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Vanguard Dinner

The Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony

The Vanguard Award

The Chemical Educational Foundation's Vanguard Award recognizes and honors the outstanding efforts of an individual who has exhibited leadership and commitment to fostering the public's understanding of, participation in, and general appreciation of chemistry, chemicals, and the chemical industry. Through various outreach initiatives, Vanguard Award winners raise awareness of the importance of science education and take action to enhance science education in their communities.

Guided by our Board of Directors, CEF is in the process of evaluating the Vanguard award to ensure that the program best reflects the organization's current focus. 

Vanguard Award Winners

CEF's Vanguard Award winners exemplify the positive impact that chemical industry members can have on their communities by raising awareness of the importance of chemistry and chemicals within the community and our everyday lives.To read more about our Vanguard recipients throughout the years, click on the individuals' names below.

Award Recipient Year
Andrew Liveris, Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company 2013
Stephen R. Clark, retired CEO of Brenntag AG 2012
Gregory S. Babe, President & CEO of Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC 2011 
Norman R. Bobins, President of Norman Bobins Consulting, LLC 2010
Arthur McFerrin, Jr., President of KMCO, L.P. 2009
Patrick J. Marantette, President of E.T. Horn Company 2008
Richard A. Peacock, President of PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.  2007
Stephanie Burns, Chairman, President, and CEO of Dow Corning Corporation  2006
Michael Campbell, President, CEO, and Chairman of Arch Chemicals, Inc.  2004
Laura Dornbusch, President of Expo Chemical Company, Inc.  2003
 M. Blouke Carus, Chairman of Carus Corporation
Audley C. Harlow, retired Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD)
Mark Kramer, Senior Vice President - Industrial Chemicals East of Vopak USA  2001
J. Roger Hirl, President & CEO of Occidental Chemical Corporation  2000
A. Wayne Tamarelli, Chairman  & CEO of Dock Resins Corporation
G. Stephen Robins, President of G.S. Robins & Company 
Earnest W. Davenport, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Eastman Chemical Company 1998
Robert A. Roland, retired President of the Chemical Manufacturers Association 1997
Jean Belanger, retired President of the Canadian Chemical Producers Association
John R. Hess, Chairman of John R. Hess & Company, Inc.
John Johnstone, retired CEO and Chairman of Olin Corporation 1995