Rob McCourt

Joint Chemical Group President
Rob McCourt

National Sales Manager-Resins, Gabriel Performance Products

Rob is the National Sales Manager for Gabriel Performance Products. Gabriel is an alkyd resin manufacturer located in Harrison City, PA. Gabriel 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.

Matt Evangelista

General Chair
Matt Evangelista

Northeast Regional Sales, ASHTA Chemicals, Inc.

Matt 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 most recently served as Chair of the Finance Committee in 2016 and 2017. He is also a member of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh.

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

David Miller

Ads & Sponsorship
David Miller

Director of Operations & Sales, WKM, LLC

David has worked for W.K. Merriman for 14 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 subsidiary, WKM LLC established in 2013. After Chairing the Promotions Committee Chair in 2015 and 2016, the Arrangements committee in 2017, he will be helping with this year’s event by Chairing Ads and Sponsorships. David is a Pittsburgh native, an active member of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh, and a graduate of Robert Morris University.

Vince Benincasa

Keynote Speaker
Vince Benincasa

District Manager, Brenntag Northeast

Vince is the Pittsburgh District Manager for Brenntag Northeast, the world’s largest chemical distribution company. The Pittsburgh district covers north / southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio and parts of West Virginia. Vince has been working in the chemical industry for over 20 years and has attended almost every Pittsburgh Chemical Day during that period. He most recently served as co-chair for the arrangement committee for last year’s PCD and is also a member of the Pittsburgh Chemical Association.

Vince is a Pittsburgh native and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Westminster College. He currently resides in Mt Lebanon with his wife, Carola and has 3 children.

Chris Hortert

Finance
Chris Hortert

Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Chris is an environmental scientist and a project manager in the Pittsburgh headquarters office of Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. He has more than 12 years of environmental sampling, monitoring, and reporting experience working on behalf of the oil and gas, manufacturing, chemical, and power industries.

Chris is currently the Secretary of the Pittsburgh Chemical Group, Finance chair of Pittsburgh Chemical Day, and an active member of the West Virginia Manufacturing Association. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geoscience from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife and their daughter.

Jim Bennett

Day Program
Jim Bennett

Procurement Manager, PVS Technologies

Jim is currently Procurement Manager for PVS Technologies and a Steel Industry Account Manager for PVS Steel Services. He works closely with the steel industry to source raw materials for ferric chloride production. He has been in the chemicals industry for over 30 years, mainly in sales and sales management roles.

Jim was Chairperson of the Ads & Sponsorship Committee last year and has been active with the Pittsburgh Chemical Day Committee for past three years. He is also a past president of the Cleveland Chemical Association.

He 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. He married his high school sweetheart and they have four children and three grandchildren.

Ben Hilldorfer

Promotions
Ben Hilldorfer

Director of Research, Echo Strategies

Ben is the Director of Research for Echo Strategies, a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm that specializes in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. He has attended Pittsburgh Chemical Day for several years, and this year, he accepted the role of Chair on the Promotions Committee.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Pennsylvania State University and his Masters of Science degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a Pittsburgh native, and he currently resides in the North Hills.

Justin Jamison

Arrangements
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 Arrangements 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.