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.
John Foley (Treasurer)
President, KMCO, LLC
John Foley is currently serving as CEO of ORG Chemical Holdings, LLC (KMCO, LLC, KMTEX, LLC), leading a transformation of an entrepreneurial specialty chemical company acquired by private equity in 2012. KMCO and KMTEX deliver superior specialty chemical manufacturing and toll processing services to some of the world’s largest chemical companies.
Dr. Keith Silverman, Ph.D. (Secretary)
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, CJB Industries, Inc.
The founder of CJB Industries, Clinton Beeland began his career in the chemical industry while he was still a student at Georgia Institute of Technology. After completing his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1990, he began moving up the ranks of management positions at several chemical manufacturing companies. These included National Starch and Chemical, where he was a plant manager, and Griffin LLC, where he was a contract sales executive.
CEO, Founder & Owner, Boron Specialties, LLC
Beth Bosley started her career in the biotech industry, where she worked for two years prior to taking her first job in the fine chemicals sector. In 2010, after 20 years in the chemical industry working in research and development, manufacturing, technical sales and marketing, and regulatory affairs, she founded Boron Specialties. This was in order to meet a market need for chemicals, materials and applications that leverage the specific properties of boron. The innovation-driven specialty chemical maker specializes in the commercialization of new boron-based technologies for life science, electronics, energy and other applications.
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.
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, 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.
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Monument Chemical
Pat has been with Monument Chemical since January 2015. Pat is responsible for marketing and business development, and delivery of the company’s global strategy. Reporting to the company President and as a member of the Global Leadership Team, Pat contributes his energy and leadership to implement key strategies and business opportunities to drive the overall performance of the organization.
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.