CM&E Board


G. Rodriguez
New Jersey

Vice Chair

C. Brumlik, PhD
New Jersey

Program Chair

J. M. Weatherall


A. Closson, PhD
New Jersey


K. Bartels, PhD
New Jersey



N. Burns
New Jersey


C. Cerimele


D. J. Deutsch
New York


R. Kriesel, PhD
New Jersey


B. Orkin


G. Penard


P. Pospisil, PhD
New York


Student Volunteers


K. Gomez


A. Mondillo


P. Narciso


P. Penawou


A. Powers


D. Rooker


A. Stepanyan


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  • 1 158,000-Member Strong
  • 2015 Awards: Tuesday December 8
  • Award Remarks: Alan Alda
  • Introduction: Thomas Connelly, ACS CEO
  • Lifetime Achievement: Roy Vagelos
  • Global Growth: Erik Fyrwald
  • Private Equity: Michael Fisch
  • Private Equity: Scott Wolff
  • Science Involvement: Tracy Day
  • Science Involvement: Brian Greene
  • 1 Sharpen your Strategy
  • 1 Where Technology & Investment Meet
  • 1 Help Create the Future
  • 1 Support STEM Progress

Dec 8 Awards to Brilliant Leaders. Remarks by Alan Alda!
STEM event to celebrate today's leaders and enable those of tomorrow: CME ACS Leadership Awards(TM)


Don't Miss the December 8 Leadership Awards!

Registration will start in mid August. Prior events have been oversubscribed. Sponsor a table by writing to STEM Sponsors.

Awards Introduction: Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS CEO, will share his vision for the world's largest scientific society. George Rodriguez, Host and Founder of the event, will present the Leadership Awards on December 8, 2015 from 11 am to 2:30 pm at the Yale Club honoring the following 2015 leaders:

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Roy Vagelos has a legendary record in building both pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies into top world-class enterprises that translate science into medicine.

While it is remarkable to have an active career over six decades, it is truly exceptional to head for a decade the legendary Merck & Co., Inc., making it Fortune's Most Admired Corporation seven years in a row, retire, and subsequently spend two decades helping develop Regeneron into the fifth largest biotech company in the USA. Further, his support of STEM education is exemplary.

Global Growth: Erik Fyrwald has a track record at DuPont, Nalco, Ecolab, and now Univar, that is firmly characterized by growth. Univar holds the top position in North America for the distribution of chemistry and related products, and No. 2 in the world. His commitment to the industries of chemistry is praiseworthy.

Private Equity: Michael Fisch and Scott Wolff have focused American Securities on superior returns by helping existing managers better great businesses through partnership, consistency and stability. A-S has more than $15 billion under management. An A-S core value is giving back to the community.

Science Involvement: Tracy Day and Brian Greene, Founders of the World Science Festival, one of the world's largest annual events with 1.5 million attendees since 2008. The level of creativity and energy generated by this couple is colossal. In 7 years, WSF has become the measure for large science festivals.

Award Remarks: Alan Alda, six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, will make award remarks at the event. Actor, director, screenwriter, and author, Alda is visiting Professor at the SUNY Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Known for a starring role as Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and as Host for PBS Scientific American Frontiers for 12 years.

Closing Remarks: Diane Grob-Schmidt, ACS 2015 President, will share unique insights as her one-year position of distinction at the world's largest scientific society comes to an end.

The prior Leadership Awards event was held on December 4, 2014, when CME celebrated its 60 years of service.

From left: Dr. Thomas Connelly (DuPont), Anna Powers (NYU), Tom Kichler (OEP JPMprgan), Andrew Liveris (Dow Chemical).

The 2014 Keynote Speaker was David Womack, Head of Chemicals and Petroleum, IBM Watson.

Leadership Awards: Insightful. Warm. Inspirational.

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We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.


George Rodriguez
Chemical Marketing & Economics (CME) group of the American Chemical Society’s New York Section. Email: Contact CME ACS

The 2012 ACS NY CME Leadership Awards event won the prestigious American Chemical Society ChemLuminary Award for Global Engagement.


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CME is the leading topical group of ACS. From 2009 until 2015, the number of students who benefited from leadership programs and chemistry festivals went up 1,000 fold.

Established in 1954, Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) is the business and technology group of the illustrious American Chemical Society’s (ACS) New York Section. Our mission is to inform, network, engage the public and advance STEM education.

CME organizes exciting monthly luncheons in midtown NYC where thought leaders present cutting-edge outlooks and actionable insights on energy, materials & life science. CME's audience includes professionals from industry, investment, academia, media and supranational organizations.

American Chemical Society (ACS), founded in Manhattan in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, is the world's largest scientific society with over 158,000 members and the global home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions.

ACS is a leader in global stewardship of Earth’s resources advancing the scientific inquiry and maintaining a registry of 96 million inorganic and organic substances.


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October 1 - What is Next in Crop Science

On October 1, two speakers will help us explore cutting edge crop science advances: Despite a recent value decline, the future for agriculture and innovation companies is bright with amazing offerings in combination with advances in precision farming technology, modern fertilizer strategies, and information systems. To meet global food demands through 2050, in the face of limited or diminishing natural resources, the agriculture industry is tackling this challenge using cutting edge science.

Testing protocols have traditionally been the purview of the government, academia and the regulated industry; now, public demand for transparency has added responsibilities and costs to the regulatory process. Learn t the new roles and strategies that your company will need to be a leader in this huge growth sector. A panel discussion will follow the two presentations.

Jay Vroom, has been president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA) since 1989. CLA lobbies for the benefits of crop technology in enhancing food, fiber and renewable fuel production, and advocates for science-based regulations.  He brings agency experience, plus environmental science knowledge from the U. of Illinois. 

Iain Kelly, Ph.D. is Research Fellow and Director of Regulatory Policy at Bayer CropScience in RTP.  With more than 30 years' experience, his primary responsibility has been coordinating a range of bee health related topics.  He is the immediate past chair of CropLife America's Pollinator Team.



September 9 - Shaping the Future at Chemours

Mark Vergnano is CEO of Chemours, arguably the most significant spinoff of the legendary DuPont in the last half century. The Chemours Company is in a unique position to re-invent the nature of the formerly known Chemicals & Fluoroproducts and Titanium Technologies businesses of DuPont. Speech Audio/PPT and Press Release

June 4, 2015 - Specialty Chemicals: A New Paradigm for Consumers, Naterials and Life Science

Speaker: James Mish leads Ashland’s global Consumer Specialties business, a leading provider of personal and household care, pharmaceutical, and nutritional specialty chemicals. Mish has integrated the International Specialties Products (ISP) and Ashland consumer businesses to achieve improved growth, innovation and customer experience.


May 7, 2015 - Latin American Outlook

An expert panel analyzes the opportunities created by the new trade dynamics and the growing Latin American population estimated to reach one billion people by mid-century.

Mauro Leos, Vice President and Sr. Credit Officer, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. He is the Regional Credit officer for Latin America. He was Managing Director for Latam at Wharton Econometrics. Graduate in finance from U. of Wisconsin and ITES de Monterrey.

Christian Perlingiere, Associate Director, Latin America, Veracity Worlwide. He analyzed political, social, environmental, and reputational risks linked to major mining projects. Graduate from Georgetown and U. of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Alberto Ramos, is head of the Latin America Economic Research team in the Global Investment Research Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2003. He worked at the IMF for six years.He earned an MA and PhD in Economics and taought at the U. of Chicago.

Mark Gross is a Managing Director at Dominick & Dickerman, an investment bank.  He was Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Brazil at Standard Chartered Bank and Country Officer for the American Express Bank International.  He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business.

Moderator: George Rodriguez, Argeni Director.

April 2, 2015 - Japan-USA: Regenerating the World of Medicine

Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD, – Fellow, Head Biotech Lab, Asahi Glass Central Research. Former Managing Director of the ASPEX Division of AGC. Received the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association. In Japan Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) could be derived from normal adult cells..

Speaker: Stephen Chang, PhD, , Vice President for R&D at NYSCF. Since 2005, the New York Stem Cell Foundation has created the first patient-specific stem cell lines for ALS and reprogrammed pancreatic cells. Genetic models of diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases of human stem cells are being developed at the NYSCF Lab .

March 5, 2015 - Aroma Business: The Winning Scent of Clean and Fresh

Speaker: Charles Steward, PhD, – Vice President of Research & Development for Takasago International Corp. (USA). Leader of the Applications and Innovations team. Previously worked at International Flavors and Fragrances and Givaudan Fragrances.


Speaker: Charles Tremblay, – International Flavors & Fragrances Creative Center Director, NOAM Consumer Fragrances, Global Home Care Center of Excellence Director. Abstract: The fragrance industry worth $15 billion, with millions spent each year developing new molecules, and research to unveil the secret of what delights consumers and why.

February 5, 2015 - Profit from Four Disruptive Technologies

Moderator: Sam Samdani, Sr. Knowledge Expet at McKinsey & Company. Abstract: This presentation focused on four disruptive technologies relevant to chemicals:3D printing, carbon nanotubes and graphene, next-generation genomics, and shale oil & gas recovery. The panelists were: Chris Krampitz. strategy manager, digital manufacturing technologies, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of Systems Biology at Yale University, and Miguel Mireles, business development, chemicals & materials, Grace Matthews.

January 7, 2015 - Economic Outlook

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). What trend shifts will have high impact in the 2015 global economy? How is the match between the middle East and Shale Oil & Gas shaping up? What is the new outlook on the manufacturing future of the USA? Attendees learned the insights of a preeminent economist of the business of chemistry.  Click on the title to get the slide presentation.

October 2, 2014 - Huntsman: Transforming the World of Advanced Materials

James Huntsman, President, Huntsman Advanced Materials. With annual sales over $1.3 billion in epoxy and polyurethane-based polymer products, this Division of Huntsman is aligning global resources with attractive growth markets in aerospace, adhesives, high-performance coatings, power generation, green electronics and large-scale engineering projects.

September 10, 2014 - Evonik: Capturing Growth in Specialty Chemicals

Speaker: John Rolando, President of Evonik North America. With more than €12.5 billion in sales in 2012, Evonik is in the midst of an ambitious €6 billion investment program focused to grow its specialty chemicals businesses around the world.

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

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CME and ACS. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. This amazing machine of 63 meters (208 ft) in wingspan that weighs only 1600 kg (3520 lb) is a marvel of engineering, chemistry, physics, and most importantly, the human passion for perseverance and making the impossible dreams come true.