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Charles Brumlik, PhD

Vice Chair

Guy Penard


Adam Closson, PhD


Karin Bartels, PhD

Program Chair

James Weatherall



Neil Burns


Chris Cerimele


David Deutsch


Brian Orkin


Paul Pospisil, PhD


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  • 1 150,000-Member Strong
  • 2016 Awards: Tuesday December 6
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  • Introduction: Thomas Connelly, ACS CEO
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  • Global Growth: Erik Fyrwald
  • Private Equity: Michael Fisch
  • Private Equity: Scott Wolff
  • Science Involvement: Tracy Day
  • Science Involvement: Brian Greene
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Cinco de Mayo: Latin America Outlook
Dec 6 STEM event celebrates today's leaders and enable those of tomorrow: CME ACS Leadership Awards(TM)


Dec 8 Leadership Awards Resounding Success

Awards Introduction: Dr. Paris Svoronos, 2015 Chair of the ACS New York Section gave the welcome remarks and Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS Executive Director and CEO, shared his vision for the world's largest scientific society. George Rodriguez, the event founder and past CME chair, hosted the Leadership Awards luncheon held on December 8, 2015 from 11 am to 2:30 pm at the Yale Club honoring the following 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. Dr. Vagelos is Regeneron's Chairman, and retired Chairman of Merck. Ken Frazier, Merck CEO, and George Yancopoulos, Regeneron co-founder, were also in attendance. Under Vagelos’ leadership, Merck ranked as the Fortune’s Most Admired Company for 7 years in a row! A feat not matched by any other CEO. In that ranking, the best business leader since 1983 is a chemist, who also happens to be an MD.

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, shared 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 JPMorgan), 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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Since 2012 CME has received three prestigious American Chemical Society ChemLuminary Awards including those for Global Engagement in 2012 and 2014.


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CME is the leading business topical group of ACS. Its remarkable growth over the last 6 years has had a profound impact on STEM education as the combined number of students who benefited from leadership meetings, scholarships and chemistry festivals went from a few to over 2,300.

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May 5 - 2016 Latin America Outlook

The pricing pressure in commodities took Latin America, once the darling of investors, to stock market index lows last year. Even the Pacific Alliance driven by business friendliness and strong reserves (Chile and Peru) was impacted. Brazil and Argentina went through a tumultuous economic backdrop and scandals that discomfited political and business leaders. However, several Latin American stock market indices have shown explosive growth in 2016. Are the economic growth and political reforms compelling enough to bring back the enthusiasm for this region?

May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, is your opportunity to hear the insights of experts about the opportunities in  this exciting area.   

Federico Mennella, Managing Director & Head of Lincoln’s International Global Chemical practice. Led Chase's Chemical and Industrial M&A advisory . Worked at Peter J. Solomon, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey, Lazard, Oppenheimer and Arthur Andersen.

Renzo Merino, Analyst, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. Has covered the credit of the Inter-American Development Bank, Panama, Ecuador, USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. Country Risk Analyst at BMI.

George Rodriguez (moderator), strategy and innovation advisor. Served at Asahi Glass, Nagase, Pfizer and Union Carbide (Dow). Expertise in strategy, sales and marketing, and M&A in chemicals, biopharma, biofuels, bioplastics and Latin American operations.

James S. Rosenstein, Executive Director, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. Served at ViS Research, Bentley Motors, Toyota, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Dev. and BNP. Fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.



April 7 - 2016 Biotech Outlook

Michael King, PhD, is Michael King Jr is a Managing Director and senior research analyst in biotechnology . Prior to joining JMP, he worked at Dawson James Securities, Rodman & Renshaw, Ziopharm Oncology and Wedbush Securities.

Nathan Tinker PhD, has been Executive Director of New York BIO since 2007. He has worked at Sabin Vaccine Institute Cancer Vaccine Consortium and Antenna Group.  Dr. Tinker was Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the NanoBusiness Alliance. 

Paul Pospisil, PhD, is a Senior Client Partner, Global Life Sciences at Korn Ferry. He recruits CEOs, CFOs, CTOs and other key executives. Co-founder of Aduro Capital LLC. He has worked at Atlas Venture, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Altus Biologics.

Mar 9 - Accelerating Growth through Distribution

The global chemical distribution channel is large, fragmented and will grow faster than the $3.4 trillion global chemical value chain .

J. Erik Fyrwald Univar CEO since May 2012. He was President of Ecolab; CEO of Nalco, and Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of DuPont. Serves on the board of Eli Lilly, Amsted Industries, The SCI, and The Field Museum. BS ChE.

Feb 4 - Sparking the Senses: From Flavor to Table

Ken Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Voss of Norway ASA. Ken has over 35 years experience with companies such as A&W Brands, G. Heileman Brewing, Cadbury Schweppes, and Mystic Beverages. Ken was CMO of the Snapple Beverage Group. 

Kay Murano, PhD, Flavorist at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). She is a member of the Creative and Applications team. Dr. Murano holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from St. John's University and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Rutgers.

January 7 - 2016 Economic Outlook, ACC, R. Fry

Kevin Swift, PhD, is a Managing Director and Chief Economist at the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, VA, where he is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, raw materials, trade, tax, energy, and competition and innovation. 

Robert Fry, PhD, is Principal at Robert Fry Economics where he analyzes the global economy to help decision-makers at manufacturing companies and wealth management firms. He was an award-winning Senior Economist at DuPont. 

December 8 - CME ACS Awards (see left column)

November 5 - DB: Driving Growth through M&A

Adam Abramson, is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. 14 years experience in the chemicals investment banking and over $75 billion of advisory and capital transactions. Advised Trinseo on its IPO. Involved in the acquisition of Celanese by Blackstone, and the JV of Americas Styrenics by Dow and ChevronPhillips Chemical. Sell-side: OM Group to Apollo and Platform Specialty Products, Rockwood's Pigment business to Huntsman, Ocean Nutrition Canada to DSM, Solutia to Eastman Chemical, Lyondell Chemical to Basell, Ashland’s Electronic Materials to Air Products.

October 1 - What is Next in Crop Science

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 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

Analysis of the opportunities created by the new trade dynamics and the growing Latin American population estimated to reach one billion people by mid-century. Moderator: George Rodriguez.

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.

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. 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 .

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.

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.