Jeff joined Acme-Hardesty as president in November 2016. Jeff has extensive global business and executive leadership experience. In previous roles, Jeff held numerous executive positions, most recently as president of Brenntag Specialties Inc. and Group Vice President at Ashland Inc. Jeff is most proud of the advances that the Acme-Hardesty team has made with regard to advancing the culture. “We’ve created an extraordinary place to work, based on the premise of respectful relationships coupled with collaborative action!” Acme-Hardesty has achieved unprecedented growth based on living out the team’s cultural beliefs. Jeff graduated from Ursinus College with a B.S. in Chemistry. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Société de Chimie Industrielle. In addition, Jeff is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the MidAtlantic Employers Association.
“We’ve built a culture of kindness and respect. We care about each other. That simple formula translates into an environment that allows for sustained, profitable growth.”
Vice President Strategy and Business Development
John CarneyVice President Strategy and Business Development
John joined Acme-Hardesty in May 2021 as the Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Prior to joining Acme-Hardesty, he worked at Ashland Global Holdings where his most recent responsibilities were managing the profit and loss of the Pharmaceutical, AgChem and Advanced Materials businesses. His experiences included leading business management, sales, marketing, and R&D groups. John’s background and knowledge of the specialty chemicals business along with his leadership around strategy development will help to ensure Acme-Hardesty’s future growth. John earned his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland in Chemical Engineering and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. John is also a member of the Société de Chimie Industrielle.
"Acme-Hardesty is a company built on strong cultural beliefs. This is the core to our internal and external relationships. As a company, we look to understand our customers’ needs and provide benefits through products that enable both our customers and us to grow."
Vice President Finance and Operational Excellence
Jim MazichVice President Finance and Operational Excellence
Jim joined Acme-Hardesty as Controller in June of 2006. Now serving as Vice President of Finance and Operational Excellence, he is responsible for the Accounting and Finance team as well as the Customer Pricing, Supply Chain, and Customer Service teams. Previously, Jim served as Chief Financial Officer at Main Tape Inc. and had P&L responsibility for their manufacturing facility. Earlier in his career, Jim also served as Controller at Webcraft Technologies. Jim holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Monmouth University.
“Each Acme-Hardesty employee is expected to be impactful by identifying opportunities for improvement, then owning and solving those opportunities.”
Vice President Personal Care & Marketing
Caren Dres-HajeskiVice President Personal Care & Marketing
Caren joined Acme-Hardesty in March 2018 as Business Unit Director for Personal Care. In 2021 she assumed the new role of Vice President of Personal Care & Marketing. In her role, Caren manages all aspects of Acme-Hardesty’s personal care business unit as well as all aspects of marketing across the business. She reports directly to Jeff Kenton, President. Caren’s expertise in implementing global marketing strategies and commercialization of specialty ingredients make her an integral part of our Senior Leadership Team. Caren brings over 20 years of personal care market experience to Acme-Hardesty. Her most recent position was as Global Marketing Director with Vantage Specialty Ingredients, where her responsibilities included implementing her company’s global marketing strategy with focus on product portfolio improvement and re-energizing product lines. She’s a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Cosmetic Executive Women.
“Acme-Hardesty by far has the best corporate culture that I have experienced in my career. I am proud to be a part of this amazing and rapidly expanding organization.”
National Sales Director – Personal Care & Life Sciences
Bob MalenchiniNational Sales Director – Personal Care & Life Sciences
Bob joined Acme-Hardesty in December 2000 and is currently the National Sales Director for the Personal Care and Life Science business units. In his role, Bob manages all of Acme-Hardesty’s personal care and life science sales activities. Prior to joining Acme-Hardesty, Bob worked at Rohm & Haas as a Senior Sales Representative. In his previous roles, Bob marketed and sold specialty chemical intermediates to surfactant, pharmaceutical, powder coating, and epoxy resin manufacturers. He brings an extensive knowledge of the specialties market to the Acme-Hardesty sales team. Bob graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is also a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.
“Acme-Hardesty is a company that continually invests in its employees and is always looking at ways to evolve, to exceed our customers’ expectations.”
Vice President National Accounts, Inside Sales & PU CASE
Bryan HustonVice President National Accounts, Inside Sales & PU CASE
Bryan joined Acme-Hardesty in June 2000 and is currently the Vice President of National Accounts, Inside Sales & PU CASE. Bryan has over 40 years of sales and marketing experience in the chemical industry and his knowledge of importing and channel distribution, as well as business management, are invaluable to our team. Prior to this Acme-Hardesty, Bryan was in a variety of sales and marketing management positions with Ashland Chemical, British Petroleum Chemicals, Witco, Chemical Leaman, and Elf Atochem North America. He brings to Acme-Hardesty his extensive experience in sales & marketing management, importing, new business & product development, manufacturing, supply chain management, and team leadership. Bryan graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He’s a member of Racemics (former President), SACI, the Northeast Chemical Association, The Founders Club, and the Chemical Club of Philadelphia.
“Acme-Hardesty has a wonderful culture of accountability, professionalism, and continuous improvement. We embrace change to improve customer satisfaction and provide new products and services to our customers.”
Vice President Life Sciences
Brian McGrathVice President Life Sciences
Brian McGrath joined Acme-Hardesty in October 2021 in the newly created role, Vice President Life Sciences. He has over 35 years of experience in the specialty chemicals space including Pharmaceuticals, Wellness, Personal Care, and Industrial Specialty segments. Brian has held several global, senior level, business and supply chain positions, in various companies including Axalta, Ashland, Hercules and DuPont. Brian has a proven track record of transforming organizations and delivering differential results by providing strategic leadership and assembling strong, customer focused teams. We are thrilled to have him as a member of our Senior Leadership Team. Brian received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and his MBA from the University of Richmond. Moreover, Brian is a member of Société de Chimie Industrielle.
“The Acme-Hardesty culture is truly exceptional and is based on respectful relationships and collaboration with our customers, employees, and supply partners to drive customer intimacy and innovation.”
Chief Information Officer
Dale PolekoffChief Information Officer
Dale joined Acme-Hardesty’s parent company, Jacob Stern and Sons, Inc., in December 1999 and is currently the Chief Information Officer. Dale possesses a wealth of computer science knowledge and experience that he uses to instill top IT practices and help the company to excel. Previously, Dale held senior positions at Cigna Corp, Coopers & Lybrand, and Strategic Distribution/ISA. Dale received his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer and Information Science from Temple University. He’s an advisory board member of the Philadelphia CIO forum and a member of the Society of Information Managers, Philadelphia Chapter.
“A job enjoyed is a job well done.”
Director, Business Applications
Carolina SoldatelliDirector, Business Applications
Carolina Soldatelli joined Acme-Hardesty in early 2020. In her role as Director of Business Applications, Carolina overseas all business systems and leads many cutting-edge IT initiatives. With over 10 years of business system experience, Carolina has brought a fresh perspective to Acme-Hardesty. Her experience stems from global system implementation to multi-lingual, multi-cultural consulting. She has achieved great success in previous jobs and her leadership skills shine through in all of her projects. Carolina received her Electronic Systems Engineering degree from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She is also a member of the Association of Business Process Management Professionals (ABPMP) and the Society of Information Management (SIM).
“Acme-Hardesty’s genuine care for its employees result in a genuine care for its Customers. It is a virtuous cycle supported by its amazing atmosphere and Cultural Beliefs.”
Director of IT Infrastructure
Sid LyonsDirector of IT Infrastructure
Sid Lyons joined Acme-Hardesty in August 2021. His passion for IT is unmatched, lucky for Acme-Hardesty. Sid has held multiple roles in the financial services and non-profit industries, ranging from infrastructure, cybersecurity, IT support, data analytics and business intelligence. In the digital age, Acme-Hardesty’s focus on cybersecurity is critical. We are grateful to have Sid lead this initiative. Sid holds multiple degrees including a Bachelor’s of Science, Masters in Information Systems, and MBA from Villanova University, Drexel University, and Temple University respectively.
“This is a place that truly lives its cultural beliefs and values. I am proud to be part of the family.”
Director of Technology
Rishabh ShahDirector of Technology
Rishabh Shah was welcomed into the Acme-Hardesty family in September 2016. Since joining the team, Rishabh has brought invaluable expertise to our newly developed Innovation Center. He has extensive experience as a scientist and a technologist and now leads the research & development, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs department. Known as Acme-Hardesty’s resident “chef”, Rishabh offers knowledge in upstream and downstream product development in diversified market applications. He provides value-driven solutions that are innovative, efficacious, and sustainable to our partners and customers. Rishabh earned his Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Biochemistry from Rutgers. He is also a member of the NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists and NACD.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life; I chose Acme-Hardesty. Absolutely love the transparency, inclusivity, and integrity we have at this company.”
Director, Supply Chain
Matt HowleDirector, Supply Chain
Matt Howle joined Acme-Hardesty on April 23rd, 2018 as Director of Supply Chain. Matt fulfilled this new role and was successful at bringing multiple teams together by bridging gaps in our workflow. Matt has achieved success in his career with over 30 years in the chemical industry. He has had positions in Sales, Engineering, and Supply Chain. His achievement of his Sigma Black Belt in Operational Workflow has helped him with all aspects of his current and previous roles. Matt holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine.
“Acme-Hardesty is a wonderful place to work. We are one big family doing big company things with the flexibility and versatility of a small company!”
Human Resources Manager
Guy KalbachHuman Resources Manager
Guy joined the Acme-Hardesty / Jacob Stern and Sons family in March 2020 as our Human Resources Manager. His background is diverse and includes 20+ years of progressive HR Leadership and the successful management of large-scale International Supply Chain and Sales Support Teams. Prior to Acme-Hardesty, Guy’s industry experience varied from medical device manufacturing to technology and even retail. This includes notable leadership positions at Amazon where he drove unprecedented growth in their Fulfillment Center Operations. His ability to weave his customer-facing experience and interpersonal skills into his everyday job has enhanced our culture and brought new perspectives to our Senior Leadership Team. Guy graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Business Management. Guy also holds an Employment Law Certificate from Cornell University and is a proud member of the Society of Human Resource Managers.
"A key differentiator at Acme-Hardesty is our unique culture and the foundation of our continued success is built on our clearly defined Cultural Beliefs. Our alignment to those Cultural Beliefs is the catalyst which fuels our sustainable, profitable growth."
Customer Service Manager
John CaiazzoCustomer Service Manager
John Caiazzo has devoted over 15 years to Acme-Hardesty and we are grateful! John has developed his professional career with Acme-Hardesty having held many roles. His passions lie in customer service and he now leads the Customer Service department as Customer Service Manager. Leaning on years of experience, John has elevated his current department, always looking for ways to improve process and communication, demonstrating superior service. He received his Business and Marketing degree from Drexel University and is a member of NACD.
“Every company talks about culture. Here we live it.”