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Meet GEO Specialty Chemicals' Executive Team


Jeremy Steinfink is the CEO of CPS Performance Materials. Prior to joining CPS in 2018, Mr. Steinfink was the President and General Manager of Vertellus Specialties, a leading provider of specialty chemicals for agriculture, nutrition, pharmaceutical, fine chemicals, medical, personal care, plastics, coatings and other industrial markets. Prior to joining Vertellus Specialties in 2008, Mr. Steinfink served in various management roles at Honeywell International. Mr. Steinfink has an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Bob Nobile is the CFO of CPS Performance Materials. Prior to joining CPS in 2018, Mr. Nobile served as the CFO of Paperworks Industries, a portfolio company of Sun Capital. Mr. Nobile also previously served as CFO/SVP of OPNEXT, as CFO/SVP of Kodak Polychrome, as CFO of Polychrome Corp. and in various roles at Arthur Anderson. Mr. Nobile is a CPA and has a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University.


Louis Graham is the Chief Safety, Process Safety & Environmental Officer for GEO.  He joined GEO in June 2012 as Director, Process Safety Management/Compliance.  In January 2015, he assumed responsibility for Environmental Affairs and in August 2018, Mr. Graham was promoted to his current role.  Mr. Graham has over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry.  Prior to joining GEO Mr. Graham held various plant and corporate leadership roles in Engineering, Environmental Affairs, Safety & Process Safety for Hercules Incorporated, Reichhold Chemicals, Inc., and Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex, LLC.  While with Dow Reichhold he served as Chairman of the Delaware Chemical Industry Council.  He is a native of Montana and received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.

Michael Payne is the Corporate Human Resources Officer at GEO. He has been involved with the human resource function of GEO in a consulting role since 1996 and has over 30 years of experience in human resource management, organizational development and strategic planning. Mr. Payne has advised GEO senior management and its board on matters pertaining to labor relations, compensation and benefits strategy, executive succession planning and senior management staffing. Prior to his involvement with GEO, Mr. Payne held executive human resource positions with Mobil Oil production divisions in New York and New Orleans and also held executive human resource positions for Exxon Chemical and Exxon Chemical Americas. Mr. Payne received a degree in Industrial Psychology from Cleveland State University and also pursued doctoral studies at Cleveland State University in Organizational Psychology.  In 2017 Mr. Payne awarded honorary alumni status by the Marshall Wythe Law school of the College of William & Mary for his contributions to the education of future lawyers.

Nick Liptrot is Senior Vice President of the Paints and Coatings Division. He joined Hythe in 2000 as Divisional Finance Director, and became Managing Director in 2007. Prior to GEO, he held senior finance and operations positions in various global manufacturing companies. Mr. Liptrot received a BSc (Hons) in Finance from the University of Salford and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Scot Lang is Senior Vice President of the Water Treatment Chemicals Division. He joined GEO in May 2006 as the Director of Manufacturing for the Water Treatment Chemicals division and was promoted to Vice President in October 2006. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Lang was employed at GenTek and held the position of Midwest Regional Manager for the Water Chemicals division for 7 years where he had P & L responsibility for 12 Water Treatment Chemical plants located throughout the Midwestern United States. He has 20 years experience in Engineering, Manufacturing and Sales. Mr. Lang received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from Washington University.

Thomas Longstaff is Vice President of Purchasing, Logistics and Regulatory. He joined GEO in July 2005 as Corporate Purchasing Manager and was promoted to Vice President Purchasing in 2006. In 2007, he accepted responsibility for Logistics and assumed responsibility for Regulatory Affairs in 2011, when he reorganized this department. Mr. Longstaff has held both corporate and manufacturing support positions in multiple industries including steel distribution, pharmaceuticals and the chemical industry. Mr. Longstaff received a B.A. in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University.

Erik Dihrkop is Vice President of the Specialty and Construction Division.  He joined GEO in November of 2013 as Account Manager for the Paints & Coatings Division.  He held the role of Global Sales Manager for the Specialty & Construction Division before being promoted to General Manager in July 2018.  Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Dihrkop began his career as Chemist for Sigma-Aldrich Isotec before transitioning into Technical Sales Representative for the West Coast.  Mr. Dihrkop received a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry, with focus on organic synthesis, from Wright State University. 

Joe Beatty is the Vice President/General Manager of the FAR Specialty Chemicals business unit of CPS Performance Materials. Prior to its acquisition by CPS in 2018, Mr. Beatty served as CEO of FAR Chemical, a supplier of challenging chemistries to the Pharma, Advanced Materials and CASE markets. Mr. Beatty has held a variety of executive management, sales, and operations positions in the specialty chemical industry including CEO of Xolve Inc., Managing Director of ColorMatrix Corporation and various VP roles with MetoKote Corporation, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Eastman Chemical, Resolution Specialty Materials and WR Grace. Mr. Beatty has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.