It was October 21, 1999 ... when the birth of an idea to bring chemical and pharmaceutical executives together to network for mutual success was born. What started as an idea among Jon Burgess, Paul Veneskey, and others resulted into a nine person gathering at the offices of Drake Beam Morin in Parsippany, NJ. That meeting was the birth of the ChemPharma® Professional Association, which has since grown over the years to our current status of over 300 members in 25 states, with 4 chapters (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusets), and growing.
Responding to the challenges in the job market, the ChemPharma founders built an organization out of a vision of cooperation. They saw a need for chemical and pharmaceutical executives to band together to help one another with their job searches. Networking was a key essential to career success.
What has grown out of those initial days is an organization that continues to grow, offering networking, regularly scheduled local and national meetings, and sharing in support of career development and career transition. ChemPharma members share job leads, industry connections, coaching, interview skills, and business advice. Opportunities for members to meet, network and exchange ideas include local monthly chapter meetings, evening socials, and national meetings with leading expert speakers.
By 2003, the group had grown to the point where the decision was made to incorporate. The necessity for expense funding, administrative services, website maintenance, and formalized membership requirements resulted in the establishment of a board of directors that would represent members from each chapter.
The ChemPharma® Professional Association's goal is to develop relationships that enable its members to network for success. ChemPharma members are committed to helping one another in their career advancement. The process of "paying it forward" and helping others often results in some of the best career opportunities. In addition to helping members with find career opportunities, we help each other with business process advice and assistance.
2004 - Len Keck
2005 - Gerald DeCuollo
2006 - Eric Borgstedt
2007 - Brad Schweon
2008 - Ellen Derrico
2009 - John Irwin
2010 - Gayle Lopez
2011 - Tom Smith
2012 - Debra Sesholtz
2013 - J. Gary McDaniel