Who We Are
Specialty Chemicals Industry Leaders
The Dixie Chemical team is represented by top-ranked thinkers in the specialty chemicals industry who are dedicated to chemical innovation and clean technology.
Name: Eric Beatty
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Eric Beatty joined Dixie Chemical as Chief Executive Officer in June of 2017. He brings over 20 years of business leadership experience in the chemical industry, across a variety of markets and geographic regions.
Before joining Dixie, Eric was the President of Renessenz LLC, a manufacturer of high value specialty ingredients sourced from renewable raw materials. Eric led the company through numerous initiatives to improve top line growth, global customer management, innovation performance, and manufacturing quality, productivity and reliability. Prior to Renessenz, Mr. Beatty held a series of senior commercial and business unit leadership roles at FMC Corporation, in the US and Europe.
Eric has a BA from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Name: Michael Gromacki
Mr. Michael (Mike) Gromacki serves as President of Dixie Chemical. He has over 25 years of experience in the chemical industry. He started his career in engineering design and construction practice, then later joined TOTAL S.A. subsidiary Cook Composites & Polymers (CCP). At CCP he served as QSE Director, Manufacturing Director and Vice President. Mike joined Dixie in March of 2009 as Vice President of Operations & Chief Technology Officer. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in July 2014. In June 2015, he assumed leadership responsibilities for Dixie Chemical Company and was formally appointed as President in March 2016. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He serves on several chemical industry boards, including the American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA), American Coatings Association (ACA), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Texas PACE Authority, University of Houston Chemical Engineering Advisory Board, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Name: Kelli Gregory
Title: Vice President – Procurement and Business Support
Ms. Kelli Gregory serves as Vice President of Procurement and Business Support. She joined Dixie Chemical in August 2014. Kelli has strong and progressive experience in Purchasing, Human Resources and Training in the chemical industry, including prior service at OxyChem, AmericanAcryl and Lonza. Kelli is a graduate of University of Houston Clear Lake with a BBA in Management. She holds SPHR certification and is a leader in chemical industry workforce development initiatives at the local, regional and national level. Ms. Gregory is responsible for Purchasing, Human Resources, Training, Customer Service, Marketing, Communications and Loss Control.
Name: Karana Shah
Title: Vice President of Technology
Dr. Karana Shah joined Dixie Chemical in 2013 as Technical Services Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Technology in 2016. Prior to joining Dixie, she worked for Zoltek (Toray group), a global manufacturer of carbon fiber, where she supported advanced composites in the the Composite Intermediates product line. Products she worked on included pultruded profiles and prepreg. Dr. Shah also previously worked for Evonik Jayhawk Fine Chemicals as Technical Service Marketing Manager for Specialty Anhydrides, and for TAMKO Building Products as a Research and Development Engineer for thermoplastic advanced composites. Dr. Shah earned her BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI . She earned her Ph.D. in Polymer Composites from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Name: Matthew Swenson
Title: Vice President of Thermoset Materials
Mr. Matt Swenson joined Dixie Chemical as Vice President of Thermoset Materials in June 2015. His early experience in the thermoset composites industry stems from the fiberglass and cast polymer business his family owned in Minnesota. He later transitioned from manufacturing to sales and business development for companies such as North American Composites, Owens Corning Fiberglass and Cook Composites & Polymers (CCP), a subsidiary of TOTAL S.A. At CCP, he served as Director of Distribution, Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, and as CEO of the CCP Canada manufacturing and distribution business. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BS in Business Administration. At Dixie Chemical Company he is responsible for sales and business management for thermoset materials, including composites, coatings, adhesives and sealants.
Name: William Snyder
Title: Vice President of Sales – Fuel and Lubricant
Mr. William (Buck) Snyder joined Dixie Chemical Company as Vice President of Sales of Fuel & Lubricants / Functional Fluids in December 2015. Buck has a strong background in engineering; sales and marketing; and supply chain management with more than 20 years in the chemical industry. Prior to joining Dixie, Buck served as National Account Manager at TPC Group, principally supporting the lubricant industry. Prior to TPC Group, Buck served at Phillips Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company with progressive responsibilities from chemical engineer, operations manager, and later sales and marketing for various commodity and specialty chemicals. He served an overseas assignment in supply chain management for Saudi Polymers Company, a joint venture between Chevron Phillips and a Saudi Arabian investment company. Buck is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a BS in Chemical Engineering and MBA in Finance. He is responsible for the sales and business management of Dixie Chemical Company products used in fuels, lubricants, and functional fluids.
Name: Michael Quinn
Title: Vice President of Manufacturing
Mr. Michael Quinn joined Dixie Chemical Company as the Vice President of Manufacturing in October 2016. Michael has a strong operations and chemical engineering background, with more than 15 years of experience in the petrochemical industry. Prior to joining Dixie, Michael worked for INVISTA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. He held progressive responsibilities from senior engineering, engineering management and operations management. Michael’s most recent role with INVISTA was as lead engineer and start-up manager for a grassroots Nylon Intermediate facility in Shanghai, China. Prior to joining INVISTA, Michael worked for DuPont in various operations engineering and operations leadership positions. Michael is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in Chemical Engineering.
Name: Dominic Rende
Title: Director of ASA Product Sales
Mr. Dominic (Nick) Rende joined Dixie Chemical Company in October 2008 as Vice President of ASA Sales. He began his career at Nalco Chemical Company in 1977 in R&D for new technologies in pulping, bleaching, water treatment and papermaking. He held progressive positions in Nalco including Group Leader, Market Development Manager, Corporate Accounts, and Global Technical Service. He managed Alkenyl Succinic Anhydride (ASA) paper sizing programs, as well as several other functional chemical offerings. Nick played a major historic role in advancing the technology of ASA-chemistry and synthetic polymer emulsification programs. He supported major papermaking conversions from acidic to alkaline/neutral sizing. Nick graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Botany, and later completed an MBA in Marketing from Benedictine University in Illinois. He is an active member of TAPPI, including service as Chair of the Sizing and Functional Surface Additives Subcommittee. He has also authored several technical publications on ASA and Surface Sizing technologies.
Name: Vinay Mishra
Title: Business Development Manager, Thermoset Platform
Dr. Vinay Mishra joined Dixie Chemical in August 2016 as Business Development Leader in the Thermoset Platform. Dr. Mishra has 20 years of industrial experience and a strong background in product development and applications using epoxies, polyurethanes, methacrylates and vinyl esters. He started his career as a scientist at BF Goodrich Specialty Chemicals (now Lubrizol). He then joined ITW Devcon (ITW Polymers & Fluids) as a scientist, where he was promoted to Technology Manager. In this role, he managed various functions including R&D, Technical Services & Quality. He later joined Sika Corporation as Director of Polyurethanes R&D, driving the development and commercialization of adhesive and sealant products for automotive and construction markets. He has also worked for Royce International as Director of Technology & Business Development.
Dr. Mishra comes to Dixie Chemical from Air Products & Chemicals where he was Technology Manager Americas for the Epoxy Curing Agents business. He led new product development serving the composites, coatings, adhesives and construction markets. Dr. Vinay earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Varanasi (India) and his MS and PhD (Polymers) from Lehigh University. He also received management training from MIT (Sloan) through an executive program. He is an active member of the industry, having served the Thermoset Resin Formula Association (TRFA) as President, Conference Chair and various other officer positions. He has also led the Training Committee at PDA (Polyurea) where he developed and taught short courses.