President and Chief Executive Officer
Randy Pogue is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AmSty. He was appointed to this position in 2020 after serving as Senior Vice President – Styrene and Corporate Services since 2015 and Vice President - Styrene, Feedstocks and Corporate Services since 2007. His role with Corporate Services includes responsibility for the Supply Chain, Customer Service, Information Technology, and Purchasing functions of the company. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Pogue was The Dow Chemical Company's Global Supply Chain Leader for the Aromatics Derivatives Businesses.
Mr. Pogue joined The Dow Chemical Company as a Senior Research Chemist at Texas Operations in Hydrocarbons and Energy Research & Development. He worked in styrene catalyst and new process research before participating in one of the company's first Six Sigma training waves in 1999. Mr. Pogue became Six Sigma black belt certified in 2000 while working on a variety of styrene and polystyrene envelope management projects.
Mr. Pogue accepted the role of Aromatic Derivatives Global Supply Chain Manager in 2000. Additionally, he became responsible for the Hydrocarbons North American Rail Fleet in 2002 and the Global Aromatics Business Supply Chain in 2004. Mr. Pogue served as a Business Team Member for both the Aromatic Derivatives and Aromatics businesses. He also served as The Dow Chemical Company's representative for the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC) from 2004 to 2006.
Mr. Pogue holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Drury College, as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma.
Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
Dan Bialkowski is Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, a position he was named to in 2012.
Prior to joining AmSty, Mr. Bialkowski served as Vice President Finance and Information Systems at Lawter, Inc. Mr. Bialkowski previously held a variety of roles in auditing and financial management at companies including Momentive Specialty Chemicals and Ashland, Inc.
Mr. Bialkowski holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, a Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree in Finance from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree in Accounting from Franklin University.
Vice President – Operations
Jonathan Kammerer is the Vice President – Operations of AmSty. He was appointed to the position in 2019 after serving as the Director – Polystyrene Operations since 2018 and Allyn's Point Plant Manager. Mr. Kammerer also served as Site Services Leader at the Hanging Rock plant, after originally joining Dow Chemical in 1992 at the Allyn’s Point plant. He has been an original AmSty employee since the company was formed in 2008.
Mr. Kammerer holds a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
Chief Information Officer
Laura Tibodeau is the Chief Information Officer for AmSty. She was appointed to this position in July of 2013.
Prior to joining AmSty, Laura worked at Tracor Aerospace, IBM, Texas Instruments and then Compaq/HP.
Laura currently serves as the chairman of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) ChemITC CIO organization; honorary CIO Chairman of the ACC Cyber Security Committee; Co-Chairman of the governing body of the Houston Evanta CIO forum. She is also on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of SouthEast Texas and the Americas SAP Users Group (ASUG) Association.
Laura received her Industrial Engineering degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and her Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is a licensed professional engineer within the state of Texas and a U.S. patent holder.
Vice President – Feedstocks and Energy
Frank Wright is the Vice President – Feedstocks & Energy at AmSty. He was appointed to this position in 2015 after serving as Vice President - Styrene & Feedstocks since 2012.
Mr. Wright began his career with the Dowell division of The Dow Chemical Company working the lower Gulf Coast both onshore and offshore as a Service Supervisor running crews and equipment for acidizing, cementing and fracturing of oil and gas wells. Later he transferred to Dow’s Technical Service and Development group focused on Reaction Injected Molded Urethanes for Automotive applications in Freeport, Texas. Mr. Wright then moved to Midland, Michigan for Dow’s Commercial Development Program and afterwards to the field as a Seller. Mr. Wright returned to Midland, Michigan where he worked as an Marketing Analyst and Product Manager in Dow’s Specialty Chemicals Department. Mr. Wright returned to Texas managing Dow direct Sales and Distribution for the Chemicals and Performance Products Department.
In 1993, he was named Polymer Modification Market Development Manager for the Dow/Exxon Mobil Joint Venture, Dexco Polymers. While at Dexco he was named Business Development Manager and then Commercial Manager for sales and marketing with P&L responsibilities for the Polymer Modification and Asphalt Modification businesses working alongside Dow and Exxon secondees. In 2000 Mr. Wright was named Commercial Manager for Dow’s Hydrocarbons and Resources Aromatic Derivatives business. In 2003 Mr. Wright was the Sr. Commercial Manager for EB/Styrene and Cumene adding responsibilities for the Americas region in 2004. In 2009 Mr. Wright joined the Dow / Chevron Phillips joint venture AmSty as Director – Feedstocks.
Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.
Vice President – Polystyrene
Tim Barnette is Vice President – Polystyrene of AmSty. He was appointed to this position in 2012.
Previously, Mr. Barnette served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexpak Corporation, a global leader in precision-molded package and content manufacturing for the music, cinematic, and videogame industries. Prior to joining Nexpak, Mr. Barnette was Vice President, Sales & Marketing, with packaging manufacturer Atlanta Precision Molding Company, Ltd., a joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and Sumitomo Heavy Industries.
Before working in the packaging market, Mr. Barnette worked as a commercial executive in Huntsman Chemical Corporation’s polystyrene and polypropylene businesses; in Chesapeake, Virginia and in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Barnette entered the petrochemical industry in 1981 as a polyethylene product engineer in Freeport, Texas with The Dow Chemical Company, before moving into commercial roles marketing polyethylene, polystyrene and specialty styrenic resins in Dow’s Atlanta office in 1984.
Mr. Barnette holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
General Counsel and Vice President – Human Resources
Joe Hulett is General Counsel and Vice President – Human Resources of AmSty. He was originally named to the position of General Counsel in 2007 and in 2014 also became Vice President - Human Resources. Additionally, he is the Corporate Secretary and manages Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. Previously, Mr. Hulett held various assignments in the Intellectual Property and Commercial legal groups of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, supporting a wide range of business units and technologies.
Prior to joining Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Mr. Hulett was an Intellectual Property Litigator with the law firm of Fish & Richardson in their Houston, Texas, and Boston, Massachusetts, offices. He was also Chief Patent Counsel at Plug Power, Inc., a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, in Latham, New York.
Mr. Hulett earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
Vice President – Environmental, Health and Safety
Tim Watson is the Vice President – Environmental, Health and Safety of AmSty. He was appointed to the position in 2020 after serving as the Director – Environmental, Health and Safety, EH&S Director, and EHS&S Leader since 2009. While at AmSty, Mr. Watson has led the development of EH&S performance improvement and compliance programs since the formation of the company. Prior to joining AmSty, Mr. Watson was the EH&S Business Operations Leader for the Building Solutions business at The Dow Chemical Company.
Mr. Watson began his career with The Dow Chemical Company in 1986 as a Production Engineer at the Los Angeles Operation. He worked in various manufacturing leadership roles in the Epoxy, Polystyrene, Fabricated Products businesses before assuming the role of Site Logistics Leader. In 1997, Mr. Watson moved to Dow’s operations at Schopau, Germany where he assumed the role of Operating Discipline and Training Manager for the polypropylene project in the Engineering Plastics business.
In 1999, he relocated to Freeport, Texas to join the U.S. polypropylene project in the role of Manage Production Work Process Leader for the company’s Engineering Plastics Business. In 2004, Mr. Watson was named the EH&S Business Operations Leader for Dow Chemical’s Building Solutions Business, and subsequently joined AmSty during the joint venture formation in 2008.
Mr. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.