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.
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.
Vice President Global Operations, Quality and 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, Nation Ford Chemical Company
Mr. Dickson currently serves as President of Nation Ford Chemical (NFC), a leader in toll manufacturing and specialty chemicals located in Fort Mill, SC. NFC makes and markets PANA (a jet engine lubricant additive), sulfanilic acid, specialty polymers, and about 100 other unique specialty products for customers worldwide. A Clemson University chemical engineer, Jay joined NFC in 1989. He spent 15 years working in the plant in several different roles, including process and project engineering and technical director. As the company grew, Jay expanded his work to include global sales and new product development and has served as President for the last 12 years.
Jay’s passion is working on new projects that provide growth for the company, while providing key manufacturing solutions for NFC’s customers. Even though Jay serves as President, it’s his background in chemical engineering and working in the plant environment that drives him.
In addition to serving on the SOCMA Board of Governors, Jay is a lifetime member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and serves on UBM’s InformEx Advisory Committee.
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.
President & CEO, ChemDesign Products, Inc.
A 25-year veteran of the chemical industry, David Mielke serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of ChemDesign in Marinette, Wisconsin.
David’s leadership has been instrumental in strategically expanding their services in the agricultural, specialty chemical and fine chemical sectors. Prior to becoming President in 2006, he held positions as Director of Commercial Development and Vice President of Technology. He began his career as a development chemist with Aldrich Chemical and quickly took on more responsibilities in the areas of product development and management.
Under his leadership, ChemDesign has received national improvement and educational outreach honors from the Specialty Chemical Manufacturing Association (SOCMA), ChemStewards® environmental compliance, and safety awards from the Wisconsin Safety Council. In 2014, ChemDesign was named Business of the Year by the Marinette/Menominee Chamber.
David serves on the Board of Governors for SOCMA and the Board of Directors for the Marinette/Menominee Area Chamber. He is a member of the Optima Quality Consortium, the TEC Executive Committee (TECXIII) and Vistage International.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Science in Management & Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College.
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 & 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.
Chief Commercial Officer, Callery LLC
Sandy Cernick, Chief Commercial Officer of Callery LLC, joined the organization January 2nd, 2018, having previously held the position of Vice President, Head of Global Marketing at Siegfried since 2016. Sandy began her career at Siegfried in March 2009, in which she was responsible as Head of US Exclusives Custom Synthesis Business for the N America Sales & Marketing division.
Prior to joining Siegfried, Sandy held positions as Sr., Director Upper Extremity & Hand Business for Stryker Orthopedics Trauma Division beginning 2006 through 2009, and prior she held the position as Head of NAFTA for the Material Protection Biocide Business of the Fine Chemicals Division of both LANXESS and Bayer Corporation, from years 1994 through 2006. Prior to Sandy’s Fine Chemicals leadership roles, she held positions as Technical Sales Director at Merck & Co., Inc.
Sandy has a B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from La Roche College and a Masters’ degrees in Environmental Science and Business Administration from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
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.
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