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Rob McCourt

Joint Chemical Group President
Rob McCourt

National Sales Manager, Ranbar

Rob is the National Sales Manager for Ranbar Electrical Materials. Ranbar is an alkyd resin manufacturer located in Harrison City, PA. Ranbar specializes in developing unique resin solutions for our commercial partners. We are the best specialty chemical manufacturer in the USA!

Rob is currently the President of the Joint Chemical Group. The JCG is the governing body of Pittsburgh Chemical Day. Rob was the Gereral Chair of PCD in 1999. He is a Past President of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh in 1996, 2013 and 2014. Rob has also headed up the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh's Scholarship Fund since 1992.

Rob and his wife Patty have lived in Western Pennsylvania all of their lives. They have two children BB and Adam, and a Grandson Darien. Rob and Patty enjoy traveling to warm places, camping with Darien and tinkering with Rob's 67 Mustang.

Leah Singerling

General Chair
Leah Singerling

Food Industry Specialist, Brenntag

Leah is the Food Industry Specialist in the greater Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo areas for Brenntag Northeast, Inc. Brenntag Northeast is the world’s largest full line chemical distributor. She has been involved with Pittsburgh Chemical Day for several years, serving on the Sponsorship and Arrangements committees. Leah has also served as the President of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh in 2015 and 2016.

David Miller

Arrangements
David Miller

Director of Operations & Sales, WKM, LLC

David has worked for W.K. Merriman for 13 years, focusing on their Industrial Waste Water Treatment applications that target Water Treatment facilities, Steel production, Chemical plants, the Food Industry, and Mining Operations while also shifting to Energy in 2006 and helping grow their new subsidiary, WKM LLC established in 2013. After serving as the Promotions Committee Chair in 2015 and 2016, he will be helping with this year’s event by Chairing the Arrangements Committee.

Joanie Daye

Attendance
Joanie Daye

Sr. Account and New Business Manager, BASF Inorganics

Joanie Daye is presently a Senior Account Manager/Business Development Manager for the BASF Inorganics Division. Joanie graduated from Saint Mary’s College, South Bend Indiana with a Psychology degree and a minor in Chemistry. She has held various positions in sales, marketing, product management and new business development for PPG, Bayer, Air Products, Lubrizol and BASF. Joanie has been involved in Pittsburgh Chemical Day since 1988 and has chaired the Arrangements, Speaker and Guest, Finance, Forum Workshop and Reservations.

Matt Evangelista

Finance & Reservations
Matt Evangelista

Northeast Regional Sales, ASHTA Chemicals, Inc.

Matt Evangelista currently handles the Northeast Regional Sales for ASHTA Chemicals, Inc., covering the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. ASHTA Chemicals is a key manufacturer of Potassium Hydroxide and Potassium Carbonate. Matt has been in the chemical industry for over 15 years, mainly in sales roles.

Matt has attended many Pittsburgh Chemical Day events over the years, and chaired the Finance Committee last year. He is also a member of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh.

Matt has a BS in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. He resides near Beaver, PA with his wife and three children.

Justin Jamison

Promotions
Justin Jamison

Sales Representative, Wolf Container & Chemical

Justin Jamison is a Sales Representative with Wolf Container & Chemical. Previously, he has had roles in Supply Chain with U.S. Steel and Johnson & Johnson, as well as in Consulting with Accenture. He now sells performance minerals and a wide array of packaging at Wolf. He has accepted the role of Chair on the Promotions Committee, continuing a long tradition of close partnership between Wolf and Pittsburgh Chemical Day. He follows in the footsteps of Linda Wolf, Patty Wolf, and Leonard Wolf in helping continue this wonderful tradition.

Jim Bennett

Ads & Sponsorships
Jim Bennett

Procurement Manager, PVS Technologies

Jim is currently Procurement Manager for PVS Technologies working closely with the steel industry to source raw materials for ferric chloride production. Jim has been in the chemical industry for over 30 years, mainly in sales and sales management roles.

Jim was a Vice Chair of the Ads & Sponsorship Committee for the past two years. He is also a past president of the Cleveland Chemical Association.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy and spent six years on active duty in the USAF. He has an MBA from Tiffin University and is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan. He married his high school sweetheart and they have four children, two grandchildren (and another grandchild on the way).

Andy DePage

Day Program
Andy DePage

Central Region Sales Manager, IMCD US

Andy has been in the coating, adhesive, plastic, ink and related industries for over 25 years. A graduate of Oakland University with Polymer and Coating program certificates from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Detroit. He has been active in the manufacturing of resins, end formula creation and production, and distribution sales and management. Currently managing 6 sales people over parts of 9 states. Actively involved in multiple Society for Coatings Technology chapters and the Pittsburgh Chemical Association. He has traveled with his family to 49 of the states and continues to enjoy cheering on his teenage girls as they compete in sand volleyball tournaments.

Heather Rayburg-Smith

Keynote & VIP
Heather Rayburg-Smith

Account Manager, BASF

Heather Rayburg-Smith is an Account Manager for the BASF Corporation. Her focus is on growth of the acrylic monomer, oxo-alcohol, and plasticizer portfolios through the direct channel to market.

Heather is the currently the President of the Joint Chemical Group of Pittsburgh, a volunteer on the Pittsburgh Chemical Day planning committee (2003-present; General Chair 2011), a member of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh, and a member of the NACD.

Heather holds a BS in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, she resides in Leechburg, PA with her husband Chad and their daughter Logan.