Register

Monday
October 2

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Pre-Event Mixer

The Foundry Table & Tap, Sponsored by PCIC

Tuesday
October 3

8:00 am

Networking Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

8:30 am - 9:10 am

North America & Global Chemical & Feedstocks - Market Trends & Regional Competitiveness

Todd Dina, IHS Markit

9:20 am - 10:00 am

US Chemical Regulations under President Trump vs President Obama

John Dietrich, ICIS

10:10 am – 10:50 am

Economic Drivers for the Chemical Industry

Martha Moore, American Chemistry Council

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Sales Then and Now (and the Influence of Modern Procurement)

Jim Baehr, Institute for Supply Management
Julianne Heins, Seneca Resources Corporation

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch, Strategies for Resilience and Growth in the Chemical Industry

Dr. Antonis Papadourakis, LANXESS Corporation

2:15 pm– 2:40 pm

Bridging Scale and Diversification: M&A Outlook for the Chemicals Industry

Jordan Hesterman, A.T. Kearney

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Franco Harris and Phil Villapiano

Raffle items sponsored by Odyssey Logistics

4:15 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by Civil Environmental Consultants

Dr. Antonis Papadourakis

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Antonis Papadourakis

President and CEO, LANXESS Corporation

Antonis was born in Athens, Greece in 1957. He earned degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Thessaloniki (undergraduate) in 1982 and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985.

After a year with the Greek Armed Forces, he joined Rohm and Haas in Bristol, PA. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including Sr. Chemical Engineer, Group Leader of the Process Economics Center and Process Control Manager for Polymers & Resins worldwide. Antonis became a US citizen in May of 1995.

In 1997 Antonis moved to London, England as the Purchasing Manager for Rohm and Haas (UK) Ltd. and later became the Purchasing & Logistics Manager, Europe, for Performance Polymers. He became Commercial Manager for Construction Adhesives, Europe, in January of 2001.

Antonis moved to Paris, France in July 2001, to become Business Manager, Packaging and Converting, Europe for Rohm and Haas.

He repatriated to the US in 2005 and joined Engelhard Corporation (now BASF) as Global Business Manager for Stationary Source and Indoor Air. He joined Arkema in February of 2007 as Business Director, Organic Peroxides, Americas. In September of 2008, he was promoted to General Manager, Sustainability Additives, and in February 2012 joined Altuglas International (a subsidiary of Arkema) as the Regional Group President, Americas.

Antonis joined LANXESS Corporation as its President and CEO in July, 2015. On April 1st, 2016, Antonis added the role of President and CEO of ARLANXEO USA LLC to his responsibilities.

Antonis is married and has three children.

Todd Dina

Guest Speaker
Todd Dina

Director Global Olefins, IHS Markit

Todd joined IHS Markit Chemical in 2016 as Director Global Olefins responsible as the global lead on Propylene Studies as well as the service leader for the North America Light Olefins Market Advisory Service. He focuses primarily on olefins and the analysis of the propylene and propylene derivatives markets for IHS Markit clients. He also manages the global propylene market intelligence studies for the company and contributes regular commentary on these markets for other IHS Markit Chemicals reports. In addition, Todd contributes propylene analysis to the World Propylene Analysis, an annual study also published by IHS Markit. An industry veteran of more than 29 years focused on olefins, Todd began his career with MW Kellogg in 1988 in design engineering and environmental consultant roles. He later joined Lyondell Petrochemicals where he held roles of increasing responsibility in ethylene oxide/glycols operations, business analytics, sales, and commercial management. He then joined TPC Group where he held positions in sales, commercial management and finally feedstock procurement. Todd graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

John Dietrich

Guest Speaker
John Dietrich

Senior Editor, ICIS

John Dietrich is a senior editor for ICIS and has been with the company for seven years. John covers the US phenol/acetone and derivatives market and has also covered the US olefins market and has worked with the ICIS base oils team. He has spoken on the phenol/acetone market at several conferences in Europe and Asia. John is a product of the University of Missouri’s journalism program and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern.

Martha Moore

Guest Speaker
Martha Moore

Senior Director, American Chemistry Council

Martha Gilchrist Moore is senior director for policy analysis and economics at the American Chemistry Council. In that role, she analyzes the impact of various policy initiatives and energy trends on the chemical industry, in particular recent developments in shale gas. She also directs the Council's research on the direct and indirect economic contributions of the business of chemistry and the benefits to consumers. Ms. Moore has worked on chemical industry issues for more than 20 years and is an authority on the market dynamics for the chemical industry and its end-use customer industries. Ms. Moore holds a master's degree in economics from Indiana University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the US Association for Energy Economics.

Julianne Heins

Guest Speaker
Julianne Heins

Supply Chain Director, Seneca Resources Company

Julianne Heins leads the Supply Chain function for Seneca Resources Corporation, the oil and natural gas exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company. Seneca’s Supply Chain Group is responsible for the Company’s sourcing activities as well as for inventory, warehousing and fleet management. Ms. Heins has more than 25 years of experience in the natural gas industry. Prior to her role at Seneca, she led the Procurement Group for a Fortune 500 Midwestern combined electric and natural gas utility. During her twelve years with the utility, she also held leadership positions in strategic sourcing as well as natural gas acquisition and hedging. She has had roles with two interstate natural gas pipelines where she was involved in natural gas pipeline capacity marketing and corporate planning.

Ms. Heins is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), an Institute for Supply Management (ISM) certification. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee and her Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She received an Advanced Supply Chain Certificate from the Center for Supply Chain Management Studies at Saint Louis University and has served as a member of the Center’s Advisory Board Steering Committee and Curriculum Advisory Board.

Ms. Heins currently serves on the board of ISM-Pittsburgh as the Director of Scholarships. She is a current member of the Supply Chain and the Natural Gas Use Committees of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Ms. Heins has also served two terms on the board of the Women’s Energy Network Board as Secretary. In 2015, Ms. Heins was honored with the Pittsburgh Business Times Women in Energy Leadership Award.

James Baehr

Guest Speaker
James Baehr

Lead for Sourcing Strategies Group LLC

Jim Baehr is the Lead for the Sourcing Strategies Group LLC (SSG) supporting the Supply Management needs of clients in both the Public and Private sectors. Prior to founding SSG, he was an independent advisor for several years.

His most recent corporate roles were as Vice President of Global Information Technology Procurement for Reed Elsevier, and Director of Technical & Services Procurement for Bayer Corporation. Jim has extensive experience in Senior Management positions and an accomplished career in Sales.

Currently, Jim is the Past President of the ISM – Pittsburgh Affiliate; a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Chemical Group of Pittsburgh; and a member of the Visionary Council of Coupa Software Incorporated based in San Mateo, CA.

He’s and established blogger, a frequent presenter at meetings and conferences and a contributing author to the book Next Level Supply Management Excellence: Your Straight to the Bottom Line® Roadmap.

Jordan Hesterman

Guest Speaker
Jordan Hesterman

Principal, A.T. Kearney

Jordan Hesterman is a Principal in A.T. Kearney's Houston office with client work focused in the energy and process industries sectors. His work is primarily focused on operations, supply chain and strategy with specific client topics including pre-M&A growth strategy development, operations, procurement and supply chain improvement, risk management, innovation and new product development, and complexity reduction. Jordan joined A.T. Kearney in the New York Office in 2010.

Franco Harris

Guest Speaker
Franco Harris

Former Steelers Running Back

Franco Harris began his pro football career as the Pittsburgh Steelers' No.1 pick and the 13th player selected in the 1972 NFL Draft. For 12 seasons, the 6-2, 230-pounder from Penn State was a big-yardage running back, a key man in the powerful Pittsburgh offensive machine, which also included an outstanding passing attack.

Harris established himself as a future superstar when he became only the fourth rookie in NFL annals to rush for 1,000 yards. He gained additional attention by being on the receiving end of the famous "Immaculate Reception" pass from Terry Bradshaw that gave the Steelers their first-ever playoff win, a 13-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders. In his 13 seasons, the last of which was spent with the Seattle Seahawks in 1984, Harris rushed 2,949 times for 12,120 yards and 91 touchdowns.

He rushed for 1,000 yards or more eight seasons and for more than 100 yards in 47 games. He also caught 307 passes for 2,287 yards and nine touchdowns. His career rushing total and his combined net yardage figure of 14,622 both ranked as the third highest marks in pro football history at the time of his retirement.

Harris, who was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 7, 1950, was an All-AFC choice in 1972, 1975, 1976, and 1977 and first- or second-team All-Pro six times. He was selected to nine Pro Bowls. Franco played in five AFC championships – missing a sixth because of injury – and four Super Bowls.

In Super Bowl IX, when the Steelers won their first-ever league title with a 16-6 victory over Minnesota, Harris rushed for 158 yards, compared to just 17 yards rushing for the entire Viking team. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Harris held numerous Super Bowl and postseason game records by the end of his career. The most notable included 24 points and 354 yards rushing in four Super Bowls and 17 touchdowns and 1,556 yards rushing in 19 postseason playoff games.

Phil Villapiano

Guest Speaker
Phil Villapiano

Former Raiders Linebacker

Phil Villapiano was AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1971, All-NFL in 1975 and 1976, and All-AFC from 1972-1976. Phil also played in four Pro Bowls and was a member of the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XI winning team. One of the fastest linebackers of his era, Phil specialized in making big plays - none bigger than his momentum changing goal-line tackle against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, where he forced the fumble that was recovered by Willie Hall.

Phil has been in the International Logistics business for more than thirty years, starting during off seasons while playing with the Raiders. Currently, Phil provides logistics solutions for domestic and international companies as Vice President of Sales for Odyssey Logistics & Technology, a global logistics leader, based in Danbury, Connecticut.

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