Our Management

Management Biographies

Michael Scott

Michael Scott serves as President of Pilot Chemical Company. Mike joined Pilot after a successful 31-year career with Arkema and its predecessor companies, where he held a variety of positions in manufacturing, commercial development, marketing and strategic planning. His leadership roles at Arkema included Regional President for Acrylics and General Manager for Organic Peroxides. He started his career with M&T Chemicals. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and two children.


Jeff Baxter

Jeff Baxter serves as Director of Supply Chain for Pilot Chemical Company. Jeff joined Pilot in 2014 as Manager of Integrated Supply Chain. In his current position, he manages Pilot’s supply chain functions including procurement, supply and demand planning, customer service and logistics. Prior to joining Pilot, Jeff worked for Procter & Gamble for 26 years, with various engineering, operations and supply chain responsibilities. Jeff received his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.


Glynn E. Goertzen

Glynn E. Goertzen is the President – Liquid Minerals Group Ltd. in Huntsville, TX. Prior to that he served as Pilot’s Vice President of Commercial managing Pilot’s sales, marketing, customer service, integrated supply chain, research & development and corporate accounts functions. Glynn has worked at Pilot for 18 years. Prior to joining Pilot, Glynn worked for Kerr-McGee/North American Chemical and Univar for 12 years with various sales, marketing and product management responsibilities. Glynn received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance from the University of Akron and Master of Business Administration International Business from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri.


Derek Houck

Derek Houck serves as Chief Financial Officer for Pilot Chemical Company. Derek joined Pilot in 2006. His previous roles at Pilot include Accounting Manager, Controller and Director of Finance and Accounting. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Xavier University, in addition to completing the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. Derek is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).


Chris Leedy

Chris Leedy serves as Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for Pilot Chemical Company. He joined Pilot in 2016 and is an experienced operations leader with 30 years in the chemical and manufacturing industry. Chris has worked for Henkel, Cognis, and BASF and most recently as the Vice President of Operations for Frutarom Flavors North America. He has a broad and successful background in engineering, manufacturing management, supply chain, and business management with a consistent focus on results, innovation, and continuous improvement. Chris received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


Susan K. Leslie

Susan K. Leslie serves as Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety, and Quality for Pilot Chemical Company. Sue joined Pilot in 1982 as a Process Engineer at the Lockland, Ohio facility, where she spent three years. She spent the next seven years as Plant Engineer at the Middletown, Ohio facility and had a key role in the design, construction and startup of the plant. In 1992, she began 10 years as Plant Manager. Prior to moving to her current role, Sue held the position of Vice President, Quality Management Systems for almost three years. She received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.


Sarah Mester

Sarah Mester serves as Director of Corporate Development for Pilot Chemical Company. Sarah joined Pilot in 2012 as the Regional Sales Manager for Latin America. In her current role, she oversees Pilot’s strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Prior to joining Pilot, Sarah worked for John A. Martin & Associates as a project engineer. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and her Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She holds Professional Engineer (PE) and Structural Engineer (SE) licenses in California.


Bartley Morrisroe

Bartley Morrisroe serves as General Counsel and Corporate Communications Manager for Pilot Chemical Company. Prior to joining Pilot in 2013, Bartley worked for seven years in the editorial departments of various national magazines. He holds both a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University. He holds a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Ohio, New York and New Jersey.



Catherine Ochterski

Catherine Ochterski serves as Director of Human Resources for Pilot Chemical Company. Catherine joined Pilot in December 2005 as Manager of Human Resources. Prior to joining Pilot, Catherine worked for Aero Fulfillment Services for six years as Director of Human Resources and with Standard Textile Company for three years as HR Representative. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Michigan State University and Master of Arts in Labor and Employment Relations from University of Cincinnati. Catherine also earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2004.



Rick Shook

Rick Shook serves as the Corporate Technical Manager for Pilot Chemical Company and is responsible for technology and innovation activities, including new product and new process development. Rick has been at Pilot for over 38 years, starting as a Research Chemist at the Santa Fe Springs facility. He has also served as Lab Supervisor, Lab Manager and Director of Research. He has a BA in Chemistry from Pepperdine University and an MS in Chemistry from UCLA.



David M. Waizmann

David M. Waizmann serves as Business Director for Pilot Chemical Company. David joined Pilot in December 2005 as Controller. Prior to joining Pilot, David worked for Reynolds & Reynolds/ Relizon/Workflow One for over eight years with various cost accounting, financial reporting and financial planning and analysis responsibilities. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton. David also is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Ohio and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).