November 7, 2019 — (Trenton, NJ) — At its annual Board Planning Session, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey announced the appointed of two new board members from Associate Member companies.
Since its founding, membership on the Chemistry Council of New Jersey’s Board of Directors was limited to representatives from its Regular Member companies, which are identified as chemistry industry manufacturers. Associate Member companies are those companies that provide services to the business of chemistry, such as law firms and engineering and environmental firms.
“Associate Members makeup an increasing number of our overall membership base,” said Chairwoman Leslie Waller, director of Chemistry, Energy and Environmental at Messer Americas. “When I was appointed chair of the Board, I wanted to make our organization representative of our changing industry and more inclusive of all of our member companies. Creating these two new Board roles for representatives from Associate Member companies does just that.”
“Both K&L Gates and Langan have been longtime Associate Member companies of the Council, and after an extensive review, I am glad that the Board approved the inclusion of representatives from these two firms,” said Dennis Hart, executive director of the Chemistry Council.
Brian Montag is a partner at K&L Gates. He represents clients in regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters in various industries and manufacturing sectors, including road construction, quarry, asphalt, cement, telecommunications, glass, paper, and chemical operations. He has served as outside counsel to leading state and federal trade and business associations. Mr. Montag also has extensive experience representing clients in administrative, state and federal court proceedings, as well as before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, and state transportation and environmental agencies regionally and nationally
Steven Ueland, PE is managing principal at Langan. He is a remediation engineer, with over 31 years of experience in contaminated property characterization, engineering design, and permitting and construction management for complex remediation projects. He has specific expertise with large chemical and petroleum manufacturing sites, and the remediation of both Light and Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (NAPL). Ueland is Langan’s practice leader for several diverse areas of expertise, including multi-media environmental compliance, human health and ecological risk assessment, and contaminated sediment remediation.
The Board of Directors also made some changes to its Executive Committee. Long-time Board members, Rob Buchler, site leader for DuPont, was elected Second Vice Chairperson, and Mike Heltzer, head of state government affairs at BASF, was appointed a member of the Executive Committee.
The Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ), founded in 1955, is the trade and advocacy organization representing the interests of more than 50 New Jersey manufacturers and 45 firms in the business of chemistry. Our membership consists of large and small companies that are part of New Jersey’s chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, petroleum, flavor & fragrances and precious metals industries. The CCNJ is committed to a better quality of life through science.