Joint Chemical Group President
Virtual EXPO Committee, FBC Chemical Corporation
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.
Von Eric Fisher, P.G. L.R.S
Vice President, Value Properties, INC.
Owing to his diverse and extensive background in geology, engineering, industrial development, marketing, real estate, and strategic planning, Von Fisher was recruited to help grow Value Properties, Inc., a Manhattan-based developer known for providing manufacturing, warehouse, office, and laboratory space for over 30 years to local, national and international companies. Value Properties historically had a portfolio that spanned between the Mississippi and the Atlantic and is now preparing for substantial growth focusing around the Pittsburgh region, which it anticipates being the Polymer Capital of the United States within the decade. With that thought in mind, Von is spearheading a marketing effort on a national basis to woo manufacturers and distributors to the Ohio Valley.
Value Properties owns and operates the Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center, one of the largest industrial parks in the region with tenants including Allegheny Petroleum, Sherwin Williams, Shore Corporation and Tenaris (formerly TMK-IPSCO). Value Properties also owns ConAm3PL, a third-party logistics resource for companies including Mitsubishi Electric, Herr Voss and Shell. ConAm3PL is now a primary focus of Value Properties’ marketing campaigns and is fully situated to take advantage of the national trend for utilization of 3PL services.
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
Representative for North Central Ohio, PVS Nolwood Chemicals
Olivia is the sales representative for North Central Ohio at PVS Nolwood. She serves various markets including wastewater treatment, HI&I, agriculture, and metal treatment. Olivia started with PVS in 2015 as a technical service intern while she finished her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Akron. Olivia started volunteering for Pitt Chem Day in 2020. She has served on the Ads & Sponsorships committee for the past two years.
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.
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.
Director of Operations & Sales, WKM, LLC
David has worked in Sales and Operations with W.K. Merriman for 16 years. His 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.
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.