Our Team

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team brings over 80 years of experience in the chemical industry to the leadership of Gaylord Chemical Company.

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Paul Dennis

President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul has 28 years of experience in specialty chemicals industry in markets such as textiles, coatings, personal care and detergents. He started with OSi Specialities (formerly part of Specialty Chemicals Division of Union Carbide Corporation) and progressed through successive sales and marketing roles, ultimately becoming a Global Business Manager for Crompton Corporation. Paul gained experience in an early phase, start-up enviroment at ChemDomain, Inc. (product development software). As Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Paul helped shape the business model, and he developed and implemented the customer acquisition strategy. Paul became President of Gaylord Chemical in 2003. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

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Dawn Pichon, CPA

Vice President and Controller

Dawn has been with Gaylord Chemical for 24 years. She was made a member of the Senior Management Team in January of 2012. In her capacity as Controller, she oversees all accounting, payroll and human resource activities for Gaylord. Prior to coming to Gaylord, Dawn was with KPMG, a nationwide CPA firm, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dawn is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.S.in Accounting and is a Louisiana Certified Public Accountant.

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Marc Smith

Vice President, Manufacturing

Marc Smith’s positions with Dow Chemical and Steward Company have exposed him to a variety of manufacturing technologies across the US, and a recent multiyear assignment in Mainland China. Marc is a graduate of Mississippi State University (B.S. Chemical Engineering) and lives in Tuscaloosa, AL with his wife Janis. They have 3 grown sons. Among his hobbies are leadership training, hiking, biking, and photography.

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Artie S. McKim, Ph.D. MBA

Vice President, Technology

Artie earned his Ph.D. in synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of North Texas in 1999, under Regents Professor Alan P. Marchand. Areas included in his expertise and interests are macrocyclic ether/azacrown synthesis, experimental design and general synthetic methodology. Recent collaborations include the synthesis of an unusual class of organic azides, and Suzuki-Miyaura couplings of an unexplored class of organonitrogen compounds.

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Steve Skal

Vice President, Sales

Steve has over thirty years of experience in the chemical industry starting as a chemical engineer at Rohm and Haas and then working through a range of sales and marketing positions serving a variety of end markets.  After Dow Chemical acquired Rohm and Haas he took on the role of Associate Director of Strategic Marketing in their Functional Materials business and then upon leaving Dow joined Gaylord Chemical in his current position.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A with a concentration in marketing from the University of Houston.

Sales, Marketing and Technology

The cross-functional Sales & Marketing team brings specialized expertise in the areas of inorganic, organic chemicals and life sciences.

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Robert Strub, R.Ph.

Director of Marketing, Life Sciences

Bob has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, nutritional, and food industries. He has held roles in technical service, sales, product management, marketing, and business development. Bob has experience with regulatory compliance and marketing to various industries. Additionally, Bob spent 10 years at Croda where he managed the marketing function for their pharmaceutical business, primarily excipients and nutritional ingredients. Bob has a B.A. degree in Biology from Hartwick College (New York) and a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Brooklyn College of Pharmacy. He is a registered New York State pharmacist.

Jonathan Bryant, Director of Sales and Market Development

Jonathan Bryant

Director of Sales and Market Development

Jonathan has over 24 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry. He began his career at Milliken & Company as a production engineer which provided broad exposure to manufacturing operations. He joined Milliken Chemical early in his career and progressed in roles which included sales, marketing, and product management. Jonathan spent over 8 years at MWV Specialty Chemicals in roles as a business manager and commercial director where his focus was on market development and growth of pine-chemical based products. Along with his broad experience in textiles, coatings, intermediates and plastics, Jonathan has extensive business experience in international markets. Jonathan holds a Bachelor degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from North Carolina State University.

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Cynthia Malpica

Director of Sales

Cynthia started her career as a chemical engineer working at DuPont. Early in her career she enjoyed being involved with customers and progressed to a sales and marketing role with responsibilities for the Americas’ distribution network. She gained additional international experience when she joined Praxair Surface Technologies as the Sales Manager for France, Spain and Portugal. Through her work with DuPont and Praxair, she has over eighteen years experience in the chemical and metallurgical industries in markets including specialty chemicals, coatings, thermal spray and additive manufacturing. Cynthia grew up in Venezuela and lived for 10 years in France; she is fluent in Spanish and French, as well as English. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.