Past Chairs

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2009-2015
George Rodriguez
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2006-2009
Regis W. Schultis, Jr.
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2000 – 2005
Joseph M. Marasco
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1992 – 1999
Joseph Pilaro

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1991
Donald Spangler
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1990
Robert Vaughn
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1989
Les Cline
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1987-1988
Robert Manley
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1986
Robert Titus
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1985

David Deutsch

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1984
Bill Kopulsky
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1954-1957
Carl Sears
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Board of Directors
Meet the Board members dedicated to advancing science and industry

     
Chair

Charles Brumlik, PhD

Principal at Nano-Biz LLC, Branchburg, NJ, and
Board Member of the American
Chemical Society’s New York Section

  VIce Chair

Guy Penard

CEO of SyntheZyme LLC,
Rensselaer, NY

     
Secretary

Adam Closson, PhD

Senior Reseacher at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF)
Hazlet, NJ

  Treasurer

Karin Bartels, PhD

Managing Member of Ipintech LLC, Gillete, NJ

     
Program Chair

James M. Weatherall

Vice President, Global Business Development, SpecialChem S.A., Los Angeles, CA

 

 
     
     
Director

Neil Burns

Managing Partner at Neil A. Burns LLC, Freehold, NJ

  Director

Chris Cerimele

Managing Director at Balmoral Advisors, Chicago, IL

     
Director

David Deutsch

Principal at Vista Marketing & Financial, Brooklyn, NY

  Director

Paul Pospisil, PhD

Sr Client Partner, Biotech/LifeScience at Korn/Ferry International, NY     

     
Director

Brian Orkin

Operating Director at Arsenal Capital Partners, New York

   
     

Outstanding Supporters and Student Volunteers
Meet the CME members and students who help advance leadership development and STEM education

     
Leadership Awards Founder

George Rodriguez

Strategy and Innovation Advisor
Past CME Chair

  Student Volunteer

Allegra Mondillo

BS Graduate of Chemistry, NYU

     
Student Volunteer

Paloma Narciso Beraldo

MS Student of Technology Management, NYU POLY

  Student Volunteer

Pamela Penawou

BS Student of Chemistry,
NYU

     
Student Volunteer

Anna Powers

PhD Graduate Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, NYU

  Student Volunteer

Debra Rooker

PhD Student of Chemistry,
NYU

     
Student Volunteer

Anahit Stepanyan

BS Student of Chemistry, NYU

  Student Volunteer

Xiao Zhong

PhD in Chemistry, NYU

     
 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Karin Bartels, PhD

BartelsKarin Bartels is Managing Partner at Ipintech LLC. She advises multinational corporations and small companies on IP strategy, IP portfolio management and technology commercialization.  The application areas include nanomaterials, specialty chemicals, chemical and bio-catalysis, and polymers. Her industrial career spans 24 years with the global specialty chemicals company, Degussa (now Evonik Industry) both in Germany and in the US. She specialized in IP and innovation management, external technology and business development.

Karin is recognized for her ability to generate new business through her broad external networks, practical approach to open innovation, and commercial assessment of in/out-licensing opportunities. She has extensive experience in pharmaceutical intermediate synthesis, precious metal catalysis, inorganic nanoparticles, peroxide-based chemical oxidations, and polymers. Karin served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Chemical Research, on the IRI's External Directors' Network and on ACS Corporation Associates Committee.  Dr. Bartels earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and a M.S. in chemistry at Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. She is also a registered US patent agent.

 

Charles Brumlik, PhD

BrumlikCharles Brumlik advises multinational corporations with hands-on consulting on commercialization, due diligence, and technology sourcing in alternate energy, materials, cleantech and nanotechnology. Application areas include membranes, separations, chemical functionalization, ultrafine particles, high surface area materials, cermets, displays, solid state lighting, sensors, and electronics.  As a business attorney, he advises international technology companies, startups, and venture capital groups. At ExxonMobil, Honeywell, and a Princeton law firm, he specialized in transactional and patent issues in chemistry and materials science commercialization for corporations, academia, and governments. He earned a law degree at New York Law and a chemistry Ph.D. at Texas A&M.  His legal career started as a registered patent attorney and developed to include technology transfer, sponsored research, joint ventures, international business transactions, due diligence and related business law. Brumlik has dual U.S.-E.U. citizenship and is fluent in French.

 

Neil Burns

Neil Burns is managing partner of Neil A Burns LLC, a private equity investment and strategic advisory firm focused on the chemical industry. Neil A Burns LLC invests private equity capital in mid-market chemical companies to support growth, recapitalizations and management buyouts. Target EV’s are in the range $50 Million to $1.5 Billion.  The firm also provides advisory services on strategic matters affecting chemical companies and their owners, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and major investments. As part of the advisory practice, Neil A Burns LLC manages the surfactant technology business of Desmet Ballestra sPa in North America. Mr. Burns sits on the board of SiVance LLC and the operating boards of GenNx360 Capital Partners and Linley Capital. Previously, Mr. Burns was CEO of Oxiteno USA and VP US Operations of VVF Ltd. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of York and an MBA from the Wharton School.

 

Adam Closson, PhD

Dr. Closson has worked as a researcher at International Flavors and Fragrances for the last nine years. Dr. Closson holds numerous patents in the fragrance field and he has had several inventions selected for commercialization. His experiences in the fragrance industry have developed into an interest in the commercial and practical aspects of the chemical industry in general. Before working in the fragrance industry Dr. Closson was an American Society for Engineering Education fellow at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Ridgrecrest, California, where he worked on novel conducting polymers for use in modern power storage devices. Throughout his research career catalysis has always remained an area of interest due to his doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego, involving the synthesis and behavior of organoiridium complexes.

 

Christopher D. Cerimele

Christopher D. Cerimele, Managing Director, Balmoral Advisors, has led numerous investment banking engagements for chemical companies worldwide, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation services, fairness opinions and strategic alternative reviews.  Chris has advised clients in industries such as commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals and materials, plastic additives, adhesive and sealants, industrials, and as well as a variety of other chemical sectors.

Previously , Chris was Head of the Chemicals practice at Grace Matthews and Houlihan Lokey.  Chris previously held positions with Credit Suisse First Boston and Lincoln International, where he started and led their chemicals group. Chris earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He also holds a C.P.A. (inactive).  In 2010, he received a 40 Under 40 Recognition Award from The M&A Advisor. 

 

David J. Deutsch

David J. Deutsch is the founder of Vista Marketing and Financial, which specializes in business and market research, financial analysis, strategic marketing, and business development for the broad-based chemical and plastics industries. Deutsch began his industrial career as a process design engineer, later worked as an editor with McGraw-Hill's Chemical Engineering magazine, served as a Product Manager for the Chemtox database, and formerly was the Chemical Industry Analyst with Chase Manhattan's Market Intelligence Group.

David served as the Treasurer for the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SChB) since 1996 and formerly as a Director for the Division of Business Development & Management (BMGT). He is a Member of the Planning Board for the local Metro New York Section of AIChE, and a former Director of Societe de Chimie Industrielle, American Section. David earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from City College of New York, and was awarded an M.B.A. from Fordham University. His publications include "Sources and Production Economics of Chemical Products," "Process Piping Systems," and "Microcomputer Programs for Chemical Engineers, Volumes I and II".

 

Brian Orkin

Mr. Orkin is an Operating Director at Arsenal Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund, where he is a member of the Fund’s Specialty Industrials/Chemicals team. Prior to joining Arsenal, Mr. Orkin was a principal with The Anderson Group, LLC, a private equity investment firm focusing on buyouts and control investments in lower middle-market manufacturing, distribution and service businesses. Prior to joining The Anderson Group, Mr. Orkin co-founded a bank holding company which acquired a national bank in Florida. Prior to that, Mr. Orkin was a corporate finance attorney for seven years with law firms in California and Pennsylvania. Mr. Orkin has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from California Western School of Law and an M.B.A. from the Executive Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Guy Penard

Guy is the CEO of SyntheZyme LLC. He has worked in leadership positions on the interface between technology and business. He has a degree in Chemical Engineer (BSc) and MBA of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is an experienced leader in both petro- and oleo chemicals for commodities and specialty product businesses. Guy has lived and worked around the world working in the plastics, fine particles (pigments, minerals), advanced composite materials for aerospace, specialty compounds, oleo chemicals, color/additive concentrate and the renewable energy industries.

He has an extensive experience in development and execution of strategy as well as creating customer value, new business growth by collaborating closely with customers and by bringing together the complementary skill sets of companies in business consortia and partnerships. Guy has worked more than 25 years around the world in various leadership and executive positions for companies such as blank1DSM, Mobil Chemicals, Cognis and Cabot Corporation. He currently serves on the board of start-up companies such as Bridging Competencies, BeGreen Energy BV and SyntheZyme LLC.

 

Paul Pospisil, PhD

Paul Pospisil’s primary focus is to assist biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies in recruiting for positions such as chief executive officer, chief business officer, head of research and development and other key executives. With over fifteen years in the industry as a successful executive and investor, Mr. Pospisil brings a thoughtful perspective to executive search, shaped by a breath of experiences in new product development, business development, M&A, financings, strategy, company building, operational leadership and board functions from start-up, growth to mature biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies.

Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Mr. Pospisil was a co-founder of both Aduro Capital LLC, and Aduro Partners LLC, focused on helping venture-backed and public life science companies assess, evaluate, partner opportunities and build businesses. Previously, he was a partner in life science investments at Atlas Venture and earlier was with Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where his last position was director, strategy leadership. Earlier, he worked at Altus Biologics. Mr. Pospisil holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Harvard University and a BS in biochemistry from NYU. He also attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development (PMD).

 

George Rodriguez

A forward-looking chemical engineer with executive business experience at global firms such as Nagase, Pfizer, Asahi Glass and Union Carbide, he serves as strategy and sustainable innovation advisor. He worked at Nagase as head of business development for 7 years monetizing trends, scouting adjacent markets, screening ventures and licensing opportunities. He has served a broad range of industries including chemicals, construction, plastics, electronics and health care. For 11 years at Pfizer, he played key roles in business unit management, strategic marketing and M&A teams. Highest honors in both BS in Chemical Engineering, and MS in Industrial Management.

CME Chair for six years (2009-2015) and turned it into the leading ACS business group, the largest topical group and top supporter of STEM programs such as free business luncheons, ACS Scholars and K-12 Chemistry Festivals. The number of students who benefited from CME activities went from one to over 2,400. CME took ACS NY from 6th in 2011 to 2nd largest Section at ACS. Founded the Leadership Awards event that won three ChemLuminary Awards including two for Global Engagement (2012 and 2014). He was the NY Section nominee for the "2013 Award for ACS Volunteer Service" and received the ACS NY "2015 Award for Outstanding Service."

 

James M. Weatherall

James M. Weatherall is Vice President for Global Business Development at SpecialChem S.A., based in the greater New York area.  SpecialChem is a global interactive marketing and business development firm, headquartered in Paris, France.  Prior to joining SpecialChem, he was Principal and Founder of Weatherall Group LLC, a management consulting firm based in the greater New York City area.  Prior to founding Weatherall Group, he was Senior Vice President of Kline & Company, Inc., a leading global management consulting and market research firm.  During his career, Mr. Weatherall has developed extensive experience in serving the innovation support, business intelligence, and market research needs of multinational companies in the specialty chemicals and materials, consumer products, specialty petroleum products, and agricultural/specialty pesticides industries. Mr. Weatherall holds a Master of Management Science and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, both from the Stevens Institute of Technology.  In addition to serving as a Board Member and Program Chair of CME of the ACS-NY Section, he also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Kulper & Company, an executive recruiting firm, as well as a member of the Societe de Chimie Industrielle, American Section. He and his wife, Maureen live in Los Angeles, CA. They have two grown children, and enjoy reading, sailing, equestrian activities, and touring on a Honda GoldWing.

 

Paloma Narciso

Paloma holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Energy Systems Planning at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She is pursuing an Executive Master of Science degree in Management of Technology at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and attends classes at Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Her specialty areas includes research, market analysis, project management and valuation of energy assets. She loves to learn languages and connect with professionals from all over the world. She would like to pursue opportunities in Consulting, Private Equity and Ventures Capital and help them grow by reaching new clients, organizing events, and analyzing new business opportunities. She developed a methodology for wind energy pricing and commercialization at the spot and regulated markets and led a team of eight people, planned a project to increase 25% in profits for the Prom Committee (Class of 2013), raised over $170,000 and delivered a Graduation event for 2,000 people. Paloma was awarded two fully funded scholarships for Master’s studies.

 

Allegra Mondillo

Allegra is a B.S. Student of Chemistry at NYU. In addition to a fine scholastic record, Allegra is a remarkable organizer and communicator. She played the central role in the organization of two dozen students who volunteered to support the 2014 Leadership Awards (TM) event at the Yale Club in New York. Her qualities as a leader and personal warmth embody the character of the student volunteers of CM&E. "I thank CM&E and the Leadership Awards attendees and sponsors for giving me such a great opportunity to coordinate the support of student volunteers. I feel so lucky to have experienced firsthand such an amazing celebration of industry and student leaders. The wise words of such renowned speakers and esteemed guests will be with me after I graduate in the spring. I look forward to becoming part of this great industry and helping organize future meetings in any way that I can."

 

Anna Powers

Anna holds a Ph.D.in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at NYU. Anna is the recipient of the 2014 Global STEM Student LeaderAward for her outstanidng effort in advancing chemistry through Festivals in Peru that helped 2,000 students and for her pivotal role in the formation of the ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapter in Peru, one of the first two Chapters in Latin America in ACS’s 138-year history. She holds a BS degree in Chemistry from NYU. She graduated Cum Laude. For her research work she got the Margaret Strauss Kramer Fellowship. Anna received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award at NYU. She teaches the Energy and the Environment class showing non-STEM students the magic of science. Anna’s leadership in advancing STEM education throughout the world in particular for women, embodies the mission of CM&E. Anna said, "Congratulations to CME on great leadership and fantastic work in organizing such a successful Leadership Awards event! I am excited to take part in this organization under its Leadership Development Program and learn from its terrific Board of Directors in the coming years.”

 

Debra Rooker

Debra is a Ph.D. Student of Chemistry at NYU and an outstanding student volunteer of CM&E. Dedication, responsiveness and performance are her trademarks. She has been supporting the CM&E meetings and the Leadership Awards (TM) since 2013.

 

 

 

 

Anahit Stepanyan

Anahit is a B.S. student of Chemistry at NYU. Anahit is part of the CM&E leadership development program. Her spirit of service and organizational skills have been demonstrated by her support of CM&E meetings including the Leadership Awards (TM) of December 4, 2014.

"My classmates and I were thrilled to hear such insightful views of industry leaders and watch the recognition of Anna, my mentor and role model. As a STEM student myself, meeting with experienced business professionals as well as doctorate and high school students filled me with completely new perspectives. I feel happy for participating in the leadership program so that I can help others. I am really grateful to the generous sponsors that make the CM&E programs possible. Joining CM&E has been the highlight of my semester. I wish everyone a Prosperous New Year."

 

Xiao Zhong

Xiao Zhong is a Ph.D. Student of Chemistry at New York University. His specialties include crystallization, polymorphism, organic synthesis, miroarray fabrication and colloid packing.

Under the advice of Dr. Michael Ward since September 2012 he has conducted research on the role of self-assembled monolayer on crystal polymorphism and the fabrication of micro-corrals for crystallization by Polymer Pen Lithography. Previously, under the guidance of Dr. Adam Braunschweig (September 2011-August 2012) he investigated the critical role of polymer stiffness in Polymer Pen Lithography, developed a new nanolithographic tool (Nanosizer) for preparing combinatorial arrays in situ and multiplex lectin arrays printing, investigated optical properties of chiral structures printed by Polymer Pen Lithography and performed radical thiol-ene chemistry on hydrogel substrate for microarray fabrication.

 

David Ferber

"I was blessed to be a part of CM&E’sLeadership Development Program. Not only was I learning important interpersonal, management, and organizational skills, I got to work with a team of enthusiastic individuals with a passion for business and STEM education. Over two years I gained invaluable career advice from CM&E Board Members and had many stimulating conversations with leading professionals in the Chemicals Industry."

David Ferber graduated from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Earth and Environmental Engineering. Currently a Junior High and High School Tutor at Ivy League Tutors Network, he is recognized for his excellent communications with students, parents and educators. As a previous intern in the Consumer Electronics and Engineering Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, he conducted performance tests on various consumer products, toys and home improvement tools. While there he also represented the company at press events and product launches and met with key decision makers in the industry, including CEOs and CTOs.

 

 

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