CM&E Board


G. Rodriguez
New Jersey

Vice Chair

C. Brumlik, PhD
New Jersey

Program Chair

J. M. Weatherall


A. Closson, PhD
New Jersey


K. Bartels, PhD
New Jersey



N. Burns
New Jersey


C. Cerimele


D. J. Deutsch
New York


R. Kriesel
New Jersey


B. Orkin


G. Penard


P. Pospisil, PhD
New York


Student Volunteers


K. Gomez


A. Mondillo


P. Narciso


P. Penawou


A. Powers


D. Rooker


A. Stepanyan


X. Zhong












































































































  • 1 2015 Awards: Tuesday December 8
  • 1 ACS CEO: Dr. Thomas Connelly
  • 1 Sharpen your Strategy
  • 1 Where Technology & Investment Meet
  • 1 Pioneering
  • 1 Cutting-edge
  • 1 Authoritative - Timely
  • 1 Stimulating
  • 1 Insightful
  • 1 Global Networking
  • 1 Help Create the Future
  • 1 Progress = STEM Edu
  • 1 Become a STEM Sponsor
  • 1 ACS – Est. 1876
  • 1 Largest Scientific Society
  • 1 Over 160,000 Members

May 7 - Latin America: A New Era for Business
Mark your calendar: June 4, Ashland Consumer Specialties; September 9, Univar Distribution Accelerates Growth


Mark your calendar: December 8, 2015 - Leadership Awards prior event Pictures - Video Synopsis

On December 4, 2014, CME celebrated its 60 years of service with its ACS NY CME Awards for Leadership in the Yale Club. The honorees this year for Lifetime Achievement, Extraordinary Innovation and Distinction in Private Equity are: Andrew Liveris, President, CEO and Chairman, Dow Chemical; Dr. Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont; and Thomas Kichler, Managing Director, One Equity Partners (JP Morgan Chase).

From left: Dr. Thomas Connelly, Anna Powers, Tom Kichler and Andrew Liveris .

The Award to the 2014 Global STEM Student Leader went to Anna Powers, PhD Chemistry Student at NYU, for the advancement of STEM education by supporting the K-12 Chemistry Festivals in Peru and setting new ACS member recruiting records at the 2014 Chemistry Congress in Lima. The 2014 Keynote Speaker was David Womack, Head of Chemicals and Petroleum, IBM Watson.

Leadership Awards: Insightful. Warm. Celebratory. .

In 2013 the Awards honored Jon M, Hunstman, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corp.; Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht S.A. and Chairman of Braskem, and David and Peter DeLeew, the Co-Presidents at Huntsman-Lion Capital.

From left: Fernando Musa (accepting for Marcelo Odebrecht), David De Leeuw, Jon Huntsman and Peter De Leeuw.

Attend CME luncheons, get the pulse of the industry, network with industry leaders, sharpen cross-sector strategies and keep up with the best practices in innovation, sustainability and productivity. Watch webcasts at your convenience. Tell us about topics, speakers and how to serve you better.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.


George Rodriguez
CME Chair and Board Member fo the American Chemical Society’s New York Section. Email: Contact CME Chair

The 2012 ACS NY CME Leadership Awards won the prestigious American Chemical Society ChemLuminary Award for Global Engagement.


Chemical Marketing & Economics Group

Established in 1954, Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) is the business and technology group of the illustrious American Chemical Society’s (ACS) New York Section. Our mission is to inform, network, engage the public and advance STEM education.

CME organizes exciting monthly luncheons in midtown NYC where thought leaders present cutting-edge outlooks and actionable insights on energy, materials & life science. CME's audience includes professionals from industry, investment, academia, media and supranational organizations.

American Chemical Society (ACS), founded in Manhattan in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, is the world's largest scientific society with over 160,000 members and the global home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions.

ACS is a leader in global stewardship of Earth’s resources publishing 44 scientific journals and administering a registry of 88 million inorganic and organic substances.

Enable the Leaders of Tomorrow: Support STEM Education.


STEM Education is Key to Peace and Prosperity

Help build a better future. Sponsor CM&E events.

Technological innovation has been by far the primary driver of economic growth. However, the share of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) students has been declining in the USA. Compared to 46% in China, only 5% of USA high school graduates become STEM professionals.

You can help. Please sponsor CME events. You will not just strengthen your brand equity but also help grow the support for outstanding scholars, the development of tools for teachers and the advancement of STEM programs which are fundamental pillars for a brighter future. See Science Education



May 7, 2015 - Latin American Outlook

> Are Argentina and Brazil paving the way for a comeback?
> How powerful is the Chinese influence on growth?
> Is now the time to capture opportunities?

A new era for business is emerging South of the border. With a combined population and gross national product similar to that of Brazil, the fastest growing economies in the region - Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia - have formed the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc that boasts investor-friendly policies.

Brazil, the largest member of Mercosur, after coming to grips with the consequences of an expanding government role, is undergoing a fundamental policy shift that should benefit business in the medium and long term as the country blooms into the fifth economy in the world by 2030.

In addition, as China establishes itself as a salient investor and marketer in South America, the USA and Europe are trying to reinvent their role in a region critical for market growth and the supply of key materials, food and energy. 

Don't miss the analysis of key changes that savvy strategists and investors can use to identify the opportunities created by the new trade dynamics, the competition among the largest economies and the promise of a growing Latin American population estimated to reach one billion people by mid-century.

Panelist: Monica de Bolle
visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since March 2015, is professor on leave at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and managing partner of Galanto MBB Consultants. Named as "Honored Economist" in 2014 by the Order of Brazilian Economists, de Bolle focuses on foreign exchange, monetary and fiscal policy, trade and capital markets. She worked at the Institute for Economic Policy Research and the International Monetary Fund. De Bolle has coauthored a number of books, including The State of the World Economy, Challenges and Responses (2014) and The Future of Brazilian Manufacturing (2013). She holds a BA in economics, Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro and a PhD in economics, London School of Economics.

Panelist: Renzo Merino, Analyst, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. He follows the sovereign and supranational credits of countries in Latin America as well as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Investment Corporation. He has covered sovereigns in the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. Merino helped develop the Rating Methodology for development banks and entities. He was a Country Risk Analyst for Latin America at Business Monitor International (BMI). He holds an MA in Economics from NYU and a BA in Economics from UPenn. He did post- baccalaureate studies at Columbia University.

Moderator: George Rodriguez, Argeni Director, CME Chair, ACS NY Board Member.



April 2, 2015 - Japan-USA: Regenerating the World of Medicine

Speaker: Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD, – Fellow, Head Biotech Lab, Asahi Glass Central Research. Former Managing Director of the ASPEX Division of AGC. Received the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association. Abstract: In Japan Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) could be derived from normal adult cells. Japan's "conditional approval" will enable product sales.

Speaker: Stephen Chang, PhD, , Vice President for R&D at NYSCF, has oversight of policies related to business units and partnerships. Dr. Chang was founding CSO of Stemgent. Since 2005, The New York Stem Cell Foundation has created the first patient-specific stem cell lines for ALS and reprogrammed pancreatic cells. Genetic models of diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases of human stem cells are being developed at the NYSCF Lab .

March 5, 2015 - Aroma Business: The Winning Scent of Clean and Fresh

Speaker: Charles Steward, PhD, – Vice President of Research & Development for Takasago International Corp. (USA). Leader of the Applications and Innovations team. Previously worked at International Flavors and Fragrances and Givaudan Fragrances.


Speaker: Charles Tremblay, – International Flavors & Fragrances Creative Center Director, NOAM Consumer Fragrances, Global Home Care Center of Excellence Director. Abstract: The fragrance industry worth $15 billion, with millions spent each year developing new molecules, and research to unveil the secret of what delights consumers and why.

February 5, 2015 - Profit from Four Disruptive Technologies

Moderator: Sam Samdani, Sr. Knowledge Expet at McKinsey & Company. Abstract: This presentation focused on four disruptive technologies relevant to chemicals:3D printing, carbon nanotubes and graphene, next-generation genomics, and shale oil & gas recovery. The panelists were: Chris Krampitz. strategy manager, digital manufacturing technologies, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of Systems Biology at Yale University, and Miguel Mireles, business development, chemicals & materials, Grace Matthews.

January 7, 2015 - Economic Outlook

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). What trend shifts will have high impact in the 2015 global economy? How is the match between the middle East and Shale Oil & Gas shaping up? What is the new outlook on the manufacturing future of the USA? Attendees learned the insights of a preeminent economist of the business of chemistry.  Click on the title to get the slide presentation.


October 2, 2014 - Huntsman: Transforming the World of Advanced Materials

Speaker: James Huntsman, President, Huntsman Advanced Materials.

With annual sales over $1.3 billion in epoxy and polyurethane-based polymer products, the Huntsman Advanced Materials Division of Huntsman Corporation is increasing the alignment of global resources with attractive higher-growth markets in aerospace, adhesives, high-performance coatings, power generation, green electronics and large-scale engineering projects.

September 10, 2014 - Evonik: Capturing Growth in Specialty Chemicals

Speaker: John Rolando, President of Evonik North America. With more than €12.5 billion in sales in 2012, Evonik is in the midst of an ambitious €6 billion investment program focused to grow its specialty chemicals businesses around the world.

July 12, 2013 - Sustainability Symposium at JFK. Solar Impulse: An Energy Revolution!

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CME and ACS. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. This amazing machine of 63 meters (208 ft) in wingspan that weighs only 1600 kg (3520 lb) is a marvel of engineering, chemistry, physics, and most importantly, the human passion for perseverance and making the impossible dreams come true.