CM&E Board


George Rodriguez
Madison, NJ

Program Chair

James M. Weatherall
Los Angeles, CA


Guy Penard
New York, NY


Karin Bartels
Gillete, NJ

Assistant Treasurer

Charles Brumlik
Branchburg, NJ



Neil Burns
Freehold, NJ


Chris Cerimele
Chicago, IL


David J. Deutsch
Brooklyn, NY


Rhoda Kriesel
Montclair, NJ


Brian Orkin
Atlanta, GA


Paul Pospisil
New York, NY

Student Associate Directors


David Ferber

Columbia University


Anne Powers



Debra Rooker



Xiao Zhong



Jianhui Zhu

NYU Poly







































































































  • 1 2015 Awards: Tuesday December 8
  • 1 ACS CEO: Dr. Thomas Connelly
  • 1 Sharpen your Strategy
  • 1 Where Technology & Investment Meet
  • 1 Pioneering
  • 1 Cutting-edge
  • 1 Authoritative - Timely
  • 1 Stimulating
  • 1 Insightful
  • 1 Global Networking
  • 1 Help Create the Future
  • 1 Progress = STEM Edu
  • 1 Become a STEM Sponsor
  • 1 ACS – Est. 1876
  • 1 Largest Scientific Society
  • 1 Over 160,000 Members

CM&E Diamond Jubilee
Leadership Awards: Celebrating Today's Leaders and Enabling Those of Tomorrow


2014 Leadership Awards: A resounding Success - December 4 CM&E Diamond Jubilee Synopsis

On December 4, 2014, CM&E celebrated its 60 years of service with its ACS NY CM&E Awards for Leadership in the Yale Club. The honorees this year for Lifetime Achievement, Extraordinary Innovation and Distinction in Private Equity are: Andrew Liveris, President, CEO and Chairman, Dow Chemical; Dr. Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont; and Thomas Kichler, Managing Director, One Equity Partners (JP Morgan Chase).

From left: Dr. Thomas Connelly, Anna Powers, Tom Kichler and Andrew Liveris .

The Award to the 2014 Global STEM Student Leader went to Anna Powers, PhD Chemistry Student at NYU, for her contribution to the advancement of STEM education. She helped organize the first sustainable K-12 Chemistry Festival for the benefit of thousands of children, the first ACS Chapter in Latin America and set new ACS member recruiting records at the Chemistry Congress in Lima, Peru this past October..

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

Leadership Awards: Insightful. Warm. Celebratory. .

In 2013 the Leadership Awards honored Jon M, Hunstman, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corporation; Marcelo Odebrecht, the CEO of Odebrecht S.A. and Chairman of Braskem, and David and Peter DeLeew, the Co-Presidents at Huntsman-Lion Capital.

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

CM&E proudly promoted the XXXI Latinamerican Chemistry Congress and Chemistry Festivalwhich held at the Sheraton Hotel, Lima, Peru, from October 14-17.

Attend CM&E luncheons, sharpen cross-sector strategies and keep up with the best practices in innovation, sustainability and productivity. Watch webcasts at your convenience. Tell us about topics, speakers and how to serve you better.

We look forward to seeing you soon.



George Rodriguez
CM&E President 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.


Chemical Marketing & Economics Group

Established in 1954, Chemical Marketing & Economics (CM&E) is the investment and technology group of the illustrious American Chemical Society’s (ACS) New York Section.

CM&E organizes exciting monthly luncheons in midtown NYC where thought leaders present cutting-edge outlooks and actionable insights on energy, materials & life science. CM&E'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 160,000 members and the global home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions.

ACS is a leader in global stewardship of Earth’s resources publishing 44 scientific journals and administering a registry of 88 million inorganic and organic substances.

Happy New Year!. .



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? Join us to hear the insights of a preeminent economist of the business of chemistry.  


February 5, 2015 - Chemicals for the Shale Oil & Gas Revolution

Speaker: Sam Samdani, Sr. Knowledge Expet at McKinsey & Company. Abstract: A revolution is under way in the oil & gas industry, driven by the boost in unconventional and new conventional oil & gas production, which has not only led to a regional shift in oil and gas production towards North America but also has resulted in the emergence of new players and the buildup of new infrastructure. Of course, chemicals are used in various phases of the well life cycle, especially during the drilling & cementing, stimulation, and production phases. The luncheon presentation will address some of the critical questions: How will demand for shale gas and oilfield chemicals evolve? What are the opportunities to enter or grow in this market?  



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

Speaker: James Huntsman, President, Huntsman Advanced Materials.

With annual sales over $1.3 billion in epoxy and polyurethane-based polymer products, the Huntsman Advanced Materials Division of Huntsman Corporation is increasing the alignment of global resources with attractive higher-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.

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

With a combined population and GDP similar to that of Brazil, the fastest growing economies in the region—Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia—have formed the Pacific Alliance, a dynamic trade block poised to surpass the economy of Brazil by 30% in 2025.

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, Chair of CM&E; Director at Argeni.

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. 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.

STEM Education is Key to Peace and Prosperity

Scholars embody CM&E's mission: inform, network, engage the public and advance STEM education

Technological innovation has been by far the primary driver of economic growth. However, the share of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) students has been declining in the USA. Compared to 46% in China, only 5% of USA high school graduates become STEM professionals.

You can help. Please sponsor CM&E events. You will not just strengthen your brand equity but also help support outstanding scholars, the development of tools for teachers and the advancement of STEM programs which are fundamental pillars for a brighter future. See Science Education