John Pantanella — CEO & Founder
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 Sales, Operations/Manufacturing, and Finance.
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.
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.
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.
Harry Miles — Director of Human Capital & 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.