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Frank Bergonzi
CEO and President, Americas

Frank has over 34 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry. Previously, he was CEO and President of KODA Distribution Group. Prior to that, he was Director, Corporate Distribution at  BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical producers. Prior to BASF, Frank held numerous key management positions with Fortune 100 Companies, including Dow Chemical, Witco Corporation, OSi Specialties and Union Carbide. He is a former Board Member of the NACD, and served as Chairman of the Supplier Advisory Panel, in addition to his role as a Board Trustee of the Chemical Education Fund. 

Frank has been named to the Azelis Board of Directors. He is also an active member in the Chemical Club of New England (CCNE), Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), American Coatings Association (ACA), and Drug, Chemical and Associated Trade (DCAT). Frank has a BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Connecticut.

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Trae Etre
Trae Etre
Chief Financial Officer, Americas

Trae has 19 years experience in Corporate Finance/Accounting. He began his career in public accounting working primarily with clients in wholesale distribution, and consumer and financial services. For the past 3  years, Trae has been the Vice President of Planning and Analysis for Azelis Americas. Prior to that , Trae was  CFO of Azelis Americas’ Specialty Ag division for 15 years.  In his career, he has played a key role in several business acquisitions, integrations and divestitures as well as several senior and subordinated debt refinancing events.  Trae holds a B.A. in Accounting from Assumption College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Tim Dooling
Chief Operations Officer, Americas

Prior to becoming COO,  Tim Dooling was the Managing Director, Personal Care and HC&IC for Azelis Americas. Tim has over 22 year’s experience in the specialty chemical industry. Tim has held several key management roles both at Callahan Chemical Company and Sun Chemical. His responsibilities ranged from Sales Manager and Branch Manager to Vice President of Sales and Executive Vice President. Most recently, Tim was President of Callahan Chemical.

Tim is a member of NACD, the Chemical Club of New England and the SCC. He served both in the United States Marine Corps and the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He has a BA from Boston College and is a graduate of M.I.T. Sloan School of Management Executive Program.

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Dan Gruber
Managing Director, New Business Development, CASE

Dan Gruber has 27 years experience in the chemical distribution industry. For 12 years Dan was President of GMZ Inc. before being appointed Managing Director of Azelis Americas CASE in 2016. For his entire career, Dan has focused his expertise on the Coatings, Inks, Adhesives, Elastomers and Plastics markets. Dan has a BS/BA from Xavier University.

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Jean-Pierre Pelchat
Managing Director, Azelis Canada

Having started in 1991 and promoted to Managing Director of Azelis Canada in 2016, Jean-Pierre Pelchat brings to Azelis Americas a unique coast to coast experience in Canadian distribution having worked both in Quebec and Alberta for the Canadian distributor Mackenzie & Feimann from 1981 to 1991. In addition to multiple management roles and former vice-president of the Quebec Association of Industrial Chemicals; Mr. Pelchat has extensive experience in Sales Management, Logistics and global Supply chain experience.

After completing a college degree in Science in the province of Quebec, Mr. Pelchat has earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Calgary.

Holly Daley
General Manager, Essential Chemicals/ Rubber & Plastics Additives / Lubricants & Metal Working Fluids / Food & Health

Holly Daley has over 20 years of experience in Chemical Distribution. Holly began her career in GE’s Technical Sales Program (Houston, TX) after several years Holly joined Monson Companies. Holly’s experience and career flourished with Monson as it transitioned via acquisition from a commodity distributor to a specialty chemical distributor. As Senior VP of Specialties for the past 8 years, Holly spent a great deal of her time shaping Monson’s position in the specialties space and worked closely with key Supplier Partners. Additionally, Holly was responsible for Monson’s small Life Sciences Business Unit. In February 2017, Holly returned to run Marcor and the newly formed Food and Health Market Segment.  Previously from December 2014 to December 2015, Holly was  Executive VP/General Manager of Marcor.   Holly has a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Mike Cage
Mike Cage
Executive Vice President, RRSI

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the specialty chemical distribution business. Mike has a BS in forestry from La. Tech and began his career with Red River Specialties in March of 1988. Mike was also in the Army National Guard for over 7 years and resigned his commission as Captain in the late 90’s. Mike is an active member in several state forestry associations that include La.,Ms. Ar. and Tx.

Jason Thrumbetta
Jason Thrumbetta
General Manager, ADAPCO

Jason has 15 years of experience in the specialty chemical business.  A  Pennsylvania native, Jason has experience in specialty chemicals from the services, manufacturing, and distribution disciplines.   Jason currently sits on the board of the American Mosquito Control Association as the Industry Director and is an active member in the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE).  Jason has an MBA from Florida State University and a BSc in Environmental Resource Management/Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Katherine Whalen
Vice President General Counsel, Americas

Katherine Whalen joined Azelis in 2018 as VP General Counsel, Americas and is responsible for managing the legal affairs for North America. Prior to joining Azelis she held senior legal roles at LIN Media until its 2014 merger with Media General, Inc. She then continued as Deputy General Counsel of the combined company until 2017.

Ms. Whalen began her legal career as an associate in the Private Equity Practice groups at Edwards & Angell LLP (now Locke Lord LLP) and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.  She has a wide range of experience in business affairs and strategic corporate transactions.  Ms. Whalen has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.

Doug Kercher
Doug Kercher
Vice President of Corporate Operations, Americas

Doug Kercher has over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry, with a primary focus in the coatings and construction segments.  He has worked on the distribution side of the business, as well as the supplier/manufacturing side in various capacities for multiple organizations in his career.  Doug has been with Azelis since 2013, serving as the general manager/president of the P.T. Hutchins division until 2018 when he joined the corporate operations group of Azelis.  Prior to that he spent 10 years with Wacker Chemical Corporation as the business director of the North American Chemicals and Textiles division, along with other roles in sales and marketing for Wacker.  Doug started his career as an engineer and also held positions of production manager, plant manager, sales manager, and general manager for Elementis Pigments.  He holds a bachelors degree in chemical engineering from San Jose State University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Steve Hawthorne
Vice President of Information Technology, Americas

Steve joined the organization in 2014 and as VP, Information Technology, he is responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy and managing the delivery of all technology systems and services.  Prior to joining, Steve served as VP, Information Technology for Packaging Services, Inc, a private equity owned pharmaceutical packaging provider. In a prior role, Steve worked for Integra LifeSciences where he led a global business transformation program to consolidate legacy systems into a single ERP platform, harmonize business processes across acquired businesses, and provide a platform to expedite the integration of new acquisitions.  He started his career with Accenture where he spent 10 years leading large scale transformational programs within the chemicals and energy industries.  Steve is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a B.S. in Computer Science.

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Islam Awad
Islam Awad
Vice President of Human Resources, Americas

Islam has 19 years experience in Human Resource. He began his career with Price Waterhouse Cooper in their Human Resources outsourcing business unit working with fortune 100 and 500 clients. For the past 12 years, Islam has held leadership roles in various global organizations including, Pentax and Hanjin Shipping. He has experience in manufacturing, IT, telecom, logistics and professional services organizations. In his career, he has played a key role in several business acquisitions, integrations and IPOs.

His passion is providing HR solutions to help organizations build a solid HR infrastructure through people, technology and compliance.

Islam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Rutgers University. He is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR, SHRM-CP). Islam is an active member of many prominent HR organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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