General Chair

Jim Bennett

Procurement Manager, PVS Technologies Inc.

Jim is currently the 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 Day Program Committee last year and has been active with the Pittsburgh Chemical Day Committee for the past four 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.

Joint Chemical Group President

John Schirra

Senior Account Manager, Univar Solutions

John is a Senior Account Manager for Univar Solutions, the company formed after the purchase of Nexeo Solutions By Univar. Univar Solutions leverages its industry knowledge to help our customers, and our suppliers, to grow their business by offering a consultative sales approach to problems and challenges faced by our customers.

John’s sales focus is on the oil & natural gas industry through chemical sales to the upstream market in the Appalachian Basin. With his unique industry experience, John offers technical solutions and formulation assistance to customers seeking higher value from their supply chain.

John has been involved in the chemical industry since graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1984, with experience in manufacturing management, process engineering, and technical field support, prior to accepting the challenges of chemicals sales. John has been active in Pittsburgh Chemical Day since 1993 and a member of Joint Chemical Group since 2007. John resides in Southern Butler County with his wife of 28 years.

Arrangements

Dave Zwastetzky

Project Manager, CEC, Inc.

David has worked as a project manager within the Environmental Practice at Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) for over 6 years focusing on serving Oil & Gas and Manufacturing based industries.  David has over 25 years of professional experience within the environmental consulting industry providing diverse technical and managerial skills for projects involving site characterization and remedial investigations for government, commercial, and industrial clients.  David is relatively new to Pittsburgh Chemical Day (PCD), starting in 2019.  He is currently working as the arrangements committee chair for 2020’s PCD event.

Ads & Sponsorship

Heather Rayburg-Smith

Account Manager, BASF Corp.

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 currently the Vice 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.

Mobile App

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 General Chair and the Sponsorship and Arrangements committees. Leah has also served as the President of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh in 2015 and 2016.

Day Program

Andrea Robinson

Principal Owner and Operator

of Prime Air Specialty Gases Inc

Andrea is a native of Pittsburgh with extensive experience in business to business transactions and management. With a background in Chemical Distribution and Manufacturing, her experiences have increased her drive to be more quality conscious and customer service oriented. Andrea has held many prestigious positions within the distribution industry from Product Management Analyst, Price Analyst for Executive Leadership, and North America Account Manager. Her role within manufacturing companies has increased her analytical ability to understand market trends, analyze cost and saving, execute a favorable selling price to the consumers, and execute efficient supply chains. She advanced her career as CEO of ARCLS, a Consulting Firm focused on aiding C-suite corporations in organizationally structuring their processes to achieve higher initiatives, and focusing on being inclusive of women, minorities, and veterans. She prides herself in being the founder of Sugar and Smoke Restaurant and Bar. Andrea achieved her respected MBA in International Business from Point Park University after obtaining a marketing degree from Edinboro University.

Finance

David Miller

Director of Operations & Sales, WKM, LLC

David has worked in Sales and Operations with W.K. Merriman for 16 yearsHis role focuses on Industrial Waste Water Treatment applications that target Water Treatment facilities, Steel production, Chemical plants, the Food Industry, and Mining Operations while also growing the Energy Sector with their subsidiary, WKM LLC established in 2013.  David has volunteered on multiple planning committees for Pittsburgh Chemical Day since 2015 and is a graduate of Robert Morris University.

Promotions Chair

Austin Nadin

Data Analyst, Echo Strategies

Austin is working as a data analyst for Echo Strategies. Echo has been involved in Chemical day in one way or another since the 1980s. Austin is also involved in the startup community, helping startups connect with potential customers in the Pittsburgh area.

Austin is new to Pitt Chem Day, starting in 2018. He is currently working as the promotions committee chair for 2019’s PCD.

Austin has a B.A. from Michigan State University in Supply Chain Management. He’s currently living in Wexford and enjoys golfing and fostering cats for local animal shelters around Pittsburgh.

Digital Marketplace

Laura Augustine

FBC Chemical Corporation, Virtual EXPO Committee

Laura Augustine is a sales representative for FBC Chemical Corporation, an independent, regional distributor of chemical raw materials. She has over 20 years of experience in the Western PA and Northeast OH markets, selling to small companies, multinational corporations, and everything in between.

Laura started volunteering on committees for Pittsburgh Chemical Day in 1998 and was General Chairperson in 2008. Introducing and establishing this brand-new committee is a welcome challenge. A past president of the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh (2004), she is handling the responsibilities of Treasurer this year, as well as serving on the Board of Governors.

Laura resides in Butler County with her husband and enjoys distance running, camping, and knitting.

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