Mission

Statement

Our mission is to highlight Pittsburgh as a chemical industry center and to provide a premier, one-day forum for idea sharing and for insight into current key issues affecting the chemical industry. Our focus is to deliver exceptional value to sales, marketing, purchasing, and other industry professionals.

 

How it

Began

Founding fathers Harry Pugh (Chemical Sales Association/Monsanto) and Art Morgan (Purchasing Association/PPG Industries) met for lunch in 1967 to discuss the feasibility of a joint group dinner. Upon agreement to move forward, the Chemical Marketing Association and its Chairman Ray Siren were also invited; ultimately Ralph Reed, President Elect of the Sales Association, was selected to chair the initial Pittsburgh Chemical Day affair. The event was held on April 18, 1968, a date that coincided with National Chemical Week. Anticipating a crowd of 80-90, the event’s founders were astounded when 203 people convened at Chatham Center to hear John Gillis, Vice President, Monsanto, speak about “The International Posture of the U.S. Chemical Industry.” Sponsored by the aforementioned associations, the full committee for the first Pittsburgh Chemical Day consisted of the following:

  • H. Carlson Sinclair

    Koppers

  • Q. Ebert

    PPG Industries

  • P. LaGrotteria

    Pittsburgh Activated Carbon

  • A. Morgan

    PPG Industries

  • T. Onett

    Koppers Company

  • F. Parkin

    Parkin Chemical

  • J. Payne

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • H. Pugh

    Monsanto

  • R. Reed

    Chemply, Inc.

  • J. Rogers

    DuPont

  • W. Sawyer

    PPG Industries

  • R. Siren

    Mobay

  • J. Snyder

    Allegheny Solvents

  • S. Varga

    Air Reduction

  • D. Weimer

    Koppers Company

How it

Grew

Pittsburgh Chemical Day wasn’t always a full-day event complete with Workshop, Forum, and Dinner. Its early years called for evening cocktails, a dinner, and an address by a well-respected member of the Chemicals Industry family. CEO’s and Presidents of Fortune 500 companies have graced the Chemical Day dais. Past keynote speakers are so sufficiently impressed that they often endorse participation with future keynote speakers.

    • 2015 – Michael McGarry

      President & CEO PPG Industries

    • 2014 – George Biltz

      Chief Strategy Officer Axiall Corporation

    • 2013 – Dennis Yablonsky

      Chief Executive Officer
      Allegheny Conference on Community Development

    • 2012 – Leonard Dolhert

      PPG Industries

    • 2011 – Randy G. Woelfel

      Chief Executive Officer NOVA Chemicals

    • 2010 – Greg Babe

      President & Chief Executive Officer
      Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC

    • 2009 – Dr. Kurt Bock

      Chief Financial Officer, BASF SE; Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, BASF Corporation

    • 2008 – Stacy Methvin

      President and CEO of Shell Chemical Company LP

    • 2007 – Randy Dearth

      President & CEO Lanxess Corporation

    • 2006 – Madeleine Jacobs

      Executive Director & CEO American Chemical Society

    • 2005 – Charles E. Bunch

      President & CEO PPG Industries

    • 2008 – Stacy Methvin

      President and CEO of Shell Chemical Company LP

    • 2004 – Gregori Lebedev

      President & CEO American Chemistry Council

    • 2003 – Myron Galuskin

      President, Rhodia Inc.

    • 2002 – Jeffrey M. Lipton

      CEO, NOVA Chemicals

    • 2001 – Paul W. Chellgren

      Chairman & CEO Ashland Inc.

    • 2000 – William S. Stavropoulos

      President & CEO The Dow Chemical Company

    • 1999 – Harold A. “Hap” Wagner

      President & CEO Air Products and Chemicals

    • 1998 – J. Roger Hirl

      President & CEO Occidental Chemical Corporation

    • 1997 – John A. Krol

      President & CEO, DuPont

    • 1996 – G. Richard Wagoner Jr.

      President, General Motors North American Operations

    • 1995 – Jon M. Huntsman

      Chairman of the Board & CEO, Huntsman Group

    • 1994 – Thomas L. Gossage

      Chairman President & CEO, Hercules Inc.

    • 1993 – Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr.

      President Eastman Chemical Company

    • 1992 – Helge H. Wehmeier

      President & CEO, Miles, Inc.

    • 1991 – James W. Kinnear

      President & CEO, Texaco, Inc

    • 1990 – The Honorable Peter K. Nune

      President & CEO, Miles, Inc.

    • 1992 – Helge H. Wehmeier

      Assistant Secretary (Enforcement) Department of Treasury United States of America

    • 1989 – H. Eugene McBrayer

      President Exxon Chemical Company

    • 1988 – Robert D. Kennedy

      Chairman of the Board & CEO, Union Carbide Corporation

    • 1987 – Dr. Konrad Weis

      President & CEO Bayer USA, Inc.

    • 1986 – Vincent A. Sarni

      Chairman of the Board & CEO, PPG Industries, Inc.

    • 1985 – Ray R. Irani

      President, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

    • 1984 – Alexander F. Giacco

      Chairman of the Board & CEO, Hercules Corporation

    • 1983 – Edward L. Hennessy

      Chairman of the Board & CEO, Allied Corporation

    • 1982 – Richard E. Heckert

      Vice Chairman & CEO, DuPont

    • 1981 – J. Peter Grace

      President & CEO W. R. Grace & Co.

    • 1980 – Richard J. Mahoney

      President, Monsanto Company

    • 1979 – Paul F Oreffice

      President & CEO, Dow Chemical Corporation

    • 1978 – Gerhard Dittmar

      Director Bayer AG

    • 1977 – David M. Roderick

      President, U. S. Steel Corporation

    • 1976 – Werner C. Brown

      President & CEO, Hercules Inc.

    • 1975 – J. P. St. Clair

      President & Executive VP, Shell Chemical Co., Shell Oil Co.

    • 1974 – Z. D. Bonner

      President & CEO & Executive VP, Gulf Oil Company
      Gulf Oil Corporation

    • 1973 – Charles H. Simpson

      President, Airco Industrial Gases

    • 1972 – Fletcher L. Byrom

      Chairman of the Board & CEO, Koppers Company

    • 1971 – Robinson F. Barker

      Chairman of the Board & CEO, PPG Industries, Inc.

    • 1969 – James G. Baldwin

      Executive Vice President, Hooker Chemical Company

    • 1968 – John L. Gillis

      Vice President Monsanto

     

    Founding fathers Harry Pugh (Chemical Sales Association/Monsanto) and Art Morgan (Purchasing Association/PPG Industries) met for lunch in 1967 to discuss the feasibility of a joint group dinner. Upon agreement to move forward, the Chemical Marketing Association and its Chairman Ray Siren were also invited; ultimately Ralph Reed, President-Elect of the Sales Association, was selected to chair the initial Pittsburgh Chemical Day affair. The event was held on April 18, 1968, a date that coincided with National Chemical Week. Anticipating a crowd of 80-90, the event’s founders were astounded when 203 people convened at Chatham Center to hear John Gillis, Vice President, Monsanto, speak about “The International Posture of the U.S. Chemical Industry.” Sponsored by the aforementioned associations, the full committee for the first Pittsburgh Chemical Day consisted of the following:

     

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