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George Rodriguez
Argeni, LLC 

Program Chair

James M. Weatherall
SpecialChem S.A.


Rhoda Kriesel
Touchstone Marketing


Fred Siemer

Siemer Management

Assistant Treasurer

Karin Bartels

Ipintech LLC



Neil Burns
Neil A. Burns LLC


Chris Cerimele
Grace Matthews, Inc.


David J. Deutsch
Vista Marketing


Rhoda Kriesel
Touchstone Marketing


Brian Orkin

Arsenal Capital


Paul Pospisil
Korn/Ferry International


Rick Templeton
Hilbert Peers & Young


Outstanding Student Volunteers


Jing Hu

NYU Poly


Jianhui Zhu

NYU Poly










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2012 CME's STEM Leadership Awards to Honor Leaders of Airgas, Mexichem and Arsenal Capital
On the day of symmetry 12-6-12, CME Recognized Brilliant Leaders at the NY Yale Club


2012 Global Growth

Juan Pablo del Valle Perochena
Chairman of Mexichem



2012 Lifetime Achievement

Peter McCausland
Chairman of Airgas



2012 Private Equity

John Televantos
Partner of Arsenal Capital


Special Mention: 2012 USA Gold
      Medal, International Chemistry

Chris Hillenbrand
Sophomore at Regis High School


December 6, 2012 CM&E Awards for Leadership at the Chemicals M&A Outlook

The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York
11 am – 3:00 pm
No Webcast

The Inaugural Awards for Leadership instituted as part of the December 6, 2012 celebration of CME’s 58 years of service, were presented at our premier group event of the year, the Chemical Merger & Acquisitions Outlook. Funds raised are to bolster scholarships, National Chemistry Week (K-12) and other STEM education programs.

Honorees: Juan Pablo del Valle (Mexichem), Peter McCausland (Airgas) and John Televantos (Arsenal Capital).

STEM Recognition: Chris Hillenbrand, Chemistry Olympiad Gold Medalist.

Modern Dance Performance: Limon Dance Company Duet "A Time to Embrace"

Panelists: Stephen Arcano, Partner and leader of Skadden’s New York M&A Group; Neil Burns, Managing Partner at Neil A. Burns LLC (Introduction); Chris Cerimele, Director and Head of Chemicals at Houlihan Lockey (Moderator); Daniel Hoverman, Director, Capital Markets, Houlihan Lokey; Damon Warmack, VP Corporate Development & Strategy, Eastman Chemical; and Dean Willard, Executive in Residence. Jordan Company.

News Articles: Courtesy of CM&E Media Partners

Dec 6 ICIS Article Chemical M&A

Dec 6 ICIS Article Mexichem-Pemex JV

Partners: the American Chemistry Council, the Andean Associations of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, The Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, the Chemists’ Club,ICIS, the New York Biotechnology Association, the Peruvian Business Council, Société de Chimie Industrielle, SOCMA and the US-Mexican Chamber of Commerce.


Merit and Biographies


Juan Pablo del Valle Perochena - 2012 Global Growth Leadership Award

Mr. del Valle has been a visionary leader. In 2003, Mexichem, S. A. B. de C. V., was a domestic Mexican company with annual sales over $258 million (all figures in US dollars) in plastic pipes, chemicals and petrochemicals. Fast forward eight years and it is now a thriving Global Latina company operating in 42 countries, including the Americas, Europe and Japan. It has increased sales 15 times to $3.8 billion, EBITDA 20-fold to $830 million (22% of sales), and market value 42-fold. It has completed over 75 acquisitions including Ineos Fluor in 2010, Bayshore in 2011, and Wavin N.V. at $700 million in 2012. Its 2011 JV with PEMEX amounted to $550 million. In 2012 Mexichem estimates sales of $5.6 billion and EBITDA of $1,120 million. With more than 16,000 employees, the company has the largest fluorspar mine in the world and is the only fully integrated coolant gas producer in America. It is also the largest producer of PVC resin in Latin America and contributes actively to the dynamic growth of the countries.

“It is an honor to receive this CME award that I will share with all employees of Mexichem and the Kaluz Group,” Mr. del Valle added. “CME meetings provide fantastic cross-sector insights on relevant industry topics that I have found useful in shaping global strategies. Congratulations to CME for dedicating almost six decades of service to its members.”

Mr. Juan Pablo del Valle Perochena is an industrial Engineer from Universidad Anahuac, has three children and is married to architect Bárbara Fernandez. He started his career working for Telmex S.A de C.V in 1996. Among other responsibilities, he led the implementation of the first fiber optics sea cable between the U.S.A, México, Central and South América. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 2001, Mr. Del Valle founded Grupo Modulo Progresivo, a low income housing developer in México. Early in 2002 he joined his family business, Grupo Empresarial Kaluz, where he was responsible for real estate investments/ operations and the chemical business. During his leadership, Kaluz has built more than 1 million square feet of housing and mixed used commercial developments. Since 2002 he was deeply involved in the strategy to solidly grow the group´s key subsidiary, Mexichem SAB. Since 2003, the company has grown from a couple of hundred million USD in sales and local presence, to over $3.8 billion USD in sales and global presence. With Mexichem SAB he serves as Chairman of the Board since April 2011, Board member since 2001 and Board Delegate of Mexichem America since 2009.  Mr. del Valle also sits on the board of Kaluz SAB and Elementia S.A de C.V. He participates in nonprofit associations that include: Board member and cofounder of Fundación Kaluz, Board member of the Chairman´s International Advisory Council del Americas Society, and Board Member of the José Limón Dance Foundation.


Peter McCausland - 2012 Lifetime Achievement Leadership Award

Mr. McCausland founded Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) in 1982 with the purchase of Connecticut Oxygen Corporation, an industrial gas distributor with $3 million in annual sales. Through more than 400 acquisitions and the successful execution of strategic growth initiatives over 30 years, McCausland has led Airgas to become one of the premier industrial gas companies in the U.S., with sales of more than $4.7 billion in its most recent fiscal year. Since its IPO in 1986, Airgas has delivered a total return to shareholders that is among the highest in the S&P 500 Index, a select group of companies to which it was added in 2009 as a result of its exceptional growth in market value.

“CME provides a strong foundation for chemical professional networking and science education, which is fundamental for future generations,” Mr. McCausland said. “I am honored to receive this lifetime achievement award and would like to express my profound gratitude to CME for this recognition and to the more than 15,000 Airgas associates who work tirelessly to bring value to our customers every day.”

Peter McCausland is Chairman of Airgas, Inc., (NYSE: ARG), the largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases and welding equipment and one of the largest distributors of safety supplies in the United States. Mr. McCausland founded Airgas in 1982, has been President and CEO since 1987, previously served as Chairman of the Board from 1987 to September 2010, and was elected Chairman again in August 2011. Before starting the firm, he served as General Counsel for MG Industries, Inc., an industrial gas producer. He also was a founding partner in the law firm of McCausland, Keen & Buckman, which specialized in mergers, acquisitions, and financings. Mr. McCausland serves as a director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Independence Seaport Museum, and the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina, and on the Board of Visitors at the Boston University School of Law. He graduated cum laude from Boston University Law School with a J.D. degree after earning a B.S. degree in history from the University of South Carolina. Mr. McCausland is an avid golfer and competitive sailor. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two children, Christopher and Elizabeth.


John Televantos - 2012 Private Equity Leadership Award

Since 2006, Dr. Televantos has been with Arsenal Capital Partners where he serves as co-head of the Specialty Industrial practice of the firm with a focus on Specialty Chemicals and Materials. During his tenure with Arsenal he has been part of several acquisitions and successful exits in the chemicals and materials such as the acquisitions of Flouro-Seal, Royal Adhesives & Sealants, Evonik’s Colorants business, and the acquisition and subsequent divestiture to BASF of Novolyte Technologies. Prior to Arsenal, Dr. Televantos was President of Aqualon Company, owned by Hercules Incorporated, President and Founder of Helios Chemical Company, and Chief Executive Officer for Foamex International.

“I am honored to receive the CME award for leadership in the field that is most dear to me,” Dr. Televantos said. “I have been impressed by the stimulating networking, actionable insights and the splendid quality of the meetings organized by a group dedicated to business and investments and by its unwavering support for science education.”

Dr. Televantos is a Partner at Arsenal Capital Partners, a leading middle market Private Equity Firm focused in the Specialty Industrials, Healthcare and Specialty Financial Services sectors of the economy. Prior to joining Arsenal in 2006, Dr. Televantos was President of Aqualon Company, owned by Hercules Incorporated, President and Founder of Helios Chemical Company, and Chief Executive Officer for Foamex International. John started his career with Union Carbide, in silicones research and moved through a variety of management positions in urethanes to Vice President of Strategy and Development for ARCO Chemical. For the last 6 years Dr. Televantos has been with Arsenal Capital where he serves as co-head of the Specialty Industrial practice of the firm with a focus on Specialty Chemicals and Materials. During his tenure with Arsenal John has been part of several acquisitions and successful exits in the chemicals and materials sectors of the economy. Dr. Televantos has a B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of London, UK. In addition to serving on the Boards of several Arsenal-owned companies he serves on the Board and is lead Director of Balchem Corp (BCPC).


Chris Hillenbrand - 2012 USA Gold Medalist in the International Chemistry Olympiad

Chris is a sophomore at Regis High School in New York City. In July of 2012, Chris won the only gold medal for the US at the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad, one of 34 students in the world to achieve this elite level of recognition. At 15, he was the youngest to capture gold at this event, where 283 contestants from 73 nations participated. Initially, out of 14,000 chemistry students nationwide who took part in the local testing, 1000 students made the national level and from this group, he was one of 20 students selected for an intensive 2 week study camp at Air Force Academy in Colorado. He was one of 4 students finally chosen to represent the USA.

At Regis, Chris received the Order of the Owl for excellence in every subject and the General Excellence Award for outstanding achievement outside the school’s academic curriculum. Chris runs the Science Bowl at Regis, a national competition for Science and Mathematics. He is attending the Science Honors Program for High School Students at Columbia University and participates in a research project at New York University.

At the Wardlaw Hartridge School (Edison, NJ), Chris took High School Algebra, Geometry and Biology with excellent scores during elementary school. In Middle School, he continued with AP Chemistry, AP Physics and Honors Physics, as well as SAT subject tests in Math and Chemistry. He obtained top scores of 800 for SAT tests and “5”s in AP exams. He earned a perfect score in the National Latin Examination. Chris is a member of SET (Study of Exceptional Talent) at Johns Hopkins University. He qualified for violin at the New Jersey Regional Orchestra. He loves tennis and skiing.