CM&E Board


George Rodriguez
Argeni, LLC 

Program Chair

James M. Weatherall
SpecialChem S.A.


Guy Penard
SyntheZyme LLC


Karin Bartels

Ipintech LLC

Assistant Treasurer

Charles Brumlik
NanoBiz LLC 



Neil Burns
Neil A. Burns LLC


Chris Cerimele
Grace Matthews, Inc.


David J. Deutsch
Vista Marketing


Rhoda Kriesel
Touchstone Marketing


Brian Orkin

Arsenal Capital


Paul Pospisil
Korn/Ferry International


Associate Directors


David Ferber

Columbia University


Laura Poloni



Anne Powers



Debra Rooker



Xiao Zhong



Jianhui Zhu

NYU Poly
























































  • 1 Mark your Calendar: Dec 5 2013 Awards at the Yale Club
  • 1 Marcelo Odebrecht for Outstanding Global Growth
  • 1 Jon Huntsman for a Lifetime of Achievement
  • 1 Peter & David DeLeeuw for Private Equity Distinction
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  • 1 Stimulating
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  • 1 Global Networking
  • 1 Help Create the Future
  • 1 Progress Through STEM Education
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  • 1 The American Chemical Society – Est. 1876
  • 1 The World's Largest Scientific Society
  • 1 Over 160,000 Members Worldwide

Brazil vs Pacific Alliance: The New World Cup Classic!
May 1 CM&E event analyzes exciting opportunities in Latin America. Time to support STEM education.

Chair's Note: 2013 Honorees included top green builder and global entrepreneur / philanthropist.

On December 5, 2013, CM&E celebrated its 59 years of service by holding its "2nd ACS NY CM&E Awards for Leadership" a STEM education fundraiser. The honorees were Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht S.A. and Chairman of Braskem, Jon M. Huntsman, Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corporation, and Peter and David DeLeeuw, Co-Presidents at Huntsman-Lion Capital. Accepting for Marcelo was Fernando Musa, CEO of Braskem America. 2013 Award Program & Pictures

Honorees from left: Fernando Musa (accepting for Marcelo Odebrecht), David De Leeuw, Jon Huntsman and Peter De Leeuw.

The honoree for Lifetime Achievement was Jon M. Huntsman, is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman, a leading global chemical company which last year had revenues exceeding $11 billion and 12,000 employees.

From left: George Rodriguez, Lifetime Achievement Honoree Jon Huntsman, his granddaughter Kate and son Paul.

The Keynote Speaker was Rajiv Gupta , Senior Advisor at New Mountain Capital and former Chairman and CEO of Rohm and Haas. Dr. John Televantos, Partner at Arsenal Capital introduced Raj Gupta at the Awards. To view the Awards video including the keynote talk "Chemical Industry--Are we Ready for the Next 50 Years?," please click on the icon below.


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George Rodriguez
CM&E Chair and Board Member fo the American Chemical Society’s New York Section. Email: Contact CM&E Chair

The 2012 ACS NY CM&E Leadership Awards won the prestigious American Chemical Society ChemLuminary Award for Global Engagement.


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CM&E focuses on exciting global trends, vibrant multi-disciplinary networking and actionable insights, by organizing monthly luncheons and webcasts in midtown NYC where thought leaders present original research and cutting-edge outlooks on business, economy, and technology in energy, materials & life science. CM&E audience includes professionals from industry, investment, academia, government, media and supranational organizations.


May 1, 2014 - Brazil vs Pacific Alliance: Latin America's Match of the Decade

Panelist: Robert Wood
Latin America Deputy Director
The Economist Intelligence Unit



Panelist: John Salerno
Partner, Head of the Latin American Tax Group (LATAX)



Moderator: George Rodriguez
Director, Argeni LLC; Chair, CM&E
Board Member American Chemical Society's New York Section


Abstract: Will the Pacific Alliance overtake Brazil in the world economy? What is the outlook for USA’s closest growth markets and key sources of energy strategic materials and agriculture? Is Latam manufacturing keeping up with economic growth? Is foreign direct investment in the region still attractive?

With a combined population similar to that of Brazil, the fastest growing economies in the region—Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia—have formed the Pacific Alliance, a trade block that wants to unleash and capture the full potential of their investor-friendly and sound fiscal policies. Click below to regisgter.



January 8, 2014 - Economic Outlook

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Click on the title of the event to get the presentation on the great manufacturing future for the USA. Join our LinkedIn Group to get links to event articles.  


July 12, 2013 - Sustainability Symposium at JFK. Solar Impulse: An Energy Revolution!

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CM&E and ACS. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Co-Founder and Pilot, (below left) received an Award of Merit from George Rodriguez, CM&E Chair and Board member of ACS NY. Clickon title for flier.

Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse CEO and co-Founder, and Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay, were also honored. The sustainability symposium featured eminent researchers on materials science, organic electronics, polymer synthesis, biomedical materials, colloids, artificial photosynthesis, self-assembly, hydrogels and soft matter.


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Technological innovation has been by far the primary driver of economic growth and security. However, the share of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) students has been declining in the USA. Please sponsor CM&E events. You will not just enhance your brand but also help support the local school reach of Chemistry, the development of tools for teachers, ACS scholarships and STEM programs which are fundamental global pillars for a brighter future. See Science Education