VanDeMark Corporate Leadership Responsibilities


Michael Kucharski – CEO
M-KucharskiMichael Kucharski joined VanDeMark in 1983 and has four decades of specialty chemical industry experience. During his tenure at VanDeMark Mr. Kucharski has held a variety of positions in Technical, Engineering, and Operations. Key focus during this part of his career was with process development and project management.

Through this period he successfully led several teams through design & construction projects building several multi-million dollar specialty chemical manufacturing facilities and launching the production of dozens of new products. Mr. Kucharski was appointed CEO of VanDeMark in 2005, following a 3-year assignment in Shanghai, China, during which time he served as Technical Director and General Manager of Shanghai SNPE Chemical Co. Ltd.

As CEO, Mr. Kucharski is responsible for establishing the global business strategy for VanDeMark and has refocused the business on the specialty and custom chemical industry, expanded the Company through global sales and distribution initiatives, and implemented new product development initiatives that leverage VanDeMark’s technically-advanced manufacturing processes. Prior to joining VanDeMark, Mr. Kucharski was Technical Manager at Allied Chemical Co.; Tonawanda, New York.

Additionally; Mr. Kucharski served on the SOCMA (Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates) Board of Governors from 2007 to 2010.
Mr. Kucharski holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (1978) and an MBA (1997) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Kucharski is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York.

György Emri – Managing Director
G-EmriGyörgy Emri is Managing Director at Framochem. Mr. Emri started his professional career at BVK (the predecessor of BorsodChem) in 1975 where he held numerous positions including Maintenance Manager, Purchasing Manager of Packaging Materials and Customs Recovery Executive.

Mr. Emri joined Framochem in 1993 as the Purchasing Manager of the newly founded company. In 2002 his field of responsibility was extended with technical affairs as the Purchasing and Technical Manager. In 2008, he was promoted to Managing Director of Framochem. Mr. Emri holds a degree in Mechanic Engineering from the Kecskemét College, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Automation (GAMF).


Michael Gaffney – CFO
M-GaffneyMichael Gaffney has more than 25 years of experience as a financial executive on an international scale. He has wide-ranging knowledge of the specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical industry

Most recently, he served as CFO for Callery, LLC, a private-equity backed specialty chemicals company operating in the life sciences, CASE, and electronics markets.

Prior to Callery, Mr. Gaffney served as a Financial Director for Johnson Matthey, Plc, a $9 billion specialty chemical company with operations in more than 30 countries. He also managed financial positions for Imperial Chemical Industries, Plc, in the United Kingdom, until the company was acquired by Johnson Matthey.

Mr. Gaffney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, England, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, and an Associate of the Royal College of Science.

Csaba Áll – Financial Director
Csaba Áll is Financial Director at Framochem. He joined the company in 1993 in the position of Network Administrator. He was soon appointed as Financial Controller then Financial Director in 2004. Prior to his employment at Framochem, Mr. Áll was a Scientific Assistant at the University of Miskolc. He holds university degrees in Mechanical Engineering (1989) and Economics (1999).


Larry Grubb – Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development
Joining the company in 2016, Larry Grubb brings more than 35 years of experience and results-oriented performance in the chemical industry. His primary charge is supervisory responsibility for the entire sales staff of both VanDeMark and Framochem as the organization integrates its products and services in the global marketplace.

Grubb most recently served as Director of Business Development for Axiall Corporation, a leading manufacturer of integrated chlorovinyls and vinyl-based building and home improvement products. He previously spent more than 33 years with PPG Industries, including service as the General Manager for Specialty Phosgene Derivatives. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo.

Larry has a significant amount of experience negotiating project agreements, acquisitions, and sales of divisions on a worldwide basis. He has been directly responsible for management of the sales force as well as customer acquisition and retention, personnel development, and profit and loss (P&L).

Research & Development

James Cheasty- Director of R&D
J-CheastyResearch Director of VanDeMark Chemical, Cheasty has more than 38 years of experience in the chemical industry, primarily in Research and Development, and over 33 years of experience with VanDeMark Chemical Company. Mr. Cheasty began his employment with VanDeMark in 1983, and was appointed to the position of Research Director in 1995, after having served as Research Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Manager, and Quality Control Laboratory Manager.

Mr. Cheasty’s responsibilities as Research Director with VanDeMark Chemical Company include: providing technical assistance to customers and members of other departments within VanDeMark (e.g. administration, sales, EHSQ, production); evaluating the economic viability and technical feasibility of potential new projects for the company; developing project outlines, designing experimental trials, and directing research activities on projects; project technical and commercial liaison with customers throughout the research phase of a project; supervision of R&D personnel, their development, safety and well-being; conducting data and literature searches; developing department budgets and keeping the department fiscally on-track; regular reporting on R&D activities and progress; and writing project reports.

Prior to his employment with VanDeMark, Mr. Cheasty was employed by Akzo Nobel Chemicals, Inc. where he served as a Researcher with the Process Development Group.

Mr. Cheasty holds a Masters of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Masters of Science in Chemistry from the State University College of New York at Buffalo, and Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Empire State College of New York. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.


Paul Ameis – General Manager
P-AmeisMr. Paul Ameis joined VanDeMark in 2001 as the Operations Manager of the Lockport facility and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2003 and Chief Operating Officer in 2005. Mr. Ameis’s most recent role is General Manager for the Lockport VanDeMark facility supporting Lockport’s operations and the integration of the newly acquired Framochem business.

In his current role, Mr. Ameis is responsible for the leadership of plant operations, material planning requirements, plant engineering, research and development, and process engineering. During his tenure at VanDeMark, Mr. Ameis has played an instrumental role in the development of many of the Company’s proprietary processes and products, as well as the Company’s continuous improvement initiatives throughout its manufacturing operations.

Prior to joining VanDeMark, Mr. Ameis gained meaningful manufacturing, and management experience at Occidental Chemical Corporation. Mr. Ameis graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.