John Pantanella, —President & Founder
Education: University of Massachusetts with a BS in Engineering in 1990.
After college, he began working for a manufacturer of specialty polyurethane chemicals, where he held various positions including formulator, technical service representative and production supervisor. In 1994, he relocated to St Louis, Missouri after accepting a sales position with a specialty chemical distributor. While selling chemicals by day, he worked nights and weekends creating formulas for polyurethane products out of a make-shift laboratory. After successfully developing multiple products, he left the security of his day job and established Chemline, Inc. in 1997 and continues to be involved in day-to-day operations.
Jim Segbers – VP of Sales
Education: Washington University, BS Chemical Engineering, 1981
Jim entered the polyurethanes marketplace as a Sales Rep for the Dennis Chemical Company in 1981, becoming its Vice President of Sales in 1995. Upon the acquisition of Dennis Chemical by The Geon Company, Jim operated in a variety of Sales and Business Management roles in Geon’s Specialty Formulators Group, and continued as a National Sales Manager for the company after it was merged with MA Hanna to form PolyOne Corp. After PolyOne spun off its polyurethane business in a joint venture with Bayer MaterialScience, Jim continued his career as the National Sales Manager for BayOne Urethane Systems LLC from 2003 until 2009.
In 2009, Jim joined Chemline as Vice President of Sales, handling commercial operations for the company. In 2015, Jim transitioned into the Commercial Director/Executive Vice President role, and took on additional responsibilities to oversee all commercial activities, coordinating both the laboratory and selling departments and meshing them into a unified Commercial Development department.
Josh McKey – VP of Finance and Administration, CFO
Education: BS Accounting
Josh began his career with the professional services firms of Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young spending over five years in the audit and consulting practices. He then worked at Young Innovations for over a decade. Young was a publicly-traded medical device manufacturer that was consistently rated by Forbes magazine as one of the best-managed 200 small companies in America. Beginning in accounting and finance, he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of finance, operations and sales and marketing. In his role as Vice President and Executive Officer, he led the largest and most profitable division and was part of the team responsible for all of Young. In this role, he mentored and led five directors with responsibility for accounting, finance, operations, sales, marketing, product development, quality, regulatory and over 150 team members. After the sale of Young to Linden Capital in 2013, Josh joined Chemline in 2014 as Vice President of Finance and Administration, CFO, overseeing the accounting, finance, customer service, human resources and information technology areas of the business. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kevin McCullough – Vice President of Operations
Education: Southern Illinois University, BS 1977
Upon graduation, Kevin joined the Rexall Drug Company as a Production Supervisor and was promoted to Manufacturing Manager during his eight years with the company. In 1986, he joined the Dennis Chemical Company specializing in liquid vinyl and polyurethane coatings as Plant Manager. He was promoted to Vice President of Manufacturing in 1991. Dennis Chemical was acquired by GEON which subsequently merged with MA Hanna to form PolyOne in 2000. There he served as Operations Manager with responsibility over six manufacturing plants in the Specialty Formulators Division. Kevin joined Chemline in 2008 as Vice President of Operations, a role he continues in today.
Jon Cain – Technical Director
Education: Southern Illinois University, BS Chemisty, 1991
While attending school, Jon began his career in the polyurethanes industry as a lab technician for Futura Coatings, Inc. Upon graduation, he became the group leader for the Plastics and Replications division of Futura Coatings. In 1996, Jon took over the role of Technical Director for the R&D group. As Futura was acquired by IPI International, Jon continued his leadership role in research and development. In 2001, Jon joined Chemline as the Technical Director for research and development, a role that he continues in today.