Why CSMC Was Founded
The diversity of problems facing a CEO was the original reason for the founding of the Chemical and Specialties Management Council back in 1965 - at a time when "networking" was still a novel idea. From its inception, the Council was designed to be a relatively small group of non-competing CEOs of chemical and specialties companies. In formal meetings and in more informal communications, the CEOs in the Council are free to air problems and issues and to find the solutions that bring the greatest benefit to their companies.
Who Is Eligible?
Eligibility for the Council is limited to the CEOs of privately owned or independently managed companies that have been in business for at least three years. Annual sales must be between $500,000 and $100,000,000 per year. The emphasis is on chemical and specialties manufacturing - more than 75% of sales must involve processing rather than resale.
The Council meets three times a year, twice (in February and May) near a member’s plant, and once (September/ October) at an upscale resort. The February and May meetings generally include the tour of a member’s plant. The four-day Fall meeting includes one or more invited speakers.
All three meetings give each member the opportunity to share openly the challenges and problems their company faces, and to offer their experiences and perceptions to other members. Because there is no significant competition among members, these tend to be "no holds barred" meetings where new ideas and aggressive solutions to problems flourish.
Outside of scheduled meetings, the activities of the Council continue throughout the year as members contact one another to tackle the issues, problems and challenges that are part of successful management of a small privately held business.
Dan Schodowski; JTM Products, OH
Ed Price; SEQENS, MA
Ephraim Honig; Strem Chemicals, MA
Gary McClurg; Seaforth Minerals and Ore, OH
Clinton Beeland; CJB Industries GA
Tom Bourdon; Chemical Products Corp., GA