadership Council, and an industry segment liaison to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
President & CEO, Polysciences, Inc.
Michael Ott is the owner and operator of Polysciences, Inc., a diversified manufacturer of chemicals for the research, medical device, electronic and diagnostic markets. Polysciences produces specialty monomers and polymers, microspheres, histology and microscopy reagents, and a wide range of materials science applications.
Ott graduated from the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering in 1973 and began his career with his co-op program employer, Rohm and Haas, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Technical Sales Representative, assigned to Baltimore, Maryland, Mike attended the University of Baltimore and obtained a degree in Accounting, after which he became a Certified Public Accountant. His next assignment was Chicago, Illinois, where he attended the University of Chicago and obtained his MBA in Finance, Marketing and Accounting.
In 1980, he and his wife, Ginger, moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he was the Sales Manager for Rohm and Haas - New Zealand. He became the Polymers, Resins and Monomers Divisional Manager in 1982 for Rohm and Haas - Mexico, headquartered in Mexico City. In 1985, Mike returned with his family to Philadelphia and started with Polysciences, Inc., eventually purchasing the company from its founder in 1993.
Polysciences employs over 200 people and has operations in Fishers, Indiana, West Deptford, New Jersery, Hirschberg an der Bergstrasse, Germany, Taipei, Taiwan, and is headquartered in Warrington, Pennsylvania of scenic Bucks County near Philadelphia. Mike has surrounded himself with Ph.D. Chemists and Chemical Engineers for the development of new products for the specialty marketplace.
Mike spends much of his time with his wife Ginger and their two sons, Ryan and Andrew who now are in Senior Management roles at the Company. He enjoys fly fishing on the many trout streams of Pennsylvania, in addition to gardening at his property in Abington, Pennsylvania.
President, Hampford Research, Inc.
Ms. Donahue is President and CEO of Hampford Research, Inc., a family owned, custom chemical manufacturing firm specializing in hi-purity specialty chemicals used in the electronics, dental, cosmetics, engineered materials and printing/lithography industries and located in Stratford, CT.
Ms. Donahue took over leadership of the company, after 10 years on its Board of Directors, a few months prior to her founding father’s death in January 2007.
Prior to Hampford Research, Ms. Donahue was President of Hampford & Associates, a consulting firm dedicated to organizational optimization and executive coaching.
Ms. Donahue spent seven years at Carlsen Resources, Inc., a boutique executive search and organizational development firm, specifically involved in the broadband, new media and entertainment industries. Ms. Donahue joined Carlsen Resources in 1995, as Vice President and rose to President in 2001. Earlier in her career, Donahue held executive positions at AMC (American Movie Classics) and C-SPAN.
Ms. Donahue currently serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations including Hampford Research and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
President, KMCO, LLC
Mr. Foley is currently serving as CEO of ORG Chemical Holdings, LLC (KMCO, LLC, KMTEX, LLC) leading a transformation of an entrepreneurial specialty chemical company acquired by private equity in 2012. KMCO and KMTEX deliver superior specialty chemical manufacturing and toll processing services to some of the world’s largest chemical companies.
Prior to his current role, John had 25+ years’ experience managing and directing various businesses within Solvay and its predecessor companies, including Vice President & General Manager – Novecare, North America, Global Vice President – Coatings & Industrial Markets and previous to the Novecare roles was General Manager – Silicones.
An agricultural economist by training, Mr. Foley earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Nebraska in 1984 and a general management certificate from Harvard University’s General Manager Program in 2001.
Senior Vice President Global Operations, Quality & EHS, Ashland, Inc.
Dr. Keith Silverman is Vice President of Global Operations, Quality and Environment, Health, Safety (EHS) at Ashland LLC. Keith joined Ashland in June 2012 as Vice President of EHS and Product Regulatory. Prior to joining Ashland, he spent twenty-three years in the pharmaceutical industry with Merck & Co., Inc. in a series of roles spanning Research and Development to EHS. Keith has international experience in incident management and emergency response and has provided training and exercises globally.
Dr. Silverman serves as the Chair of the National TRANSCAER® Task Group, is on the Board of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), and serves on the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Hazardous Materials Committee.
Keith earned his Ph.D. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.
President & CEO, GFS Chemicals, Inc.
Mr. Hutchinson has been active on various community and industry boards serving as the President of the McKinley Avenue Employers Association (MAEA) in Columbus, Ohio, President of the Chemicals and Specialties Management Council (CSMC, a group of privately owned chemical businesses), and is currently the Past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) in Washington D.C., and is also serving on the Finance Committee for the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Hutchinson is a graduate of The Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio for two years as a political science major prior to transferring to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Hutchinson received his BS in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from IU in 1984.
Mr. Hutchinson worked in the bio-medical field with a start-up device manufacturer prior to joining the family chemical business (GFS) in 1989. After many years with the company Mr. Hutchinson purchased the business from his siblings in 2004.
Mr. Hutchinson and his wife Pamela have two sons who have expressed an interest in taking the company into its fourth generation of family management. He and his wife support several charities in the Columbus area including the Ballet Metropolitan, the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, the Faith Mission and the YFC Youth Guidance programs of Franklin County and the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.
Hobbies include golf, sailing, upland bird & waterfowl hunting, sporting clays, trap and skeet.
President and CEO, CJB Industries, Inc.
The founder of CJB Industries, Clinton began his career in the chemical industry while still a student at Georgia Institute of Technology. After completing his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1990, he began moving up the ranks of management positions at several chemical manufacturing companies, including National Starch and Chemical, where he was a plant manager, and Griffin LLC, where he was a contract sales executive.
Since launching CJB Industries in 1997, Clinton has consistently grown the company through expansions and acquisitions, building it into one of the most-respected chemical services companies in its market space.
An active member of professional organizations and in his community, he serves on the Board for SOCMA, Chemical and Specialties Management Council, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering External Advisory Board at Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech Lean Consortium Group, South Georgia Employer Committee, Workforce Investment Board, Georgia Tech MEP, Leadership Georgia, Leadership Lowndes, Vistage, Georgia Work Ready, Valdosta/Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, and Toastmasters.
CEO, Founder & Owner, Boron Specialties, LLC
Beth Bosley started her career in the biotech industry, where she worked for two years prior to taking her first job in the fine chemicals sector. In 2010, after 20 years in the chemical industry working in research and development, manufacturing, technical sales and marketing, and regulatory affairs, she founded Boron Specialties in order to meet a market need for chemicals, materials and applications that leverage the specific properties of boron. The innovation-driven specialty chemical maker specializes in the commercialization of new boron-based technologies for life science, electronics, energy and other applications.
Bosley is a recipient of the President’s Leadership Award for Excellence in Advocacy. She is a champion of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, having testified before Congress multiple times on behalf of SOCMA and specialty chemical manufacturers. She is also a member and former chair of SOCMA’s Chemical Risk Management Committee.
President, Ethox Chemicals, LLC
Chuck began his career in the chemical industry in 1973 at Celanese/FII as an R&D chemist. He joined Ethox in 1975, where he worked in technical sales. After 15 years, Chuck became Vice President, and in 2008 he took the reigns as President.
He has been active in SOCMA since 1989, and served on the Board of Governors from 2008 – 2015. Chuck returned as Governor on SOCMA’s Board at the beginning of 2019. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from West Georgia College in 1969 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Clemson University in 1973.
Chief Executive Officer, Strem Chemicals, Inc.
In 1997 Ephraim S. Honig joined Strem Chemicals Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals of high purity. He has served in a variety of roles including Vice President, Chief Operating Officer before assuming his current role as Chief Executive Officer.
From 1994 – 1997 he was a Marketing Manager in the BioProcess Division of Millipore Corporation (now part of Merck KgaA), a manufacturer of separations solutions to the process industries. From 1992-1994, he was an Associate Consultant at APM Management Consulting (now CSC), a health care management consulting company. From 1987 – 1990 he was a Senior Staff Scientist at Textron Specialty Materials (now Specialty Materials, Inc.), a Division of Textron Corporation, a developer of new materials for the aerospace industry. From 1985-1987 he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in solid state chemistry at Brown University.
Dr. Honig holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1992), Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brown University (1985) and a B.Sc. First Class Hons. from the University of Warwick, England (1981).
President & Chief Executive Officer, MFG Chemical, LLC
Keith Arnold is currently the President and CEO of MFG Chemical, LLC and member of the company’s Board of Directors. Keith has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth since 2006 when he joined MFG. As CEO, Keith manages the day-to-day operations and leads an executive team of five People.
He carries more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry and was nominated to the Founders Club in 2013.
Keith is a 1984 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Engineering. After working for a number of years in the Nuclear Industry with Bechtel Power Corporation, Keith began his career in the chemical industry with Nalco Chemical Company. He then was recruited by Kemira, located at their North American headquarters. His responsibilities at both companies included Marketing and Sales Commercial roles.
Keith’s interest includes racquetball, golf, driving and restoring old muscle cars and volunteering within his community.
President, Synalloy Chemicals
Greg Gibson is President of Synalloy Chemicals (NASDAQ: SYNL), which is comprised of Manufacturers Chemicals in Cleveland, TN and CRI Tolling in Fountain Inn, SC. Since 2005 he has held the positions of Territory Sales Manager, Executive Vice President of Sales and Administration, General Manager and President. Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from the University of North Alabama. Prior to joining Synalloy Chemicals in 2005, he began his sales career in the pharmaceutical industry.
He has over 40 years of experience in the development, manufacture and applications of monomers and polymers with special expertise in coatings, adhesives and optical applications.
Ron is a graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and has his Ph.D. in in physical chemistry from the University of Delaware.
President & CEO, PCI Synthesis
Ed is President & CEO of PCI Synthesis, a Pharmaceutical Development CMO based in Newburyport, MA. With more than 25 years of experience in chemical operations, engineering, and cGMP manufacturing, Ed has grown PCI from a basic chemical manufacturer into the leading CMO that it is today. As an industry thought-leader, Ed also serves as co-chair of the New England CRO/CMO Council and sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at UMass, Amherst. He is also a long-standing member of the American Chemical Society and advises the Bulk Pharmaceutical Task Force (BPTF) of SOCMA. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UMass, Amherst and completed graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Siegfried USA, LLC
Mr. Zrebiec is the General Manager of Siegfried USA, LLC located in Pennsville, New Jersey. Siegfried is an integrated service provider specializing in custom development services, drug substance, & drug product manufacturing. Ken has 24 years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors and has held positions in supply chain, project management, and manufacturing since joining Siegfried in 2001. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Delaware.
General Manager/COO, VanDeMark Chemical
Paul Ameis currently serves as General Manager at VanDeMark Chemical in Lockport, NY. He is responsible for the leadership of all plant operations, material planning, plant engineering, and process engineering. During his tenure at VanDeMark, Mr. Ameis has played an instrumental role in the development of many of the company’s proprietary processes and products, as well as the company’s continuous improvement initiatives throughout its manufacturing operations.
Mr. Ameis has over 25 years of experience in chemical plant operations and executive management. Prior to joining VanDeMark, he worked for 8 years at Occidental Chemical Corporation, starting as a Plant Process Engineer.
Mr. Ameis graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo.
President, FAR Chemical
Joe Beatty is the CEO of FAR Chemical, having joined the firm in early 2015. Prior to joining FAR Chemical, Mr. Beatty held a variety of executive management, sales, and operations positions in the specialty chemical industry. Most recently, he served as President, CEO, & Director of Xolve Inc., and prior to that he served as ColorMatrix Corporation’s Managing Director of North America. Before joining ColorMatrix, Mr. Beatty was Vice President of North nAmerica for MetoKote Corporation and has held senior management positions with Hexion Specialty Chemicals and its predecessor companies (McWhorter Technologies, Eastman Chemical and Resolution Specialty Materials) including Vice President, Coating Resins – Americas; Global Business Director – Coatings; and Business Director, Specialty Resins and Monomers. He began his career in the Industrial Water Treatment industry with WR Grace – Dearborn Division, ultimately being named Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Beatty has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President & Global Business Manager, Specialty Chemicals, McGean
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Monument Chemical
Pat has been with Monument Chemical since January 2015. Pat is responsible for marketing and business development, and delivery of the company’s global strategy. Reporting to the company President and as a member of the Global Leadership Team, Pat contributes his energy and leadership to implement key strategies and business opportunities to drive the overall performance of the organization.
Pat began his career with Sunoco, progressing from refinery engineer to management of a $425M commodity chemical business, including ethylene and ethylene oxide. He then spent almost ten years with Dow Chemical Company in Director level roles, most recently leading the $3.2B Oxygenated Solvents portfolio as Global Asset Director.
Pat received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and his M.B.A. from University of Michigan.
He resides with his wife and two children in Carmel, Indiana.
Senior Vice President Global Manufacturing, Solvay Novecare North America
Ron Lehman is a Vice President at Novecare, a global business unit of Solvay, an international chemical group, based in Princeton, N.J., USA.
He joined Solvay in 2014 and now serves as Vice President & North America Zone General Manager of Novecare. Solvay Novecare is an industry leader in core and specialty surfactants, natural and synthetic polymers, performance concentrates and amine derivatives. Solvay provides added-value products and high-performance solutions to diversified markets, including health, personal and home care; agricultural specialties; coatings; energy and other industrial markets.
Mr. Lehman has more than 30 years of extensive expertise in improving overall manufacturing operations and engineering execution. In his current role, he has P&L and cash delivery accountability, and oversees manufacturing operations, sales and customer service, supply chain and purchasing in the North America Zone. He is a member of the Novecare global leadership team.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Lehman was Regional Industrial Director, leading the global business unit’s manufacturing and engineering efforts for Novecare North America. Before joining Solvay, he was Vice President of Global Manufacturing for OpSec Security; Director of Manufacturing and Engineering at Rhodia and Global Manufacturing Manager of Formulation Chemicals for Rohm and Haas.
Ron is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, as well as Juniata College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
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