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February 19, 2015 Meeting and Student Night

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Development of a Global Supply Chain for the Specialty Chemical Industry

Topic Introduction:
Maroon Group LLC is a leading distributor in the North American supply of specialty chemicals for customers in the plastics, paint & coatings, composites, sealants & adhesives, rubber and construction industries. Having developed a unique service model via a global supply chain, Maroon is a preferred supplier for many of the largest chemical producers in North America. Join us for a discussion about how Maroon Group was able to develop this global supply chain and leverage it for the benefit of our customers.

Speaker Bios:

Mike McKenna, Chief Operating Officer
Mike is responsible for enabling operational excellence across the company and ensuring the infrastructure is in place for future growth. As the leader of Maroon’s Operations and Marketing groups, Mike helps to enable Maroon’s vision and strategy, and drives the branding of the organization. As a key member of Maroon’s merger and acquisition team, Mike is actively involved in all stages from identification through integration of the companies into Maroon Group. After a 7 + year tenure with Johnson Matthey Plc, Mike joined Maroon in 2004 as Business Development Manager and has held various roles in Sales, Marketing, Operations and Principal Management throughout his career in specialty chemical manufacturing and distribution.

Howard Hubert, Chief Commercial Officer
Hubert has a long successful track record in the industrial gas distribution industry where his leadership and focus moved multiple organizations to new levels of growth and excellence. Prior to joining Maroon Group, Hubert was Senior Vice President of the Packaged Gas Division for Matheson-Trigas, which specializes in industrial and specialty gas distribution. He has held leadership positions at Valley National Gases and Linde. Hubert’s background is in sales and marketing, commercial development, and business leadership of bulk and packaged industrial and specialty gases.

Company Info:

Maroon Group LLC
1390 Jaycox Road
Avon, Ohio 44011


Sterle's Country House
1401 East 55th Street
Cleveland, OH 44103


5:30 Social Time
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Presentation
8:00 Wrap-up

Menu: "Sterle's Feast" which includes family style choice of main meal (Pierogies, Chicken Paprikash, Roast Pork) and all meals include salad, dessert, vegetable, and coffee, iced tea or soda for $25.55. Students from a chemical engineering program will have a reduced meal price of $5, which is sponsored by AIChE Cleveland.

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January 12, 2015 Meeting

Joint Meeting with Society of Plastic Engineers, Cleveland Section

Innovation at PolyOne

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Murphy, Vice President, Research and Development, Chief Innovation Officer, PolyOne Corp.

Speaker bio: Dr. Christopher Murphy is vice president, research and development, and chief innovation officer of PolyOne Corporation, the world's premier provider of specialty polymer materials, services and solutions. Having joined PolyOne in May 2012, Dr. Murphy has global responsibility for driving innovation and developing new solutions and applications across all markets by collaborating with PolyOne technical teams, corporate marketing group, business units and external technology resources. Dr. Murphy has established an impressive track record of global innovation and new product development at leading specialty companies, including Lubrizol, Elementis Specialties and Nalco Chemical Company. He earned a PhD in organic chemistry from Tufts University and a BS in chemistry from Boston College.


Hilton Fairlawn
3180 W Market St.
Akron, OH, 44333

Time: 6:00 PM Dinner/Presentation

Meal: There will be a $25 charge for dinner.

RSVP: Gary Taylor at or call 330-334-5323. Please be sure to include your company affiliation and include any dietary restrictions.

2014-2015 Program:

The 2014-2015 program planning is underway. Plans are for a meeting in late September, November, Student Night in February with a speaker from Maroon Group, Science Fair Awards in March, and Social Event in June. Please contact a chairperson for speaker suggestions.

Science Fair Award April 2014

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