Larry Grubb – Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development
Joining the company in 2016, Larry Grubb is the newest member of the VanDeMark leadership team, bringing 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 13 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
Research 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
Mr. 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.