John Pantanella — Founder/CEO
Education: University of Massachusetts, BS Engineering 1990 | Harvard Business School, OPM 49, 2017
After college, John 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 polyurethane formulas 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 the business.
Ted Thurmond — President
Education: Boston College, BA English 1994 | Washington University, St. Louis, MBA 2008
Ted worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car immediately after graduating from college. He entered the chemical industry in 2000 when he joined Archway Sales Inc., a specialty chemical distributor in St. Louis, MO, where he held several operational roles, including Vice President of Operations. In 2014, after Nexeo Solutions acquired Archway Sales, he moved into the role of Business Director, overseeing the CASE Specialties business unit. Ted joined Chemline in 2017 as President and is responsible for executing our corporate strategy while overseeing Operations/Manufacturing, and Finance.
Jeff DePlanty — CFO
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS Accountancy 1995
Jeff began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse. From PW, he joined private equity backed manufacturer Jackson Products where he held multiple accounting/finance roles, including Corporate Controller. After working on several acquisitions as well as the successful sale of Jackson Products, Jeff joined Harbour Group in 2001. At Harbour Group, Jeff spent 18 years evaluating, financing and executing new acquisition and divestiture opportunities as well as providing financial and board level leadership to portfolio companies. During his career, Jeff has executed over 40 acquisition/divestiture transactions along with helping to build out the financial reporting and accounting functions of these manufacturing/distribution businesses. In 2019, Jeff joined Chemline as Chief Financial Officer.
Nick Segbers — VP of Operations
Education: Truman State University, BS Finance and BS Accountancy 2008 | Washington University in St. Louis, MBA and Knight Scholar 2015
Nick began his career at Chemline immediately after graduating college. He spent his first years as a formulating chemist, learning the business and the technology before moving into a sales role. In 2015, Nick began overseeing commercial operations for Chemline’s newly established Cold Cast Molded Products business unit. After a successful start, Chemline acquired T.A. Davies Co. in Los Angeles, CA to establish a West Coast manufacturing presence. Nick transitioned into Operations in 2018, bringing new perspective with his formulating and commercial experience. In 2019, Nick took over as VP Operations upon the retirement of his predecessor and continues in this role today.
Harry Miles — Director of Human Capital and Culture
Education: Saint Louis University, BA 1991, Saint Louis University, MBA 1994
Harry has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, mostly in manufacturing companies including Olin Brass, Lear, ARP (Kellwood) and Emerson where he spent 13 years. His most recent position was supporting Ascension’s IT organization that managed over 2,000 IT professionals across the United States. Harry joined Chemline in late 2018 as the Director of Human Capital & Culture and is responsible for implementing consistent Human Resources processes and procedures while promoting a culture that supports Chemline’s core values and growth initiatives.