Phil Haagensen

President
Phil Haagensen

President

Phil is the President and Owner of Chem-Materials, starting with the company in 1991 as the northern Ohio Technical Sales Representative, moving up to General Sales Manager in 2011, and President in 2014. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University and has been in the CASE industry for over 30 years. He has held positions on several boards, including the Cleveland Paints & Coatings Association, Evonik Distributor Advisory Council, and Material Marketing Association. He has two adult children and lives with his wife Kathy in Fairview Park, Ohio. He enjoys baseball, music, and reading in his spare time along with the occasional pinball game.

Ellie Caldwell

Ellie Caldwell

Finance Manager
Ellie Caldwell
Ellie Caldwell

Finance Manager

Ellie joined Chem-Materials in 2013 and is our Finance Manager. She handles all things financial for the business – billing, receipt of payments, accounts payable, payroll, 401K administration, etc. Ellie graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance in many industries ranging from estate, retail, and medical equipment prior to her role at Chem-Materials. She has been a volleyball coach for the last 10 years coaching both high school and competitive club volleyball. Ellie lives with her fiancée, Darrell in Amherst, OH and they have a chocolate Labrador, Teak. In her free time, she enjoys boating, fishing, gardening, and volleyball.

Angie Mack

Customer Service Manager
Angie Mack

Customer Service Manager

Angie Mack joined Chem-Materials in 2014 and is our Customer Service Manager who also handles inventory at our many facilities. She places, coordinates, and handles the purchase orders for our warehouses with our principals. Angie is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and has over 20 years of experience in the customer service field ranging from various positions in retail to working with customers in the banking and IT industries. Angie lives with her husband, Terry, and young son in North Ridgeville. She has two award winning German Shorthaired Pointers and a cat named Titan. She enjoys volunteering for the PTA and her son’s many sports as a team mom.

Tracey Shafts

Tracey Shafts

Customer Service Representative
Tracey Shafts
Tracey Shafts

Customer Service Representative

Tracey Shafts joined Chem-Materials in 2013 and is a Customer Service Representative at Chem Materials Company where she coordinates warehouse orders and manages existing orders. Tracey has 20 years’ experience in the customer service field ranging from front desk work at a medical therapy company and city recreation facility to billing for a home health company. She helps our customers place, keep track of, and logistically coordinate their orders. Tracey has three children whom have served in the armed forces (the marines, the army and a son who graduated as an officer from the West Point Military Academy) and has 4 grandchildren that she loves to spend time with. She enjoys sewing, attending music concerts, and bike riding.

Rose Smith

Customer Service Representative
Rose Smith

Customer Service Representative

We are currently working on Rose's BIO and will post that shortly.

Sammie Anderson

Administrative Assistant
Sammie Anderson

Administrative Assistant

We are working on Sammie's BIO and will post that shortly.

Larry Caughlin

Larry Caughlin

Technical Sales Rep

IN

Larry Caughlin
Larry Caughlin

Technical Sales Rep

Larry is a retired US Air Force Vet and lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his wife, Mickie. He has been with Chem-Materials since 2004 and currently serves in a technical consulting role with key accounts. Previous experience includes VP of Marketing at Day-Glo Color Corp, and National Sales Manager for SWADA Color. He has been in the CASE industry for over 40 years. In his spare time he likes to hike all over the world and counts woodworking and repairing antique clocks among his hobbies.

Bob Gilbert

Technical Sales Rep
Bob Gilbert

Technical Sales Rep

Bob is the Technical Sales Representative in the Southwest territory, joining Chem-Materials in 2014. He has a chemistry degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and previously worked as an R&D Manager at Multicore Solders as well as Regional Sales Manager at Chemguard (fluorosurfactants). He has been in the CASE industries for 12 years and has authored numerous papers, magazine articles, and technical presentations covering a wide range of products and technologies. Bob lives in the Dallas area and enjoys fishing and sports in his free time.

Mike Haraczy

Technical Sales Rep

OH, MI, IN, NY, PA

Mike Haraczy

Technical Sales Rep

Mike is the Technical Sales Representative in northern Ohio and the eastern Midwest territory, joining Chem-Materials in 2014. He has over 30 years’ experience in paints and coatings. He previously held R&D positions in the
coatings industry (ICI/Glidden; Watson Standard) as well as sales and marketing positions (RT Vanderbilt; Cary Co). He is a Past President of the Pittsburgh Society of Coatings Technology (2005 – 2006) and current Cleveland Coatings Society member. Mike has a grown son and daughter and lives in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area with his wife Peggy. He enjoys renovating houses, golfing, and riding his motorcycle in his spare time.

Tony Novello

Tony Novello

Technical Sales Rep

OH, IN, KY, TN, WV

Tony Novello
Tony Novello

Technical Sales Rep

Tony is the Technical Sales Representative in Southern Ohio and the lower central Midwest territory. He joined Chem-Materials in 2014. He started out as a lab chemist at Rohm Tech in 1991, formulating dispersions and emulsions for the leather finishing industry. He has extensive technical experience in developing products for this industry and worked here until moving into specialty chemical sales in 2006 with Boehle Chemical. Tony has three grown children and lives in Madison, Indiana with his Great Dane, Bernadette. He enjoys live music, helping to organize the RiverRoots Music Festival, and well made dress shoes.

Jim Skintges

Technical Sales Rep

IL, IN, MN, ND, SD, WI

Jim Skintges

Technical Sales Rep

Jim is the Technical Sales Representative in the northern Midwest territory, joining Chem-Materials in 2013. He has a degree in Chemistry from Loyola University and has previously worked in the lab at Amcol-Chemdal in polymer synthesis and Velsicol developing coating coalescents and plasticizers. Jim is a member of the Chicago Coating Society as well as the American Chemical Society. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children. He is fluent in Greek and enjoys the outdoors and home improvement projects in his spare time, as well as volunteering for several charitable organizations, such as Habitat For Humanity and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Scott Stayart

Technical Sales Rep

AL, FL

Scott Stayart

Technical Sales Rep

Scott is the Technical Sales Representative in the Southeast territory and has been with Chem-Materials for 10 years. He has held sales and marketing positions in the coatings industry with Air Products, HB Fuller, and Reichhold and been involved in the coatings industry for over 37 years. He has also worked for 10 years with another specialty chemical distributor to the CASE industry based in Chicago. He is and has been a member of many professional societies including Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE), Color Council, and local chapters of paint and coating societies. He has 2 grown children and live with his wife Susan in Sarasota, Florida, enjoying golf, tennis, and fishing in his spare time.

Bill Tranberg

Technical Sales Rep
Bill Tranberg

Technical Sales Rep

Bill joined Chem-Materials in 2012 and previously worked for MA Hanna (now PolyOne) for 22 years as well as 17 years with Ferro Corp selling color concentrates and dry color to the plastics industry. Bill is our plastics industry expert, having served in several capacities with the SPE at the national and local levels, including President of the Chicago affiliate. Bill and his wife, Dee, live in North Royalton, Ohio, where Bill enjoys golfing and watching his grandkids play sports.

Sean Wagner

Technical Sales Rep

MO, KS, IA, AR, TN, KY, NE

Sean Wagner

Technical Sales Rep

Sean is the Technical Sales Representative in the southern Midwest territory and lives with his wife, Jessica, and four young children in Belleville, IL, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. He joined Chem-Materials in 2010, with a background in lubricant and fuel additives (Midcontinental Chemical) and industrial chemical (Buckeye International) sales and a chemistry degree from Southern Illinois University. He is the current (2018) President of the St. Louis Paint and Coatings Society as well as a local liaison to the American Coatings Society. In his spare time Sean enjoys golf, amateur meteorology, and acting in community plays.