The SOCMA Board of Governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility and helps deliver member value to the association. It is composed of manufacturer members who are elected for three-year terms.
Gene Williams (Chair)
President, Optima Chemical Group, LLC
Gene Williams is President of the Optima Chemical Group, LLC, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, toll services and custom manufacturing located in Douglas, GA.
Prior to being named President of the Optima Chemical Group in 2001, Mr. Williams served as the company’s operations manager. He was responsible for completing plant construction, staffing and startup on new manufacturing operations. His responsibilities also include all day-to-day operations with the company, excluding R&D.
Mike Ott (1st Vice Chair)
President & CEO, Polysciences, Inc.
Michael Ott is the owner and operator of Polysciences, Inc., which is a diversified manufacturer of chemicals for the research, medical device, electronic and diagnostic markets. Polysciences produces specialty monomers and polymers, microspheres, histology and microscopy reagents, and have a wide range of materials science applications.
Kate Donahue (2nd Vice Chair)
President, Hampford Research, Inc.
Kate Donahue is President and CEO of Hampford Research, Inc., which is a family owned, custom chemical manufacturing firm. It specializes in hi-purity specialty chemicals used in the electronics, dental, cosmetics, engineered materials and printing/lithography industries, and is located in Stratford, CT.
Dr. Keith Silverman, Ph.D. (Treasurer)
Senior Vice President Global Operations, Quality & EHS, Ashland, Inc.
Dr. Keith Silverman
Dr. Keith Silverman is Vice President of Global Operations, Quality and Environment, Health, Safety (EHS) at Ashland LLC. Keith joined Ashland in June 2012 as Vice President of EHS and Product Regulatory. Prior to joining Ashland, he spent twenty-three years in the pharmaceutical industry with Merck & Co., Inc. in a series of roles spanning Research and Development to EHS. Keith has international experience in incident management and emergency response and has provided training and exercises globally.
Steel Hutchinson (Immediate Past Chair)
President & CEO, GFS Chemicals, Inc.
Steel Hutchinson has been active on various community and industry boards, serving as the President of the McKinley Avenue Employers Association (MAEA) in Columbus, Ohio, and President of the Chemicals and Specialties Management Council (CSMC, a group of privately owned chemical businesses). Heiand is currently the Past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) in Washington D.C., and is also serving on the Finance Committee for the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.
President & CEO, MFG Chemical, LLC
Keith Arnold is currently the President and CEO of MFG Chemical, LLC and member of the company’s Board of Directors. Keith has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth since 2006 when he joined MFG. As CEO, Keith manages the day-to-day operations and leads an executive team of five people. He has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry and was nominated to the Founders Club in 2013.
President, Synalloy Chemicals
Greg Gibson is President of Synalloy Chemicals (NASDAQ: SYNL), which is comprised of Manufacturers Chemicals in Cleveland, TN and CRI Tolling in Fountain Inn, SC. Since 2005, he has held the positions of Territory Sales Manager, Executive Vice President of Sales and Administration, General Manager and President. Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from the University of North Alabama. Prior to joining Synalloy Chemicals in 2005, he began his sales career in the pharmaceutical industry.
President & CEO, Seqens
Ed Price is President & CEO of Seqens. With more than 25 years of experience in chemical operations, engineering, and cGMP manufacturing, Ed has grown the organization from a basic chemical manufacturer into the leading CMO that it is today. As an industry thought-leader, Ed also serves as co-chair of the New England CRO/CMO Council and sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at UMass, Amherst.
He is a long-standing member of the American Chemical Society and advises the Bulk Pharmaceutical Task Force (BPTF) of SOCMA. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UMass, Amherst and completed graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Siegfried USA, LLC
Ken Zrebiec is the General Manager of Siegfried USA, LLC located in Pennsville, New Jersey. Siegfried is an integrated service provider specializing in custom development services, drug substance, and drug product manufacturing. Ken has 24 years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors and has held positions in supply chain, project management, and manufacturing since joining Siegfried in 2001. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Delaware.
General Manager & COO, VanDeMark Chemical
Paul Ameis currently serves as General Manager at VanDeMark Chemical in Lockport, NY. He is responsible for the leadership of all plant operations, material planning, plant engineering, and process engineering. During his tenure at VanDeMark, Mr. Ameis has played an instrumental role in the development of many of the company’s proprietary processes and products, as well as the company’s continuous improvement initiatives throughout its manufacturing operations.
President, Monument Chemical
Qamar Bhatia is President of Monument Chemical. Qamar is responsible
for Monument’s overall growth strategy, building and strengthening
key customer relationships, our HSE journey, and day-to-day
Qamar brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our
team. He joins us from Honeywell International, where he
spent the last 14 years. In his most recent role, he served
as President of Specialty Products, with revenues of $1.5
billion. He has also held strategy and leadership roles at
McKinsey & Company, Inc. and General Electric.
Qamar holds a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from
Princeton University, and MBA in Administration from State
University of New York.
President, FAR Chemical
Joe Beatty is the CEO of FAR Chemical, having joined the firm in early 2015. Prior to joining FAR Chemical, Mr. Beatty held a variety of executive management, sales, and operations positions in the specialty chemical industry. Most recently, he served as President, CEO, & Director of Xolve Inc., and prior to that he served as ColorMatrix Corporation’s Managing Director of North America.
Before joining ColorMatrix, Mr. Beatty was Vice President of North America for MetoKote Corporation and has held senior management positions with Hexion Specialty Chemicals and its predecessor companies (McWhorter Technologies, Eastman Chemical and Resolution Specialty Materials) including Vice President, Coating Resins – Americas; Global Business Director – Coatings; and Business Director, Specialty Resins and Monomers. He began his career in the Industrial Water Treatment industry with WR Grace – Dearborn Division, ultimately being named Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Vice President & Global Business Manager, Specialty Chemicals, McGean
Mara Gliozzi has worked in the chemical industry for 35 years, all with McGean, a specialty chemical manufacturer near Cleveland, OH, that employees almost 100 people. She started as a summer intern and stayed with the company from that point on.
During those years, the family-owned organization has gone through several iterations, but has always valued its employees and worked diligently to provide a supportive work environment that encourages success.
Throughout her career at McGean, Gliozzi has worked in a variety of jobs, from sales and marketing to purchasing and customer service. Ms. Gliozzi is actively involved in SOCMA, taking advantage of advocacy, educational and networking opportunities, including the Washington Fly-In, Annual Dinner and Committee Week, among others.
Senior Vice President Global Manufacturing, Solvay Novecare North America
Ron Lehman is Senior Vice President at Novecare, a global business unit of Solvay, an international chemical group, based in Princeton, N.J., USA.
He joined Solvay in 2014 and now serves as Vice President & North America Zone General Manager of Novecare. Solvay Novecare is an industry leader in core and specialty surfactants, natural and synthetic polymers, performance concentrates and amine derivatives. Solvay provides added-value products and high-performance solutions to diversified markets, including health, personal and home care; agricultural specialties; coatings; energy and other industrial markets.
Emilio has been the CEO of Viakem, a custom and toll manufacturing company based in Monterrey, Mexico with sales all over the world, since 1999.
Emilio received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and a master’s degree also in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College in New York.
Emilio has participated in the Board of ANIQ (Mexican Chemical Industry Association), CPMA, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and IPA (Institute of Environmental Protection in Monterrey).
President, Capital Resin Corporation
President, Nation Ford Chemical Company
Mr. Dickson currently serves as the President of Nation Ford Chemical (NFC), a leader in toll manufacturing and specialty chemicals located in Fort Mill, SC. A Clemson University chemical engineer, Jay joined NFC in 1989. He spent 15 years working in the plant in several different roles, including process and project engineering and technical director. As the company grew, Jay expanded his work to include global sales and new product development and has served as President for the last 15 years.
Jay’s passion is working on new projects that provide growth for the company, while providing key manufacturing solutions for NFC’s customers. Even though Jay serves as President, it’s his background in chemical engineering and working in the plant environment that drives him.
Jay is a lifetime member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and enjoys working with SOCMA on initiatives that serve the member companies and the specialty chemical industry
President, Ethox Chemicals, LLC
Chuck Hinton began his career in the chemical industry in 1973 at Celanese/FII as an R&D chemist. He joined Ethox in 1975, where he worked in technical sales. After 15 years, Chuck became Vice President, and in 2008 he took the reigns as President.
CEO, Strem Chemicals, Inc.
Ephraim S. Honig
In 1997 Ephraim S. Honig joined Strem Chemicals Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals of high purity. He has served in a variety of roles including Vice President, Chief Operating Officer before assuming his current role as Chief Executive Officer.
Chief Supply Chain, Quality & Business Improvement Officer, Sun Chemical Corporation
Jeffrey Shaw is responsible for optimizing Sun Chemical’s entire supply chain, from the purchase of raw materials and the scheduling of the company’s plants, to managing market-based stock levels and the shipping of finished products to customers worldwide.
Prior to his current role at Sun Chemical, he worked as the Global Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain and Manufacturing at Sun Chemical for six years between 2010-2016.
Shaw holds a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University in Detroit.