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.
Kate Hampford Donahue, Chair
President & CEO, Hampford Research, Inc.
Kate Hampford Donahue
Kate H. 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.
Mara Gliozzi, 1st Vice Chair
Executive Vice President, 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.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Hinton, Ph.D., 2nd Vice Chair and Treasurer
President Emeritus, Ethox Chemicals
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. Chuck semi-retired at the end of 2020 and now serves Ethox in the areas of special projects, business development and corporate strategy.
Ken Zrebiec, Secretary
SVP, Manufacturing Operations, Veranova
Ken has over 20 years of experience in plant management, manufacturing, supply chain, and project management with a strong technical background in pharmaceutical drug substance (API) and specialty fine chemicals.
In his current role at Veranova, Ken is the head of global operations responsible for EHS, API manufacturing, CAPEX, Supply Chain, and Operational Excellence for five manufacturing sites in the US and Scotland. He is also a member of the Veranova Executive Team.
Ken has been an active member of SOCMA’s Board of Governors over multiple terms since June 2018. In 2020, Ken served as Secretary on SOCMA’s Executive Committee.
Ken has a BSChE and MBA from the University of Delaware.
Mike Ott, Immediate Past Chair
Owner & Chairman of the Board, 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.
Christopher Brotherton, President, Ortec Inc.
Christopher Brotherton is the President of Ortec Inc., a South Carolina polymer technology company offering custom chemical manufacturing services for life science and industrial markets. Christopher has been with Ortec over 18 years and held the roles of Marketing Manager and Corporate Vice President before assuming the presidency.
Prior to joining Ortec, Christopher was with Nalco Chemical Company where he held several positions in product marketing, international marketing, and strategic mergers & acquisitions.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.
Christopher also serves on the board of Kiyatec Inc., a 3D Cell Culture Biotech company, and is a former board member and active investor with VentureSouth, an early stage venture capital firm.
Paul Cahill, President, Sofix
In a career that has spanned over 40 years, Paul started with Conoco before making the switch to specialty chemicals. After several years of operations management experience at the former Great Lakes Chemicals in brominated flame retardants, in 1990 he joined the construction, startup and operations team at Sofix, in Chattanooga, TN, becoming President in 2016. Sofix, a wholly owned subsidiary of NAGASE & CO. LTD., is an organic synthesis specialty chemical manufacturer, producing a range of color formers for the thermal paper industry and now offering toll and custom manufacturing services. Cahill has developed Sofix into a world-class manufacturing operation, with 3rd party registrations for ISO 9001 (quality) and RC14001® (environment, health, safety, transportation and security), and SOCMA’s ChemStewards program.
Paul has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland, and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rolla, Missouri.
David Fortune, Vice President, La Petite Roche Technologies LLC
David has worked in the chemical industry for the past 20 years and is currently the Vice President of La Petite Roche Technologies LLC (LPRT), a North Little Rock, AR based manufacturer of antimicrobial chemicals used in various industries, including food processing, water treatment, pulp & paper, oil & gas, and ag among others.
Prior to joining LPRT, David served as Director of Business Development for Athlon/Halliburton’s Contract Manufacturing business in Houston, TX. He began his career in chemicals as General Sales Manager and later Vice President-Chief Commercial Officer of KMCO, a manufacturer of custom and specialty chemicals with facilities located in Crosby, TX and Port Arthur, TX. LPRT, Athlon, and KMCO were/are all active members of SOCMA.
David studied Marketing and Finance at the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis where he received his BBA in 1984. For hobbies, he enjoys photography, bicycling, golfing, traveling, and especially spending time with his three children and grandchildren.
Clayton Pace, President, Commercial & Technology, Seatex, LLC
Clayton Pace is President – Commercial and Technology Operations for Seatex LLC since its acquisition of ChemQuest Chemicals by Seatex in September 2022. Prior to that, Mr. Pace was President and CEO of ChemQuest Chemicals LLC, a contract chemical processor located in Pasadena, TX.
Prior to acquiring ChemQuest in October of 2015 with equity partners, Mr. Pace was President and CEO of Quad Electronics dba Cablcon, a fiber optic and copper cable assembly provider and central office power cable supplier to the telecommunications industry headquartered in Troy, Michigan.
In addition to serving on the Boards of ChemQuest, Cablcon, Equa-Chlor, and Helena Industries, he has served a Board Director for South Georgia Technical Institute and as Board Director for Centracore LLC, an automotive components supplier and a Board Director for ATIS – Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions headquartered in Washington, DC. He currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Houston Ship Channel Security District, a government and industry partnership that provides funds and coordination for the security of the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston.
Mr. Pace’s professional career includes positions in the specialty chemical, polymer, and engineering and construction industries. He has extensive international experience having worked in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Mr. Pace holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has been married to his wife, Chris, for 38 years and they have one daughter.
Cynthia Peterson, CEO, Howard Industries, Inc.
Cynthia Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer of Howard Industries, Inc., which is a provider of chemical processing services such as mixing, blending, milling, drying, classifying, particle size reduction, contract manufacturing and repackaging. Howard Industries was founded in 1963 and is located in Columbus, Ohio.
Trained as a lawyer, Cynthia spent her early career in private practice and has worked for both privately held and publicly traded corporations. Active in the community, she has served on numerous boards. Cindy became CEO of Howard Industries in 2015.
Joe Wilson, President & CEO, Toll Solutions LLC
Joe Wilson brings 47 years of an extensive background in the specialty chemicals industry. He is the Owner, President & CEO of Toll Solutions, LLC, a custom and toll manufacturer in Duncan, SC.
Prior to Toll Solutions Joe held executive leadership positions at StarChem, Wacker Silicones and Henkel.
Joe is a very active leader in his community. He serves on the Boards of Middle Tyger Community Center, Spartangreen Property Owners Association, Middle Tyger Area Council, Selah Grey Foundation and Rebel Touchdown Club.
Joe has a BSChE from Cornell University.
Joe and his wife Meg have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
President & CEO, NASi
Jeff Barnes serves as the President and CEO of NASi, a leading North American specialty liquid chemical manufacturer that supplies several markets including agricultural, energy, transportation, as well as various other industrial markets.
Jeff joined NASi in 2007 becoming the CEO in 2014. He is based at the NASi headquarters in Marion, Ohio.
Jeff has over 25 years of experience in senior management positions. Before joining NASi he worked for Electrolux/Frigidaire and General Electric. He has worked in northeast Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as various locations in the United States.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from Muskingum University and a Masters of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Dublin, Ohio.
Chief Executive Officer, Viakem SA de CV
Jose Maria Bermudez
Jose Maria Bermudez is the Chief Executive Officer of Viakem, a global player in the fine chemicals sector serving the custom manufacturing needs in the Agrochemical industry, headquartered in Monterrey, NL Mexico.
Bermudez has served in a variety of senior leadership roles with Dow Chemical (and previously Rohm and Haas) for more than 32 years. His professional career includes roles in Operations, Human Resources, Geographic leadership and Business Management in a diverse group of markets like Agrochemicals, Coatings & Construction, Personal Care, Mining, Oil & Gas, and Paper throughout the Americas.
Before his current role, Bermudez was President, General Manager for Dow Mexico and during that time also took the responsibility as Chairman of the Board of ANIQ, Mexico Chemical Industry Association (2017-2019).
Bermudez holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University, a MS in Quality Management from Tampa College and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Las Americas Puebla Mexico. He has also completed Executive programs at Wharton School (Marketing) and Cornell University (HR). Bermudez currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Way Latin America, American Society of Mexico AC as well as in the advisory board of ANIQ.
VP, Fine Chemicals, Milliken & Company
Brian Burkhart, Ph.D.
Brian is Vice President of Fine Chemicals for Milliken & Company, a role he has been in since 2018. He has served in a multitude of other roles within Milliken from 2000, while also working for SiVance, LLC (a specialty silicones division of Milliken) as Commercial Director, 2017-2018, before entering into his current role.
Specific roles and responsibilities under Brian’s direction include Global P & L analysis; sales, marketing, applications development and research activities for the Fine Chemical Products division (silicones, semiconductor chemicals, and fine chemical sales).
Brian also serves on the Board of Directors for the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation (2018 – present). He lives in Ohio with his wife Julie. They have two grown children, a son Danny and daughter Rachel.
VP, Manufacturing Operations, Monument Chemical
As Vice President of Manufacturing, Adam leads all global manufacturing activities, including Health, Safety, Environment & Security, Quality, Production Operations, Engineering & Capital Planning. Adam joined Monument in 2009 and has held a range of positions, including Operations Manager and Site Leader at various facilities.
Prior to joining Monument, Adam worked for a private technology company that partnered with several businesses and municipalities across the U.S. In this role, Adam held a variety of positions within R&D, engineering design, wastewater treatment technologies and project management.
In the earliest days of his career, Adam was an active-duty member of the U.S. Navy; he was stationed on the USS Frederick in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His service spanned areas of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Adam holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and he also completed the Enterprise Executive Program at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.