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.

Frank RoedererFrank Roederer

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Roederer joins Gaylord Chemical from A. Schulman, where he served as Sr Vice President and General Manager of the Engineering Composites Division. Mr. Roederer also served as Vice President of Masterbatch Solutions and Business Unit Director of Specialty Powders at A. Shulman, where he was responsible for strategy development and execution in the EMEA.

Previously, served as General Manager, Corporate Strategy and Planning at SABIC in Saudi Arabia, where he led the refinement and implementation of the company’s corporate strategy by establishing a performance management culture. In an earlier role, he was Director of Supply Chain Europe at W.R. Grace, where he executed supply chain cost reduction and sourcing optimization programs across the EMEA region.

Mr. Roederer holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Hochschule Offenburg and an MBA from Schiller International University.




Dawn PichonDawn Pichon, CPA

Vice President and Controller

Dawn has been with Gaylord Chemical for over 30 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.







Marc SmithMarc 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.







Artie McKimArtie 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.







Steve SkalSteve 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 and Marketing

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

Rishi PimentelRishi Pimentel

Director of Market Development, Life Sciences

Mr. Pimentel brings 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical development, contract services, and sales.  He launched his career in technical sales with JRS Pharma LP, a pharmaceutical excipient company where he was promoted to a management role.  This path led him to undertake a role as Director of Business Development with Glatt Pharmaceutical Services where he focused on contract development and manufacturing for third party clients.  It was in this capacity that he began his mission to help build, optimize and grow profitable generic drugs through collaboration with top branded and generic manufacturers.  Before joining Gaylord Chemical, his expanding expertise in sales and marketing and strategic planning allowed him to take on the role of Director of Market Development for Meggle USA overseeing North America sales and marketing functions.  Mr. Pimentel is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he received in B.S. in Ceramic and Material Science Engineering.  He is conversant in three languages and a recognized thought leader in formulation design and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry.




Cynthia MalpicaCynthia 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.





Mick SadoudiMick Sadoudi

Director of Sales & Marketing

Mick began his career in Sales and Marketing at Dow Chemical. During his time at Dow, he developed and managed business serving a wide range of end markets with a focus in oil, gas, and mining applications. Mick holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin.