The Senior Management Team brings over 80 years of experience in the chemical industry to the leadership of Gaylord Chemical Company.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
The cross-functional Sales & Marketing team brings specialized expertise in the areas of inorganic, organic chemicals and life sciences.
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.
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.
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.