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Meet The Experts

Meet decades of industry experience and highly trained chemical, composites and polymer specialists who provide solutions regularly to global original equipment manufacturers and the automotive supply chain. Our members transform perplexing multi-component problems into win-win-win solutions.

Jose Chirino

Jose Chirino specializes in high performance materials for LANXESS Corporation. With over 15 years of polymer experience, he is Technical Director for the Americas and is located in Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2017 Jose has been the Vice Chair of the Automotive Team, and 2019 was elected Chair.


Melissa Cardenas

Melissa Cardenas

Melissa Cardenas is a Global Lead OEM Market Development Manager with LyondellBasell Industries. She has over 25 years of experience in the automotive plastics industry, with a focus on polyolefin materials. She resides in the Metropolitan Detroit area.



Sandra McClelland

Sandra McClelland

Sandra McClelland, Chair of the ACC Plastics Division Auto Team, is a Transportation Business Development Manager specializing in high performance materials for Solvay Specialty Polymers. With over 25 years of experience, she is also an Honored Service Member and recipient of the Society of Plastics Engineers President’s Cup. She is located in the Detroit area.


John Lemanski

John Lemanski

John Lemanski joined Dow Automotive Systems in 1999 and served in several commercial roles, including market development for chassis, powertrain and plastics.  Automotive polymers, system integration and industrial design have been his focus for over thirty years. John resides in the greater Detroit area.


Matthew Marks

Matthew Marks

Matthew Marks (Auto Team Chair Emeritus) is SABIC’s Automotive Technical Development leader for the Americas region. In this role, he leads a team of specialists in North and South America in collaborations with industry to develop solutions involving a range of automotive applications. His experience, which spans 20 years, includes working with stakeholders in the automotive and mass transportation markets to support the regulatory community, foster cooperation and promote progress. Matthew lives in the Metropolitan Detroit area.

Monica Sandhu

Monica Sandhu is the Senior Manager, Industrial Marketing – Automotive for Covestro. She has been focused on global use of chemistry and modern materials for the last fourteen years.  She resides in the Greater Pittsburgh area.




Jan Sawgle

Jan Sawgle, Program Manager, DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers, has over 30 years of experience in leading collaboration teams developing new products and solutions in the transportation and consumer products markets. She has focused on leading expert teams that deliver innovative solutions in emerging markets focused on high performance polymers.  Jan is located in the Detroit Metro area.


Mark Minnichelli

Mark Minnichelli is Director of Technical Development for BASF’s Performance Materials (North America). Mark’s team members are expert engineers and technologists who design and develop innovative applications, optimized using computer-aided engineering, for BASF automotive and industrial customers.  Mark has over 35 years of experience, lives with his family in Massachusetts, but is often on-site in Detroit.


George Racine

George Racine is a Senior Advisor in the Sustainability Group of ExxonMobil Chemical. With 39 years of experience in the chemicals and polymers industry, George is responsible for integrating sustainability into the business strategies of ExxonMobil Chemical and downstream markets including sustainable mobility. George is an Emeritus past chair of the Automotive Market Team at the American Chemistry Council, Plastics Division. He also serves on the Global Automotive Declarable Substances List (GADSL) North American Team plus the Global GADSL Steering Group. George has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in the Houston, Texas area.


Jim Otis

Jim Otis from Trinseo LLC is the NA Automotive Commercial Director. He has 30 years of Automotive plastics experience. Prior to the formation of Trinseo he worked for Dow Automotive where he performed a number of regional and global commercial roles which included OEM and tier accounts. Jim resides in the Detroit area.



James Kahn

James is a chemical engineer with over 24 years’ experience in the plastics industry. He served with Borden Chemicals & Plastics, Montell Polyolefins, and Aristech LLC Polypropylene. At Aristech / Sunoco Chemicals / Braskem, James was a leader in applications and markets including, Automotive-Compounding, Packaging, and Trading. He also managed Braskem’s North America’s Green Polyethylene business, and he is currently Business Development Manager for Braskem’s Automotive, Compounding, and Industrial markets.


Jack Cahn

Jack Cahn

Jack Cahn, Polymers Account Manager for Total Petrochemicals and Refining, Inc., is located in Clarkston, MI. He has over 26 years of plastics industry experience concentrating on polyolefins.





Jackson Sutherland

Jackson Sutherland is a Global Segment Manager at Celanese, one of the largest engineering thermoplastic suppliers in the automotive industry.  For the past decade, Jackson’s cross-functional teams have worked closely with key industry stakeholders to develop innovative solutions that address the market’s most pressing needs.    Jackson holds degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Business Analytics.  Jackson currently resides in the DC metro area, but spends much of his time in Detroit.


Gina OliverGina Oliver

Gina Oliver is a Senior Director for ACC’s Automotive Team and has over 16 years of experience in strategic business planning. Gina has a background in planning, regulatory and product support within the global automotive sector. She is located in the Detroit area.